Authors: Craig Holz
Event: 2018 TheMHS Conference
Subject: Choosing a disclosure strategy to improve your likelihood of getting employed.
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: What and when to disclose is a significant question for any jobseeker with experience of mental distress. Craig Holz researched the perception of employers in Auckland to different disclosure strategies. All read a job seekers job description, CV, references and the transcript of an interview. There were three different transcripts. A third of the transcripts did not disclose any psychiatric disability. The next transcripts disclosed the applicant being unwell in the past but focused on how this job matched the person’s strengths. The last third of the transcripts stated a diagnosis of schizophrenia. The employers were asked to rate their likelihood of hiring the applicant on a four-point Likert scale (1 very unlikely to 4-very likely). The first transcript scored an average of 3.60. The second transcript scored an average of 4.00. The third transcript scored an average of 3.29. And in this group, two out of seven said they were unlikely to hire due to fear. So employers presented with an applicant with a psychiatric disability, having the necessary skillset and experience, were likely to hire them. WALSH peer support workers encourage people to develop their identity as a thriving person who successfully counter the disabling attitudes of others.