A soon-to-be high school graduate with autism shares a handwritten cover letter on LinkedIn urging his potential employers to “take a chance” on him.
20-year-old Ryan Lowry of Virginia explained in the now-viral open letter that despite his autism, he has “a unique sense of humor”, proclivities for math and technology, and a tireless work ethic.
“I realize that someone like you will have to take a chance on me, I don’t learn like typical people do,” Ryan wrote in the letter.
“I would need a mentor to teach me, but I learn quickly, once you explain it, I get it. I promise that if you hire me and teach me, you’ll be glad that you did. I will show up every day, do what you tell me to do, and work really hard.”
Ryan, who currently works at a coffee shop called SimplyBe, always dreamed of starting a career in animation.
Since his employment will end as soon as he graduates, he decided to write the cover letter to potential employers.
“He was going to do it on his computer and his younger brother thought, ‘Why don’t you write it?” Ryan’s father, Rob Lowry shared.
The elder Lowry believed that it would be more effective for his son to post the letter on LinkedIn than sending it in the mail.
Ryan received thousands of comments, connections, potential mentors, and even job offers since the letter was posted.
“I’m in awe and never thought this would happen over one written letter,” Tracy Lowry, Ryan’s mother, said.
“I’m overwhelmed with joy for Ryan and for it opening a whole topic of conversation among employers to helping … people other than Ryan.”
He is now busy getting his resume and portfolio together and confidently looks forward to finding his next career opportunity soon.