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Sunday, February 24, 2013

Companies don't want deaf people? Screw them!

Instead of waiting for a company to hire you, you may be thinking to yourself, "why don't I just do something else for myself (and my family)?" Why would you need to wait to get hired when you can work for yourself? Working at home sounds really simple and less stressful, but there are far too many work from home scams creeping around on the Internet. There are a lot more scam jobs than there are the legitimate ones. For this reason, it's always good to trust your intuition.

Legitimate work from home jobs would be ideal for people with disabilities, stay-at-home parent, or retirees who need supplemental income. Of course, it would be a perfect opportunity especially for deaf people who are tired of getting burned over and over by hiring employers. It may not be easy, but you will need to market yourself aggressively to potential clients or companies. There are plenty of information and tools on the Internet on how to market your business.

There are the legitimate jobs at home listed here you may want to try out:

1. Virtual Assistant
2. Medical Transcriptionist
3. Web developer/designer
4.Call Center Representative
5. Tech Support Specialist
6. Travel Agent
7. Tutor
8. Writer/editor
9. Franchise Owner
10. Web Search Evaluator
11.  Proofreader
12. Concierge
13. Translator

Virtual Assistant
A virtual assistant is self-employed and provides professional administrative, technical, or social assistance to clients. Virtual Assistant is not an employee but an independent contractor, so clients are not responsible for any employee-related taxes, benefits, or insurance. To become a virtual assistant, you would have to have some experience in bookkeeping, administrative assistance, or general office. You need to market yourself through Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and/or other social networking sites. 

Medical Transcriptionist
Medical transcriptionists convert voice recordings that physicians and other health professionals make into written reports. They must know medical terminology and abbreviations. So, how does a deaf person become a medical transcriptionist, especially that it requires listening to voice recordings? Well, I've just learned that there are interpreters and hearing-assistance such as Communication Access Real-time Transcription (CART) that can help medical transcriptionists who are deaf. Great news, right?

Web Developer/Designer
A web developer is a programmer who specializes in the development of WWW applications. If you are genius in developing web applications and have advanced knowledge in HTML/XHTML, CSS, and JavaScript, then this is the one for you. I believe it may require a bachelor's degree.

Call Center Representative
A call center representative is the person who handles incoming or outgoing customer calls for a company or business. They might handle account inquiries, customer complaints, or support issues. Obviously, it may not sound like an ideal for some deaf people, but video relay call can be used as a hearing assistance for deaf call center agents. I have heard that some deaf people actually worked at call centers. It's worth a try. If anyone has ever done this type of work before, please let us know how it goes!

Tech Support Specialist
Technical support specialists deal with mainly troubleshooting and problem solving issues, using specialized technical knowledge to provide computer support. Help desk support serves as the middleman, acting as the administrator to answer the phone and route the call to the proper specialist (use the video call relay, remember?). It might be a perfect opportunity for you if you have a degree in computer technology.

Travel Agent
It might be an ideal for someone who loves traveling, but be warned that this travel business could be slow because many people are self-purchasing tickets on websites without needing a travel agent nowadays. If you really are interested in this position, then do some research for yourself to see if this is what you truly want to do. You need to take a few training courses to become a travel agent and will work directly for a company. There may be many different opportunities along with this job.

If you can give private lessons in subjects you know already, this may be the one for you. There are lot of tutoring online opportunities you may want to check out. It's competitive, but you need to sell yourself well enough to attract students, parents, or clients. Try to volunteer for organizations who need tutors for their clients to gain some experience or take some training courses. You can be a tutor in math, ASL, reading, or whatever subject you know. Keep in mind that you may be given an exam on subjects you want to tutor, and background check may be required.

Companies prefer to hire writer/editors with a college degree, so you should have a degree in English or Journalism. If you have a degree in anything but those field of studies, you may write a few samples to show them what you can do for them.

Franchise Owner
It may not be for everyone. Franchising is to pay someone for their business, marketing, operations strategies, and the use of their name. You are establishing a relationship with a successful business so you can use its systems and capitalize on its existing business in order to get a quicker return on your own investment. You are using its proven system and name, and running it by its rules. However, the costs and fees of purchasing someone else's franchise and its suppliers can be very, very expensive--like I said before, it may not be for everyone.

Web Search Evaluator
Many large search engines rely on home-based evaluators to test the accuracy of online search results, examining different search terms and the websites they turn up. The job involves a lot of analytical thinking, so applicants must pass a test before companies such as Appen Butler Hill, Leapforce and Lionbridge will hire them. Evaluators generally choose their own hours, and none of the three major search firms has educational requirements, so that's a great news!

Proofreading is a job that detects and corrects production-errors of text. The companies may require proofreading experience and at least a bachelor's degree. It could work for you if you have some experience working or volunteering as a proofreader for a company or business. If you don't have any required experience, you may be provided a proofreading sample before they decide to hire you.

Concierges can now work anywhere, providing travel assistance, making reservations and answering questions by phone, e-mail, text message or chat. Some companies such as JPMorgan and Starwood Hotels are hiring home-based concierges to work for them. Sounds like a good deal, right? May as well give it a try!

Yes, you know very well exactly what it is. If you know and speak more than one language, you're it! You just don't have to "speak" a foreign language to get this job, you can actually translate any language you are fluent in by writing on papers. For example, companies are looking for someone who knows how to translate a foreign language into English on their clients' important documents.

If anyone has ever tried any of these before, let us know how it was!
Home-based Website Business?

If you want to sell your product at home, then starting a website business is the one for you. It's like you would start any other business physically, but you will need to create a good website for your product. It will take some time for you to make money if you put enough time and effort in building your website business and knowing your market strategies really well. Also, you will need to put a small investment in your business.  

Money may not be flowing wildly out of the computer overnight, and the customers just don't come to your website by themselves without having proper marketing skills. This is why you need to advertise your product(s) on the social media sites such as Google, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc. Depending on your goals and ideas, it may take a couple of weeks or even months to see that your business get up and running. It's very important to know your competitors as well. You have to make something better than your competitors and what people want to buy.

Oh, yes, and remember to comply with tax laws and government regulations when running a business online. Contact your local authority for more information.

If this is too much for you and you don't want to craft objects or spend your money to have your products manufactured, then you can always provide a professional service to your clients instead.

Professional service would be a good start especially if you are expert in one or more areas of marketing social media, public relations, administrative technology, alteration and clothing services, and so on. Again, make sure you have a website of your own to sell your service to your clients. It's really simple and less stressful. First, start with your friends and family to "test" your business and see how well it goes.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Think Lowest Level Jobs are Perfect for Deaf Persons?

Hearing people do not bluntly come out and say the lowest level jobs are good for deaf people, but their actions speak louder than words. For example, employment service agencies (for persons with disabilities or deaf/hoh individuals) who always seem to have connections with retail stores like Walmart, Target, Walgreen, T.J. Maxx, and so on that will help deaf and hard of hearing individuals get their feet in the door of these stores. I am not talking about just any clients but intelligent and college-educated Deaf clients. I am talking about professional Deaf clients who are seeking a professional career in their field of study or something similar to what they have studied.

What I really don't get is that Vocational Rehabilitation Services have paid for their clients' college tuitions, books, transportation, and other fees, and then, after college graduation, they could only help their clients find a job that's too low for their educational level like a dishwashing job. So, what's wrong with this picture?

I strongly believe that you can't work your way up to a higher level if you don't start with a lower one first. But the real problem is, most deaf people seemed to be stuck in that same type of level for a long time. They are either likely to get fired or not being able to climb up a ladder. 

I can't tell you how many times I have heard that Deaf people, who have a degree in graphic design, have trouble landing a job in graphic design industries. Not all of them, of course, but it's more than often that they have a hard time finding one that they are qualified for. I have two friends who graduated with a graphic design degree; one of them ends up working in a retail store, and other one stays at home, struggling to find work. It's not just about graphic design, it's about any profession of your choice that you just can't seem to seize a job. 

Some people told me it was because of the economy we are in today that we, deaf people, would be most likely to face challenges in employment, and I started to believe it was the only reason we were in deep trouble. However, I changed my mind after doing a thoroughly research on people with disabilities for employment and have concluded that even in good times, the unemployment rate for people with disabilities would still remain about the same percentage as it is today. So, it's not good, right? Well, the economic crisis is no longer an excuse for deaf people having trouble to find a job. It's just always been like this based on these statistics.

Now, what happened? Why don't we fight enough for our rights to be equal to hearing people? Why are we allowing hiring employers to mistreat us? If we don't fight for ourselves, no one else is going to fight for us. I have seen how easily some deaf people have given up the hope of finding a job and settled for SSI/SSDI instead. It isn't enough to put themselves over the roof, pay the bills, and food. There's a high price for basic living. They aren't able to find a job that they can make enough income to live on, so they are forced to depend on limited income like SSI or SSDI. Not only do they depend on SSI/SSDI, but they also depend on other people for their basic needs.

What must we do about this? Are there any solutions to the problems we have now?

The next blog post will be about options for starting a home-based website business, so stay tuned! 

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Ignorant Things People Say About Deaf People

I've spent some time searching on the Internet for deaf topics and found some ignorant comments made by hearing people about deaf people. I collected those comments and posted them here. Because hearing people have never met deaf people before, I was curious to know what they would really think about deaf people, and I am sure you would be, too. All of these sources come from Yahoo! Answer. Some will make you laugh, some will make you cry. While on the subject, these are their writings, not mine.

"Why do Deaf people get SSI, when they can work as a maid, work other jobs that doesn't require hearing"
"Deafness is a disability , and there are some things that are impossible or challenging to do, such as driving, working in retail, walking across the street (you can't hear traffic). Why does this concern you?"

"How come deaf people can't get good job?"
"How do deaf people, who were born deaf, think?"

"If blind people wear sunglasses why don't deaf people wear earmuffs?"

"How do deaf-mute people read?"
"braille script bro....havent u heard of it...go to this link"

"What language do dumb and deaf people think?"
"people who are born deaf think in thought, just like other babies and animals.
It's only when you learn to speak that you learn which words go with which thoughts. The words do not be the thoughts"

"How do deaf people learn how to speak?" [STerras: It's a very understandable to ask this question, but look at the answer below.] 
"Deaf people can't talk. Babies learn by imitating what's happening around them (that's why you don't let them hear you swearing). Deaf people can't hear, so they can't imitate any sounds to speak. They use sign language."

"How does a deaf person communicate on a mobile telephone?"

"What is the correlation between being mute and being deaf?"
"they are just the same" 

"Can deaf people that are born deaf laugh?"

"Do deaf people scream when they're scared?"

"What type of work DUMB & DEAF CAN DO?"
"They can't."

"Why can't you talk if your Deaf?"

"Can deaf people get a drivers' license?"
"No. Deaf individuals cannot get a drivers license because they are not able to hear all that is around them. Think about it. When you are in traffic you want to be aware of your surroundings. The thing is that you need to hear the traffic around you. What happens if a deaf individual is driving on the road and they are not able to hear an emergency vehicle coming down the road? That means more accidents, and more time taken for the ER vehicle to get to its destination. This is just common sense. The thing is that even though they can see, they are still impaired. Deaf individuals should not drive and they cannot drive. That is just the law. You need to have all of your primary senses available to make good decisions on the road and cut down on accidents."

All right, that is all for now. I'm sure some of you are either baffled or not surprised by those statements. I did get some laugh from them.

In all seriousness...

I can't help but notice that many people are saying that deaf people can only work in low-level or low-paying jobs like dishwashing, cleaning toilet, housekeeping, etc. since they can't hear. How does that make you feel? Do you believe these are all that are good for deaf people?

Monday, February 4, 2013

Is Work From Home Legit?

I came across several sites where many deaf people posted questions about how to find work at home jobs. I understand that most deaf people have difficulty finding a job because many companies are very picky about hiring deaf people or they can't find a job locally. They believed that work from home jobs might be an easier solution for them. Despite the economic crisis and dealing with discrimination, you have to put aside your desperation for work and beware of any work at home scams. It is never easy to get a job to work at home. Never. I'll tell you why.

I used to work at home for some company, but it was actually not the one I applied for on the Internet. I knew someone who knew someone who gave me a job; I was interviewed by them in person. It was all about networking and knowing people.

Keep in mind that any employer would not hire anyone they don't know without actually interviewing them in person first. If they were in another state, they would have no problem to interview you on Skype. The point of the interview is for employers to get to know you up close and personal before they pay you if you're hired.

Some of these jobs in the ads indicate that you can make $18-$32 an hour just to enter data in the computer systems for a company, stuff envelopes or that type of thing. If it sounds too good to be sure, it surely is! It is definitely a scam. The real reason they do this is because they are trying to get your bank account information that they will claim to use to pay you. Another reason is that they also will ask you to pay them upfront in order to work for them!

Anytime they ask you to give your personal information such as bank account number, social security number, or even your birth date, it is a scam. If it was a job that you are really interested, simply ask them to send you a check via mail. If they said no, then run for hills! Even if it's for tax purposes, I really wouldn't recommend you give your personal information to any company you don't know. If it sounds legit, investigate it or contact the better business bureau. Sometimes, it's better to be safe than sorry.

In case you probably haven't noticed, most legitimate work at home jobs usually are Customer Service Representatives, but they require you to speak on the telephone with customers. A few of them that don't require talking on the phone involves checking background, screening, filling out tax paperwork, and/or interviewing process. Unfortunately, these types of jobs are very competitive. 

There's no easy way to make money by just doing little things. Any real job would require a lot of hard work to actually make some money. That's the way the life is.
Thanks for the reading! 

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Results for Deaf Unemployment Polls!

Hello, would like to say thank to those who participated in poll questions this week. Check out this link to poll results:

They are very interesting, indeed!

By the way, I just created a facebook page for this blog website, please like this page to keep you updated on each new blog post! Thanks much!

Updated: Does anyone know the true percentage of Deaf unemployment in USA? I am dying to know! I have tried researching the number as of now but could not find one. I wonder why? Maybe, it is too high? Is it something that Human Services/Vocational Rehabilitation Services are trying to cover up? 

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