One thing about being autistic is that we can often be rather naive and gullible
Fortunately, my critical thinking skills have helped me avoid some of the traps set up for people desperate to find a job.
Resume-Writing services- this is a waste of
money, there are loads of books, free workshops and such available.
Writing a good resume is not that hard, you do not need to hire
someone else to do it.
Multi-Level Marketing- A.K.A. Pyramid Schemes that are
Legal for Some Reason. Guess what? You can make lots of money if you recruit all
your friends to sell this gadget! I have come across these at
job fairs, and gone to a couple of presentations that turned out to
be MLMs- I even had a friend tried to sell me on one. If it
sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
There are a lot of "front groups" for Amway in
particular (like Quixtar). Put a note on your profiles on job
websites saying that you are not interested in them.
Commission-Only (or mostly) Sales Rep jobs- Often
these are products most people don't want anyway- like kitchen
knives. As with the MLMs it will also likely result in annoying & alienating many or
your friends/family. I think high-pressure sales in general is
a bad bet for folks on the spectrum, it involves a tricky kind of
social interaction & sometimes...presenting things in ways that
aren't entirely honest. Not saying dishonest exactly- just not
full-blown Aspie honesty.
Self-Help Workshops that charge lots of money-
(and some that don't) Some of these claim to help you learn to be a
better, more confident job candidate or help you find deep, dark
suppressed emotional problems that you don't actually have.
Get a real therapist if you need one.
Lousy Job Fairs- First off, job fairs are likely
to be noisy, crowded and thus not autistic friendly. I've gone
to a few good job fairs but most were mediocre at best. Some were
more like Education Fairs- usually mostly for-profit colleges. Maybe
you do need more education/training, but get guidance on this at a
career center of some sort, not those who are trying to sell it. No
matter what they say, you probably don't need an MBA. Others
are mostly temp agencies. Temp agencies are OK to make some money
while looking for something permanent or to gain transferable skills,
but why bother going to a job fair to meet with them? Go to a job
fair to meet with actual employers. A well-organized job fair
will list at least some of them on their website or brochure.
Networking & comparing "war stories" with the other
job-seekers you meet might actually be more useful.
In general, research companies, ask
around in your social network. Keep in mind, however that there are
always more current or former employees complaining about their
workplaces so adjust your perceptions accordingly.