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Tufted Titmouse
Tufted Titmouse

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16 Aug 2022, 7:21 pm

My experience tells me you should not repeat the same mistake and lose years and years of your career finding and losing jobs

Tip 1: Take jobs that are computer-oriented, not detail oriented

Tip 2: Be transparent, honest, and realistic. Many autists believe that over-selling their strengths will 'get' them seeping through the glass doors with flying colors, but that usually lands them in hot water. Don't tell the interview what you want them to hear just because the job description's ideal candidate posting is so demanding. That is only their 'wish list' that they post when they are looking for the ideal candidate

Tip 3: Give concrete examples on what you already achieved so the interviewer is confident - again, be realistic

Tip 4: As autists you typically have outstanding strenghs with routine work, attention to detail, and coding skills. Sell them! Autism is not a disease, it's an altered skill set. If asked, list a few weaknesses, don't list ones associated with the job tasks and be ready to back them up with how you mitigated the weakness. So if a job requires excellent organization skills, don't mention organisation as a weakness!

Tip 5: Crucial BONUS - Reference Letters from Past Employers who liked your work

Tip 6: Crucial BONUS - Impressive Suit & Tie/Dress and Clean Haircut/Makeup


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17 Aug 2022, 8:35 pm

Excellent advice.


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26 Aug 2022, 1:28 pm

Sounds like tips for getting job more than keeping. Here are some:

Show up everyday day on time, do the job you were hired to do and go home when the shift is over.

Don't do more than asked unless specifically requested or ordered to do so by your supervisor. This includes overtime, which for most jobs are voluntary and not often required.

Don't call out more than what the job allows and make sure you know what the established threshold is for calling out in case you need to take some days. Be aware about any attendance management polices.

Take your scheduled breaks and lunches to avoid potential burnout

Use any vacation time allotted to you to avoid burnout

Be wary about being a union steward if you have a union. Some places of work don't get as much support from their local union as you think. This can increase likeliness of burnout as you may potentially have to bring work (grievances) home to submit (writing and filing grievances) on your own time.

Be mindful of your moonlighting policies (ie conflict of interest and code of business conduct policies). Also be aware of any social media policies.

Never trust anyone and keep your personal life and professional life separate as much as possible. Some people (fellow employees or employers) won't hesitate to use personal details against you when given the opportunity to do so. Also understand some personal details can't be avoided at work such as requesting parental leave.

Your Aspie score: 130 of 200
Your neurotypical (non-autistic) score: 88 of 200
You are very likely an Aspie

Last bumped by knowingtheautist on 26 Aug 2022, 1:28 pm.