This morning in the Author’s Corner, author John Justice has dropped by to share what are for him some realistic observations concerning working from home, as well as how to find such work.
As someone who has worked from home for other companies in the past I found these observations interesting and for the most part realistic.
Though no two persons are going to have the same experience I’d love to hear other’s thoughts on this matter.
Read the article below and do feel free to share your observations in the comments’ section.
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Please be sure to check out John’s work once you’ve read his interesting article.
WORKING FROM HOME, A REALISTIC OBSERVATION
BY: JOHN JUSTICE
The advantages of working at home, for a visually impaired person, are numerous.
1. Very little transportation issues, if any:
2. No interpersonal issues created by other co-workers,
3. Appearance, although important, is not a primary issue,
4. The ability to create a designated work area to your individual specifications.
There are many considerations which impact a visually impaired applicant. But the primary concern is finding a potential employer who will see past your blindness and take your independent skills and experience seriously. This article will attempt to provide you with the information you need to successfully search for a position with a company which offers work at home positions.
FINDING A POSITION
There are many companies which offer their services. Almost all of them are internet based and the positions they offer will require a relatively high skill level. Purchasing a paid subscription for a job search company like Flexjobs, is a good investment. The representatives will often give a paying participant much more effort than is devoted to someone using the service without charge. The Flexjobs site will sort positions based on the information in your profile. You can contact their customer Service line for questions or assistance. You are provided with a list of possible positions and you can choose the ones that seem best, base on your personal preference. The companies which advertise on a site like this, will have personnel devoted to sorting through the applications. Their primary concern is that the applicant has the ability to work within their environment, using their proprietary software. That software may or may not be compatible with screen readers. Amazon, for example, is hiring as many as fifty thousand workers. Some of these positions are indeed work from home. However, as customer service workers, you must be able to navigate Amazon’s massive on-line site. There is a great deal of textual content, but the primary focus is graphic in nature. The Amazon customer can “see” the items on screen and make a choice, based on what is shown there. As a visually impaired candidate, we are already at a tremendous disadvantage because we literally can’t see the graphic depictions. As a customer service representative, we are considered the experts; with the ability to handle the web site more efficiently than an ordinary amazon customer. Although there may be other positions offered by amazon, working on the front line and supporting web site users would be difficult, if not impossible.
The example shown above is one which is used to make an important point. What, precisely, would a customer service candidate be expected to do? There are many positions available which do not present the challenges demonstrated by the amazon example. Here are a few possible avenues which can be pursued by a blind applicant.
Basic customer service,
Trouble shooting and complaints,
Providing information about services or products which do not require web site participation.
These are examples only. All of these positions, without exception, require that the applicant be able to use a computer effectively and provide customer service.
APPLYING FOR A JOB
Keep in mind that hundreds of applicants will be trying for any position you might find with an organization. But here is a rule of thumb you can use. If you can navigate the application screens using your screen reader, then your chances of finding that the working environment is compatible with a screen reader, are better than average.
Before applying for any position, learn as much as you can about the services you will be expected to provide. If you have previous customer service experience, that increases your chances of being considered.
This is a very important point. At this stage, your visual impairment cannot be considered as a decisive factor. You are, for all intents and purposes, just another candidate, applying for the position. If you are contacted for an interview, then and only then should your blindness be mentioned. In an honest and fair world, your visual impairment should not be an issue. If you are working from home, blindness shouldn’t be a factor at all; as long as you can perform the essential duties of the position. To be quite frank, none of these organizations are going to give you a chance because you are blind. The opposite would be more likely. As much as you can, you should avoid mentioning your visual impairment unless it is absolutely necessary.
Searching on line for a work at home position is time consuming, difficult and incredibly frustrating. But the potential is there. There are companies offering positions of this type every day. But be very careful to choose only those which offer the stay at home option. Nothing is more disappointing than being contacted by a potential employer who wants you to move hundreds of miles away and work in their customer service call center. Doing it right is your responsibility. Take your time. Do everything you are required to do. Only you can make a success of finding this kind of position.
MORE ABOUT THE AUTHOR AND HIS WORK…
THE PADDY STORIES: BOOK TWO
Fiction by John Justice, C 2018
In e-book and print from Amazon, Smashwords, and other online booksellers.
Cover, free text preview, author bio, buying links, and more: http://www.dldbooks.com/johnjustice/
Oakland, California – the 1950s
From the protected environment of California School for the Blind, Pat Chandler enters an ordinary public high school, where he and his blind friend Carlos are a tiny minority. How will the teachers and other students treat them? Most of them have never met a blind person before.
For Pat and Carlos, challenges of this type are nothing new. Fortunately, Pat has Lucy Candelaria beside him. Her love and support, along with his own strength and determination, will give him the help he needs to succeed. In young Becky Simonson, Carlos finds a friend and loving companion as well. As time passes, they all develop new maturity and deserved self–confidence.
Naturally, as Pat grows into young adulthood, the issues he faces become more complex. The Paddy Stories: Book One featured the journey of the orphaned boy from Philadelphia to California, then his new life with Doreen and Bob Chandler, the loving aunt and uncle who adopt him. Book Two is filled with much hard work, a few confrontations, and many accomplishments for the young characters and their elders. Whatever the challenge, be it moving, remodeling, starting a business, or rescuing an abused classmate, they meet it with courage, creativity, and mutual support.
Throughout the book, music is central to the main characters’ lives. Pat, Lucy, and Carlos gain fulfillment and fame as the musical group “The Miracle.” The beautiful piano on the cover is the same model featured in Chapter 9. There could be no better symbol of the art that brings Pat and his friends so much joy—and will for the rest of their lives.
John Justice is also the author of the following three books:
It’s Still Christmas (fiction, C 2015)
The Paddy Stories: Book One (fiction, C 2016)
Love Letters in the Grand: The Adventures and Misadventures of a Big-City Piano Tuner (nonfiction, C 2017)
Full details are on his website. See the URL above.
John’s books were edited and formatted by David and Leonore Dvorkin, of DLD Books Editing and Self-Publishing Services: http://www.dldbooks.com/ They also designed the covers.
ABOUT JOHN IN HIS OWN WORDS…
I have been married to my wife, Linda, since 1981. We live in Hatboro, Pennsylvania. We don’t have any children. I have always found that being creative was a part of me. I have written many articles for publication and have published several songs. Writing is now, and will always be, my dream.
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