Changing jobs as an adult with ADHD

Changing employment can occur for a number of reasons. You might be in your current job because you have been studying and now you want to move into your chosen field of employment. Some people move house and want to find a new job closer to home. Others may lose their job due to restructuring or unsatisfactory performance. Whatever the reason there are a number of things that you need to get organised to help the transition process move along.


Consider your ADHD symptoms and how they affected your ability in your current workplace. Where there any things put in place to assist you that were successful and might be of benefit in the next work environment? If so make sure you document these so you can discuss them with your new boss or put them in place for yourself. Let’s look at the things you are going to need to support you in changing employment:

  • Update your resume
  • Talk to colleagues, friends and family about getting a new job as they may be able to help
  • Go online to search for a job
  • Approach employment agencies and provide them with your resume
  • Prepare an application
  • Prepare for an interview
  • Consider any further skills you might need

Looking for a new job may take time. You need to consider your commitments if you are choosing to leave your job:

  • What are my financial commitments- do I need to keep this job until I get another job
  • Am I currently employed for a contracted period of time and is it possible for me to leave earlier

If your job is terminated you need to consider the following:

  • What are my financial commitments
  • Am I entitled to a payout of money to help until I get another job
  • Am I able to get a reference from my boss to help me get another job

It is important that you maintain a daily routine while looking for and preparing to apply for a job. This may be a time to build in some recreation, volunteer work or further studies and short courses to keep you busy and connected to the community.

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