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At Vermont Works for Women, our Employment and Career Services Program helps women, and adults and youth 16 years and older from groups marginalized for their gender identity recognize their potential and explore, pursue, and excel in work that leads to financial stability and economic independence.

No matter where or how long you have lived in Vermont; your economic background or status; job challenges you may be facing; barriers you have personally experienced; language and cultural barriers that may impact your job search; or whatever stage you are in your career journey, you are welcome to receive our free employment and career services.

Our program provides you access to a network of volunteer career mentors who offer industry-specific career advising and guidance, as well as a dedicated team member who provides career coaching services that include:

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  • Career Exploration
  • Career Transition
  • Job Search Assistance
  • Short-term and Long-term Career Goal-setting
  • Job Application Support (Resumes, Cover Letters, Interviewing)
  • Financial Coaching
  • Referrals to Other Support Agencies, as appropriate


Our program also includes Build Your Skills, a journey map for employment and career services comprised of in-person and virtual workshops; easy to navigate, on-line reference materials; and additional resources such as videos, articles and books to help you achieve your career and financial goals.

You are on the landing page for Build Your Skills, which is organized into four key focus areas related to your career journey.

focus areas

  • Finding the Right Career or Job
    • Find a Job That Fits • Strengths and Transferable Skills • Networking • Informational Interviewing
  • Skills to Get the Job
    • Job Search • Resumes • Cover Letters • LinkedIn • Choosing References • Job Interviews • Professional Etiquette • Salary and Compensation Negotiation
  • Skills for Workplace Success
    • Communication • Setting Goals • Fixed and Growth Mindset • Advocacy in the Workplace  • Giving and Receiving Feedback • Leadership Development • Managing and Resolving Conflict • Professional Development • Decision-Making  • Time Management


If you click on each focus area, you will be taken to a dedicated webpage with learning options and resource materials, including:

  • A short welcome video describing what learning opportunities are available for that focus area
  • Links to register for virtual and/or in-person workshops relevant to the focus area.
  • You will also find Reference Guides with exercises and information that you can explore at your own pace
  • And finally, you will find a section with Additional Resources. This area contains relevant articles, books and videos for further guidance.


I encourage you to click on each focus area and explore what is available.

At the bottom of this page, you will find a link to contact me directly if you would like to request one-on-one coaching or mentoring services. You can access coaching or mentoring service free and at any time. There are no income eligibility requirements. Our services are available to all women, and adults and youth 16 years and older from groups marginalized for their gender identity.

You will also find a link to a feedback button. We welcome your feedback so we can continue to improve the content and usefulness of our learning offerings.

Thank you!

~Paige Ruffner, Employment and Career Services Program Manager

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