Having Autism does not mean you have to dependent on someone for resources. You can take up employment like any other person to make your way through life. This does not suggest that dependence is bad. People who are willing to help usually mean well; accept gracefully when offered, and stop thinking too much.
Being employed does not mean that you will have to let go of your medical coverage and wait for insurance benefits like other employees. Medicare insurance coverage for people with Autism can be sought earlier on, since Autism is categorized as a Chronic Disease.
Adults with Autism can go through the following to kick-start their job search:
- Write down your strengths, skills and interests. Self-analysis is the first step for any job hunt. Write down a list describing your self, your goals and aspirations, and where you want to see yourself in a few years.
- Look at online resources. Register with websites like The Spectrum Careers. This is a free website designed for job seekers with Autism. As of October 12, 2016, there are more than 120,000 jobs posted by hundreds of companies from around the country. So this is a huge repository of jobs you can start your search from. You can also look at company websites for job postings.
- List down your network. List down all the people who might help you get into a job. Start with family, friends, and other contacts. Contact them; send them your profile (resume).
- Join social networking sites. LinkedIn is an important one for job seekers, but even Facebook and Twitter have gained traction for recruitment. If the social network permits, make sure you post updated information about yourself. Also make it easy for people to contact. Putting up a public email address or telephone number will help.
- You may want to consider numerous factors before shortlisting the jobs you may be interested in, and so apply to: look at what matches your interest best; look at requirements, and see if you fulfill them; and sort out priorities like monetary benefits, distance from workplace, convenience, and with these match your profile with requirements.
- Speak with the Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor. From here seek support on writing resumes, job development, interview guidelines, and job coaching. You can obviously create your own, if this is not a problem area for you. Make sure you mention disabilities, and how they are covered.
- Write a cover letter. Briefly introduce yourself and tell the employer why you are a great fit for the organization. Mentioning how you are the right candidate despite any disabilities is worthwhile. A cover letter will act as a cover for your resume (put it on top of your resume).
- Fill out job applications. Most online vacancies will require you to fill an online application. Be patient with yourself and do the required in the best way possible. Seek help if necessary.
- Practice interviewing. Prepare for what can be asked, and practice with a friend or councilor.
- Look up the place. It is a good idea to research the place where you have to go for an interview, and be sure of the directions. Arrive 10 to 5 minutes early.
- Be positive. Your positive attitude towards yourself will signal a positive attitude towards work too! Stress on abilities, rather than disabilities.