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How can I get a job without professional or academic references....? :-(

Discussion in 'Education and Employment' started by Ambi, Apr 24, 2017.

  1. Ambi

    Ambi Well-Known Member

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    So........as many high functioning aspies may have, my past resume is very checkered - random jobs, gaps, etc. So, I get really uncomfortable with asking people to serve as references over and over and over, for random jobs, years and years after I have last seen them, etc. They are really doing this out of sense of inability of saying no, who knows if they are giving good references - it's just not something I want to do anymore, ask these people from a decade ago. One of them finally messed up the last job I applied to, I think, so he's not even an option anymore. Basically, I don't have any reliable academic or professional references. BUT I need a job. Anyone else in this situation? Can anyone else give me advice about how to get a job without providing references? I don't even know if this is possible - every job application I see requires 2 to 3 such references. I'm just wondering if there's some job field that I don't know about which routinely hires people without professional and academic references. Not because I think that's reasonable, but because I'm getting desperate for work.
     
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    For now, you could always start volunteering. You can get pretty good references from wherever you volunteered, since it's considered work even though you don't get paid. I'm in a similar situation; I need to get a job too, only my issue is that the job market in my area is pretty crappy. I've handed out numerous resumes, and not one call back. Luckily, I'm seeing a job coach today, and he said the last time I saw him (which was a few days prior) that he has a buddy in landscaping that might need a few more people for his crew. Good luck to you.
     
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    Ambi Well-Known Member

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    Thanks, Austin. I think my anxiety is clouding my thinking - I do have volunteer opportunities available.
     
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    You could try work from home jobs. There's many listed online.
     
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    I've always wondered if these are legit or a scam. Do you know of reliable websites for these listings?
     
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    If you are into making stuff- you could open a shop to sell your items on Ebay or Etsy.

    Fiverr looks pretty legit too. You can sell a good or service for $5 (or more).

    There's also transcribing- but sometimes it doesn't pay well. I've heard it's easy enough though. You just listen to audio and type out what they say. Usually you have a decent time limit, so you can listen a few times.

    Do you have Uber (or a similar driving service) in your area? You could drive a cab if you were comfortable.

    For random jobs you aren't sure about- do a search on Google (or wherever) to see if it's legit. Generally if it's a scam- many results about people complaining are usually on first page of the search.

    I hope some of this helped. I've struggled with work a lot in my life too.
     
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    Thanks! This is very helpful.
     
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    You are welcome. Good luck with finding jobs!