Autism: Where to Find Jobs During COVID-19
Over 2.4 million Americans filed jobless claims last week, which brings the nine week total to 38.6 million people who are unemployed. Lawmakers are working to extend unemployment benefits to millions of Americans. These unemployment figures illustrate the devastation caused by the COVID-19 outbreak leaving many businesses no choice but to close down.
How does this impact people on the autistic spectrum? It has been historically difficult for people on the autistic spectrum to find regular paid employment. This has improved over the years as more companies are creating diversity programs due to the federal mandate. However, COVID-19 has created opportunities in specific job markets that were previously not available.
While some businesses are closing down, other businesses are succeeding. Many are considered essential services and are trying to keep up with the demand by having people work around the clock. These companies range from technology to retail to meet the increased demand of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Andrew Seaman, Editor for Job Seekers & #GetHired at LinkedIn News published a list of companies in the United States on March 31st that are currently hiring during the pandemic. This list is continuously updated to provide the most current information. For those living in Canada, you can find his list here.
For individuals on the autistic spectrum that previously found it difficult to find employment, this may be the best time to find a job. Create a stunning resume in Canva with an impressive cover letter. Make sure that the resume represents your top skill set. It doesn’t hurt to brush up on your interview skills. Most likely you will find yourself being interviewed via teleconference. You can read my blog post here about how to prepare and set up for remote interviews. As always, be persistent and don’t give up!