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Applying for jobs

Looking for work and applying for jobs can be really stressful. Dyslexia can make this process even more demanding but there are some practical steps to help your chances of success.


Your application form or CV may be the first impression you will give your prospective employer. You want to make sure it is a positive one.

Ask a friend to read through your application (it's much easier to spot mistakes in someone else's work).

If you're concerned about your handwriting or spelling, request an electronic version of the application form.


Interviews can be stressful, which in turn can make dyslexic difficulties more pronounced. One way to reduce stress is to be well prepared.

Take time to think about the questions that you may be asked, and how best to respond to them.

Think about what questions you can ask about the job role and the organisation. If you choose to disclose dyslexia, this can provide a great opportunity for you to talk about your strengths. For example, many dyslexic people have become more determined and resilient as a result of overcoming obstacles at school, or college.

It may also be possible to discuss what you think would help you in the workplace i.e. coloured overlays, speech to text software etc.

If you make the employer aware that you are dyslexic before your interview, you could request:

  • A list of the question areas in advance
  • That the interviewers ask about only one issue at a time, avoiding multiple questions
  • That you are given plenty of time to reply and not be hurried
  • That questions relating to events are asked in chronological order, not jumping about in time (to help your memory)
  • To take your notes into the interview