Employment Advice for Adults with Autism
Getting a job is tough enough but for adults with autism, finding an employer that appreciates those unique skills and thought patterns can be a bit more difficult. It used to be that being on the spectrum But with a little bit of patience and preparation, you’ll be able to find a job that you enjoy with a supportive boss and coworkers. Here are a few tips to help you navigate the job hunt and find work that fits your personality.
Write Your Skills Down
Everyone has skills and adults with autism are no different. In fact, you probably have more skills than you think you do. And the best way to find out what those are is to write them down. Think about the things excelled in at school and the types of activities you enjoy doing in your spare time. This will help you narrow find a job that you’ll already be good at before you start.
Narrow Down the Businesses You Can Get To
You need to make it to work on time for every shift you’re scheduled for. This means you need to make sure each company you apply to is within a reasonable commuting distance to your home. If you can’t reach the business easily by public transit, walking, or driving, don’t apply.
Think of Who You Know
Networking is just as important for adults with autism as it is everyone else looking for a job. Start thinking about the people you know and the industries they work in. This can be family members, friends, and acquaintances. Is there anyone doing a job you’re interested in? Ask them about it and see if their employer is actively hiring. If so, you can always ask them to put in a good word for you.
Prepare a Resume
Some jobs allow you to fill out a simple application online, but others expect you to give them a resume. Include your contact information, full name, address, and a current email address on each copy. Then, write down your work history. This can include paid work, internships, volunteer positions, and any other positions that gave you training and helped you improve your skills. When in doubt, write it down!
Apply to More Than One Job
For all adults, including adults with autism, it’s rare to get the first job you apply for. This means you’ll want to apply to more than one job with more than one business. Just make sure each position you apply to is something you’re comfortable with. And remember, if you don’t get hired, don’t get discouraged. There’s a job out there for you. It just might take time to find it.
Get Autism Help from an Expert
Finding a job can be stressful, but for adults with autism, it can feel intimidating. Don’t let your fears keep you from finding a job you love. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and let our experienced team help you develop strategies to help you overcome your anxiety and manage interviews and applications easily.