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Getting a job

 

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Finding a job

There are a number of different ways to find a job but the first thing you must do is to work out the type of work your son or daughter would be interested in.

If you haven’t already done so have a look at our section on career advice.  You will find links to lots of great resources to help them work out what type of job might suit them.

Once you know the kind of work they are interested in, it is time to start looking for a job that fits the bill. Let them know that they probably won’t get the dream job first go – they should think about their first job as being a step in the right direction.

Most people these days look for jobs online. There are a number of websites that advertise job vacancies – the most commonly used would include Seek and Career One.

Websites such as these allow searches for particular job types in your location. Your son or daughter can also set up email alerts so that they are notified each day of new jobs.

Of course, there are other ways of finding a job – one of the best ways is to your contacts . Ask family members and friends whether they would consider giving your son or daughter a job, even if it is a volunteer or on a work trial initially.

Local newspapers also have a job vacancies section – the advantage of these positions is often that they are located close to home.

They can also be proactive and approach potential employers themselves – they can send in their resume as an expression of interest for any upcoming opportunities. If there is a particular business that they would really like to work for, encourage them to contact them and ask if they can meet with the Manager or send their details.

There is more information about job searching here on the My Future website.

Disability Employment Services provide job search assistance – read more about Disability Employment Services here.

Also, if your son or daughter is in a Transition to Work program or other post school program then finding a job will be a big area of learning within that. 

Click on Our Stories on the right hand side of the page or click here to read personal stories about getting a job.

 

Applying for a job

Once you find a job that they are interested in they will need to submit an application. There are some great tips for responding to job advertisements here, again from the My Future website.

They will usually have to submit a resume. For information on how to create a resume and for sample resumes that you can use as a template, have a look at the Create A Resume that Stands Out section on the My Future website.

This will be tricky for some young people. You might need to assist them or get them to ask for help from their disability service provider.

The job interview

Because autism affects social communication, your son or daughter might need a lot of practice before they can present themselves comfortably and confidently at an interview.

There are some great job interview tips here that you can read through and go over with your young person.

 You could suggest putting these tips into practice by doing some role playing.

If they are in a Transition To Work or other post school program, interview skills and practice are usually a big part of the program. You can check with the program manager to ensure that there is plenty of training in these skills.

The JobTips website  has a comprehensive section on preparing for interviews, what to wear, how to present yourself, answering questions and what happens after the interview.

Information is presented using videos as well as text and printable downloads. You pay an annual fee to access the entire JobTips website. This could be something that can be included in a Transition To Work program.

There is also an online interview skills training website which, like JobTips, costs an annual fee to join up to. You can sign up for a free trial.

This program uses an online interviewer called Molly Porter who asks questions and gives feedback on answers. This program was developed from university research and has been evaluated as being successful at improving skills and confidence.

This is another program that may be possible to access through your Transition To Work. It’s always worth asking.

 

 

 

And finally… you might like this article from the Huffington Post:

 10 Tips to Help Young Adults With Autism Transition Into The Workforce.