Everyone knows that it’s not easy trying to find a job, especially when it’s your first one. There’s a lot of hard work that goes into searching for positions, then submitting an application that will wow potential employers. Often, this requires well-written letters and an extensive list of experience in a similar or the same field.
But for individuals with disabilities, mental or physical, finding a job can be even more difficult. A large percentage of people with autism, Down syndrome, and other conditions find themselves unemployed even though they have the skills and energy to do the job.
Addison is a 16 year old teen with down syndrome. After applying for a weekend job for months, he had no responses. But then he had an idea…
Addison (2nd from the left above) decided to write a simple yet honest letter to employers. His aim was to show his potential employers who he was and what he’s capable of doing.
The letter reads:
“To whom it may concern:
Hi, my name is Addison. I’m 16 years old. I am in Year 10 at Tuggerah Lakes Secondary College – Tumbi Umbi Campus. I live in Erina.
I am currently looking for a job, maybe 1-2 hours on the weekend.
I am very good at wiping tables, cleaning up and sweeping the floor. This is just a few of my many talents. I have a great personality and get on with people.
I have trouble with my speech but can follow short instructions, when I have done the task a few times I can remember what to do.
At home I wash my own clothes and hang them on the line. I put the rubbish out and feed my dogs.
I would love to have the chance to gain some work experience.
Addison posted the letter online too where it’s gone viral: More than 12,000 people have shared it. It’s also received more than 10,000 likes!
We’re proud to announce that as of writing, Addison has received many job offers from local businesses and he’s now deciding which job to go for!
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