What Its Like Trying to Find Work When You Are Autistic
Written by Brad Matheson, MBA, in Section Student Life
Autism Stops Me From Speaking — Literally
I’ve come to the conclusion that the job application process sucks for pretty much everyone involved. However, no single part of that process feels worse than the rare occasions when I actually got brought in for an interview.
Most of the time, I’m lucky to get any response from applications, let alone someone actually taking time out to tell me that no, my application was not successful.
Hell, some employers don’t even get that far.
I remember applying for a fast food chain, only to be greeted with one of the most automated emails I’ve ever seen. Like, “Dear [Applicant Name Here]” levels of automated.
Not the best feeling when it feels like no-one is willing to meet you halfway. Or meet you at all, leaving the robots to deal with you.
But still, even that isn’t the worst of it. At least that scenario is just annoying. Going into a job interview, on the other hand? It’s incredibly daunting.
Socialising has never come easy for me, so imagine how that same mindset handles the idea that based off a single conversation, you could either be employed or sent right back to square one of the process.
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