Do you know the difference between the hidden job market versus the advertised job market?
The majority of individuals are unaware that a hidden job market exists. The hidden job market includes jobs that are not formally announced on the Internet, the companies website or even by a “now hiring” sign. The hidden job market is often used by the employer to hire someone within their network or their associate’s networks. According to statistics, 80 percent of all jobs are never advertised. (Uncovering the hidden job market by Martin Lieberman)
So how does this affect individuals with Asperger’s/HFA?
Well according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data for June 2014 for adults with autism, Autism Speaks has found that 9 out of 10 either are unemployed or underemployed, regardless of their IQ or education level.
With 9 out of 10 adults with autism unemployed or underemployed and 80% of the job market hidden, gaining employment can feel insurmountable. However, there are ways to break into the hidden job market and successes that I have had along the way with my personal clients that I share in other blog entries.
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Although it seems that the odds are stacked against individuals with Asperger’s/HFA, they are not. Together we will work on breaking down those barriers.
By Maggie Cromeens
Latest posts by Maggie Cromeens (see all)
- Creating a Network for Those with Aspergers in the Workforce - February 8, 2017
- The Issue of Work Transportation for Employees with Aspergers - January 5, 2017
- Full Disclosure and Accommodations in the Workplace with Aspergers - December 22, 2016
- Communicating to an Interviewer About Your Diagnosis - November 18, 2016
- Using Informational Interviewing in Your Job Search - November 9, 2016