My start with HireAbility Vermont:
As a medical provider, I had seen HireAbility Vermont come across my desk on multiple occasions. After my brain injury, it was mentioned that it might be a possibility. It took me about 18 months to recover from my second brain injury, and I finally realized that I was going to need some help to kind of revamp what I can do and find something else to do. I thought of HireAbility Vermont.
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. We discussed a plan, came up with some goals, and she hooked me up with Vermont Association of Business Industry and Rehabilitation (VABIR). They were helpful and worked with me on updating a resume that might be easier for folks to look at and see the benefits of someone with my background, working at a part-time position that they were looking for.
I’m most proud of my ability to be flexible, not stress out about the outcome so much, but learn about myself through the process. I learned a lot about the things that were my strengths, and the things that I could take to another job—even though I wasn’t going to be working as a provider anymore—[I learned] how to present those to a job as strengths.
My advice for anyone who is thinking about connecting with HireAbility Vermont:
Don’t wait. If you’re thinking about it at all, call them now. They will get you started as slowly or as quickly as [you want]. They will take it in steps, and give you as much or as little information as you want or need. And it’s all steps. And it’s a great process!