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Employment Readiness

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The Employment Readiness Program (ERP) provides services to military Spouses, active duty Military, active Reserve and National Guard, Wounded Warriors, Retirees, DoD Civilians, and all Family Members. Services include:

  • Up-to-date resource information on available local, national and international employment opportunities, job market trends, and education and volunteer resources.
  • Classes and seminars on self-assessment and career exploration, resume writing, interviewing techniques, dressing for success, networking, and entrepreneurship.
  • Resume critiques
  • Career counseling and individual career assessments.
  • Job fairs and other hiring events.
  • Teen/youth employment Information
  • Computers with internet access, resume writing software, and typing tutorials


Employment Readiness Career Tools
Find out about the following career tools from you local ACS Employment Readiness Program, here's a sampling of what they offer:
PASSPORT CAREER TOOL VIRTUAL CAREER CLASSROOM DIGITAL CAREER BOOKS & DIRECTORIES COLLEGE & CAREER SCHOOL FINDER
(1) An online country-specific career service
(2) Seventy-five countries with local and city-specific resources, guidance and support (50 plus US cities and 200 plus cities around the globe)
(3) International job/internship portal with 1,000,000 plus jobs linked to 90,000 plus employers in 203 countries
(4) Country-specific resume examples, local salary/benefits information
(5) Translator for 50 plus languages
(6) Database is updated daily
Get on-demand career and job search help by accessing online courses found in the Virtual Career Classroom. Learn how to successfully manage your job search by accessing these easy-to-use online e-courses. Courses include Resume Writing & Cover Letters, Job Search Success, Interviewing and Networking, and Job Offers and Negotiations. Get in-depth industry reports, detailed job descriptions and career planning resources with these digital career publications. Find over 50 digital career publications and directories to help you achieve career and life success. Digital publications include specific industry career guides and the digital edition of the Occupational Outlook Handbook. Search and view over 5,000 detailed school profiles for top colleges, universities, graduate programs and career schools across America. Each school profile provides valuable information on admissions, college majors, tuition costs, financial aid, enrollment and much more.

 



Secretary of Defense Funded Programs for Spouses

The ERP Manager can provide information to the following Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) programs offered to military Spouses:

Spouse Education and Career Opportunities (SECO): A program offered to all military spouses through Military OneSource, which offers employment assistance with exploring portable career options; education, training, financial aid and state occupational license/credential requirements; career readiness to include interview skills, resume building, etc.; and links to employment sources such as the Military Spouse Employment Partnership (MSEP) and OPMjobs.gov.

Military Spouse Career Advancement Account (MyCAA): A program offered to eligible military spouses as part of the OSD, Spouse Education and Career Opportunities (SECO) program.

  • Eligibility restricted to spouses of active duty E1-E5, W1-W2, and O1-O2 serving on Title 10 orders.
  • Financial assistance limited to $4,000.
  • Financial assistance must be used three years from the start date of the first class.
  • Financial assistance may only be used for an Associate Degree, occupational license or credential.

For more information go to www.militaryonesource.mil

Military Spouse Employment Partnership (MSEP): An expanding partnership between military Spouses seeking employment and corporate businesses committed to providing meaningful and portable careers. Military Spouses are encouraged to visit the MSEP website at www.msepjobs.militaryonesource.mil to find employment opportunities and post resumes.



Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

What Can We Do For You?

A professional job search trainer will help you identify your skills and assist you in every step of the way during your job search.

What job information is available?

You’ll have access to an unlimited number of automated databases on the Internet that list employers and employment opportunities. You’ll also have access to actual vacancy announcements and employment information from state, local and government agencies.

How do I start?

Visit the Employment Readiness Program Manager at your local Army Community Service Center



Employment Readiness Sticker

ERP Sticker

Look for this sticker in Employers Windows



Spouse Licensure Reimbursement

The Spouse Licensure Reimbursement message informs all Defense Military Pay Offices (DMPO's), Financial Management Companies (FMCO's), United States Army Reserve (USAR) Pay Centers (UPCs), and U.S. Property & Fiscal Offices (USPFO's) with new procedures for the authorized reimbursement for State licensure and certification costs for a spouse pursuant to the permanent change of station or permanent change of assignment of a Soldier sponsor to another State.

License Reimbursement

 



Spouse Employment Readiness Tools, Information, and Resources

Extended Leave without Pay for Command Family Members with PCS

The U.S. Army Material Command supports the continued federal employment of our Family Member workforce who are relocating outside the current, geographical area with their military or civilian sponsors. Current Army policy provides 90 days of Leave Without Pay (LWOP) for family members relocating with their sponsor. To support the families’ transition, the U.S. Army Material Command will authorize Family Members extended LWOP for 1 year to seek employment in the new duty location. Learn more about the Extended Leave without Pay for Command Family Members with PCS and download the application by viewing the Memorandum link below.



Spouse Family Employment, Career and Education Information

Supporting the employment and development of spouses ultimately contributes to improving quality of life and workforce readiness. Learn more about:

  • Employment Opportunities & Career Resources
  • Education (Scholarships and More)
  • Military Spouse Preference
  • Nonappropriated Fund (NAF) Opportunities
  • Military Spouse Licensing Reimbursement Program

Spouse Family Employment, Career and Education Information