One of the most nerve wracking parts of being an adult with LD is in determining whether or not to disclose it while on the job hunt. Is it necessary for the potential employer to know what it is? Will it not influence the work? What if it does?
Late last week, I ran into that dilemma.
I’ve been thinking about finding non-writing related part time work for a while, just to get out of the house and have some sort of relatively constant income. Since getting accepted to college, it’s become a bit more important, as I won’t have as much time to apply for freelance jobs or submit to various places.
I’ve put in a few applications, and had an interview on Friday for a stocking job at a store. I’ve done that sort of work before, so I have a pretty good idea of what to expect.
At the end of the interview, the store manager asked if I was ok with part of their cashier process.
At that point, I knew my dyslexia would interfere. I’ve worked registers before, and it never ended well. Instead of staying silent, this time I spoke up.
“Actually, I’d rather not work the register. I’m dyslexic.”
There it is. Out in the open. Have I just ruined my chances of getting the job?
The hiring manager didn’t even bat an eye, and tomorrow, I go in to finish the rest of the paperwork.
I guess the lesson from this experience is that disclosing is scary, but sometimes it’s necessary. The outcome probably won’t be as bad as you may think it is.
Still, it’ll be interesting to see what sort of environment this particular place fosters and how I’ll fit in.