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Why Won’t Employers Take a Risk on Different Thinkers?

Would you rather have a workforce? Or an innovateforce? A createforce? A dominateforce? Hire people with different points of view and strengths, and just maybe you can change the world of work. Shut us out, and you never will.

After graduating from high school, I attempted to join the workforce. It didn’t go well.

At the ripe age of 18, I thought I was ready for the big, bad world. It turns out the big, bad world was not ready for me.

The problem? For starters, I was completely honest.

I have learning disabilities, but I can do any job as well as the next person. My LDs are never something I have hidden. They are not something I am ashamed of. They make me who I am.

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But to potential employers, I was too much of a liability. Some didn’t even want to talk to me. They agreed to a job interview just so I wouldn’t threaten them with a discrimination lawsuit! They were so hesitant to take my resume from my hands that you’d swear I was passing along a deadly disease!

The interviews always started the same way: “Tell me a little bit more about yourself” and “Why do you want to work for us?” With time, I began asking myself a slightly different question: Why would I want to go work for someone who obviously doesn’t want me there?

Better yet… why did you even invite me in? Why waste everyone’s time? And why do so many employers consider a candidate with learning disabilities to be a lost cause? So what if you need to explain some things with more clarity? You want the job done right, don’t you?

We are not stupid people. We are very intelligent.

We are just as worthy as anyone else.

You don’t want us? Too bad.

Someone else will, and the competitive advantage will slip right through your fingers.

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1 Comments & Reviews

  1. Why would anyone want to be so honest as to reveal deep dark secrets to people who will weaponize it to wreck your chances of getting hired? Huh? HUH? IMHO it is foolish and stupid to let your own mouth become your own worst enemy. The sad fact is that most employers don’t want to take what they perceive is a risky chance. News flash: the Mr. Average American is not Albert Einstein, he’s Archie Bunker, who is profoundly ignorant deeply prejudiced and has poor critical thinking skills. You have to be street smart so you can adroitly work around such jerks.

    I’ve been in the working world for 40+ years and I’ve seen it all. Trying to blithely dismiss job openings that you may qualify for and then walk away will keep you in the unemployment line forever. Not smart during an economic downturn when any decent job openings are scarce. I got caught up in the disastrous Great Recession of 2008 but by persistence found a new job that actually paid better than the one I just got laid off from. And no, I did not confess all and spill my guts. I was born at night but not last night. Concentrate on your skills and experience instead. Present these attributes in the best sales pitch you can muster. That’s what saved the day for me.

    I bleed for people who have ADD or ADHD; they are often victimized and that’s a bummer. I wish you all the best. If you need help, get help. And read ADDitude for their heartfelt and honest advice. Take care.

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