Deaf jobseeker asks employers to 'give her a chance' after 1,000 job rejections

Deaf jobseeker asks employers to 'give her a chance' after 1,000 job rejections

A deaf jobseeker is beckoning employers to give her a chance after being rejected from more than 1,000 jobs over an 18-month period - reports.

Thirty-two-year-old IT worker, Kellie Wilson - who believes that her struggle to secure employment is directly correlated with her hearing impairment - is now considering undergoing a chancy operation, with varying success, to heighten her chances in the employment world.

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  •  David Crook
    David Crook
    Mon, 11 Feb 2019 3:09pm GMT
    I once worked with a deaf lady that was made redundant and was struggling to get a new role despite being very talented in her particular field. She explained that a number of agencies had fobbed her off simply because she would have entailed a lot of work for the agent concerned convincing their client to look at her. After a lot of work I was able to get her a contract role which has now turned into a permanent position which she really enjoys. Not only do I have a happy and grateful candidate (the bottle of wine by way of thank you tasted delicious!) but also a well satisfied client - not to mention that warm, fuzzy feeling of making a positive difference to someone's life.

    In this day and age technology can be a real help so why not use it?
  • LinkedIn profile?
    LinkedIn profile?
    Mon, 11 Feb 2019 1:35pm GMT
    Shame the article doesn't to Kellie's LinkedIn profile, so readers could share and help.
  • gbjobro
    Mon, 11 Feb 2019 1:30pm GMT
    I had an internal recruitment role where I dealt with agency suppliers and one of my internal hiring managers was deaf. The amount of agencies who insisted that they needed to speak with him on the phone AFTER I had explained that he was hearing impaired was astonishing. No matter how may times I repeated that he cannot speak with you on the phone, HE IS DEAF, and offered them his email address instead, it just didn't sink in! If nothing else it allowed me to rule out the profoundly stupid suppliers. Thankfully, the company were very supportive and never ruled anyone out for a disability.

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