If you have hearing loss, looking and applying for jobs isn’t always easy. But some of our biggest challenges can offer the best rewards and finding that job is no different.
With some determination and these tips for navigating the job hunting process with hearing loss, you can set yourself up for success.
Before you start looking
The first steps to landing a job are the same regardless of hearing ability. Those include some preliminary research to determine what you may be looking for and why based on your goals. It also means building a strong resume.
These days a resume should be simple, targeted with the keywords you want hiring managers (and job search software) to see, and highlight the most important information, such as your strengths and achievements, up front. Don’t think that you have to include hearing loss on your resume or in your cover letter unless you choose to. In some cases, it could make potential employers wary due to lack of information or understanding about hearing loss. In other cases, it could make you more qualified than other candidates for the job.
Putting yourself out there
Once you’re ready to jump into the job hunt, there are several steps you’ll want to take and key points to remember:
If you have a hearing impairment, interviews may be one of the most intimidating parts of the whole job search process. These tips can help you prepare for and shine when you do get that interview call:
Patience and positivity
Finding a job can be a long and stressful process, whether you have hearing loss or not. You may apply for numerous jobs, go on several interviews, and follow up with multiple hiring managers over the days, weeks and even months. The most important thing you can do during a job hunt is to focus on your goals and stay positive.
If you are looking for a job and believe you may have hearing loss, contact our office for a hearing evaluation. Identifying and treating hearing loss can help you better communicate and shine during your job search.