One of the first questions when we’re working with new companies/hiring managers is the type of companies they're interested in hiring from. I find myself taking a deep breath before I hear the inevitable… "We need people from top schools/companies.”
I’ve always been fascinated with the practical steps it takes to create unusual outcomes (ie miracles) to usual situations. While the unusual outcomes don’t often seem tied to anything, I’m learning over time that they seem to really be a very logical outcome to a proactive change in an individual’s usual behavior.
Ah, the art of positive thinking. That elusive little thought process that claims to be part of a winning formula in which humans can derive success and happiness. If it’s so important to think positive, stay positive, and generally feel positive; than why is it so hard to consistently achieve a positive mindset?
If I could go back several years and find myself a mentor, what would I have wanted them to share with me? What guidance would have helped me develop as an individual and in my career? It didn’t take long for me to realize that I have often needed to hear – from an un-biased, neutral party – that nothing is perfect, and that is okay.
A few months ago, my husband asked if I’d be open to guest lecturing a class of computer science exchange students about what it’s like work in tech in the US. Admittedly, my first reaction was to pass on it and offer up one of my colleagues as a consolation prize. I’m not a shy person, but public speaking isn’t something I’ve done much of; much less speaking as an expert in my field.
There are big brands who have taken notice to the advantage of a neurologically diverse workforce. SAP, Freddie Mac, and Microsoft are a few of organizations devoting internships, re-vamped work spaces, and tech positions for individuals on the autism spectrum. Non-profits like Launchability are working to help train and fill these tech roles as the demand for specialized skillsets in testing, quality assurance, and data services grows. Launchability is part of the 5000 Initiative, aiming to introduce 5,000 individuals with autism into the tech workforce by 2020.
Job descriptions and recruiter emails are meant to attract candidates with the right skills and abilities to engage with your company. These are often the first touch points a candidate has with your company and can leave a lasting impression. The way these job descriptions and emails are crafted can reflect that your organization values inclusions and diversity.