Some people with attention deficient have to get pretty good at getting jobs because many of us get bored with what we're doing. Some ADD people wait until they are fired before leaving a boring situation. That's not a good idea. Actually, jumping around is not a good idea at all, but some of us with attention deficit just have not found the right job.
The best thing to do, when your ADD brain just can not stand the boredom anymore, is to quit before you are fired. When you notice that your performance is going downhill, it's just better to quit. You may tell your boss, "Listen, I'll just bored. If they like you enough, maybe they have something you would like to do better and it will all work out. But often, you'll just have to find another job.
But that presents another issue. If you have too many jobs, people will not want to hire you. They'll figure you're irresponsible or flaky, while all employers want stable people. If you shift jobs too often, you'll have to get really good at getting jobs, or you'll be down on yourself and frustrated with your ADD. But it does not have to be that way.
First, to prove a point, let's go to the starting line and outline what it takes to get a job.
What if you just wanted to get a job as a dishwasher in a restaurant? That should be easy, right? Still, there could be many people trying to get the same job. Here's how you make sure that you get the job:
Type up a cover letter, and describe an experience that you had when you went to that restaurant to eat. For instance, "I came here and I ate one of the best pizzas I had in my own life," or whatever it might be, and tell the person reading your letter how much you enjoyed going to the restaurant and the friendly wait staff, and mention that you'd be proud to be able to wash their dishes.
Sign the letter and then, include a resume. Even if you're still in high school and the only thing on the resume are extracurricular high school activities like running on the cross-country team, whatever – anything you can probably put down there as far as your skill sets are concerned.
Put down as many references as you can think of, including family members, if need be.
Walk in for the interview wearing the nicest outfit that you own. A nice shirt and tie would be good, but not a t-shirt. The fact is, when you go in with more integrity than any other person trying to apply for a dishwashing position, you'll probably get the job.
But the same thing applies when you're trying to get any kind of job. It's all in the presentation.
Let's say you're in construction and you want to be a foreman, or that you work as a bank teller and want to be in consumer lending, or that you're a middle manager, hoping to get to the top. It all works the same way. To impress employers, you have to put your very best foot forward.
Yet, it really comes down to this: All you have to do is to out-do all the other people who are not trying so hard. That's it; that's all you have to do to get a good job. Basically, you're selling yourself to someone. You're convincing someone to do business with you, to give you money in some way, shape, or form.
Hopefully, you'll find the job that works well with your ADD , and we've talked about that before in other articles. Good jobs for people with attention deficit include jobs that have lots of diversity because ADD people do get bored easily.
Find something where you can use your ADD creativity to come up with solutions to problems. Computer analysis is perfect for someone with attention deficit because we're good detecting things. Or, even, actually become a detective or a real estate agent. Any job where things are constantly shifting and changing, within a framework that you can control, where you have to come up with ideas, should be ideal for someone with ADD.
The whole thing is that if you want the security of a job, you'll have to find something that fits with attention deficit. Otherwise, you'll be unhappy, down on your ADD (which is a gift, by the way), and bored and your employer will absolutely be unhappy with your performance. Do not take just any job. Find an ADD-friendly job that's right for you.