[AI] Disclosing disability in CV

Shadab Husain shadabhsn at gmail.com
Mon Apr 26 07:50:42 EDT 2010


On the other hand, seeing the trend of unacceptability, I am afraid -
there is a possibility that the moment the employer would read about
disability, he will reject the CV.

Hiding the disability, or to put it more appropriately, not mentioning
it in the CV should also be taken into consideration. If the CV is
shortlisted, the candidate will get an opportunity to talk up the
disability and demonstrate his abilities provided that he has a
laptop.

Vamshi sir you have wisely advised that the tasks that we can perform
using the assistive technology should be mentioned. But you will
readily agree that still there is a lot of ignorance about the
technology we use, and I know that it is hard to make others
understand that we are quite comfortable with computers.

This was a contrasting opinion, but bringing it forth was necessary so
that we can examine the pros and cons of the thing.

Regards

Shadab
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On 4/26/10, akhilesh <akhil.akhil29 at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi mr. Sameer,
> Undoubtedly you’ve raised an important issue, and it seems that we're
> all agreeing on the fact that the disability should be disclosed.
> However, as you've said, the interviewer tends to skip such
> information, so it seems no use of mentioning your disability.
> I personally think that it should be highlighted in such a way, that
> it could attract the attention at 2nd or 3rd glance of your CV.
> Asterisk it, bold it, but it should stand separate of cv’s format.
> Thanks,
> Akhilesh.
>
>
>
> On 4/25/10, harish <harish at accessindia.org.in> wrote:
>> Hi
>> To add to the discussion, you can also enlist contact info of a few blind
>> persons who could be reffered with a brief description of the work
>> profile.
>> Pl do take care in, first, seeking confirmation from the persons reffered
>> and that they are also  persuing an occupation similar to the job in
>> question.
>> This will help in easing the concerns and apprehensiveness in their mind.
>> Harish.
>>
>> ----- Original Message -----
>> From: "Vamshi. G" <gvamshiai at gmail.com>
>> To: <accessindia at accessindia.org.in>
>> Sent: Sunday, April 25, 2010 10:21 PM
>> Subject: Re: [AI] Disclosing disability in CV
>>
>>
>>> Hi,
>>>
>>> I second Subramani sir's opinion.
>>>
>>> Besides, exposing our disability before the employer is inevitable.
>>> And by hiding it in the CV, we are only postponing the inevitable.
>>>
>>> When we mention about our disability in the CV, we should make sure
>>> that we also mention the coping strategies like mobility, assistive
>>> technology etc.  And also, as we know the job we are going to do, we
>>> should write how we think we are fit for handling that particular job
>>> despite the disability.
>>>
>>> Leave the standard format of CV and  customise it to each and every
>>> job applied for.
>>>
>>> --
>>> G. Vamshi
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>>>
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>>>>From darkness unto light
>>>
>>>
>>> On 4/25/10, Subramani L <lsubramani at deccanherald.co.in> wrote:
>>>> Despite being a disadvantage, I strongly feel the disability of a person
>>>> must be clearly mentioned in a separate section ccalled "Disability" and
>>>> a proper description of it. Hiding it would make you guilty of
>>>> concealing a fact that is vital to the employee's judgement of you.
>>>> Since in some cases you may be the first disabled ccandidate to be
>>>> appearing for the job, hiding your disability would also imply you are
>>>> not comfortable about your disability, which would never leave you in a
>>>> stronger position to convince your potential employer that your
>>>> disability won't come in the way of your ability to perform. Besides if
>>>> you are not comfortable about it, the employee will have all the good
>>>> reasons of not feeling  comfortable hiring you.
>>>>
>>>> Hiding it is hardly going to help you, so mention it voluntarily and
>>>> show that you have done a good job of dealing with the ccondition
>>>> yourself. Surely some employees will see the logic of such an argument
>>>> and -with all your prowess with the PC and internet- may even think of
>>>> giving you a chance.
>>>>
>>>> Subramani
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> -----Original Message-----
>>>> From: accessindia-bounces at accessindia.org.in
>>>> [mailto:accessindia-bounces at accessindia.org.in] On Behalf Of Sameer
>>>> Sent: Sunday, April 25, 2010 1:26 PM
>>>> To: Access India
>>>> Subject: [AI] Disclosing disability in CV
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> Dear Friends,
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> We recently had a discussion on whether we should disclose our
>>>> disability
>>>> during the ongoing national census. I wish to know the members'
>>>> viewpoints
>>>> on disclosure of disability in job interviews in cases where there is no
>>>>
>>>> reservation.
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> I seek the members' views on the following queries.
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>   1.. Whether we should disclose our disability in the CV sent to
>>>> prospective employers, job consultants or posted on various job portals?
>>>>   2.. In case we decide to disclose our disability in the CV, where
>>>> should
>>>> it be disclosed? Assuming the CV has 4 sections - General Information,
>>>> Educational record, work experience & salary details, where should the
>>>> disability be disclosed & in what manner?
>>>>   3.. In case we are called for a job interview, should we check in
>>>> advance
>>>> whether the company will be willing to consider us inspite of our
>>>> disability? This query is more relevant in case we have not disclosed
>>>> our
>>>> disability in the CV since some blind friends who had not disclosed
>>>> their
>>>> blindness were refused permission even to appear for the interview when
>>>> they
>>>> reached the employer's office. Also, it has been observed that inspite
>>>> of
>>>> disclosing disability, interviewers tend to skip over the information &
>>>> they
>>>> are surprised when they realize the interviewee is blind.
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> Seeking the learned members views on the above queries.
>>>>
>>>> Regards
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> Mr. Sameer Latey,
>>>> Mumbai, India
>>>>
>>>>
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