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Job Placement Services

Looking for employment services?

As a person with a disability or disadvantage, you may qualify for help in finding a job. You may be in a program already. If you’re not, we can help you find the right program. We’ll help find jobs for people with disabilities or with a disadvantage in Wisconsin by connecting you directly with employers and businesses in your community. Contact us today!

“I do nuts and bolts, and I like doing them. I like being here.”

Katrina Schweighardt, Riverfront participant

Finding the best job for you

You’ll be matched with a Riverfront staff member who knows how to connect you with jobs for people with disabilities in Wisconsin. We’ll find the best job for you. Tell us about your interests, what you like to do, your goals, abilities and your dream job.

The right work environment

Depending on where you live and your interests and skills, the employment team will help you decide the best work environment for you. You might work in one of our production facilities or a local business or non-profit organization.

Our Employment Services process

There are a couple ways to go about finding the right job for you. Does any of this describe you?

I’m not sure I want to do, or what I can do

If you’re unsure about a job, we’ll help you find your strongest job skills. With your skills in mind, we may take you on tours at businesses and even try out different jobs at different companies so you can decide what fits you best.

I know what kind of work I want to do, and I’m ready to try it

If there’s something special you’d like to do, you’ll probably work with Riverfront to do the job on a trial basis at a real employer to see if there is any special support you need to do the job successfully.

I know what I want to do, but I’m not sure I could get that kind of job

Everybody starts someplace. If your dream job seems far off, we’ll help you set some goals, figure out how to get there, and help you along the way.

I’ve never had a job. How do I look for one?

With Riverfront’s help, you’ll learn a lot of job search skills, like how to contact an employer and how to fill out a job application. You can get help writing a resume, registering with online job centers and even have practice interviews at Riverfront!

What about modifications for my disability?

You know yourself best. Just tell us what you think you might need, we’ll watch you at work, and together we’ll make sure you have a work environment that is adapted to your needs. Perhaps you’ll need a lower table, or maybe the work equipment can be adjusted for you.

None of this describes me. Now what?

No problem! Each job search is as individual as the person looking, so we expect a lot of different situations. Just contact us—we’re ready to work with you!

Starting your job with your own job coach

Sometimes the next step is to work at the job site for a few weeks to see how it goes. You’ll have a Riverfront staff member—your own job coach—on the job with you. If there are any parts of the job you need help with, we’re right there with you.

Your job coach will do more than just help you with the work. Your job coach is there to provide you with as much support as you need, help you communicate with your employer and co-workers, and make new friends.

Becoming independent at work

As you get better at your job you’ll start working more and more of your shift on your own, until you reach a point that you, your job coach and your employer think you don’t need coaching anymore.

You can usually keep your job coach as long as you need to. Some people always have a coach, but most prefer to work on their own once they feel they know the job.

How do you find all these jobs?

We’ve been finding jobs for people for decades, and we’ve learned a lot. Our staff meets with local employers on a regular basis to stay in touch with what they need.

Employers are confident hiring through Riverfront. They know that Riverfront will support both the business and the new employee, and will do what it takes to make the job placement successful.

When you get a job through Riverfront, it’s likely you’ll love it enough stay there a long time. Many people employed through us have worked in their jobs 10, 15 or 20 plus years!

Finding work though other programs

You might be referred to Riverfront from a variety of sources, depending on changing employment support programs. You may be unemployed and coming to us for specific help with your job search. No matter what your job search involves, we’re here to help you through it.

To learn how you can benefit from this Riverfront service, please contact one of the following locations:
Black River Falls
Blair
Janesville
La Crosse
Mondovi
Sparta
Tomah
Viroqua

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