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Well it's been a frustrating few months, on Tuesday I have a job interview at a local campsite, it's part time which is great considering my condition. Any suggestions on how to break my RA to them without being rejected again? It's a seasonal position so I should be ok in the summer, it's just now I struggle with. I need this job and part time is perfect. Can't wait!!!!

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You don't have to tell prospective employers at the interview stage so I would play it by ear. If it all seems to be going very well then perhaps say that you had an issue with an inflammatory condition but it is now well controlled (if it is?) and a part time position means you wouldn't need any adjustments made. Sometimes it's useful to tell people as explains any employment gaps, but not always. Trust your instincts.

If you feel that you have been rejected after previous interviews because you disclosed your RA then this is illegal discrimination! UNder the equality act employers can't do that - but bloody hard to prove.

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Thank you, I get worried about saying anything about it as you can see on their face that it's a no straightaway. So as it's part time the days I don't work I can use to get myself better again before going back? And in the interview if they ask I have had issues with inflammation but it's controlled and I'm feeling raring to go?

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Good luck😃

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easy - dont tell if you think you can do the job

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Tricky one, that. In your position I'd not mention it at first interview. If health is mentioned a simple 'I have an auto-immune condition which is well controlled' might be an answer. After all, loads of people are unlucky enough to have problems eg endometriosis, asthma etc. Do they mention it?

J

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I wouldn't say anything if you can't do it after you start its no worse than if you didn't have ra. I have had a lot of jobs where they go to lunch and never go back even after they had to sit there for two hours to see exactly what the job was before getting hired. Bosses don't like you being sick even when you are healthy, and look at all the people that call out for dumb as can be reasons. We just got rid of a girl cause she called out all the time she even started calling out cause her grown neice was sick I never heard of such a thing.

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My heart goes out to you Claire. RA is the hardest thing for anybody to understand its not even so much the damaged joints its the relentless tiredness feeling unwell Chin up Claire there's a ton of people here who totally understand how you feel. Lots of Love xxx

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