Tips for assisting w/ a job search for someone who can't do it alone
October 16, 2013 5:14 PM Subscribe
I've offered to help a relative with a job search because it isn't going well on her own. She is qualified (with a 2 year degree) for the job she wants to find (and is not interested in entry level retail or the sort) but doesn't have the experience or skills to go about finding it. She also may have a diagnosis of Asperger's, and whether or not that's certain, I can at least say that she is stymied by technology (forgets how to do things, forgets logins, avoids it where possible), isn't likely to search out new career listings online much less apply, and gets weary and forgetful of the search easily. I would like some help from AskMe trying to make this is as easy as possible for her while hopefully still teaching her a few tricks.
posted by anonymous to work & money (5 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
Because of the situation (she needs a job yesterday), I am content with doing everything if I have to, and I know the problem isn't that she's lazy or just ignorant of how to do it. In some ways, she simply may not be able to run a job search the way I or others would. She doesn't even usually remember how to log into her computer, but uses a reading device to go online instead. So I don't mind getting her out of the woods in the short-term, but long-term would like to give her some confidence and methods.
I will be digitizing her resume and creating a few profiles to start for her. Because of the above, I have already watched her try these things and fail. But where from there?
I am familiar with the Asperger's cookbook system which relies on a very detailed and straightforward list of steps. I think my first job for her would be to break down each and every site/step into manageable chunks, complete with passwords written on the sheet (no risk of her forgetting how to use a password app). I should attempt to create a schedule. I need to store her resume somewhere online where she can access it easily--with a dropbox link perhaps?
What technologies can I use so she can have an easier job search with less technology? If you recognize her personality type, what strategies would you suggest for her to make a job search manageable? I also suspect that interview practice may be in order, given some peculiarities that have surfaced. And at what point do I give in all the way and just submit applications online on her behalf?