Refugee, Parolee, and New American Services

We understand that you have endured a great hardship in the process of getting to the United States. The Vermont Department of Labor is here to help connect you with resources to find employment in Vermont. 

Please contact the Vermont Department of Labor (email Labor.Refugee@vermont.gov) for more information and resources to support employment. 

Free Employment Services

Important note: interpretation and translation services are available for all services listed below

  • Professional skill, interest, education, and work history assessments that can be used to enroll in many programs
  • Resume development and review
  • Career and job research, exploration, and counseling
  • Employability planning  including setting of short and long-term goals
  • Information and assistance in enrolling in Registered Apprenticeship Programs
  • Direct referrals for enrollment in state and federally funded training programs
  • Job search coaching and assistance
  • Vermont JobLink registration and access
  • Practice sessions to prepare for job interviews (Mock Interviews)
  • Referrals and personalized connections to resources offered by other partners
  • Employment preparation training and coaching
  • Assistance in creating email addresses and other online accounts (video conferencing, etc.)
  • Professional coaching in completing job applications and cover letters
  • Registration and referrals to job fairs and hiring events
  • Workshop enrollment for resume writing, interviewing skills, networking
  • Free access to phones, computers, scanners, copiers, printers, resume paper in local Job Centers
  • Personalized referrals and connections to job opportunities and informational interviews

Program Support Services

Important note: interpretation and translation services are available for all services listed below

  • Transportation Support (bus passes, taxi services, stipends or reimbursements for individualized services, automotive repairs such as tire or battery replacement, car insurance, etc.)
  • New Driver Expenses (license or permit testing; registration and licensing of vehicles, etc.)
  • Fees related to New Certifications (Commercial Driver’s License Fees, Test and Licensing Fees, etc.)
  • Dependent Care Support (limited reimbursement for child or “kin” care services)
  • Work-Related Resources (clothing, tools, watches, protective eye/ear devices, etc.)
  • Education or Occupational Training Tuition Assistance
  • Health/Medical exams – including immunizations
  • Mental Health, Financial, or Other Counseling Services
  • Educational Supports (Books, Fees, Tutoring, etc.)  
  • Personal Needs (Haircuts, Personal Hygiene items, etc.)
  • Translation of Employment- and Training-Related Materials

Contact Information

COVID-19 Update: Department of Labor regional offices are currently operating with limited times for in-person services due to COVID-19 and staffing limitations. To see when your local office is open for in-person services click here.

Vermont Department of Labor
5 Green Mountain Drive
P.O. Box 488
Montpelier, 05601-0488
(802) 828-4000

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