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19 May 2017, 2:20 am

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locate the greenhouses/nurseries/wherevers and ask in person if they are hiring, or if you can speak to a manager.

it is hard, and especially being autistic, an interaction like this is very uncomfortable. but i have found that people are more likely to see a person irl as a potential employee, and if they only see you on paper/electronically its harder for them to connect with you sans having a lot of experience to list on your resume.

i like to think about it this way: if i am to work (here), then i must be able to have interactions with the people who already work (here). if i am to be hired (here), i will get to know the people who work (here), and they will get to know me, and it will be okay.

edit: also, you can totally list your past jobs without having specific information or references on resumes. appearance over truth, is a funny truth i've been taught by some of my successful peers and family members. it's a weird world we live in but hell...your truth is that you have some experience and if you can just give a name for the employer, the general amount of time you worked there (like an ambiguous 08/2009-11/2009 for instance) and maybe some info about your responsibilities you'll be fine. i've been told that its better to have something to fill that space even if it means nothing.


Yeah well so far I have come up with having worked with my dad who has worked as a professional house painter, last time was last year, of course the people we did it for just didn't pay so much for trusting supposed 'family friends' but wont get into all that right now. Also, I did a short job at place in Minnesota when I stayed with family for a bit a few years back assembling wood coat hangers and mirrors with wood frames as well as doing some wood staining and working with a machine to put holes in the coat rack pegs to screw them into the racks. The trouble is I have no clue what the name of the place was or if they are even open or operating under the same management and am unlikely to figure it out. So the most info I can put is that I worked there and the tasks I did but I don't know any contact info or company name and I got fired so its not like it's a great example of my employee skills, well plus it was like 7 years ago.... :oops:

So yeah I can put I did some jobs and work, just don't have any specific company names or contact info to put...as for references my moms boyfriend has said I can put him and I could probably put a couple of my room-mates to have 3 maybe even my boyfriend lol, I just don't know all that many people all that well.


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19 May 2017, 2:25 am

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The two local mom and pop green houses/nurserys by me hire on sight. Meaning you show up, talk to the manager and get an application. They do nothing online.

A big chain place like English Garden does everything online.

If you are clean, on time, follow directions and don't steal, you shouldn't have problems getting hired.

Because they will ask...do you want to be a cashier, customer service or do you have experience handling plants? The green house places by me have at least those three jobs.


Well I do smoke cannabis, so wouldn't pass a drug test for that though I am in Colorado which has legalized it so its not necessarily something you'll get turned down for but still possible. That aside though I'd certainly go for working with the plants over customer service.

Though it occurs to me I should not limit myself to looking for greenhouse or tree nursery jobs, should probably be open to other ideas to.


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19 May 2017, 2:31 am

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Since I retired from the Navy, I have held 6 jobs, but I have applied for hundreds. There are so many websites out there. Indeed is a personal favorite as I landed my last two jobs through it. There are several others such as http://www.monster.com, http://www.CareerBuilder.com, and http://www.simplyhired.com. There are a few that are tailored to the persons with disabilities market segment, they include http://www.disabilityjobexchange.com, http://www.gettinghired.com and http://www.abilityjobs.com.
If working for the government might appeal to you, there is also the Schedule "A" letter which will allow a person with a disability to get a noncompetitive appointment for a federal job and you can find out about that through https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/working-in-government/unique-hiring-paths/individuals-with-disabilities. Most state and local governments also have programs for hiring folks that are on disability.
Hope this helps. Good luck!


I will for sure check those out, the disability ones might be especially helpful but i'll probably try them all out...the more resources to look at the better.


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19 May 2017, 4:54 pm

Ha ha, so I got an email from indeed with an employer contacting me about an opening. I can't take that one because its too far away mostly, but also it is full time and I think it would be a better idea to start with part time. But that's still pretty cool, I didn't think that crappy little resume I was able to come up with on there would actually interest employers seeking employees in the first place.


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19 May 2017, 8:29 pm

Hey, congrats on the response from an employer!

Keep plugging. I get that you need income right now, but if you can get voc rehab to pay for you to go to school for a specific skill, that will be a big help in getting work. Most of the jobs I have had were from having specific skills. I did do waitress work, mostly because my first job was at a friend's restaurant and I was perhaps a little sheltered there - and all subsequent school jobs were based on those skills. But I also had lab experience from college, which got me future jobs. Also I had typing, and later computer and word processing skills, and those skills got me jobs.

For nursery or greenhouse work, I would definitely show up in person and ask to speak to the manager, and be flexible about things like hours.

Looking to the future, do keep the names of companies, supervisors, even work friends, even after you have left a job. As you have learned, it makes things so difficult later to lack this information.

You can "summarize" short-term experiences by indicating "temporary casual employment included building wooden products, library assistant, waiting tables" and so on. It shows you haven't been completely idle but also shows you don't have sufficient duration to want to list the details.


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21 May 2017, 10:34 pm

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Hey, congrats on the response from an employer!

Keep plugging. I get that you need income right now, but if you can get voc rehab to pay for you to go to school for a specific skill, that will be a big help in getting work. Most of the jobs I have had were from having specific skills. I did do waitress work, mostly because my first job was at a friend's restaurant and I was perhaps a little sheltered there - and all subsequent school jobs were based on those skills. But I also had lab experience from college, which got me future jobs. Also I had typing, and later computer and word processing skills, and those skills got me jobs.

For nursery or greenhouse work, I would definitely show up in person and ask to speak to the manager, and be flexible about things like hours.

Looking to the future, do keep the names of companies, supervisors, even work friends, even after you have left a job. As you have learned, it makes things so difficult later to lack this information.

You can "summarize" short-term experiences by indicating "temporary casual employment included building wooden products, library assistant, waiting tables" and so on. It shows you haven't been completely idle but also shows you don't have sufficient duration to want to list the details.

Well the last time I got fired I was too butthurt to get the specifics to list it as a past job experience, but even with just listing what I did without a specific company name I still got a couple responsed of employers intrested in possibly hiring me. I guess one issue is I want to do more labor work than customer service but a lot of job listings for more general labor want you to be able to lift 50 pounds...and well I am a small person and weigh 95 pounds so I know I can't be depended on to lift 50 pounds. But yeah seemed like putting what little experience I have sort of helped.

I am certainly pretty flexible on hours so whatever a job would want to give me would be just fine, so long as I can get there by bus on time. But yeah even if I cant accept all the responses it's nice to actually see that employers may be willing to hire me even with my sad amount of past experience.


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Sweet Pea...

Before you waste your time filling out apps for labor jobs, find out if the company does pre employment drug screening.

My BIL uses and has no card. He hasn't worked as a welder for two years because he can't abstain long enough to pass the test.

PP mentioned library job. All government jobs do pre employment drug screening. That specific library job, you have to be able to pass a physical lifting 50 lbs to get hired at my local library.

Sending good job seeking vibes your way! :heart:



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Tawaki wrote:
Sweet Pea...

Before you waste your time filling out apps for labor jobs, find out if the company does pre employment drug screening.

My BIL uses and has no card. He hasn't worked as a welder for two years because he can't abstain long enough to pass the test.

PP mentioned library job. All government jobs do pre employment drug screening. That specific library job, you have to be able to pass a physical lifting 50 lbs to get hired at my local library.

Sending good job seeking vibes your way! :heart:

They usually mention on the application if there will be a drug test obviously if there is I would be less inclined to actually fill it out. But also my state has legalized it so its not quite so problematic as states that haven't legalized cannabis. Also I would not smoke cannabis at work unless it was like a headshop or something where everyone else would be doing it anyways.

I certainly cannot be depended on to lift 50 lbs, which unfortunatly it seems a lot of jobs list as a requirement...but like I am barely 5 ft tall and weigh 95 pounds so 50 lbs is a bit over half my body weight so yeah not a whole lot I can do about that. Also though as far as drug testing there is synthetic pee if it came to that.


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