The Complete Guide to Getting a Job for People with Asperger's Syndrome
Find the Right Career and Get Hired
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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.
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.
Jessica Kingsley Publishers
; November 2012
200 pages; ISBN 9780857006929Read online
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Title: The Complete Guide to Getting a Job for People with Asperger's Syndrome
Author: Barbara Bissonnette
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*Gold Medal Winner in the 2012 Foreword Book of the Year Awards - Adult Nonfiction - Career Category*'It takes a logical view of how to identify the right job or career for someone with particular skills and interests but also particular social and communication difficulties, and then takes us through a series of sensible and achievable steps on the road to achieving that job or career goal... The book is incredibly thorough but very clear, and is in no way patronising or "preachy". Instead, it seeks to give a wealth of practical advice, backed up by real-life anonymised examples from Barbara Bissonnette's extensive experience in coaching and mentoring. This makes it both personal and accessible, and brings her excellent resources to life... She has a real understanding of the challenges people with social and communication disorders can face, and sets out practical strategies for facing them. All in all an excellent resource for seeking a professional job or career.'