What are some of the most important things to remember when you answer a job ad of any kind, whether it is paid work, or volunteer?
One of the most annoying things, I have found, when working with others, is that people do not follow instructions when they read a job ad placement. When I was a volunteer coordinator for contact concern of Northeast Tennessee Inc. The hardest thing I did all day was recruitment. The worst thing that we found when recruiting volunteers, was that people did not follow the instructions that we gave them when first applying for the job.
Now that I am a writer full-time, I am still finding this to be a problem. When you read a job ad, whether it is paid, or a volunteer, you need to take special note of the instructions you are given for applying for that job. How does the job add ask you to respond? What qualifications does it ask you to provide? What information does it require you to give? Those are the top three things you need to take note of first. You want to make certain that you are qualified for the position before you apply. Then you want to make certain of how you reply or respond to the ad. How did they ask you to do that? Once you have seen that, don’t go against the grain, and say, well if they want me they’ll hire me no matter what. After having lived, on both sides of the desk, I know, that is not so. To me, the most annoying thing I deal with each day, our responses to ads I have placed in properly given. If I ask you to email at a certain email address, that is what I will expect of you. If I ask you to use a phone number that is what I would expect of you. If I give you a choice, I expect you to use one of the choices given don’t go off on your own. When you do not follow instructions, it says to an employer, that you are an able to follow instructions, or that you are unwilling. If you give the impression they will never look at you any further. You will end up in file 13. You don’t want to end up there. For those of you too young to know what file 13 is, that means trash! Sorry if that seems harsh, or rude, that’s just how it is in the real world.
When I was volunteer coordinator, I held myself, and my volunteers to a high standard. I never asked anything of them, that I would not do myself. So, keep that in mind when you are applying for a job.
Another thing to remember when applying for a job, Make sure to provide all information requested. Don’t just halfway fill out an application. Most employers, won’t give you a second thought if you do that. Another thing to remember, if you are disabled in someway, don’t make a big huge deal of it. What do I mean by that? First off, I’m going to say this, my next sentence is going to make a few angry. So be prepared. Don’t talk out of both sides of your mouth. If you have a disability, and you want to be treated as everyone else, don’t do the following…
Don’t say, oh, I want you to treat me as everyone else, other than specialized equipment I don’t expect anything different. Only to turn around and say, oh I can’t do that I’m blind, or I’m deaf, or… in other words, don’t expect to play the blind card, or the disability card every time you turn around and keep your job. It won’t happen. If you want to be treated like everyone else, then act like everyone else as much as you are able.
The next thing I’m going to talk about is, do you, or don’t you let the employer know upfront whether you are disabled? Many people have many different thoughts on that subject. I, don’t. Except for a few things on my resume, there are no real clues that I am blind. I figure, if someone has seen that resume and they are contacting me for an interview anyway I don’t need to bring that up until I reach my interview. At that point what I will discuss is very limited. I will answer if someone asked me how I will get to and from my job. Personally, I feel that is reasonable. They want to know if you are going to be reliable. I will answer questions as to how I will do my job if I am hired. Again, I believe that is reasonable, they want to know if you are capable. I will answer questions concerning what special-needs I may have. After that, all bets are off. And employer should not be asking you questions that are not relative to the job at hand. What’s the interview is over, if they want to, I will answer questions about my guide dog, where he comes from etc. That is my personal choice. It is not required.
So, fellow disabled unemployed person’s everywhere! How do you feel about what I have written? Sound off in the comment section of this blog. Potential employers who might be reading, how do you feel about what I have talked about here? We would like to hear from you too.
Thank you for taking the time to read this post. Thank you in advance for your conversation. Have a fabulous day!