A graduate, who received zero responses to 400 job applications, only had success when he removed all references to his disability from his CV.
Daryl Jones graduated from the University of Hull with a degree in Business and Marketing and a good level of experience but his applications were met with silence while his peers, with the same degree and experience, were hired.
The 27-year-old, who has a genetic disorder called Marfan Syndrome and epilepsy, was so frustrated with his lack of success he removed all reference to his disability, including some very impressive experience for disabled charities.
Daryl had played disability sport, was a disability spokesperson for the National Union of Students, was his university’s disability officer and founded a disability charity called Disability Sports Humber.
This wealth of experiences should have aided Daryl’s job pursuit but it was only when he removed them that he was contacted about job interviews.
So far he has attended 12 interviews but none have been successful and have claimed that other candidates were better suited.
I’ve made over 400 job applications but have had nothing.
It’s disappointing. Studies have shown people with disabilities do want to contribute, they want to have a job and earn money, but nobody will employ me.
I have a degree and when I’ve spoken to people they’ve said I have loads of qualifications and plenty of experience, and can’t understand why I can’t get a job.
I’ve been on Work Programme too and they don’t understand it either.
Non-disabled people are more than twice as likely to be employed as disabled people, and a 10 per cent rise in their employment would contribute an extra £12 billion to the Exchequer by 2030.
We hope his luck changes soon and an employer snaps him up.