It has been 19 days since my last post, so says my stats page. Each time I log on to this blog it’s right there, the first thing I see… like it’s on a countdown reminding me I have been neglectful. Though it sure doesn’t seem that long. Time has flown by these last few weeks.
So, I have been applying for a couple jobs recently. And on more than one application there has been a question that has really bothered me. “Do you suffer from a mental illness?” There is a box for “yes” and a box for “no”. They then continue to list a few of them by name, and you were suppose to check the box of whatever mental illness you have… Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder.. and so on. They even, bless their hearts, have a box for “Other” and then a blank line- so if they by chance did not list your mental illness, you can fill in the blank. How kind. We wouldn’t want anyone to feel left out.
What do you do in a situation like that? You know damn well that if you check “yes” your application is thrown straight into the reject pile. And yet, I don’t think lying on a job application is appropriate… or is it in this circumstance? I don’t know.
Ok, I get their concern. Those of us who have a mental disorder may be little bit more of a risky candidate to fill a position. But shouldn’t that be up to our own discretion as to whether we are up to working in whatever capacity we are trying to? It really just rubbed me the wrong way, I mean they didn’t ask… “are you missing any limbs?” or “are you diabetic?” or even ” are you currently undergoing treatment for cancer?” – for which I draw the conclusion that if any of the issues were present, then they do not think they are important enough that they would hinder you being a candidate for the job. I know this is not a new topic of concern for those of us who do have a mental disorder, but it is the first time I have had to deal directly with it in my own life.
So what did I do? I left it blank. Which I suppose means I might as well be admitting to it, without admitting to it, but I couldn’t bring myself to checking that box. Very few people in my life know about my Bipolar and BPD. And if there ever becomes a time when I feel it necessary for my employer to know about it, then at that time I will decide to talk to them about it. But I find it completely absurd to have that question on a job application.
Just my two cents.
Just curious… what would you guys do? Or what have you done in the past?