A D V E R T I S E M E N T
For the most part, people make sure to only include the impressive parts about themselves and their lives so they can “wow” hiring managers. This is a very good thing to do because you really do want to show your hiring managers nothing but the best but what happens if you have a disability? Do you do the honest thing and let the hiring manager know in your resume or do you keep it a secret and hope for the best? When writing a resume for the disabled, things can quickly become blurry and confusing.
What Do You Do?
Writing a resume for the disabled is tough as you will have to make sure that you present yourself and your disability in such a way that hiring managers do not think any less of you. One thing you can do is to sit down and ask yourself if you can do the job. Can you do the job without having your disability get in the way? If the answer is yes, then it just means that you can go ahead and not include the disability in your resume. Think about it this way – if you can do the job even when you have a disability, then there is no reason for the hiring manager to know about it. There is nothing dishonest about it at all.
According to experts, it is really best not to write down your disabilities and for very good reasons. You see, hiring managers use resumes to weed out the good from the bad. While writing down your resume, biases and preconceived notions can come into play and prevent you from landing interviews. You may lump your disability together with typos, coffee stains and grammatical errors, and these will affect your chances of landing an interview so they should be invisible.
The Law is on Your Side
Do you feel somewhat dishonest about not disclosing your disability even if it doesn’t affect your ability to do the work? If you say yes, then stop it right there. You do not have to feel bad about not disclosing a disability on your resume because the law is on your side. According to the Disabilities Act in America, you do not have to say anything if you do not want to.
The only good time to reveal a disability on your resume is if you know it will help you land a job. But that rarely happens and only in very special cases. If you are looking to land a job as a sign-language teacher and you are deaf and know sign language intimately, then by all means let them know of your disability.
A D V E R T I S E M E N T
Normally, you will be told to flaunt your achievements for all it is worth but you might not want to do this if you have achievements related to your disability. Just remember not to mention your disability and not give them an inkling that it exists in the first place.