Woman claims discrimination after sending out 400 resumes
A TOOWOOMBA woman with a disability believes she faces discrimination in her bid to find work.
Nicole Vernon, 25, has sent out about 400 resumes over the past three years but received few interviews and no job offers.
This is despite holding tertiary certificates across a variety of fields.
Ms Vernon said she was honest with potential employers about her intellectual disability, which impairs her reading and writing skills.
"In the past three years I've sent out 300 to 400 resumes and I've gotten nothing," she said.
"Out of the more than 300 jobs I applied for, there was only one response I got back.
"My learning is a little slower, but I'm a truthful person - if they ask me if I have a disability, I'll tell them.
"Through school, I did struggle but I graduated Year 12 and I've done diplomas just through doing those courses."
Ms Vernon said she felt potential employers were overlooking her because of her disability.
"I don't get very many responses - I do feel like I'm discriminated against," she said.
"There are people out there who have worse disabilities than me, like physical disabilities, and can get work, but people like myself are overlooked.
"To be honest, I have no idea (why I'm not getting a chance), but it is very disturbing.
"I've tried all the new shops in Grand Central, I've even tried McDonald's, Hungry Jacks, KFC."
A former disabled athlete with plenty of junior Australian records in shot-put and discus, Ms Vernon has since struggled to move out of assisted housing to provide a better life for her four-year-old daughter.
Ms Vernon said she knew the issue could not be with her resume or her experience.
"I went and took the resume down to Best Employment and the lady looked through and said there's nothing wrong with it," she said.
"She said there shouldn't be a reason why I can't find work."
If you are interested in taking Nicole on, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.