I'm disabled (autistic) and have found that if the company doesn't meet certain reasonable requirements that are thankfully considered a common standard in the industry I work in (IT), I struggle to be productive. And those requirements are pretty standard: analysis documents of what I'm supposed to do, frequent follow-ups with what I'm doing (i.e. scrums), tasks of limited scope (i.e. agile methodology sprint items),... Most of what I need is considered best practices in the industry.
I graduated roughly 10 years ago, and the first 5 years can roughly be described as this (dates might not fully match up):
July 2011 - March 2012: job search, mixed with efforts to qualify for employment subsidies, both financial and advisory;
April 2012 - August 2012: temp job as staff in a regional school network, offered by friend;
August 2012 - March 2013: back to job search;
April 2013 - December 2014: first real employment in IT sector, let go for lack of productivity (explained below);
January 2015 - April 2016: job search again;
April 2016 - current: happily employed at current employer.
As you can see, it took me 5 years before I finally stabilized in my current job and over 2/3 of that was unemployed. I feel like people who don't know about my disability could consider that a bit of a red flag and problematic (assuming that events from 5 years ago are still relevant).
The difference is that I feel like my disability does mostly explain why I spent so much time looking for a job. Because of my disability, I chose to not get a drivers license for fear of being a liability, which meant I could only work for companies in a certain area I could feasibly reach by public transport and even then only those that weren't consultancy, and that greatly limited me with regards to which part of the market I had access to.
It also explains why my first IT employer let me go. that first employer was a small company (around 4 other developers) where every dev had their own projects with customers and there wasn't really the available overhead to provide me with the assistance I need, though they did try for a while. It worked out barely at the start when my wages were mostly funded by one of those subsidies, but once that dried out they let me go once they were legally allowed to.
To be clear: I had no problems with this, because I was struggling with the lack of support myself and I didn't want to leave the job myself because of financial reasons. In addition, the short period they tried to provide me the support I needed confirmed to me that a company which could structurally provide me with that support would be better suited for me, allowing me to better focus my search afterwards.
As an aside, the friend who offered me that temp job that stands out because it's in an entirely different sector was also related to my disability. She played an important part in ensuring I graduated from college. After I graduated, I helped her with a project, and in return she helped me get that temp job so I could get some early experience under my belt.
I'm currently not looking for a new job because I currently get the support I need and I'm happy where I work. However, from a purely practical perspective, I do wonder if a tumultuous period like that at the start of my job search would raise any red flags with a prospective employer, if I end up having to search for another job.
I have heard a couple times on social media that there is significantly more automation in the recruitment process than a decade ago, because many more people are applying for jobs and it's not feasible anymore to examine all resumes without aid from automation like AI and HR tools. I'm worried that whereas 5 years ago such a gap would have been ignored by most recruiters, an equivalent gap today would cause automation to discard my resume without having the ability to defend myself.
so my question is: is a period like this considered a red flag by modern recruitment procedures, or am I overthinking this?