Job Seekers’ Club

Are you having trouble with your job search?

For the first-time ADDA is hosting an ADHD job seeker’s group, and we’re seeking eight volunteers who will search for work and learn tips for seeking work through the club.

To help establish structure and accountability (all things that help adults with ADHD), the volunteers will record how many contacts they make each week, how many interviews they go on, what they learned from their contacts and details when and if they are offered employment.

The club’s leader, Frank Potter, will discuss how to deal with questions that arise during interviews. The club is willing to accept more than eight volunteers for the club, but only the first eight applicants will track their results – additional members will not communicate their job search efforts with the club, they will be observing members who can learn from the eight volunteers. All members of the job search club will be able to email Frank with questions or to share their progress.

Potter is an adult with ADHD himself, and he has many years of experience working as a state vocational rehabilitation counselor assisting people with disabilities. He has helped ADHD people plan for careers and obtain jobs. The group begins its six virtual sessions March 9. The first three sessions will cover the essentials for the job search, job readiness, applications, resumes and interviewing.

“As one might anticipate with a leader with ADHD, leading a group of people with ADHD, this should be an unconventional program, but one that is informative, lively, effective and with some fun,” said Potter, the group’s leader.

Potter will implement some of the late Dr. Nathan Azrin’s behavior modification techniques developed based on the belief that any behavior could be modified once it was understood as a chain of component parts. Dr. Azrin and his colleague developed a “token economy” to persuade people with various disorders to change their behavior to achieve goals. Potter will use some of Azrin’s techniques he first used successfully in his first job club program in North America. Potter was the first person outside of Dr. Azrin’s research staff to use his program and found it to be among one of the most successful approaches he experienced in his career.

For more information about the club, we invite you to visit our Job Seekers’ Club page. It’s free for ADDA members.

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      • Linda Brown
      • February 28, 2017
      Reply

      I enjoy working I do not enjoy people.Help me.

      • Antonio Williams
      • February 24, 2017
      Reply

      Wow, what a great opportunity. I’m interested in participating. I’m currently unemployed seeking work.

      Also would you or anyone else have information for adults returning to college with Executive Functioning Delays. I have attempted on my on will and power to return to college 3 times with poor results (I dropped out). I need help, a mentor, buddy or someone to help me stay on track. I have financial dollars from the military that I must spend or I will loose them. I appreciate any assistance you can provide.

      • Deborah Babbit
      • February 23, 2017
      Reply

      This would help me find a different career. I fit into the third category because I’m currently working but have struggled a long time to please my bosses. Was diagnosed 4 months ago and have a long way to go to become marketable. So if there is a way to participate at other times, I’d love to join. However I generally work when the sessions are offered.

      • virgil mciver
      • February 22, 2017
      Reply

      Hello
      My name is Virgil McIver and I am also interested in being one of the eight persons

      • E. Edward Worrall
      • February 22, 2017
      Reply

      I would be very interested in participating. I have not been able to hold a job longer than two years. And for the last 6 years I have only been employed for months at a time. I really would like to find a permanent position where I have some security.

      • E. Edward Worrall
      • February 22, 2017
      Reply

      I would be very interested in participating. I have not been able to hold a job longer than two years. And for the last 6 years I have only been employed for months at a time. I really would like to find a permanent position where I have structure.

      • Janice Holley
      • February 22, 2017
      Reply

      I am interested in participating and learning what accommodations may help in a work situation.

      • Admin
      • February 22, 2017
      Reply

      Hi Joan and Grace,

      Thanks for your interest in the Job Seeker’s Club. You can get more information and register here: https://add.org/adda-job-seekers-club/

      Good luck!

      • Joan
      • February 22, 2017
      Reply

      What a delightful morning I am having. I am interested in the Job Seekers’ Club page. I am currently about to loose my job, not because of anything I did, but due to my boss needing to take my job for himself “due to his medical reasons”, and my job being more sedentary then his. He hired his own replacement already.

      Anywho, I have been searching for weeks, and uploaded many resumes, and completed many applications already. No easy feat. This has been a hard process as I am overwhelmed, and get stuck with being unable to start at times. In my younger days, I got every job I applied for, and I did not have to “upload my resume”, it was a simpler time. I could really benefit from being one of the eight members of this group. I promise to participate whole heartedly, and push myself with all of the skills I have already learned as a recently diagnosed ADHDer three years ago. I have spent the last two years gaining an ADHD Coaching certificate, with IACTCenter, joining multiple accountability groups, and I am totally ready to make the most of this group.

      I would love to participate in this program, and take advantage of the accountability, support, and guidance. Boy do I need guidance in this new world of job seeking I have found myself in. Another cool note, the start date of this group is on my Birthday, March 9. I would be honored and overjoyed to receive the birthday gift of this support group. How do I join?
      Warmly,

      • Grace Williams
      • February 22, 2017
      Reply

      I’m interested in participating.

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