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Colleen Method
13 days ago
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Update from Colleen M

I have been looking for jobs since Sep 2019. I was terminated after people did not understand my issues at the time.

Feb 2020 I was finally diagnosed with autism amongst major other medical things.

Mar 2020 COVID-19 hits - everyone hates it - I know

July 2020 still looking for a job and have sent out e-resumes. I would not recommend using vocational rehab services during a pandemic - unless they are really active.

Also thinking of putting in a profile on fiverr.com and try my hand at home freelance work in genealogy & heraldry.

Anyone with tips on the online world? Thanks!

#termination #autism #workfromhome

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Annie Cherchian
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I'm 72, and no one is hiring me as a legal sec. 2 years ago my boss closed his legal practice (I was a legal sec there for 18 years. Later that year I found a lovely job online doing legal transcription from home as an Independent Contractor. Then all of a sudden Feb 12 the online company terminated my contract because of this stupid Calif Assembly Bill 5 which became law on 1/1/20. This Bill is for drivers, but it's affected all sorts of ICs. What am I going to do now. Is Gov. Newsome (who signed this Bill into law) going to pay my Bill's now?? He hasn't answered my letters, neither has Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez who introduced this stupid Bill.

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Annie Cherchian
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Hi Colleen, unless you live in another state rather than California, forget online work. The California Assembly Bill 5 does not let us be Independent Contractors or freelancers unless we have our own business or are employees. I know, as I lost a much-loved online legal transcription job in Feb which I was doing from home because of this stupid Calif AB5. Hopefully you don't live in Calif, and I wish you all the best in finding an online job.

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Mike Grauer Jr
about 1 year ago
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Depressed.

I wish I knew what it was like to make more then minimum wage. All I get is low wage work. People wonder why I hate having Autism. Why I loath all the debt I got into in college. It never ends. All jobs I apply for unless its a low wage job with no other applicants. I never get the position. It matters not what the job is. Or people want me to work for free.

#autism #autismawareness #aspie #actuallyautistic #employment #work #jobs #life #rant #minimumwage

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Tricia Hendrix
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Sorry for your struggle Mike Grauer Jr but you seem like such a smart and wonderful person. Keep applying to new places and broaden those horizons!

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Mike Grauer Jr
11 months ago
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Not my desired location.

Its frustrating when you are stuck in a area that does not have any jobs that fit your skills and talents, and employment background. . #Kitsap #KitsapCounty #employment #Work #Autism #actuallyautistic #asd #aspie

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Matt Bornhorst
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I understand that Mike Grauer Jr . Sometimes we just can't find any jobs not because we aren't worth hiring, but because there are very few, if any jobs in the area we're in.

There are a couples things you can do. You can try to work remotely if your skills allow it. You can move to an area with better job prospects (extreme, and in many cases not possible), or try to find a job in an area you're new too and learn how to do that.

I hope this help Mike!

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Colleen Method
4 months ago
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An Update

Another update on my journey to wherever this is going.

In my search for jobs and with the vocational rehabilitation thing has been interesting. Due to the virus, every effort is being made to stay safe. Whew!

Oh and for some reason, I am getting notices for jobs that I am not trained to do. Like I have been an office worker - without bookkeeping or filing. On the other end of the spectrum - forklift operator or warehouse worker.

How comical is that? It is not easy to get a job right now when the only options available are things you are not trained to do. I spent nearly 34 years in academic libraries - forklifts were not in my area of expertise.

Stay safe everyone - we're in this together!

Colleen Method #termination #autism

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Mike Grauer Jr
almost 2 years ago
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So hard getting job with Autism

Its so bloody hard. If you are high functioning. Employers expect you to be ether an engineer or programmer. If you are not in the technical fields similar to those. People see you as a liability or view you as a fake. When so many jobs base their hiring on personalty and emotinal intelligence. It gets even harder.

#Autism #Aspie #ASD #Aspergers #ActuallyAutistic #employment #work #jobs

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Ashley Wilson
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Hi Mike I am sure that is difficult for you and I am sorry because it really shouldn't be. I wish people would learn to be more empathetic and understanding. To me, if you have the skills and you can get the job done nothing else should matter. Here is [something] (https://workology.com/companies-hiring-adults-with-autism/) I found that you should check out! Wishing you the best. Remember, don't let others dictate who you are and what you can and cannot do!

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Juanita Upshaw
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So sorry that you are having difficulty finding employment. This society is by no means nice to those in need. You should hang in there though because something good is coming your way. Trust and believe.

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Colleen Method
5 months ago
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Advice Needed or an idea or two

My question is - how would you describe the term Library Assistant when looking for a job - even outside the library world?

I'm asking because I am out of ideas on what to look for in a job with my skill sets in play. :) So I don't cookie cutter myself into one field alone.

I'll be working with a vocational rehabilitation job coach soon so just wanted some terms to share with them. (Hint for my friends with autism - they do work in many places in the country for free.) Many states have them under different names though.

Thanks in advance.

Colleen #termination #autism

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Kris Ward
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I think John and Matthew are right on point. Try to "de-library" your specific responsibilities. Think of every task you were given (especially the ones you did regularly), and remove the library in it. So regularly returning books back to their shelves, could be returning inventory to their shelves. Working with patrons to find the resources they are looking for, could be providing outstanding customer support.

Hope that makes sense and helps! I wanted to also say, I love the positive attitude and resourcefulness. I have a former college classmate that has written a couple of books about living with Aspergers (I know it may not be exactly appropriate for your situation), but his most recent book is about adult life with autism and a piece of it is about maintaining employment. It's called Getting a Life with Aspergers by Jesse Saperstein. Just a recommendation!

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Thomas Ryan
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Go to onetonline.org, take your skill set and see how many different jobs that skillset lines up with. You can also take your past job and breakout all the different skills, many of which you don't realize are actual skills and see how many are transferrable. You might even look for a dream job and take note what skills and education are required and create your career.

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Colleen Method
3 months ago
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Still Looking....

Still looking at job notices. Not many that I have received have found anything - except for the spam filter though.

My age, autism, being over 50 is a point of contention with many people. If you know accounting? Brush off those skills and keep them sharp - that's all I see anymore.

I am now working with an autism society - it is a slow process. A slow one due to Covid restrictions in place. Using online meeting software and it is a different world indeed.

Colleen

#ageism #indiana #coronavirus #autism

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Lenin Pina
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Hi Colleen, are you working with the Autism Society as an employee or seeking services. In either case... I admire you courage to take action and seek help. Hope this message finds you Well. Stay Safe!

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Colleen Method
5 months ago
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Colleen's Update

I had my consultation with Vocational Rehabilitation and also found out that I am autistic as well. Was tested to see just to see. Oops. lol, I'm on the spectrum so to speak.

For anyone job seeking that is on the spectrum - keep things real, explore chances of employment. Then attempt these services. They have rules and policies that may or may not be useful to someone looking.

Also, double-check your disability options too. Why? it doesn't mean you'll take it. Just see if you are eligible for it especially if you have medical issues.

Hope this helps someone.

#termination #autism

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debra ethan
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Colleen Method. Thank you for being open & addressing this. I am certain your input will go a long way in helping others with autism & other challenges. You are a bright shining star. Be proud!

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Candy Baron
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Ask for therapy

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Mike Grauer Jr
over 1 year ago
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Fedup, frustrated, Depressed.

Only jobs I seem to be able to get is part time minimum wage work. Does not seem to matter what my skills are or my education or past successes. Its been that way my entire working like. I can't seem to get anything better. People around me act like I have never worked a day in my life. That the current job is my first job. Low wage work then long periods of unemployment. So tired of it.

#Work #employment #lowwagework #minimumwage #rant #depressed #fedup #frustrated #KitsapCounty #WashingtonState #Washington #autism #introvert

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Linda Rosner
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Hi Mike--You gotta give me more to work with to make suggestions! First, smile, and be grateful for what you've got. Look through that list and see who can help you with your next step--your next contact, your resume update, etc. What kind of work are you trained for, skilled in, what are your successes?

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Kyle Westendorf
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sorry

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Colleen Method
about 2 months ago
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Best way to search the Jobs section

I am having trouble navigating the results. People in my field don't use vague language like office assistant, administrative assistant nor secretary. We use terms like Library Assistant and the like. #ageism #indiana #autism

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Ashley Wilson
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Hi Colleen! I didn't find anything closely related to those terms so you may need to expand your search a bit into similar roles!

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Colleen Method
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Library Assistant is just a broad form of different titles. Circulation Assistant, Circulation Supervisor, Interlibrary Loan, Borrowing Assistant, Research Assistant and others.

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