We understand that navigating the recruitment process can be a daunting experience, especially when it comes to discussing our unique needs and requesting accommodations that will level the playing field. That’s why we’re excited to introduce a powerful tool that can help you advocate for yourself with confidence and clarity: the Neurodivergent Job-Seeker’s PDF Template for Requesting Reasonable Adjustments.
Benefits of the PDF Template:
Personalised and Empowering
The template is designed to let you communicate your specific needs in your own words, ensuring that your message is authentic and true to your experiences. By using this template, you can feel empowered to express yourself confidently and effectively.
Highlighting Your Strengths
The template contains sections where you can share valuable insights about your unique abilities and skills. It’s an opportunity to focus on your strengths and showcase the value you can bring to an employer.
Understanding that each neurodivergent condition affects individuals differently, the template offers space to describe how your condition may impact you during the recruitment process. By sharing these challenges, you provide the recruiter with valuable context and set the foundation for reasonable adjustments.
The template features a dedicated section to outline the accommodations that would best support you. You have the freedom to propose adjustments that suit your specific needs, ensuring a tailored and supportive recruitment experience.
How to Use the PDF Template:
- Self-Reflection: Begin by taking some time to reflect on your strengths, challenges, and the accommodations that would enhance your performance during the recruitment process.
- Customise Your Message: Utilise the template to express yourself authentically. Be clear about how your neurodivergent condition might affect certain aspects of the recruitment process, and identify the adjustments that would create a level playing field.
- Seek Support: If you find it challenging to complete the template on your own, don’t hesitate to seek support from a trusted friend, family member, the team at Enna or your career advisor who understands your neurodivergent needs.
- Review and Edit: After personalizing the template, review it carefully to ensure that it accurately represents your thoughts and needs. Edit as necessary to create a polished and precise document.
Sending the Request to a Recruiter or Hiring Manager:
- Respectful Introduction: Address the recipient professionally, and express your gratitude for the opportunity to apply for the position. You can use our Reasonable Adjustment Email Templates to help you craft your email.
- Attach the PDF: Send the completed PDF template along with your applicatio , emphasising that it contains important information about the reasonable adjustments you’d like to discuss.
- Encourage Open Dialogue: Invite the recruiter to discuss the requested adjustments further. This shows your willingness to collaborate and find solutions that benefit both parties.
- Express Readiness: Convey your enthusiasm for the opportunity to demonstrate your skills and contribute to the organisation’s success.
Remember, the purpose of this template is to provide a clear and concise platform for expressing your needs effectively. Feel free to adapt it to your preferences and requirements, ensuring your message is understood as intended.
Your unique neurodivergent perspective is an asset, and advocating for reasonable adjustments is not only acceptable but also commendable. By utilising this PDF template, you can confidently embark on your job-seeking journey, knowing that you’re actively contributing to a more inclusive and understanding recruitment process.
Best of luck in your job search journey, and remember, you’ve got this!