Have a job. Earn an income. Be a valued citizen. Since the early 1960s, we have helped people recognize their talents, explore new interests and find meaningful employment. We work together to unlock potential and set goals.
Our employment program serves a variety of individuals who need assistance with job placement. If you have a disability or were referred to us through ACESS-VR, we can help you find a career that will utilize your skills and satisfy your needs.
Many individuals with college degrees or professional work experience use our employment services to discover a new profession or further their existing one. If you do not have a degree or experience, we will provide job training and then assist you with developing specific employment goals, working with you to secure a job and provide assistance in meeting your work requirements, when needed.
You will receive resume critiques and letter writing assistance, guidance on your interview skills and recommendations on how to conduct your job search. Our staff will provide expert consulting on the nuances of employment, support on-the-job progress and assist with concerns.
Entering the Work Force
If you have learned a trade, received training in office skills or completed an internship, we can help you convert these skills into your first job. No skills or training? We can still help you secure your first job. Our employment program works with a large variety of businesses throughout Ulster and Greene counties that employ first time workers, some with experience and some who receive on-the-job training.
Our program does more than just find you a job; we help you learn all of the skills necessary to become the ideal candidate. With our help you will:
- Explore new interests and vocations
- Participate in continuing education classes and develop necessary skills
- Develop specific employment goals
- Learn about resume and letter writing
- Practice your interview skills
- Research job opportunities
- Create links within your community and meet local employers
- Learn the local bus routes and determine the best ways to travel
A job coach may be designated to guide you through this process, counsel you on proper workplace conduct, assist with concerns and help you learn the ropes at your very first job. You will also learn how to educate your employer about disabilities and to advocate for accommodations that allow you to perform your best. We will help you build relationships with your co-workers and effectively manage your new income.
If you are unsure whether employment is right for you, we encourage you to explore a variety of job opportunities. Through our discovery process, you will build your social skills, explore numerous jobs, shadow employees, obtain a volunteer job and ultimately gain valuable experience for your resume. This process will help you determine what type of job and commitment is right for you, whether it is a paid position or volunteer opportunity in your community.