"Jeff worked with me through my job-hunting efforts, including securing good references, writing my resume and applications, choosing good jobs to apply for, interviewing and follow-up. He seems to understand the job market very well, as well as why Aspies sometimes find it hard to get and keep a good job.
"He came to understand my situation, and then patiently helped me along my road to success...one step at a time."
"So, Mr. Jones, why should we hire you?"
"In my 11 years at Consolidated Industries, I rose rapidly from financial assistant to bookkeeper to controller. My teams carried through our Sarbanes-Oxley reforms, and I persuaded the external auditors to endorse our new financial systems."
"What would your superiors say about you?"
"They all especially appreciate both my technical abilities and my leadership skills. They point out how I've balanced searching for good answers to problems with getting appropriate buy-in all around. That's why they promoted me multiple times."
"What about your peers and other people?"
"Well, judging from our high performance on teams, the fact that we enjoy each others' company and how often we've gone out after work and had a great time, I'd say we work well together and they respect and like me - even when we disagree."
"Let's look at your resume...how many times have you lost jobs?"
"Only twice, the latter one over 11 years ago. That's when I learned a few lessons...."
You can be Mr. Jones.
You can do what you want to do and what you've studied for.
You can rise as high as your abilities will take you.
You can both think up good things, and also get them done, as a team.
You can be well-liked at work.
You can enjoy your job.
To build on Thomas Edison, genius is 1% inspiration, 9% (solitary) perspiration and 90% conversation. If you already know how to do your basic tasks, good conversations generally mean a good job. And a good job goes far toward a good life.
"I received a job offer in [Connecticut] in [a professional] position. It is the greatest news I had in years and I attribute my success to the coaching sessions that I had with you during those 16 weeks.
"I think the advice you gave me about not speaking until the interviewer signals he/she is done talking, about establishing a firm handshake, presenting information in a way that positively and confidently reflects my abilities, showing a sense of humor, coming with a pen, all of these things I succeeded in doing during the interview that landed me the job.
"Also, I wanted to tell you that my parents and I have been reading your A SPLINT articles and learning a lot of interesting information from your articles. I think your articles and the examples you use about Aspies and NTs are clever, creative and very useful."
Last updated: September 9, 2013