I’m neurodivergent and I’ve been in search of a job since ending graduate faculty earlier this yr (I took a couple of months off earlier than in search of a job resulting from well being points). Within the final 1.5 to 2 months of in search of a job, I’ve seen that the appliance/ interview/ general hiring course of is de facto not neurodivergent pleasant in any respect. As a result of it’s encoded in legal guidelines, actually in every single place provides lodging. However what the hell am I imagined to say? “Hello, I’m autistic, and the fundamental tenants of job looking out don’t work for me, please meet with me”? Nah, that received’t work.
Plus lots of the issue comes right down to the truth that disclosing having autism has led to inadvertent discrimination previously and I fear it would harm my possibilities of being taken severe as a result of I’m educated in a well being care area the place social abilities are a giant deal, and I don’t need folks to assume I’m not able to constructing relationships, speaking, and so forth. I’m truly fairly social, humorous, and think about myself good at constructing relationships; I’m only a bit awkward, “odd”, could be thrilled if a colleague would simply discuss to me about Star Wars or one thing I’m all in favour of, and typically I miss social cues (e.g. typically if somebody is busy or must do one thing, they may have to immediately inform me they don’t have time to speak however I really feel like lots of people think about that impolite and simply assume that folks like me will “clue in”, however I may not and it received’t offend me if somebody says “I’d love to speak, however I really need to complete X and may’t be interrupted, can we discuss after lunch?”). Throughout the hiring course of, challenges come up that appear to be
(a) not likely understanding if my resume and canopy letter is definitely coming off “correctly”; I’m truly a extremely good author, so I do know it’s properly written, grammatically right, and about as attention-grabbing as a resume can get BUT I actually battle with understanding if I’m appropriately touchdown the proper variety persuasion and illustration of my abilities. For instance, cowl letters simply really feel like fan fic to me they usually really feel silly. I usually simply need to write a literal factor the place it’s like “right here’s how I’m good for you” AND that’s technically what cowl letters ought to do, however I typically really feel prefer it misses a sure pizzaz
(b) as famous above, I typically miss social cues and spend lots of power on masking. For these of you who have no idea what this implies, it seems like attempting to verify I’ve the suitable facial expressions, ensuring I appear sufficient however not overly ; all issues that appear to return naturally to different folks. This makes interviews tremendous difficult. Once I truly get a job, take programs, or in my social and household life, folks have a tendency to seek out my quirky persona endearing nevertheless it’s laborious when it is advisable signify a sure entrance
(c) once I had jobs previously, I used to be informed by one boss that I come off as unprofessional at occasions and I requested what she meant by that as a result of I don’t imagine myself to be unprofessional. I gown properly, I’m punctual, I full my work on on time or early, I talk properly and deal with others with respect, reply to issues like emails promptly and so forth. The issues the supervisor named as “unprofessional”, you guessed it, had been my autism associated (e.g., that a couple of occasions I missed a delicate social cue that I used to be speaking too lengthy in a gathering and that typically my face and vocal tones are a bit too expressive – and that’s even with masking!!!). This supervisor, additionally, general, would constantly inform me how nice I used to be doing at my work, had no main considerations, and knew that my shoppers all completely liked me, so I actually did not see how the odd problem with my “polish” was actually an issue.
I’m questioning if anybody has any tips about how one can take care of these items from a neurodivergent lens? Thanks!!!