Finding a job is a confusing and anxiety-provoking process for many individuals with Asperger's syndrome (AS) who may not know what they are qualified to do and may struggle to communicate their value to employers.
In this book, Asperger's employment expert Barbara Bissonnette describes exactly what it takes to get hired in the neurotypical workplace.
Every aspect of finding employment is covered, from defining strengths and researching occupations, to marketing oneself and projecting confidence and enthusiasm in interviews. Job-hunters are taught how to develop a personal profile of their talents and skills, their ideal work environment, and important work criteria. They are then shown how to set realistic goals and develop an effective job search plan. There is detailed instruction on networking, including how to find contacts and what to say. A wealth of checklists, templates, sample scripts and written communications accompany the text.
Upfront, engaging and highly practical, this will be an essential guide for individuals with AS entering the workforce for the first time, as well as experienced workers who have lost jobs or wish to change careers but are uncertain about how to find the best match for their abilities.
Barbara Bissonnette is a certified coach and the Principal of Forward Motion Coaching. She specializes in career development coaching for adults with Asperger's syndrome and non-verbal learning disorder. She also provides training and consultation to employers. In addition to first-hand experience hiring and managing people at all levels, she understands the challenges of Asperger's and NLD and focuses on practical strategies for employment success. She holds a graduate certificate in executive coaching from the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology and is certified by the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC). Barbara is the author of the Asperger's Syndrome Workplace Survival Guide: A Neurotypical's Secrets for Success. She lives in Stow, Massachusetts.
"This book is a real gem. Barbara Bissonnette presents a step-by-step, practical guide for individuals with Asperger syndrome and related social communication challenges. Barbara has distilled into print much of the wise and sensitive advice that she has provided to clients over the years. I recommend her guide enthusiastically to individuals with AS, as well as those who counsel them."--Teresa Bolick, PhD, BCBA-D, licensed psychologist, author, and speaker
200 pages. 2012