Adults - HireAbility


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Let's get to work on your career.

Whether your goal is to land a job, go to school to train for a new career, or getting support to help strengthen your position at your current job, HireAbility Vermont counselors are your partners in success. You and your counselor will set a plan and determine which services will be most useful based on your specific needs, interests, and goals. We don’t have a standard program or set of services that everyone passes through. Instead, we work hard to tailor our program and services to your particular job goals and needs.

Details & Eligibility          Programs & Services


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Become Or Stay Employed

Our goal is to help you become employed or stay employed. Everything we do together will be designed to help you achieve all of your employment goals.

Unique To You

We all bring different perspectives and experiences to the table. Our dedicated attention and services are completely individualized to every person we work with—setting you up for success today and into your future.

No Strings Attached

Our services are designed to help you explore opportunities for your future. There are no income requirements to work with us, and no contracts—you can start and stop our services at any time.

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“Working with HireAbility Vermont has been life changing, super supporting and validating. If I didn’t have that validation, there’s many times I probably would have given up—HireAbility Vermont wouldn’t let me.”

MELISSA STAFFELDT   |   Morrisville, VT

Advance Or Expand Your Career

We know that for those living with a disability, the doors to good employment aren’t always open or they can be hard to find. You don’t have to be unemployed to access HireAbility Vermont services. We help a lot of people who want to advance their careers, expand responsibilities, or add more hours. We can help connect you with new skills training or retraining, and will help you advocate for career advancements with your current employer. And if you’re looking to try something entirely new, we can help you explore your options and provide training.

What To Expect

  • Vocational counseling
  • Assessment tools to help you figure out a new career
  • Work incentives counseling
  • Transition services for youth and young adults
  • Deaf and Hard of Hearing Vermonters
  • Job placement and retention services
  • Assistive Technology to help with accommodations and adaptations that help you do your job
  • Post-employment support in case you need help after you begin working

Who Is Eligible?

You are eligible for services if you’re a Vermonter with a disability. Your disability can be physical or mental, visible, such as a condition requiring the use of a wheelchair, or invisible, like a mental health challenge.

You don’t have to be “on disability” to qualify for our services. If you have a disability that makes it hard to get a job, or to be successful on the job, then it’s likely you are eligible.

There are NO income requirements to receive our services—HireAbility Vermont is open to all Vermonters with a disability.

How it Works:

Step 1: Assessing your interests

Working with your counselor, you’ll start by assessing your interests, strengths and areas of need.

Step 2: map out a plan

Together with your counselor, you’ll map out a plan, and your counselor will write up an Individualized Plan for Employment (IPE). Your IPE is your personalized road map to reaching your ultimate career goals.

Step 3: work toward your goals

You are never alone. Your counselor will be there every step of the way, and into the future.

Our team is here to walk you though what unique services we can help you with. And we’re here to answer all of your questions. Let’s start talking about what opportunities could be the right fit for you:

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The Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) is a community service and work-based job training program for older Americans. SCSEP enrolls qualified job seekers in part-time, paid training positions at public agencies or 501(c)3 non-profit organizations in their local communities. Learn more about SCSEP +

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Personal Stories

The Sky’s The Limit

I’ve always been a waitress, or worked on my feet and running around—I like to keep busy. But now that I’ve had, you know the injury, I see myself in more of an office environment—more of a career. My HireAbility Vermont Counselor sends me job leads, in the administrative field, which keeps me motivated to set my focus more towards that in the future…

Amy’s Story

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Personal Stories

I’m Most Proud Of My Education And Getting My Career Of Choice

I’m most proud of being able to get through my education, and get my career of choice, and still maintain a 4.0 GPA, and graduating as a triple major. I was always told like college would never be a thing for me. That college only happened in the movies. HireAbility Vermont supported me with my studies and validated my school, because my school is directly related to my career goals…

Melissa’s Story

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Personal Stories

I Needed Some Help To Revamp What I Can Do

Because of my background in medicine, I still wanted to be helpful in the medical field. I was looking for a position that still offered me something to do in medicine, and where I could use my background and be helpful. I sat down with my HireAbility Vermont counselor and talked about what I might be looking for in terms of a job…

Alicia’s Story

HireAbility January 28, 2022