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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.


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.

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!

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."

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!