[AI] Disclosing disability in CV

Zujar Shabbir Kanchwala zujarbright at gmail.com
Sat May 1 11:48:17 EDT 2010


My personal experience is that not mentioning the disability in CV/Resume
may not give an opportunity to the potential employer to decide whether to
call the candidate for the interview in the first place. There's no point in
going to an interview and failing due to the interviewer not being aware of
your disability. Not every employer may be able to provide you with vision
aids at workplace. Mentioning about your disability, on the contrary, helps
a willing employer to prepare for including a differently abled candidate in
the work-force.

I had been selected at four different places (not willing to point out on
the list) in the initial stage of my career and then rejected simply due to
those employers not being able to grasp that I can work comfortably with a
little adjustments to the screen display. Yes, those days I was not aware of
screen readers and even if I were, they seemed not in a position to acquire
it in their organizations.

After such unfavourable experiences, I decided to include my disability in
my Resume. When I was called for an interview from Mphasis, my current
employer, I first enquired whether the HR person calling me knows that I am
visually challenged. His consent helped me know that I would not have to
face a failure due to disability and I went for the interview.

Its good to disclose what you are right in the first place. Of course, this
may invite some bias but that's inevitable.

Best Regards,
Zujar...
 
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-----Original Message-----
From: accessindia-bounces at accessindia.org.in
[mailto:accessindia-bounces at accessindia.org.in] On Behalf Of Amit Bhatt
Sent: Saturday, May 01, 2010 8:14 PM
To: accessindia at accessindia.org.in
Subject: Re: [AI] Disclosing disability in CV

I endorse to your opinion, Shadab.

Generally the employers specify the vacant position for persons with 
disabilities. HR officials manage the database in some organizations in case

they have any disabled employee. So it barely matters to disclose the 
disability in CV.

Another fact is that there are very a few companies where the disabled 
employees are hired directly by the employers in India. And even if they 
wish to appoint the disabled workers, they clearly mention about it, as I 
have said in above line. So it is self-explanatory for both the side, 
employers and candidates that only persons with disabilities may apply for 
the mentioned position.

More often than not, private employers call the applicants for the interview

through any organization or consultancy. In this process, employers are 
already informed about the disability of the candidate.

I also believe that disability is neither our quality nor any poor-quality, 
and, employers hire us not for our disability, but for our ability. Hence, 
to broach the note on the disability inResume, is not necessary in my 
opinion.



Warm regards,

Amit Bhatt

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----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Shadab Husain" <shadabhsn at gmail.com>
To: <accessindia at accessindia.org.in>
Sent: Monday, April 26, 2010 5:20 PM
Subject: Re: [AI] Disclosing disability in CV


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.
>>>
>>> --
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>>> PH Res : +91 877-2243861
>>> Mobile: +91 9949349497
>>> E-mail ID:
>>> gvamshiai at gmail.com
>>> Skype: gvamshi81
>>>
>>> www.retinaindia.org
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>>>
>>>
>>> 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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