Most people use a combination of methods in the following list to find suitable opportunities to apply for:

Word of Mouth: Not all jobs are advertised and open to competition, so it is always worth asking people who know you well if they know of anyone who has a job that would suit you.

Government website: The government lists jobs on a website where you can create and account and look for suitable jobs. There are different websites for:

Sector specific publications: if you are looking for a job in line with your special interest, skill or qualification, look at any published newspapers, magazines, online forums or websites in that area which carry details of jobs. For example, the Times Education Supplement (TES) includes details of teaching jobs.

Register with an employment agency: There are many agencies available. They tend to specialise in particular types of job or sector. You could ask them whether they have experience of placing autistic candidates and if helpful, provide them with some information about autism, or show them our agency case study.

Jobsites: Most online job sites will help you to find jobs, store your CV and keep a record of any jobs you have applied for. There can be an overwhelming amount so it is important to use the filters which allows you to find the opportunities you are most interested in. Filters can include:

  • Job sector such as healthcare and nursing, creative and design, property job
  • Location by region, county, town and even areas within a town, sometimes allowing you to specify how far you’re happy to travel for work and then identifying all jobs within that distance of your home postcode
  • Salary Range – set your minimum and maximum
  • Types of contract
    • Permanent – where there is no defined end date
    • Contract – where there is a specific start and end date operating under specific terms
    • Temporary – where the opportunity has a defined end date
    • Apprenticeship – training while working

Social Media: Employers are increasingly aware that people spend a lot of time looking at social media and are developing new ways to advertise to prospective candidates via Twitter, Facebook and Linkedin. Setting up accounts on social media and following organisations that you’re interested in working for will help you research what you want to do and may also help identify opportunities you can apply for too.

Jobcentre / employability program: If you have registered for Jobseekers Allowance or Universal Credit you will be expected to work with your local Jobcentre or employability provider to find job opportunities. They may have access to guaranteed interview schemes, but you may well be obliged to consider and apply for roles which they select in order to maintain your benefits.

The Disability Confident scheme

Some employers are attempting to offer a more supportive environment so that they can benefit from the skills in a more diverse workforce, you can therefore expect them to be receptive to applications from those with a disability including those with autism

The Disability Confident Employer Scheme is a voluntary scheme set up to help employers make the most of the opportunities offered by employing people with disabilities. There are 3 levels in the scheme which must be completed in order:

  • Disability Confident Committed (Level 1)
  • Disability Confident Employer (Level 2)
  • Disability Confident Leader (Level 3)

Under the self-assessed scheme, employers work to develop their confidence in exchange for inclusion in the register of Disability Confident Employers Disability Confident Employers and the right to use the disability confident logo.