Getting help during your job search
One-Stop Career Centers
One-Stop Career Centers offer services such as computer stations, career resource libraries, current job postings and workshops. Most services are free yet individualized counseling at One-Stop Career Centers may have a fee. Some centers receive special funding and may offer free intensive job placement services for customers with disabilities.
For an overview of how these centers can be helpful in a job search. read One-Stop Centers: A Guide for Job Seekers with Disabilities
Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors
The counselor can directly assist you with your job search or can fund an employment service provider to provide intensive placement services. If you cannot get public funding for these services, private payment may be an option.
A variety of community-based employment services (also referred to as community rehabilitation providers, or CRPs) are available to help job seekers with disabilities. These placement programs vary in types of assistance, size, philosophical approach and values.
Supported Employment is a term used to describe activities provided by an employment service program. Some programs are specialized, and serve only individuals with certain disabilities.
If you are searching for a community-based employment service, it’s important to shop around to find the placement program that best suits your needs. Start by reading Quality Employment Services: Will You Know It When You See It to learn which employment service is the best fit for you.
Agencies such as the Department of Mental Health and the Department of Developmental Services also fund community providers that provide a range of employment services for individuals with disabilities.
Some private businesses offer resume and job placement assistance. Check online or your phone book for resources in your area.