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The Employment Process

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Questions and Action Steps


There are several steps that you can take when you are looking for a career path. As you work toward a career, you will have to consider what kind of career you want and what skills you have or want to learn. When you find your career, you will have to learn how to do the tasks that you are given and to solve problems you might face in the workplace. Follow this document to learn more about the employment process!

Working toward a Career

Career Search

Action Steps

  • Search online for career fields that may interest you.
  • Volunteer at different places to get a better sense of where you would be happy working and what type of careers fit your skills and interests.
  • Talk with friends, family members, and/or support staff about potential opportunities.
  • Create your resume (either a traditional or video resume) and gather your references.

Questions and points to consider:

  • Do you work better in a highly structured environment (like an office) or a less structured environment (like an art studio)?
  • What type of career would fit your skills and interests?
    • Where can I look for careers?
  • What should you put in your resume?
  • Who should you ask for references?

The Interview

Action Step

Prepare for your interview. Practice what you are going to say in an interview but try not to sound like you are saying a script. This will help to make your interview sound more genuine and not rehearsed.

Questions and Points to Consider:

  • What skills do you have that might be of interest to the interviewer?
  • How would you respond to common interview questions such as:
    • “Tell me about yourself.”
    • “What is a strength/weakness?”
    • “Tell me about a time you had difficulty with a task.”
  • How can you answer the questions in a positive way?

Keeping a Job

Accommodations and Support

Action Step

Identify any supports or accommodations that you may need and who is the best person to talk to about it.

Questions and Points to Consider

  • You have the legal right to ask for accommodations in order to help you perform your job better. You may feel like it is inappropriate to ask for these accommodations, but it is your right and is fully acceptable. Make sure when asking for accommodations to frame it in a way that it is helping both you and your employer by making you a more efficient employee.
  • In addition to technical skills, what other social skills will I need to be successful as a professional?
  • Who is the best person to talk to about this?
  • If you are unsure who to talk to ask questions:
    • “I am having a problem, who should I talk to about this?”
    • “I am having some difficulties, are you the correct person to talk to about making accommodations?”

Be Proactive

Action Plan

Create a plan to address difficult situations that might occur. Try to talk to a co-worker about this plan and get their thoughts on it.

Questions and Points to Consider:

  • What might be difficult for you?
  • How can you address things that are difficult for you?
  • Is there a co-worker who can help you with questions you might have?
  • What are the social expectations in the workplace?

Useful Resources

The Autism Services, Education, Services, and Training Collaborative (ASERT): ASERT is a component of the Bureau of Autism Services to provide support to individuals with autism and their families throughout Pennsylvania.

Office of Vocational Rehabilitation The Pennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) provides vocational rehabilitation services to help persons with disabilities prepare for, obtain, or maintain employment. OVR provides services to eligible individuals with disabilities, both directly and through a network of approved vendors.

Job Accommodation Network (JAN) JAN is the leading source on free, expert, and confidential guidance on workplace accommodations and disability employment issues.

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This information was developed by the Autism Services, Education, Resources, and Training Collaborative (ASERT). For more information, please contact ASERT at 877-231-4244 or info@PAautism.org. ASERT is funded by the Bureau of Supports for Autism and Special Populations, PA Department of Human Services.