Myth #5: There Are No Resources That Can Help Me Find and Keep a Job

I have no idea about how to go about finding and keeping a job. Is there anyone who can help me?

It can be difficult looking for and finding a job if you think you have to do it all on your own. Actually, there are several excellent state and national resources that can help you. These organizations can help you prepare for your job search, find a job that’s right for you, and offer advice and support services to help you keep your job.

Missouri Career Centers

Missouri Career Centers offer free services, including job placement, skills assessments, job training, career counseling, and resume development, to jobseekers.

You can get some services online at jobs.mo.gov or you can go to a Career Center in person. To find a Missouri Career Center near you, call 1-888-728-5627 (1-888-728-JOBS) or click here for a list of all Career Centers in Missouri.

Vocational Rehabilitation (VR)

Vocational Rehabilitation can help you prepare for, find, and keep work. One of the main eligibility criteria for VR services is that you must have a physical or mental disability that makes it difficult for you to find and keep a job. If you are eligible for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) based on your disability, you are generally eligible for VR services.

The services VR offers vary depending on the needs of each person. VR will work with you to figure out which services you need. You and a VR counselor will develop a plan to help you reach your work goals. To read more about VR services and locate an office in your area where you can apply, click here.

Ticket to Work

The Ticket to Work program is designed to help people with disabilities find and keep work. If you are 18 – 64 years old and are getting SSI or SSDI benefits, you participate in this program. With the Ticket to Work program, you can access employment-related services and supports from Employment Networks (ENs), including training, job placement, job coaching, and vocational assessments. To search for an EN in your area, click here. To learn more about the Ticket to Work program, click here.

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