The Complete Guide to Getting a Job for People with Asperger's Syndrome: Find the Right Career and Get Hired

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Jessica Kingsley Publishers, Dec 1, 2012 - Psychology - 199 pages
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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.

 

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Contents

1 Why is it So Much Work to Get a Job?
11
2 Finding the Right Job or Career
21
3 Researching Occupations
45
4 Personal Presentation
80
5 Marketing Yourself to Employers
87
6 Developing an Effective Job Search Plan
111
7 Interviewing
130
8 Disclosure and Accommodations
163
9 Creating and Sustaining Momentum
173
10 Concluding Thoughts
188
References
191
Bibliography
193
Index
195
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About the author (2012)

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. Prior to this, Barbara spent more than 20 years in business, most recently as Vice President of Marketing and Sales for an information services firm. 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.

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