“Thousands of Autistic people are shut out of employment. Their skills are going to waste”
Do I need to say anything else? This is a HUGE problem in our community.
I was very fortunate to have friends get me into my first few jobs as I built my resume. Then I learned in a management class what to look for when interviewing people – so I became the person you want to meet in an interview (at lest in the interview).
My “interview character” is a mask I wear. It is a fake me I call on to get jobs – and she is GOOD.
Nothing makes my anxiety pump more than a one on one conversation with a stranger.
Tip – if your armpits sweat when your are nervous, like mine do EVERY time I have to speak in a meeting – cover them.
Inside I may be freaking out, but my alter ego takes care of the interview. There have been times when I have over-promised and gotten myself in over my head but getting in the door is always the hardest part. This is a skill i learned and it took study and effort.
So many Aspies, who have talents and gifts to offer the world, cannot get jobs due to sensory issues and trouble in social situations. The world needs us but is unintentionally shutting us out.
Please watch the powerful video from the The National Autistic Society – Could You Stand the Rejection?
I can take NO credit for the video but this topic needs to be discussed.