A job search can be stressful for anyone particularly for those with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Developing the social and soft skills needed to succeed during the interview process is something I’ve helped my clients achieve.
Working together, I helped those with High Functioning Autism and Aspergers interview and get jobs at Fortune 500 companies like Google, Diebold, and GE.
The following is an all-inclusive package to help you achieve your Co-Op and job search goals.
Job Search Strategy: We start the process by identifying the companies and roles you would like to work at and creating a job search strategy. We have found through our research that identifying our target companies at the beginning allows us to focus on the right opportunities.
Resume: The next step in the process is to create a custom resume that showcases you and your skills. We work on this together and sift through all the stories and experiences you have accumulated to make sure we keep what we need and create a consistent “Interview Theme”.
Weekly Coaching Video-Calls: As part of the coaching process, we will have at least 1 coaching call every week. During these coaching calls we will discuss strategy, progress, and actionable steps to take. If you get stuck on something, we’ll make sure to address it and start making progress. We aren’t talking theory. From how to approach job fairs, to the hand shake greeting and wrapping up the end of an interview, we will be practicing and implementing the skills needed to move forward in your job search. There is no limit on the number of these calls and can be increased depending on what your needs are at no extra charge.
Interview Preparation: In addition to the Weekly Coaching Calls, once we have interviews lined up, we will have intensive interview preparation sessions. During these sessions we will do research on the company and interviewers you’ll be meeting with to figure out what makes them tick and to position yourself and your skills in the best way. Previous clients have said that they were so prepared, they were actually looking forward to the interview. There is no limit to the Interview Preparation sessions.
Accepting your Offer: Once you receive an offer, we will discuss if it fits in your short and long term goals and I will guide you on the best course of action. It’s not uncommon for my clients to receive multiple offers so working together we can figure out which one is best for you. If you receive an offer and decline to continue looking for a better opportunity, I’m with you every step of the way. My job ends on the first day of your new job.
Want to learn more? Let’s set up a time for a confidential phone call to learn more about your challenges and how we can work together.
My work with job seekers on the spectrum has lead me to contribute articles to publications such as AutismMom.com, Autism Parenting Magazine, and as a speaker at the 5th International Congress of the WAO.
We hired Ramon to work with our son, a Junior at RIT who has an Autism Spectrum Disorder. Our son, Alden, was looking for a co-op to fulfill requirements for graduation in his Software Engineering program. Alden had been applying for co-ops for some time, but was not receiving any offers. He has a strong background in programming, and had received many phone interviews, but his weak interview skills seemed to prevent him from being selected.
Ramon did an outstanding job in building rapport with Alden (who is very shy) and was able to break down the needed skills for a successful application and interview into concrete terms. He taught Alden how to polish his resume to make it stand out, what to say in a cover letter and how to approach job fairs. He explained in detail the expectations for the interview and practiced with Alden until his confidence was high. He went over social skills and "soft skills" needed during the interview - from the hand shake greeting to wrapping up the end of an interview. They worked together on how to follow up after interviews and how to construct effective emails to potential employers.
Alden had been trying to obtain a coop for over 8 months when he started working with Ramon. During that time, he had worked with specialized support staff at RIT, but we found that the individualized nature of Ramon's coaching, coupled with his strong understanding of the business world, was the missing link for Alden. Within two months of their work, Alden received TWO offers for co-op positions! Ramon has continued his coaching even after the offers - walking Alden through how to accept one and decline the other, and now working on social skills that will be needed once he starts his co-op.
I am a pediatric neurologist in the field of autism, in addition to being an "autism mom." Ramon has a unique ability to connect with Alden and to communicate with him in a factual, concrete way to help facilitate results. There are very few resources nationally for career coaching for pre-professional individuals with ASD. Ramon is a leader in this field and has my highest recommendation for his work!