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Interview with Adelaida Rodriguez: Happily Employed

By Sam Morales, Employment Director of VAIL

Adelaida Rodriguez is 47 years old, and she lives in McAllen, Texas. Rodriguez has a physical disability. Her left hand is immobile and she is not able to use it at all. Rodriguez was interested in securing a position where she could feel comfortable and where her disability would not hinder her job performance.

After reviewing various job possibilities with the Valley Association of Independent Living (VAIL) employment specialist, Rodriguez was instructed on job quest techniques such as cold-calling prospective employers, networking, resume writing, filling out applications, mock interviewing, and dressing for success.

A few months ago Rodriguez applied at Wonder Convenient Store as a cashier and was hired. Her position requires that she work behind the counter attending to customers. She is able to perform the essential job functions without any problems or physical strain. Rodriguez says that she is happy working at Wonder Convenience Store and really enjoys working with the public.