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What's a good job-hunting strategy if you have ADHD?

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Take the time to learn about different careers. Interview someone who has a job you’re interested in. You may want to shadow her for a day to get a close-up sense of her responsibilities.

Remember that the specifics of the job matter. For example, you may be interested in social work to help others. But some of these positions involve piles of paperwork. That may not work to your strengths. If you need extra insight, consider working with a career coach, psychologist, or a social worker with training in job counseling. They could help match you with potential employers.

From: Best Jobs for People With ADHD WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Linda Walker, ADHD coach; workplace committee chairwoman, Attention Deficit Disorder Association.

Robin Wright, career and ADHD coach.

Ned Hallowell, MD, founder, The Hallowell Centers; author, . Driven to Distraction at Work

Mayo Clinic: “Adult ADHD.”

Personality and Individual Differences : “Creative Style and Achievement in Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder.”

Research in Developmental Disabilities : “Hyperfocusing as a Dimension of Adult Attention Deficit Disorder.”

National Resource Center on ADHD: “Workplace issues.”

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on August 28, 2017

SOURCES:

Linda Walker, ADHD coach; workplace committee chairwoman, Attention Deficit Disorder Association.

Robin Wright, career and ADHD coach.

Ned Hallowell, MD, founder, The Hallowell Centers; author, . Driven to Distraction at Work

Mayo Clinic: “Adult ADHD.”

Personality and Individual Differences : “Creative Style and Achievement in Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder.”

Research in Developmental Disabilities : “Hyperfocusing as a Dimension of Adult Attention Deficit Disorder.”

National Resource Center on ADHD: “Workplace issues.”

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on August 28, 2017

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