Difficulties in Finding Quality Work with Mental Illness

Difficulties in Finding Quality Work with Mental Illness

While I am waiting for acceptance offers at universities, I have been busy applying for work. But it is difficult to find work. I have been off work for almost 9 months and I am not on the ball. I have applied for hundreds of jobs and have received numerous interview offers. But I am too casual and less professional than I should be during the interview. I am used to being at home, not going to work, so I am naturally struggling with that. And my credentials area lacking, which is why I applied to college and got accepted for health office administration and might go, should I not be able to find work.

Having a mental illness and finding and keeping a job is tough. I sometimes can’t find myself taking an interview seriously, especially when they ask what I want in 5 years. Honestly, I just hope that I don’t get an episode within 5 years! But I act sly and say that I hope to have a leadership position – while true, I doubt even myself getting to that point. When interviewing, it’s hard to think about the ramifications about what I am saying, because that’s mentally difficult.

Being overweight doesn’t help. Employers wants to hire attractive people. It’s natural – the attractive people are assumed to be ambitious, detailed-oriented, focused, and organized. I know I need to lose weight, but I am having a difficult time with it right now. I do have decent interview clothes that fit, which helps.

I have an interview today at 12:00pm for an urgent care centre; it’s an evenings and weekend job – that way I can still spend time with Elizabeth. I will miss Andrew, however. Here’s to hoping I get hired!