Bissonnette, certified career development coach for adults with Asperger’s Syndrome (AS) and author of Asperger’s Syndrome Workplace Survival Guide has created a handbook to guide adults with AS through the job search process to successful employment. Her step by step guide walks the job searcher through researching different careers, networking, interviewing and new employment do’s and don’ts. Focusing on tasks that are difficult for those with AS, Bissonnette breaks each step down into manageable tasks and gives hints, tips and encouragement for success. Scripts to use for interviews, letters, phone messages, and emails are included and will be extremely helpful for those who need to practice what to say and how to say it to sound professional and confident. While acknowledging the difficulties of job searching for anyone, Bissonnette has an understanding of the unique difficulties that those with AS deal with when facing a task with many components and unfamiliar situations and acknowledges the anxiety that can make the process more difficult. Included are checklists, worksheets, bibliography and resources for additional reading.
Intended for adults and young adults with AS, their spouses, family, and professionals assisting those with AS, Bissonnette has provided a very thorough plan to guide those with AS through the job search process and how to present themselves and their skills in the best possible light. A must read for those with AS who are entering the workforce for the first time, changing careers or just looking for a job.