Kellie Wilson, from Middleton Tyas, North Yorkshire, believes she is being snubbed by would-be employers because of her disability
A deaf woman has applied for 1,000 jobs in 18 months – and not landed a single one.
Kellie Wilson, 32, believes she is being snubbed by would-be employers because of her disability.
Every job application she has made since the summer of 2017 has resulted in a series of rejections.
Now, she is so desperate that she is contemplating cochlear implants knowing that they may not even work.
Admin worker Kellie – who has been deaf since the age of four with the cause of her hearing loss never having been established – has tried for pub, housekeeping and pot washing jobs.
But she told the Mirror: “I have lost out due to my deafness.
“I am being discriminated against and treated unfairly.”
She has the GCSEs and a NVQ Level 2 in Business Administration.
Single and living with her parents in Middleton Tyas, North Yorkshire, she would like to find work in software development.
“Money to study and take exams are the problem,” she explained. “The only thing I cannot do is hear.
“My mind is sharp and I can lip read really well. I am currently being assessed for a cochlear implant.
“I feel as though I have to change who I am in the face of ignorance.”
Would-be employers say they are happy with her CV — then ask for a phone interview.
“I explain why I cannot and offer email or Skype or text relay,” she said.
“Either I don’t get any response or am told that they do not have the facilities to chat using my suggested methods.”
Kellie, who is single with no children, believes the problem is a lack of awareness.
She believes recruiters who do not understand her disability and ‘push her away’ rather than giving her the chance ‘to shine’.
“People with disabilities are more than capable of being extraordinary if only someone would give us the opportunity,” she wrote recently.
“In interviews, if I struggle to understand what’s being said, I explain my disability.
“Then I get the reply ‘there’s a lot of phone work in this role’ when it was not previously mentioned.
“I can do the jobs I apply for. I am asking employers to give me a chance and treat me like other people.”
Kellie has 10 years experience in the courts, prison and probation services.
In the past she has been been denied job offers from Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Next, Pets at Home, Premier Inn, Days Inn, Toby Carvery, Capita, Iceland, Aldi, Lidl, and Argos.
She has spent a minimum of five hours a day on applications for the last two years.
Her longest stretch of employment was between 2004 and 2009 when she worked as an assistant at HMP Wakefield in West Yorkshire.
Since then she has relied on temporary work secured through a local agency, or Universal Credit to get by.
James Taylor, Head of Policy and Public Affairs at disability charity Scope, said: “It’s extremely disheartening to hear yet another story highlighting how widespread misguided attitudes towards disabled workers really are.
“Employers who buy into these outdated views need to realise they are shooting themselves in the foot by failing to tap into the huge pool of disabled talent.