What happens when potential employers misjudge your abilities before they even give you a chance to prove how good you are?
This was the position that Jessica was in, as a Deaf person, in a job market that overemphasizes verbal communication. Jessica is here to share today how she used her disadvantage to her advantage to launch a business that supports and empowers the community of Deaf entrepreneurs.
Thanks for sharing your story with us, Jessica.
Imagine living your life in a soundless world.
The beep of the alarm goes unheard.
A friendly voice saying, “Hello, how are you?” does not quite go through.
A video online plays, resembling the popular silent films from back in the 1910s, except there is no text to explain what’s happening on screen. Education and wisdom carried by sound waves fly by undetected due to missing hair cells in the cochlea of the ear.
This is the life I live daily as a Deaf person.
Hi, I’m Jessica, and I’m the founder of Bellewood Virtual Assistant. I was born Deaf, and I communicate with American Sign Language.
I completed the 30 Days or Less to Virtual Assistant Success course in December 2017, and built my business from scratch. I developed and created my logo, website, and service packages in less than 30 days, and launched on January 1st, 2018. I landed a total of four clients in the first month of my business, and am already past halfway to my goal of working full-time.
But, as a Deaf person, I have a major “disadvantage” in career opportunities.