In this recession, I know that job searching can be stressful, annoying, and frustrating. Believe me! I’ve been searching for the right job since I started college in 2006. Everyday, a person gets hired, promoted and rewarded for their talents, skills, expertise and motivation. However, Every day may not be good for another person if they’re still searching for another job. We’re seeing in the news, magazines, and newspapers about people losing their jobs by no fault of their own. In this century, we are desperate for a job, but I’m not searching for any job. I’m searching for a career, and to do that, I need to be confident.
I used to not have confidence during job interviews because I have hearing loss. I know that everyone dislikes job interviews. Practicing, researching the company, and preparing can help a person gain the confidence they need to ace an interview. But for me, it’s very different. There’s a lot more pressure knowing that I may or may not hear the questions during the job interview. I may or may not read lips depending on whether it’s a one-on-one, group, or phone interview. I feel uneasy because my competitors who are applying for the same job hear well. People living with hearing loss and searching for jobs are feeling the same pressure I feel.
Hearing loss does not make us weaker but it does make us feel uneasy, uncomfortable, and incompetent. I lack confident during job interviews. It has nothing do with my experience or education. I notice that I rarely use the phone during school, home and work. Not using the phone has jeopardized my communication with people inside the work environment. Whenever I landed a job interview and mentioned I use hearing aids, I was asked how I well communicate using the phone. This question made me sad and uncomfortable to answer. I avoided the question and gave the wrong answer. Doing this did not help me get a job.
For years, I’ve been preparing for job interviews by upgrading my resume, cover letter and watching videos on YouTube. In fact, I continue to go to Barnes & Nobles to read books about how to ace a job interview. Despite the many years I practiced, I still cannot get a job because I am not confident answering the questions related to using the phone. In this century, every job requires using the phone and it hasn’t made my confidence level grow.
Last month, I read Gael Hannan’s article, “Getting Hired: A HoH’s Perspective,” which touched my heart and gave me confidence. Ms. Hannan writes about Nancy, a candidate, who got a job interview. She tells her interviewers upfront about using her hearing aids and how her hearing loss has made her a great communicator. The article relates to me physically, mentally, and emotionally. I continue to reread Ms. Hannan’s article because she gives me confidence and makes me feel good during my interviews. Thanks to Ms. Hannan, I now feel confident enough to ace an interview. I hope my experience and Ms. Hannan’s article bring you peace and confidence. Whether you get the job or not, remember to praise yourself for giving your best performance because living with hearing loss and going to job interviews is a gift not a weakness. It’s a gift because God made you special and has a purpose for you. Believe in God and yourself. Be the best you can be and live happy by loving your inner beauty and embracing your hearing loss.