Thursday, 30 September 2010

Victory Log Entry - even though its the end of the job

Yes I'm still calling this a "Victory Log Entry". Yes it is the end of the supported job but it has been such a positive experience. It was unfortunate that the employer isn't in a position to be able to recruit me onto their own payroll, but the director has given me a good reference. I got an extra 4 weeks which were pushed for both by the employer and the training organisation who technically employ me, so that was very positive in itself. Most of all it has been so good to be able to utilise and expand my skills, and above all prove that despite my disability I'm NOT UNEMPLOYABLE (LOL, the double negative that makes a positive), as highlighted by the article I linked back to in August.

Wednesday, 29 September 2010

"The people who conduct interviews generally have zero understanding of the job role..."

This sentence starting the 7th comment on a "Help needed for interview problems" forum thread struck a chord. This poster has hit the nail on the head with the subject of interview performance versus general ability to do the job, precisely what those of us with Asperger face.

Wednesday, 15 September 2010

One down, two to go

First reply from three jobs I found last Friday

"Thank you for your interest in our vacancy for Junior Accounts Assistant. I regret to inform you that on this occasion you have not been successful in your application. I wish you success for finding suitable employment in the future."

That was even without mention of my disability in the application, just as I'd been told. Guess its just the numbers game.

Tuesday, 14 September 2010

Guardian Letters - Living on benefits is in no way 'a lifestyle choice'

A few days after I posted the BBC news link to the chancellor's comments these letter writers in the Guardian have got the right idea.

Key sentences quoted:
- For a person from a very rich and privileged background to call living on benefit in any shape or form a "lifestyle choice" is the most crass and insulting demonstration of patrician insensitivity and ignorance to have crossed the lips of any politician in recent times.
- Government's own figures show that people with mental health problems, disabilities or from minority ethnic groups get sanctioned disproportionately. Now this really concerns me!
- In my own experience as a paid Citizen's Advice Bureau adviser, most people are very keen to find work and realise that apart from the financial benefit, work provides one with better health and self-esteem. It is a complete myth that there is a large sector of the population that choose not to work.
- Where is the understanding that it costs more to live as a disabled person, or that to find employment many will need individually tailored support? VERY TRUE!

Thursday, 9 September 2010

The "lifestyle choice to just sit on out-of-work benefits" - cuts announced

Welfare spending to be cut by £4bn, says the chancellor. He has told the BBC that those making a "lifestyle choice to just sit on out-of-work benefits" would be affected. I hope this holds true, I deplore the people on JSA who get us all tarred with the same brush. One point made on TV was speaking of "how ready unemployed people are to take up offered employment" if they have been out of work a while, of course the other overlooked side of the coin is "how ready EMPLOYERS are to offer positions" to those out of work for a while, as there is prejudice against CV gaps etc.

Wednesday, 8 September 2010

Another blog entry about role-play

Found this blog "Social Dynamics and Asperger's Syndrome" on a link on the ASD forum I sometimes go on. The entry on 4th August strikes a chord, the writer had been to a seminar about one-to-one dating relationships, and there was an element of role play involved. I know the feeling with some of those involved on Flexible Routeways, and I'd linked to a couple of those who wrote about similar on their job search courses.

I've started to follow this blog as there's interesting stuff, I'll have to read it through and perhaps leave some comments, the reader would probably relate to my blog too. It says on the intro he is working, but probably still understands the issues of interviews and requirements for "good communication" in jobs.