Why this overqualified candidate wants to work for you
The ugly truth about having medical records that are archived in storage facilities is that it’s hard to keep a job.
Who am I? I am a 46 year old divorced mom with a 12 year old daughter. I am on Social Security Disability because of a lifelong medical problem that is never going to ‘get better.’ I also have a BA from the University of Florida in Communications and a JD from New York Law School that I obtained as an evening student while I was working for Lehman Brothers and pregnant. I have worked for some of the most influential and powerful people in entertainment while navigating the complex world of healthcare, insurance, and government.,
The Equal Opportunity Employment Act a s AMERICANS with Disabilities Act look nice on paper, but they don’t hold water in the real world. I’m coming clean with my story because trying to dance around it hasn’t worked. The reason that my personal story is relevant to my job search is for the exact same reasons that it used to be illegal to ask questions about all of those things in a job interview. When I first started working, it was against the law to ask any personal questions about a candidate in the interview process, but these details are so important to understanding whether someone is a good fit for the position and how they will contribute to the culture.
As member of a team, we are more than just the job responsibilities listed from our last position. We are the sum total of all our experience. My medical history, co-parenting experience, knowledge about trends of 12 year olds on the upper east side, network of South Florida connections from my childhood, are all assets in the workplace.
The reality about my current situation is that I have 2 options: 1) keep my disability and work within the limits – I can’t make more than $1,200 per month 2) put a hold on my disability and find a full time salaried position. There is a 3 year extension period to work without penalty or threat of losing benefits,
So, most employers don’t understand that I am willing to work for less money than I am worth in exchange for some flexibility. I am not asking for a remote job where I work from my bed, in fact that is the opposite of what I want. My goal is to surround myself with people. Chronic illness is isolating and having a purpose helps keep me in a positive mindset. All that I am asking is for a little understanding if I need to go for a doctor appointment in the middle of a workday. Or if I need to come in a little late one day because I wake up feeling like a truck ran me over.
For these concessions, you get a highly qualified candidate at an ‘open box’ price