I am learning more and more as I continue to apply for jobs, and wonder if my health is going to improve.
I have been applying for jobs for about a year now. My ultimate goal is to find a part-time job, where I could continue to utilize all of my skills, and my health issues won’t interfere with my schedule or my work. I was told at my previous job that was a problem even though I met all of my deadlines, and worked 40+ hours almost every week. Until the end when I got very sick for a few weeks when some medicine tried to kill me. The people who made a difference didn’t care, they just wanted me gone. I still did everything I could to finish my final project before I walked out the door.
What I know now after my year of applying for jobs is that:
- If you want an interview, don’t admit to being disabled! That friendly, legal looking box may be there on the application as if it’s going to help you, but I assure you that it will be the reason you never hear about the job again.
- When they ask you why you haven’t been working for the last 2 years, don’t tell them it’s because you have health problems, and you needed to recover. Telling them that you took time off to spend with your kids will get you much further. I know. It’s shocking!
- Fitting interviews in between procedures and doctor appointments often ends badly. Managing lack of sleep and brain functionality when answering questions will not end well.
As I get to the point where I really need a job, or I need Social Security to approve me for disability, my health continues to decline. I have short moments where I start to feel better, and then everything goes to crap again and I get rejected from another job.
I will keep trying. My new lupus treatment is said to help a lot of people, so my rheumatologist has hope for me too. I just have to be patient because it usually takes a few months to start working, and after every infusion it knocks me out for a few days.
Tomorrow I will apply for a couple more jobs. I will mark my application as disabled on one, and keep the other one very generic. We will see…