Looking for a job as an adult with ADHD

When you begin to look for a job there are a number of things that you need to think about. It is best to make a plan or jot your thoughts down to help you get organised. In the first instance you need to ask yourself what is it that I want to do? Then there are a number of things that you need to think about to get the process started.


Let’s have a look at some of these:

  • What job am I thinking about
  • What skills do I have
  • What skills might I need to learn
  • Where are the jobs located
  • How will I get there
  • Do I have my resume ready
  • Where do I start to look for a job
  • How do I prepare for a job
  • What personal strengths can I bring to the job
  • What do I do while I am waiting to get a job

You might have more questions than answers to begin with. This is where the symptoms of your ADHD might impact and you tell yourself it is all too hard. Just take each question one at a time and focus on getting an answer. If you get your thoughts organised, you will be well on your way to finding a job.

There are people who can help you to look for a job and get everything ready to start the process. Remember that it may take some time to find a job. Often we need to take a job that is not exactly what we want until something else comes along. This is okay because you can add this to your resume and it shows you have a work history.

While you are waiting to find a job use this as an opportunity to get some voluntary work in the area you are thinking about working in. It could also help to take a short course to gain further skills to help you to understand the job requirements better. Both of these things can be added to your resume to show your interest and experience in the area.

Once you do find a job you need to think about whether you want to tell your employer about your ADHD. You will know the impact that it will have upon the job requirements and you may need to negotiate to put structures in the workplace to help you with this eg. if it is a desk job and you have trouble with noise, you may need to have request a desk in a less busy part of the office.

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