If you have dyslexia, you already know that many tasks may be a little more difficult, including the job search. For the average job seeker, trying to find a job is stressful enough, but for a dyslexic person, even aspects of the job search process that would seem simple to a non-dyslexic person can feel like navigating a landmine. One dyslexic Redditor describes this experience succinctly: I have been searching for a job for forever. “Most of the jobs I'm looking for require you to fill an application form in. I find it nearly impossible to coherently fill in that giant white box at the end...If I go to an interview am I going to end up cluttering my words?”
If your dyslexia makes you anxious like this Redditor, why not try our helpful tips for finding a job while dealing with dyslexia?
Find a vocational rehabilitation counsellor
According to Dyslexic Advantage, vocational rehabilitation counselors are offered through state-supported government services. These counselors can help dyslexic people and other people with disabilities by offering useful resources for the job search.
Look for adaptive web tools
If you are dyslexic, it may be hard for you to type out a resume or cover letter. If you struggle to read information on a computer, you can find web adaptation software through IBM Research that allows you to customize your browser, enlarge text, change spacing of letters and words, and more.
According to Monster.com, Shon Shaliga, director of IBM’s Worldwide Accessibility Center, is dyslexic himself and knows how to help dyslexic people by designing software for easier accessibility.
Read the job description in detail
As a dyslexic person, you may struggle with reading, writing, concentration or memorization. Before you apply for a job, make sure the job doesn’t include a significant number of tasks you would typically find challenging. Giving up your dream job because of dyslexia may be disappointing, but remember it is better to find a job that suits your strengths, rather than struggle in a job for which you are less suited.
Search for a job suited to your strengths
Is dyslexia “neurodivergent”, rather than a disability? Some people prefer to label it that way, focusing on their abilities rather than weaknesses. However you want to think about dyslexia, remember that dyslexic people do have many strengths. Dyslexia.com notes dyslexic people thrive “in careers where visual-spatial/kinesthetic talents can be realized.” Why not search for jobs with some of those features? These might include interior decorating, policing, engineering, athletics or music.
Finding a job where you can showcase your strengths will make you feel more confident and worry less about the limitations of your dyslexia.
Try a resume-free hiring solution
Today, hiring platforms are increasingly able to create a hiring process without resumes and interviews by using Artificial Intelligence. One example of such a platform is Geekbidz. Geekbidz users, also known as Geeks, can take a skills assessment online, then be matched by AI with a job that suits their skills. The employer can invite the Geek to an on-the-job evaluation.
If you are dyslexic and struggle to type and format a resume, this type of resume-free hiring process could certainly take a weight off your shoulders.
Be Encouraged: There Are Many Ways to Solve the Challenge of Dyslexia While Job Hunting
Trying to find a job is stressful to begin with, and dyslexia certainly doesn’t make it any easier. However, don’t be discouraged: especially with the rise of Artificial Intelligence, there are many creative options to mitigate the impact of dyslexia on the job search and even turn difficulties into opportunities to discover one’s strengths.