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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Is Using Relay Call Bad Move for Job Interview?

A clothing company recently emailed me, saying they would like to interview me for a seamstress
position. They had no idea at all that I was deaf, & I didn't even bother to disclose it to them anyway because it was really none of their business. They said my resume had been on their file for a while. If I remember correctly, the last time I submitted a job application to their company's website was about 4 years ago. After that, they never respond to my resume. I just assumed they'd found someone with more experience than me.
The recruiter wanted to interview me by phone, so they asked for my phone number. They wanted to know more about my sewing experience, my education, & what I have done since I last sent them the job application. Of course, I gave them my number, & still, I did not mention the fact that it was a video relay. In the back of my mind, I was nervous about how they would react to it when they call. I did not know how to tell them for fear that it might influence their opinion of me as a professional.
A day later...
I sat by my phone and waited for a call at an exact time they said they'd call because I did not like having that call go to the sign mail if I miss it. Finally, the visual ringing came up on my phone's screen, prompting me to thumb-touch on the little green phone-shaped icon. A video popped up as it showed a sign language interpreter explaining (I hate that part!) to the caller about the video relay.
After the interpreter finished explaining, the caller sounded somewhat confused for a few moment at first & then cleared her throat. She began by asking, "uh, this Sarah?"
I replied, "Yes, this is Sarah."
She then said, "We wanted to interview you about one of our available positions for seamstresses. We reviewed your resume & wanted to know what you have done since you last submitted your job application?" Or something along that line.
I answered her questions & elaborated my experience of working as a seamstress. It lasted about five minutes of our phone interview, & then she said she'd call me to set up a real job interview, which she never did. I'm sure she's found someone who was more qualified than me, but that's OK.
I have to say, conversing in the video relay with a job interviewer who had never heard of it made the situation very awkward. Should I have explained the relay call to recruiter before doing a job interview? I feared it might confuse them because it wasn't something they have accustomed to.
Have you ever encountered a problem like this?

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Any Deaf Out There Still Can't Find A Job?

Hello, everyone! I hope your life is treating you well! It's been a while since the last time I posted here, & I do not know how you guys are doing. Any of you Deafies have finally landed a job? Yes? No? Not really?
If you are unemployed for some time & going to about ten job interviews a week or a month, feel free to share your experience here or ask any questions. This is a discussion where you can ask for advice on job interview in person/during a phone conversation, job application, resume, how to connect with the right people, deaf discrimination, & you name it! I will be here to answer any questions you may have. This also applies to those who are employed but have some problems with their boss and/or co-workers.
If you are Deaf & currently employed & would like to share a few cents of your own, please feel free to do so!
I wish you a good luck in finding what you are looking for.

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Friday, February 13, 2015

Hello! I am back!

I know it's been a while since I last posted & want you guys to know that I did not forget you all! I've been really busy & had trouble with Internet connection as well as my phone! Now, my phone works so that I can update regularly here & on Facebook.

So...I am seeing something new everyday about Deaf life & issues, so that is something I would like to share with the Deaf world.

I will start a new blog soon, but this time, it's a little different from what I've done before. So stay tuned!