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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Who you know, not what you know

Getting your foot in the door can be extremely hard & frustrating. There is some way you can at least get to where you want to be. If you are unemployed for over six months or have no work experience, then it's time for you to start volunteering. Ironically, finding a volunteer opportunity is easier than finding a job. Not being able to find a volunteer work is just no excuse.
 
Even if any volunteer opportunities of your interest aren't available on the Internet, contact businesses, hospitals, or office buildings and offer some help for free. Keep in mind that volunteering is for you to develop new skills, not for other people who take advantage of your free work. Just think of it as a training program.
 
Tips you will need:
 
1. Be sure to ask them to give you assignments that you want to learn or work on. You don't have to accept the ones that are too easy like blowing up the balloons. Who'd want to hire that?
 
2. Get their names and contact information for your future references. Make sure they will say good things about you.
 
3. Once you are finished with a volunteering program if you will, ask them if they know anyone who's hiring. That's a key to employment connection. I know it's easier said than done, but you gotta try everything you can think of.
 
4. You have to have some patience & keep going because it could take a while to find a job. I would really hate to preach, but just have some faith in yourself.
 
Lastly but not least, ask your friends, your relatives, friends of your relatives, and/or your acquaintances if they know anyone who's hiring. If anyone you know is starting a business, ask them if they need help. They might offer you a job.
 
Instead of just searching jobs, you need to think about other possibilities. For example, virtual assistant jobs can be the best way to start if things don't work out for you.
 
I hope that gives you some ideas on what to do with your life.
 

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Charlie Rose: Cochlear Implant & Hearing

When I was changing channels on a Friday night, I just happened to stumble on Charlie Rose show that discussed cochlear implants & hearing-impaired people. He invited a doctor who received the Lasker Award for contributing to a newer technology of cochlear implant & other people including a 19-year-old man who is implanted to discuss this topic. 

To see a completed video of Charlie Rose, the "Hearing & Cochlear Implants", go to this link: http://archive.org/details/KQED_20131012_070000_Charlie_Rose

Personally, I have nothing against CI as well as the parents who want their deaf child to be implanted with cochlear. It's their child, so it's not for me to say what they should do or shouldn't do. The only mistake they would make is if they willingly follow doctor's order without fully researching it first or if they believe there's no assistance available for the deaf.

My understanding is that it would be easier for the brain of an implanted toddler to develop sound & speech than it would be for adult if they were implanted after adolescence. It still does not mean that someone with CI can hear the same sound quality as natural hearing. It may work for some, it may not work for others. They're still deaf with or without CI. Hearing aids may not work for people with severe hearing loss. That's what I've learned about CI.

Deaf community has a strong objection against children having CI surgery, & that's fine, too.

English Problems for Majority of Deaf adults

My main issue with one of their discussions on Charlie Rose show is about a hearing loss that could prevent you from reading & writing properly in English. It may be true but not completely. I really doubt that deafness has anything to do with a lack of reading & writing skills. I know a couple of deaf people who writes better & far more advanced English than most hearing ones that I have seen. Some of them do not wear CI or even hearing aids.

The average of reading level for deaf adults is 4th grade. Can they be blamed for not developing English properly as their second language? No, I think not. Why? Because our deaf educational system lacks resources & is full of lazy teachers. I can't speak for every deaf school or department, but I can only speak for mine. Growing up in school, teachers never really challenged deaf students academically. For example, most deaf 8th graders were taught 5th grade-level math even though they have been in school since they were three.

So, what were teachers teaching deaf students all those years? Why have they slowed them down? Deaf students were way behind their hearing peers on so many academic levels. It's embarrassing.

Sadly, I had to teach myself how to read & write in English on my own. I had to learn about punctuation, preposition, conjunction, where commas should be inserted, & so on. Honestly, I didn't even know any of those English rules until I started mainstreamed high school.

It's unfortunate because deaf students can do so much better than what teachers give them a credit for. They are missing out on most of what they are supposed to learn. That's why so many of junior and senior deaf students score so low on SAT & have difficulty getting into a college.

The point is that deafness has a little to do with reading/writing problems. Teachers just do not give deaf students proper English teaching lessons they need. If I had a deaf child, I would home-school or put her/him in mainstreamed school. That's what I would do to prepare them for their future opportunities.

I think talking about the errors of deaf education is more important than debating CI because Deaf children deserve the same level of education as hearing, and we should be focusing on it more. 

OK, that's it for today.

My questions to people with CI who may be reading this:

1. Do you feel like you live as a hearing person?
2. How well do you function in the hearing world?
3. Does your CI help you understand speech & sound?

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Sunday, October 6, 2013

What's your discrimination experience in employment?

Almost every deaf or hard of hearing person encounters discrimination because of their hearing loss. On my blog, I have seen a lot of commenters that shared their experiences about hiring employers or their bosses who discriminated against their deafness.

Whether we admit it or not, employers & co-workers may not feel comfortable to work with their deaf counterparts for many reasons. Their perceptions of Deaf people are ignorant & stereotypical, & they are scared of deafness. Of course, not all hearing people are the same, but the ignorance still exists. Also, ADA pushes potential employers away from people with disabilities, especially deaf applicants for money reasons.

When you are in a minority community, it is very likely that you will be discriminated for whatever reason it is. We live in a hearing world where we would have to work a lot harder to match up to their so-called standards. Sometimes, even if we do, we still would be overlooked or ignored. That is discrimination.

I have my own shares of hearing loss discrimination in college, workplaces, job interviews, & job search. I am pretty sure you do, too.

What was your discrimination experience?
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Saturday, September 28, 2013

Job Interview Investigation 2

I applied for a Seamstress position on craigslist.org posted by TenFab Design Company. I was hoping they'd contact me ASAP because I spent more than 30 minutes of my time filling out a questionnaire assessment. It ate up my time & energy.

Thankfully, they invited me to a job interview, so I was happy about it, but at the same time, I had to be prepared for the worst.

I've arrived at the place of potential employment about 15 minutes before the interview process began. I was told by a sewing manager to fill out an employment application & then to go to the interview room with another manager from design & product department. After that, I would have to perform sewing test.

During the interview, I presented myself well & answered all questions about my past experience & sewing skills. The manager then explained all aspects of their company & what kind of services & products they were selling to companies & small businesses who wanted good image & brand name presentations with TenFab products. When the interview was over, they showed me around the place. It looked like a warehouse, but it was bright & neat.

They guided me toward a huge sewing room. There were sewing machines, large tables, an office, other tables for lunch break, & a lot of materials & unfinished products. It reminded me of sewing classes.

They introduced me to a sewing assistant manager who would work with me to test my sewing skills.
To be honest with you, as soon as I let them know that I was hard of hearing, they have immediately become nonchalant & arrogant toward me. They seemed as though they were trying so hard to be polite, but I could see the "oh, great. I'm wasting my time with this deaf girl" annoyance in their eyes. I also got the vibe that their work environment wasn't even people friendly, but what did I expect?
I put my thoughts aside as I proceeded to sew four samples using different stitching machine types for each one of them. I spent about an hour finishing all the samples. I believed I did an excellent job on the test.

When it was all over, the assistant told me they'd call me on Monday, which was four days from that day, to let me know whether I'd be qualified for this job or not. When they asked me if I had any questions, I took this opportunity to ask them how many people they were looking to hire for the same position I've applied for. They said they were looking for only four people. I just thought I might have a good chance because I've done everything really well in the interview process.
We made a small talk as the manager walked me to the exit door.

As the Monday went by, I did not hear from them, & I was thinking maybe they'd email me the next day. They still didn't. It had been one week since the interview, so I followed up with them by email. It took them a day & half to reply. They apologized for the delay & said that while my skills & experience were revelant to the seamstress position, they had decided to go ahead with other candidates.

What was that supposed to mean? Between the line, my skills & sewing experience were perfect for the job, but they'd rather go with the ones that can hear. I'm more than sure that they are hiring some people right out of college. Yep, I've met my former classmates (hearing, of course) who got a sewing job in management just after college.

My impression is that if I hadn't contacted them, they probably wouldn't have emailed me at all. Why did it take them a while to respond after I followed up with them? Was it because they could buy themselves some time to figure out what to say to me?

Before they met me or knew I was Deaf, they were very quick to respond to every message I sent them. So, it gave me a familiar suspicious feeling about those people.

They were looking for four people to fill in the position, & I wasn't chosen even when I passed the test? Not only did I pass the test, but I also have a Bachelor's Degree in Fashion Design with 3.75 GPA. Additionally, I am still in sewing alterations (as a freelance seamstress) for four years since graduation, & yet I wasn't qualified for this job?

[Crickets]

I remember some people making a comment concerning reasons why most Deaf people are having a hard time to find a job: "Maybe it's not your deafness, it's you."

When you go to countless job interviews & you keep being denied for the job that you definitely could do, do you ever think it's you they have a problem with, or is it just because you're Deaf?
I know it's my hearing loss that TenFab employers can't handle. I am perfectly, fully aware of who I am & how I interact with people, so there's nothing wrong with me. I have been to four different job interviews for a sewing position, & yet I don't get a call back at all. This job clearly don't require hearing or even speaking, so, what's the deal with fashion industries & their issues with hearing disability?

Oh, wait. [Face palm!] That's right! It's not my deafness, it's just me.
[Chuckles] Gimme a break...

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Friday, September 20, 2013

Job Interview Investigation

I took about 15 minutes to fill out a job application on Noodles & Company's website for a Guest Service Team position. They didn't need someone with a lot of experience, so it was good for me.
Three days later, I got an email from the Noodles & Co. manager, asking me to come in for an interview. I gave them a day & time that were available for me.

A few days later...

When I was at the Noodles & Co. for the interview, I didn't have any interpreter with me. So, they had no idea that I was Deaf until I got there to tell them that. After letting the team know that I was there for a job interview, the manager came out from the back of the restaurant to see me. Then he motioned for me to sit at the table, so we could discuss the position I applied for.

He was young & seemed nice. That was all I could say about him. When I told him about my deafness, he seemed like he was okay with that. Maybe, I caught him off-guard, but who knows?
The funny thing was, I was really prepared & knew exactly what to answer when he would ask questions, even the tough ones. Unfortunately, things were not what I expected when he asked me if I was a student, & I told him no. When he asked me if I preferred to work in the back as a Dishwasher or in the front as a Server, I said either one of those. I was confused & wondered, "What about Guest Service Team? Didn't he read my job application with an attached resume?"

He showed me the file, pointing at the email address that I didn't recognize & asking me if I was still using it. I noticed something wasn't quite right about those papers, & then I saw the name on them that did not belong to me. I realized that he actually thought I was someone else he was interviewing.
I said, "Wait a minute, that's not my name." I took a copy of my resume out of my attaché & showed him my real name.

I couldn't believe that he really wasted my time. What kind of manager was he? I think he was actually more embarrassed than I was. Actually, I was amused by it.

I wasn't sure if he really was expecting someone else, or he just grabbed the wrong file. Whatever it might be, he knew exactly who I was when he emailed me for the job I applied for. With his face as red as a beet, he was asking me questions as he was looking at my resume. I could tell he was a little awkward & unprepared.

It had been for a short while until he told me he had a few people to interview & that he'd email me to let me know about their decision as soon as possible.

We shook our hands, & that was it.

Now, I'm still waiting to hear back from him... or maybe not.

It was absolutely the weirdest, worst job interview I ever had in my entire life. I wish I had just ditched it.

It is apparent that Noodles & Co. is hiring people, especially young students with a little or no experience & immigrates. I have much higher qualifications than theirs, & I believe they'd choose them over someone who's Deaf for this job.

I asked myself, how come some idiots could have a good job while so many of us end up with a crappy job or no job at all? It was a nightmare! Aargh!

In case anyone wants to know how we communicated, he asked me questions through writing as I requested, & I answered using my voice. I'm wearing both hearing aids, but they weren't enough for me to completely understand everything he said. Also, I couldn't read his lips well because he spoke so softly.

That's all for now. Stay tuned for another job interview investigation 2 in the next blog!

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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Deaf Medical Student Denied an Interpreter by Medical School

A Deaf student, Michael Argenyi, was denied an interpreter by medical school for clinical trainings. Although, he has lip-reading skills & does not know sign language, he could not understand what his patients were saying. His university officials did not allow him to rely on an interpreter because patients wouldn't be comfortable to tell a doctor about their health issues while a third party is presented. They stated that Michael Argenyi was capable of communicating well without an interpreter.

The university did not provide him with enough accommodations for his clinical classes. He had to spend over $100,000 on his interpreter in two years as a medical student. For this reason, he sued the university for violating ADA, which requires universities & colleges to accommodate students with disabilities.

To read more about his case, please go to this link: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/20/us/deaf-student-denied-interpreter-by-medical-school-draws-focus-of-advocates.html?_r=0

My question is, is it possible for a Deaf doctor to be with an interpreter at all times to communicate with hearing patients?

It is possible, but there are some reasons why it is really hard to become a doctor. First of all, it costs hospitals a lot of money to hire an interpreter for daily doctor-patient interaction. Secondly, most patients hate the idea of having someone else as a third party. As they say, third is a crowd. Thirdly, it is harder for a Deaf person who wants to be a doctor to get accepted by a medical school.
According to my research, there are quite a few doctors that are deaf in USA, and they said that being deaf & a doctor were a lot more difficult than they realized. But they made it, didn't they?
Every time I requested an interpreter from the hospital, they treated me like an a**hole. So, I definitely need more Deaf doctors, so I'd feel more comfortable to communicate with the doctor in ASL privately.

I think it would be awesome if you could be a doctor who runs their own office for deaf patients near Deaf school or Gallaudet university as long as you know ASL. I read somewhere that average of Deaf people don't always go to the doctor because they can't afford health care. Medicaid is being cut down due to economic crisis.

It would be a great medical field for Deaf people who are very intelligent & truly passionate about helping people get better. Also, they should be able to handle enormous amount of stresses & challenges as a Deaf doctor. If they can deal with those things, then why not?
What are your thoughts on this topic?

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Monday, July 29, 2013

How to improve your chance of getting more job interviews

If you're having trouble to get as much job interviews as you would like, then here are some tips that can help you. This is really a tough job market because there are so many hearing applicants who are fighting for the same job you're applying for. Try changing the way you search for jobs, the way you fill out job applications, and the way your resume looks.

A Job That Doesn't Fit You

There are some jobs you may want to avoid. For example, it would be wise not to apply for the one that requires constantly answering the telephone or verbally interacting with clients or customers. It's a waste of time. Employers would always wonder how you communicate, and they already have some qualified hearing applicants to consider.

However, don't let a job that involves some talking on the phone stop you from applying. It is possible because you can use SVRS to call your clients or your boss. Make sure to demonstrate how the SVRS or any videophone works in your job interview. This is only if a job doesn't require a hired applicant to talk much on the phone.

Some companies have a privacy policy that prohibits employees from giving their client's personal information to a third person. It means that Deaf employees are not allowed to give the information to an ASL interpreter (third person) in the videophone even if they are actually conversing with the second person. So, that's another problem.

If you apply for a job that doesn't match your qualifications, you might want to avoid that as well. Focus on applying for the ones that are suitable for your educational or employment background.

Think Outside the City

If you have a driving license and own a car, try looking for a job outside the city or town you're living in. You may want to do that if you haven't already done so.

Hush-Hush!

Avoid listing your deafness on your resume or job applications unless they are from another state or city, which is understandable. Employers will see that as a negativity. Being deaf has nothing to do with your skills or how you do a job.

What'd Employers Think?

Try to minimize your ASL interpreter request upfront. No matter what the law says, employers are not likely to respond to Deaf applicants' request. Your VR or employment counselor will be happy to provide you with an ASL interpreter. If they can't place an interpreter at the last minute or you don't have a counselor, don't be afraid of going to the interview without one. There are other ways of communicating like writing or typing on your laptop beside ASL interpreter. Perhaps, it's time to learn how to surround yourself without help and how to use different communicate methods.

In my experience, interviewers are more likely to be at ease when I don't have a sign language interpreter with me. Maybe it's because they prefer someone who is more reliable. With or without an interpreter may not affect your chance of getting a job. All they care about is how well you present yourself and how you can contribute to their company.

Some employers believe Deaf people can't communicate. We have to show them that we can communicate in many different ways.

Sometimes, you have to prove yourself to them that you can perform certain tasks without needing an accommodation unless you need an interpreter for important meeting. The truth is, some employers will provide an interpreter for the meeting, but many won't.

If you want to work, then you have to sell your skills well. It's not that employers are dumb or hateful; they just don't want any additional responsibilities for any employees. They pay the employees to do the job they want done, and that's it. Business is all about making money, not spending.

Change the Way Your Resume Looks

If you don't have enough work experience or you want a career change, then do some volunteer work of your interest. Employers don't want applicants who are out of work for six months. If you have artistic or writing skills, then use it as your self-employment like doing some project works for your clients. Just be creative by finding something to fill in the employment gap. If you don't do that, employers will wonder about what you are doing with your free time.

If you tend to write ASL based grammar, then you need to get someone with good English skills to help you write your resume and cover letter. It's extremely important for a resume to be perfectly written in English. Otherwise, employers will see it as a piece of garbage.

Be professional and indicate that you are interested in the job position you are applying for and why you should be hired in your cover letter.

Take some English lessons. Do your best to improve it. Just because we live in an English-speaking country, we must follow English language beside ASL.

Lastly But Not Least...

Fill out job applications as many as five-six per day. It'll boost your chance of getting more responses from potential employers.

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Friday, July 26, 2013

Don't be angry with hiring employers

I can't count how many times I have heard people say deaf people are very mean & rude to interviewers. Although I do not witness the interaction between deaf applicants & hiring managers, I notice the anger & rant online. Nevertheless, it does not mean we are all the same. Some are weak, some are angry, some are normal. I am going to list what are the most appropriate ways to approach your potiential hiring bosses.

I understand their anger about how hearing people treat them. I get treated badly by them all the time, so I absolutely get that. But it doesn't stop me from showing some positive attitude to the hearing interviewers, especially when I want the job that I apply for.

Don't get mad at me for saying this: if you are upset at all hearing people for rejecting you, don't bother going to the job interviews. You're wasting your time. No employer would want to hire someone who is displaying these types of negative attitude. Go home & work out some personal issues you're having. Once everything is resolved, be ready to go back out & show some positive attitude.

During the job interview, there are some important things you must do:

1. Dress professionally & behave appropriately in front of the hiring managers.
2. Be positive & energetic.
3. Try to put your problems aside & show them what you can do for a job.
4. Never, ever demand anything from them like asking for an ASL interpreter.
5. Always be kind & smile...a lot!
6. Believe in yourself. If you don't, no one else will.
7. Always be prepared to answer why they should hire you or why you're a better candidate.
8. Use your common sense & think about what they look for in an applicant.
9. Be strong & aggressive but not in a mean way!

That's all, I believe.

I know it's frustrating, but being angry with hiring employers will not get you anywhere. You'd be the one with a problem, not them. We just have to work a lot harder than hearing people. Not only does your deafness scare away employers, but also seeing your anger is more than enough for them not to consider you for a job.

There is a difference between being tough & being mean. To be tough, you would need to be aggressive by showing them that you are capable of doing everything hearing people do except hear. If they don't call you back, follow up by calling/emailing them or going to the place of employment. You also have to stand up for yourself when they walk all over you. Being mean is like a kid who likes to pick on their classmate.

When you want to get something off your chest, write the diary or talk to someone you trust. It's more healthy way to express what's bothering you than taking it out on somebody else.
Only one thing you will need to do before moving on with your life is to accept that we cannot change the society's perception of us.

Some successful deaf professionals say you have to be a fighter & never let anyone put you down because of your deafness.

For those of you (yes, deaf) who already have a job or are successful, it would be nice if you could share some tips with us or give advice based on your experience.

Have a good day/night, readers!

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Saturday, July 6, 2013

Hearing people's responses to “Would you hire Deaf people?”

I created a survey to get some answers from random hearing people on "Would you hire Deaf applicants?". I asked them if they would hire Deaf people and to explain why or why not. If they were employers, what would be the first thing they think about Deaf applicants? Here are ten responses, and let me know what your thoughts are. Some of them may not surprise you, but they are very typical. Would you agree or disagree with any of these statements? Out of these statements, which one do you feel is more consistent with what's going on in Deaf unemployment?

Here are hearing people's statements:

"It would depend on the position. There are liability issues to be considered, as well as legal requirements to provide reasonable accommodations for those with disabilities. As a small businessman the cost vs benefit would be an issue to me, if I'm hiring a programmer or web designer it is a great fit, a transcriptionist or school crossing guard are probably non-starters; not because I have something against the deaf, but because the extra expense (with the transcriptionist) or liability (what if the crossing guard did not hear the oncoming truck) is not reasonable."

"I know an employer who hired a deaf guy into a data entry role and he is his most productive employee for the simple reason that he is not distracted by or doesn't engage in any of the chat that other employees engage in so this is a definite plus for that employer"

"Yes of course. I've worked along side several. My employer made certain considerations concerning safety and that was all that was needed.
i.e. fire alarms with flashing lights. (not required then at that time) and making sure they had a couple of "safety buddies" in case of alarms."

"'They probably wouldn't do well in a job where it was mandatory to be on the phone'. But if it was for a non-phone-intensive position, I'd judge them on their ability to do the job they applied for."

"I just follow the no discrimination on ethnicity, gender, age, disability etc"

"If you can do the job I need done, and you managed to get to an interview and onto my list of consideration, why not?"

"No, it would interfear with customer interaction, beacuse if the customer needed to change what they do to help the employe, its not right"

"If the job depended on a lot of phone use, probably not. Other than that, no problem. My first requirement: can they do the job? My second requirement: can they do the job? There are no other requirements."

"The only time this would be a problem is if the job includes verbal communication. There is no way that everyone you work with will learn sign language, so they will not hire you if you have to talk with coworkers."

"I would not refrain from hiring someone just because they were deaf or had any other handicap.
If they could do the job at hand then I would consider htem. Their handicap would not get them any special considerations, either, so they would still have to live up to other expectations that would be expected of any employee."

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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Feeling like trapped in a situation you can't get out of?

Have you lost two or three jobs in the same year and felt that your deafness may have something to do with it? Are you stuck in a place where you don't know how to escape from? Do you feel like your career life is a dead-end? Do you want a new change but don't know what it is?

If you answer "yes" to one or more of the following questions, then you aren't sure what you really want to do with your life.

You shouldn't be asking somebody, "What do you think I should do?". You should be asking yourself, "What do I really love to do?". It's not for anyone to decide what you need to be or what kind of job is good for you. A true desire should come from your heart.  As you know yourself very well, you're the one that needs to choose a path that fits you well.

Get out of the house, walk along the beach if you have one, or sit on the park bench. Close your eyes and try to imagine yourself in any place that you wish you were in. Maybe, the bulb light will go off at the top of your head. You'll probably have an idea of what you could be.

If you want to make yourself feel better, get a notebook and write out your thoughts and emotions. I think it's the best way to express your deepest feelings about your general life like strangers, career, and/or the people you love.

Find a hobby: ride a bike; hike; swim; dive; paint; draw; or whatever you like to do. Life is short. Don't let your life get wasted by being miserable about not finding a job.

I know life is hard, but oh, well, that's life.

More posts will be coming soon. Stay tuned!

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Monday, June 24, 2013

Hello, there!

It's been a while since I last posted. I do not have access to the Internet connection when I move to a new place. Keep in mind that I'll come back to writing blogs once I have the Internet service. I get a couple of important things to talk about in the upcoming posts, so stick around!

In the meantime, read all the articles I wrote here, and please like the Deaf People Can't Get Jobs Facebook page. I am posting stuff regularly over there.

Be in touch soon,
STerras

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Employers must provide ASL interpreters for the interview!

Yes, you are looking at the title above, "Employers must provide ASL interpreters for the interview!", which is what I've been hearing from the moment this blog started. Surely, ADA law requires employers to accommodate Deaf applicants when they're hired, but let's not forget that they can't be forced to hire them.

There was an article about a case of Deaf applicant suing Toy "R" Us for not providing an ASL interpreter for the group interview. So, why would Toy "R" Us want to pay out of their own pocket for an ASL interpreter if they weren't sure they were going to hire a Deaf applicant? Think about it. They couldn't afford to throw away their money on an expensive ASL interpreter just for the interview. The money issue is completely irrelevant to Deaf applicants because they don't pay. Now, you wonder why the VR services would have to provide ASL interpreters even though the so-called law says it's the actually employers' responsibilities.

Let's just say, for instance, you are considering to hire one of two licensed painters for your new home. One of them is an able-bodied painter, and the other one is without legs from knees down. You realize both of them are equally very good and well-qualified for the painting job. If you hire a disabled painter, you would have to spend more money on a high ladder and other equipment to accommodate that person to make sure he or she can get the job done. On the other hand, if you hire a non-disabled painter, you'd know it wouldn't cost you a thing except your payment for the job done. Now, if you can be honest with yourself, which one would you prefer? I'm gonna let you answer that one for yourself.

The same is true for most companies.

Hiring employers will always say no when you request an ASL interpreter concerning their money...no matter what the law says. They just won't do it...in a subtle way, of course.

This is not to say you would have to stay down and let them get away with discrimination, but employers being burdened with accommodation responsibilities just doesn't work. They know the law requires them to accommodate Deaf employees at their expenses, so they just choose not to hire us. For that reason, it puts more and more Deaf people out of work. 

It's not fair to Deaf applicants because it does not make them look good in job competition. Hiring companies are always baiting the biggest and the best fish they can find. They are not hiring someone because of what they can do for that person, they are hiring someone because of what that person can do for them. It's something that all Deaf applicants need to keep in mind when they are applying for a job. To compete against hearing people in this economy is seriously intense!

The real question is, why couldn't the government have enforced the law that they would be the responsible ones to provide accommodations to all persons with disabilities in workplace? Wouldn't that make job opportunities more accessible to us in the first place?

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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Deaf Applicants: Tired of Hunting Job?

I had a recent conversation with two people about SSI/SSD and Deaf people's lack of effort in searching for a job. I had to remind them that it was not easy for people with disabilities to get hired due to discrimination and that they had no choice but to receive disability cash to live. They argued that it was probably just an excuse because the Deaf people they knew gave up job searching so soon and they didn't try hard enough to get a job. They saw a lot of their jobless Deaf friends being on disability benefits for a long period of time. Well, those were their words, not mine. Oh, yes, I forgot to mention they were deaf as well.

A couple of years ago, my VR counselor and employment specialist were so surprised that I was very persistent about getting a job and that I was filling out over 500 job applications in the last two years. They were really amazed by how hard I worked to find a job. They said no other Deaf clients have ever done what I did. It made me wonder whether or not their Deaf clients were doing enough.

Another time, my employment specialist seemed to complain that many Deaf clients just sat back and expected them to go out and find a job for them. So, it was why they were always asking me if I was actively filling out job applications.

I am not judging anyone based on the information I've received and I am not saying that everyone is the same, but I'm just pondering how often it is for Deaf people to stop searching for job abruptly. I wonder if a lack of effort may actually play some role in skyrocketing Deaf unemployment.

Nevertheless, they shouldn't be blamed if they have given up job searching after three years or more, especially knowing that they did the best as they could. The feelings of hopeless and insecurity after seeing a lot of rejection are very common. In this recession, either it's going to take a long time to snag a job or there are far fewer job opportunities than before. However, if you haven't done the best as you could to find a job, then you might want to think about whether or not you could have done differently if you had tried harder.

Overall, that's just my observation.

I would expect to see more and more people out of work everyday. We don't really know for how long it's going to last and when things will go back to the way it was before economic crisis, or maybe things won't be the same as they used to be economy wise.

I notice many people, both hearing and deaf, are commenting that "it's not only Deaf people or persons with disabilities that have difficulty getting a job. Hearing/able-bodied people are suffering, too." While that may be true, I just think that they don't realize how serious problem the Deaf community is really facing right now. In the past, with good economy, we still had the same problem as we do today. Nothing has changed at all. That's the big problem, especially in this recession. They said hearing people are facing the same challenges as Deaf. What challenges? What do they have in common? That does not make any sense to me. I'd hate to say it, but that's a flat-out denial.

To grasp the concept of this problem, you should read the other blogs I wrote here in the archives. Please, check 'em out.

Any opinions? Disagreement? Please post your comment.

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Friday, April 19, 2013

What made you give up job hunting?

Here is a news article by Associated Press Writers on "Dropouts: Discouraged Americans leave labor force"; for people with and without disabilities. It's very interesting, yet it's sad. I believe we all feel the same way when we deal with a lot of rejection.

Apparently some people are saying we should just keep going and not give up, but it's easier said than done. You would feel like giving up the job search is the only solution after too many rejection and that nothing would make any difference if you continue.

Well, enjoy this article.
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Dropouts: Discouraged Americans leave labor force
Dropouts: Discouraged Americans are giving up the job hunt for school, retirement, disability
By Paul Wiseman and Jesse Washington, Associated Press Writers | Associated Press – 3 hrs ago


FILE - This Friday, March 29, 2013 file photo shows a help wanted sign at a barber shop in Richmond, Va. U.S. employers added just 88,000 jobs in March, the fewest in nine months and a sharp retreat after a period of strong hiring. Many discouraged Americans are giving up the job hunt for school, retirement and disability. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)
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FILE - This Friday, March 29, 2013 file photo shows a help wanted sign at a barber shop in Richmond, Va. U.S. employers added just 88,000 jobs in March, the fewest in nine months and …more

WASHINGTON (AP) -- After a full year of fruitless job hunting, Natasha Baebler just gave up.

She'd already abandoned hope of getting work in her field, counseling the disabled. But she couldn't land anything else, either — not even a job interview at a telephone call center.

Until she feels confident enough to send out resumes again, she'll get by on food stamps and disability checks from Social Security and live with her parents in St. Louis.

"I'm not proud of it," says Baebler, who is in her mid-30s and is blind. "The only way I'm able to sustain any semblance of self-preservation is to rely on government programs that I have no desire to be on."

Baebler's frustrating experience has become all too common nearly four years after the Great Recession ended: Many Americans are still so discouraged that they've given up on the job market.

Older Americans have retired early. Younger ones have enrolled in school. Others have suspended their job hunt until the employment landscape brightens. Some, like Baebler, are collecting disability checks.

It isn't supposed to be this way. After a recession, an improving economy is supposed to bring people back into the job market.

Instead, the number of Americans in the labor force — those who have a job or are looking for one — fell by nearly half a million people from February to March, the government said Friday. And the percentage of working-age adults in the labor force — what's called the participation rate — fell to 63.3 percent last month. It's the lowest such figure since May 1979.

The falling participation rate tarnished the only apparent good news in the jobs report the Labor Department released Friday: The unemployment rate dropped to a four-year low of 7.6 percent in March from 7.7 in February.

People without a job who stop looking for one are no longer counted as unemployed. That's why the U.S. unemployment rate dropped in March despite weak hiring. If the 496,000 who left the labor force last month had still been looking for jobs, the unemployment rate would have risen to 7.9 percent in March.

"Unemployment dropped for all the wrong reasons," says Craig Alexander, chief economist with TD Bank Financial Group. "It dropped because more workers stopped looking for jobs. It signaled less confidence and optimism that there are jobs out there."

The participation rate peaked at 67.3 percent in 2000, reflecting an influx of women into the work force. It's been falling steadily ever since.

Part of the drop reflects the baby boom generation's gradual move into retirement. But such demographics aren't the whole answer.

Even Americans of prime working age — 25 to 54 years old — are dropping out of the workforce. Their participation rate fell to 81.1 percent last month, tied with November for the lowest since December 1984.

"It's the lack of job opportunities — the lack of demand for workers — that is keeping these workers from working or seeking work," says Heidi Shierholz, an economist at the liberal Economic Policy Institute. The Labor Department says there are still more than three unemployed people for every job opening.

Cynthia Marriott gave up her job search after an interview in October for a position as a hotel concierge.

"They never said no," she says. "They just never called me back."

Her husband hasn't worked full time since 2006. She cashed out her 401(k) after being laid off from a job at a Los Angeles entertainment publicity firm in 2009. The couple owes thousands in taxes for that withdrawal. They have no health insurance.

She got the maximum 99 weeks' of unemployment benefits then allowed in California and then moved to Atlanta.

Now she is looking to receive federal disability benefits for a lung condition that she said leaves her weak and unable to work a full day. The application is pending a medical review.

"I feel like I have no choice," says Marriott, 47. "It's just really sad and frightening"

During the peak of her job search, Marriott was filling out 10 applications a day. She applied for jobs she felt overqualified for, such as those at Home Depot and Petco but never heard back. Eventually, the disappointment and fatigue got to her.

"I just wanted a job," she says. "I couldn't really go on anymore looking for a job."

Young people are leaving the job market, too. The participation rate for Americans ages 20 to 24 hit a 41-year low 69.6 percent last year before bouncing back a bit. Many young people have enrolled in community colleges and universities. That's one reason a record 63 percent of adults ages 25 to 29 have spent at least some time in college, according to the Pew Research Center.

Older Americans are returning to school, too. Doug Damato, who lives in Asheville, N.C., lost his job as an installer at a utility company in February 2012. He stopped looking for work last fall, when he began taking classes in mechanical engineering at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College.

Next week, Damato, 40, will accept an academic award for earning top grades. But one obstacle has emerged: Under a recent change in state law, his unemployment benefits will now end July 1, six months earlier than he expected.

He's planning to work nights, if possible, to support himself once the benefits run out. Dropping out of school is "out of the question," he said, given the time he has already put into the program.

"I don't want a handout," he says. "I'm trying to better myself."

Many older Americans who lost their jobs are finding refuge in Social Security's disability program. Nearly 8.9 million Americans are receiving disability checks, up 1.3 million from when the recession ended in June 2009.

Natasha Baebler's journey out of the labor force and onto the disability rolls began when she lost her job serving disabled students and staff members at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind., in February 2012.

For six months, she sought jobs in her field, brandishing master's degrees in social education and counseling. No luck.

Then she just started looking for anything. Still, she had no takers.

"I chose to stop and take a step back for a while ... After you've seen that amount of rejection," she says, "you start thinking, 'What's going to make this time any different?' "

Source: http://news.yahoo.com/dropouts-discouraged-americans-leave-labor-135509170.html
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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Does Americans with Disabilities Act really work?

I think this is a good time for us to have a discussion on how to solve Deaf unemployment issues. Let's start brainstorming ideas here, shall we? 

Deaf unemployment is very high, and no one is doing anything about it. That is why we should take some action to end this problem. It's not just about Deaf people who keep getting rejected by hiring employers, it's about you as well... if you're deaf or hard of hearing. Whatever happens to them can happen to you, too.

Americans with Disabilities Act protects our rights in employment opportunities, access accommodation, and the likes. but it doesn't really prevent discrimination and ill-treatments against deafness. It does not make any much difference except that it provides you the right to file for discrimination lawsuit against anyone. The deaf discrimination continues to exist nevertheless. Compare to the past (pre-ADA and good economy), Deaf unemployment rate is still the same. Yes, it's true, we still do have (about) the same expectations as hearing people's, but... aren't we really tired of fighting to death for our more equal rights? Aren't we tired of working twice as hard as our hearing counterparts everyday?

Does ADA really help us at all in terms of employment?

Do you feel that ADA may even prevent some employers from hiring Deaf applicants? I do feel that it may have prevented them from hiring the likes of us for two reasons: the cost of accommodation and the fear of lawsuits. That just makes it worse than it was before the ADA.

I believe ADA does more harm than good to people with disabilities. It forces employers to be responsible to pay out of their pockets for disabled employees' technology assistance and access accommodation. Therefore it makes persons with disabilities less competitive than their counterparts without disabilities. So, wasn't it a smart decision to enact this type of law? What were they thinking, really?

If you have the power to edit ADA or make a new law from a scratch to make employment more accessible to the persons with disabilities, what would it be?

From there, it may give me some ideas to create a petition for strengthening work opportunities that could be more accessible to the Deaf and other persons with disabilities.

Someone once told me that they thought the government should use SSI/SSDI money to build an office building and hire Deaf and people with disabilities. Do you think it would be a good idea? Would it work?

Do you think the government should be responsible for the expenses of disabled workers' access accommodation and/or technology support, not the employers'? Would that make more sense to you?

Any other ideas? What are the best ways to solve Deaf unemployment problems?

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Monday, April 1, 2013

6 Career Myths You Shouldn't Fall For

Here is a really good article for anyone who's considering a career change or getting into a college. I will provide some tips about your career choice at the end of this article if you can scroll further down.

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6 Career Myths You Shouldn't Fall For

January 7, 2013      
You've probably heard the same bits of career advice tossed around over and over from well-meaning friends, relatives, and even bosses. But plenty of the maxims that we hear repeated actually aren't true. Here are six of the most popular career myths that you shouldn't fall for.


1. A college degree will get you a job. Generations of students have been told that if they get a college degree, they'll easily find a job afterward. Unfortunately, it's no longer so clear-cut. Degrees no longer open doors the way they used to, and too many new graduates are remaining unemployed or under-employed for months or even years, as employers opt for more experienced candidates. This is frustrating and confusing for graduates, who often feel that they did everything they were supposed to and they're not getting the pay-off they were promised would come.

2. Do what you're passionate about and the money will follow. In reality, not all passions match up with the realities of the job market. If you're passionate about poetry or painting, you're going to find very limited job opportunities for those things. In fact, the people who get to do what they love for a job are the lucky ones; they're not the majority. A better goal is to find work that you can do reasonably happily; it doesn't need to be your passion.

3. If you can't find a job, just start your own business. Starting your own business is hard, and it's not for everyone. It's not as easy as just having a skill and selling it. You have to have something that people want to buy from you more than they want to buy it from your competitors. You also have to be able to market yourself, deal with financial uncertainty, have some savings as a launch pad, and overcome plenty of other challenges. It's not a cure-all for anyone who can't find a job or is unhappy in their career.

4. Your major in college will lead to your career. Students often come out of school thinking that their major will lead them to their life-long career path directly, but it's very often not the case—especially for majors in the liberal arts. You might have an English degree but end up in HR, or a sociology degree but end up selling ads, or a music degree but end up as a professional fundraiser. On the other hand, degrees in the sciences, technology, engineering, and math are more likely to end up pointing you toward a more defined career path.

5. If you're not sure what you want to do, go to grad school. Grad school makes sense when you want to follow a career path that requires an advanced degree. But it's a bad use of time and money if you're hoping it will somehow point you down a career path, or if you're going because you're not sure what else to do. Many people who go to grad school for lack of a better option come out a few years later saddled with large student loans, and not any better positioned than they were before they enrolled. Which leads to…

6. Grad school will always make you more marketable. Grad school generally will not make you more marketable unless you're going into a field that specifically requires a graduate degree. In fact, it can make you less competitive, by keeping you from getting work experience for that much longer and requiring you to find a higher-paying job than you might otherwise need because you need to pay back school loans—and even worse, if you apply for jobs that have nothing to do with your graduate degree, many employers will think you don't really want the job you're applying for, since it's not in "your field."

Alison Green writes the popular Ask a Manager blog, where she dispenses advice on career, job search, and management issues. She's also the co-author of Managing to Change the World: The Nonprofit Manager's Guide to Getting Results, and former chief of staff of a successful nonprofit organization, where she oversaw day-to-day staff management, hiring, firing, and employee development.

Source: http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/outside-voices-careers/2013/01/07/6-career-myths-you-shouldnt-fall-for
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STerras's note:

I have a few tips and warnings listed here for you if you are unsure what career is suitable for you.

1. I've had some people telling me about their career goals and going back to school to get a higher degree. If you are unable to find a job and thinking that going back to school to get a higher degree will solve your problem, please reconsider your decision. If you have completed a second degree, you'll likely face the same problems you had before going back to school. If that occurs, it will result in a waste of time and money.

2. Never let anyone, not even your family members or friends, tell you what kind of career is good for you. You must know yourself well enough to figure out exactly what is best for you, which is very important, because not every career is for everyone.

3. When choosing a career that you like, do a lot of research on it. To get a better idea of what it's really like or how it works is to meet with professionals in the field of your interest through good networking. LinkedIn is the best place to meet with and ask questions to appropriate people. Just researching your career choice on the Internet alone is not very informative enough.

4. If you don't know what you want to be, consider your hobbies as they can be transformed into one of your professional occupations. If you love sewing, seamstress job may be the one for you. If you like to craft wood, you may be interested in becoming a wood frame designer. Those are just examples that may give you something to consider for yourself.

5. You have to be careful and extremely knowledgeable when it comes to profession of your interest. Many people end up being unsatisfied with their jobs, and others frequently change their careers over the course of their lifetime. 

6. Your passion and ambition are really important. If you aren't passionate about what you do, then your career choice probably isn't the one for you.  

7. If you have just graduated from high school and are preparing to go to college. Suppose you aren't sure about what to study, the best thing to do is just wait until you have finally figure out what you really want to do. In the meantime, go to community college and work on improving your skills in any or more subjects. A lot of people who graduated from college ended up regretting their study majors. Do you honestly think an 18 year old would know everything about their major choice? I don't think so.

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Monday, March 25, 2013

Is Deafness Not Really a Disability?

Growing up, I have never considered myself disabled even though I do have a hearing loss. Knowing I was fully capable of doing anything I put my mind to, I did not feel there was any correlation between deafness and disability. Disability means you are not able to do things physically and mentally. Are the people who are only hearing impaired able-bodied? If so, then why are they viewed as a disability? Legally, Deaf people are considered as ones of the people with disabilities by the governments because they are dealing with so many challenges and discrimination in employment. Therefore, they are placed on welfare.

The meaning of disability can mean different things to different people, but here is the real disability definition quoted below:

"dis·a·bil·i·ty  

/ˌdisəˈbilitē/

Noun
  1. A physical or mental condition that limits a person's movements, senses, or activities.
  2. A disadvantage or handicap, esp. one imposed or recognized by the law.
Synonyms
incapacity - incapability - inability - incompetence"

Does this meaning of disability define Deaf people? Are they incapable of doing anything? There are senses that prevent you from doing something, and that is what you'd call a disability, but there's only one sense we obviously don't have. We have lost only one sense that is sound, and that's it. Yeah. Whoops, big deal.

That's why I've never thought of myself as one of the people with disabilities.

But...

Things changed the way I viewed myself when I started a college. I was the only Deaf student in all hearing classes. I was always treated differently by my instructors and classmates. They pitied and talked down to me. I thought, "Wow, my deafness scared them that much?"

Obviously, many Deaf people have their own perceptions about disability. They hate this term because it sounds negative and it does not define them at all. They do feel deafness is a blessing for them because they do have their own culture and language. When there's a language, there's a culture.

On the other hand...

Some people, including both hearing and Deaf people, believe deafness is a disability because we have hearing assistance technology and sign language interpreter. You'll be not considered disabled if you don't need any help at all. If you can't do a job of answering the telephone, then you are considered disabled. 

Before you object to the disability label, there is one question for you to consider. If you were to tell your government that you are not disabled and they would say, "You're not disabled? Okay, we'll take away your disability benefits", what would be your response to that?

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Saturday, March 16, 2013

What to do with your time while unemployed

Some people are unemployed for two years, some haven't had a job in five plus years. When you are still applying for jobs, think about what employers would look for in job applicants. If they see your resume that says you haven't worked in three years, they may see a red flag. They probably think there's something wrong with you. Why should they hire you if others didn't hire you before? It's the first question that pops in their heads. None of the economic crisis and other factors for being unemployed really matter to them. If you are out of work for more than six months, a very, very few employers would even consider calling you to come in for an interview.
 
The best way to fill in unemployment gap is to volunteer at any type of organizations in your area. You may do it at least once or twice a week if you really don't want to waste your time doing something for free everyday. It probably sounds cliché, but it really helps make employers see that you are enthusiastic about what you do and willing to work hard in your free time. This is one of the biggest keys to increasing your chances of getting more job interviews.

I'm not talking about just putting boxes in the backroom or cleaning the shelves. It's not enough to enhance your skills by doing a simple thing that's significantly too low for your level. It's not important enough to draw employers' attention. Personally, I feel it's completely a waste of time and talent. You may want to show them there are many important things you can do when you are volunteering. You can even develop new skills while you are helping out for free. Think of it as if you are taking a free class or even a training program.

It would make more sense to find a volunteer opportunity that is similar to your experience or educational background. The best website for volunteer or job match is "Idealist" www.idealist.org, which is also available in most countries if you live outside of USA.

If you do prefer not to volunteer because you have your own projects that need your attention, you may want to use them as your activities for your work experience. For example, someone who graduates with a degree in Fashion Design begins working on her own clothing line since she is not yet able to find a job. She puts her fashion design projects on her resume, so that her potential employers could see that she is not sitting on her couch in front of TV, popping popcorns in her mouth all day. Because what? Employers hate laziness! There are other things you can do like writing a book or crafting if you don't volunteer. 

I know I have mentioned in my previous blog that you could start a small company to sell your items or things you want to get rid of. You could brainstorm your ideas to start your own business--whether it's online or outside of the Internet. Nowadays, many people who have lost their jobs had to develop a company of their own to survive this recession. Starting a business and searching for a job are your A and B plans, so that you won't go insane or be worried about your future. Thinking positive will keep you sane at all times.

This is why it's important to keep yourself busy while searching for jobs. Employers will want to know what you're up to while you are unemployed. They need someone with up to date skills. The longer they are unemployed, the less they are needed. It's true.

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Sunday, March 10, 2013

Jobs to Fill, Employers Wait for Perfection

I came across a news article about employers going through several rounds of interviews before they find a perfect candidate in tight economy. I thought it was so interesting that I would like to share with you all. It made me think about how it would affect deaf people or people with disabilities who are applying for jobs. Once again, it just adds another problem to deaf people's employment barriers. When you read it, you will have real depth of understanding how this economy plays a role in employers' hiring decisions.

I copied and pasted the news article here along with its source, and let me know what you think of it.
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By CATHERINE RAMPELL | New York Times – Wed, Mar 6, 2013 2:04 PM EST

Paul Sullivan, a video editor, has received eighth- and ninth-round callbacks at three different companies.

Daniel Rosenbaum for The New York Times - Paul Sullivan, a video editor, has received eighth- and ninth-round callbacks at three different companies.

American employers have a variety of job vacancies, piles of cash and countless well-qualified candidates. But despite a slowly improving economy, many companies remain reluctant to actually hire, stringing job applicants along for weeks or months before they make a decision.

If they ever do.

The number of job openings has increased to levels not seen since the height of the financial crisis, but vacancies are staying unfilled much longer than they used to — an average of 23 business days today compared to a low of 15 in mid-2009, according to a new measure of Labor Department data by the economists Steven J. Davis, Jason Faberman and John Haltiwanger.

Some have attributed the more extended process to a mismatch between the requirements of the 4 million jobs available and the skills held by many of the 12 million unemployed. That’s probably true in a few high-skilled fields, like nursing or biotech, but for a large majority of positions where candidates are plentiful, the bigger problem seems to be a sort of hiring paralysis.

“There’s a fear that the economy is going to go down again, so the message you get from C.F.O.’s is to be careful about hiring someone,” said John Sullivan, a management professor at San Francisco State University who runs a human resources consulting business. “There’s this great fear of making a mistake, of wasting money in a tight economy.”

As a result, employers are bringing in large numbers of candidates for interview after interview after interview. Data from Glassdoor.com, a site that collects information on hiring at different companies, shows that the average duration of the interview process at major companies like Starbucks, General Mills and Southwest Airlines has roughly doubled since 2010.

“After they call you back after the sixth interview, there’s a part of you that wants to say, ‘That’s it, I’m not going back,’ ” said Paul Sullivan, 43, an exasperated but cheerful video editor in Washington. “But then you think, hey, maybe seven is my lucky number. And besides, if I don’t go, they’ll just eliminate me if something else comes up because they’ll think I have an attitude problem.”

Like other job seekers around the country, he has been through marathon interview sessions. Mr. Sullivan has received eighth- and ninth-round callbacks for positions at three different companies. Two of those companies, as it turned out, ultimately decided not to hire anyone, he said; instead they put their openings “on hold” because of budget pressures.

At one company, while signing into the visitor’s log for the sixth time, he was chided by the security guard.

“He thought I worked there and just kept forgetting my security badge,” Mr. Sullivan said. “He couldn’t believe I was actually there for another interview. I couldn’t either! But then I put on a happy face, went upstairs and waited for another round of questions.”

The hiring delays are part of the vicious cycle the economy has yet to escape: jobless and financially stretched Americans are reluctant to spend, which holds back demand, which in turn frays employers’ confidence that sales will firm up and justify committing to a new hire. Job creation over the last two years has been steady but too slow to put a major dent in the backlog of unemployed workers, and the February jobs report due out on Friday is expected to be equally mediocre. Uncertainty about the effect of fiscal policy in Washington is not helping expectations for the rest of the year, either.

“If you have an opening and are not sure about the economy, it’s pretty cheap to wait for a month or two,” said Nicholas Bloom, an economics professor at Stanford University. But in the aggregate, those little delays, coupled with fiscal uncertainty, are stretching out the recovery process. “It’s like one of those horror movies, an economic Friday the 13th, where this recession never seems to die.”

Employers might be making candidates jump through so many hoops partly because so many workers have been jobless for months or years, and hiring managers want to make sure the candidates’ skills are up to date, said Robert Shimer, an economics professor at the University of Chicago.

But there’s also little pressure to hire right now, so long as candidates are abundant and existing staff members are afraid to refuse the extra workload created by an unfilled position. Employers can keep dragging out the hiring process until they’re more confident about their business — or at least until they find the superstar candidate they are sure must be just over the horizon.

“They’re chasing after that purple squirrel,” said Roger Ahlfeld, 44, of Framingham, Mass., using a human resources industry term for an impossibly qualified job applicant.

An H.R. professional himself, Mr. Ahlfeld has been looking for work since August 2011, and has been frustrated to find himself the “silver medalist” for a couple of jobs after six separate rounds of interviews totaling 10 to 20 hours for each position, not including prep work and transportation time. For both of those jobs, though, there still has been no gold medalist. After eight months, they remain unfilled, with the companies intermittently posting a job ad, taking it down, and then posting it again.

In addition to demanding credentials beyond what a given position traditionally requires, employers have thrown up more hurdles as screening devices.

In his job hunt over the last year, Mr. Sullivan has taken several video-editing tests, which he says he aced. But he has also been subjected to a battery of personality and psychological exams, a spelling quiz and even a math test (including a question that began, to the best of his recollection, “If John is on a train traveling from New York at 40 miles per hour, and Susie is on a train from Boston...”).

He passed the math test with a 90 percent score, he said.

“Sister Callahan would be very proud that I was able to remember math problems I learned in prep school,” he said. “But what on earth does that have to do with the job I was applying for? It was like something out of ‘Seinfeld.’ ”

For the companies themselves, economists say, the gantlets they have constructed may be wasting managers’ time and company resources that could be put to better use. Besides, there are diminishing returns to interviewing candidates so many times; a recent internal analysis at Google, a company that developed a reputation for over-interviewing even when the economy was good, showed that the optimal number of interviews for any given candidate was four. But that has not sped things up. According to user reviews on Glassdoor.com, the average Google interview process has expanded in the last two years, to 30 days from 21. Google declined to comment.

And for applicants, the expenses add up fast.

Mr. Sullivan calculates that the three positions he applied for cost him $520.36 in parking fees, two parking tickets, gas and trips to Starbucks while waiting for his interviews. (He recently switched to bringing his own coffee thermos, he says.) That tally excludes the costs of producing and mailing out his video work, dry-cleaning bills for the pressed suits he dons for each interview and thousands of dollars of fees to get certified in new video-editing programs.

Job seekers just have to hope that the investment pays off.

Jameson Cherilus, 23, counts himself as one of the lucky ones. Since graduating at the top of his 2012 class at Quinnipiac University in Connecticut, he has spent hundreds of dollars on public transit traveling from his home in Bridgeport to interview for jobs in New York. After about six weeks of interviews for an entry-level administrative position at a talent agency, he got some good news: in mid-December, he was finally offered the job.

There’s just one catch.

More than two months later, he said, “They still haven’t given me my start date.”
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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Reasons for Deaf employees being fired


Here are common six factors for firing Deaf employees. All of those are discrimination against deafness. Here are the reasons for their firing:

1. Not able to complete required tasks due to a lack of reasonable accommodation like a fax machine, computer, video call relay, ASL interpreter, or text messaging (which as a mean to communicate with co-workers and managers).

2. Employers are tired of communicating with Deaf employees. Not that Deaf workers can't communicate, but employers do not like to take their time to write down the notes or talk directly to their Deaf employees who read lips.

3. They are fired because they can't hear. Their job descriptions say they must be able to hear well to perform a job. For instance, a couple of years ago, a Deaf lifeguard was fired because she was deaf, and a new policy required all lifeguards to be able to hear in case someone was screaming for help in the water.

4. Conflicts with co-workers. Deaf and hearing co-workers do not get along well. A hearing co-worker lies to their boss about a deaf co-worker for any reason just to get him or her in trouble, and the boss chooses to believe their hearing employee over the deaf worker. During dispute, the employer often takes hearing employee's side instead of deaf employee.

5. Companies do not have enough money to pay their employees and decide to lay off some "unwanted" employees including the one who is deaf. They will keep the ones who are considered the most "qualified".

6. For requesting an ASL interpreter for on-the-job training program.

Any thoughts? Does anyone have similar experience to any of these lists? If anyone has anything else that is not listed above, please post away! I believe there may be more than what is listed here.

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