Fort Bliss Monitor
23 October 2008
Seminar promises career opportunities for
Virginia Reza, Monitor Staff
So you volunteer your time to support your military family members, collect box tops for the PTA, support deployed troops, and generally make yourself available when anyone needs you. While doing these things is great for your community and self-esteem, it is also great for launching a career.
Army Community Service is hosting a free “Volunteerism: Building Blocks to Your Destiny” seminar from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 29 at the Centennial Club. The seminar will feature Deb Kloeppel, president and chief executive officer of Military Spouse Corporate Career Network, as the keynote speaker. MSCCN is a nonprofit organization that connects military spouses with supported military organizations. According to the organization’s Web site, it was created to provide military spouses with new ideas and information to assist them in translating the knowledge and experience they earned through volunteering into marketable career skills.
“Volunteers don’t realize what they can do until they start putting all their volunteering experience together, and sometimes it’s quite impressive,” said Glenda Bromberg, wife of the Fort Bliss commanding general. “The seminar is time well spent and people should come out and take advantage of the simple things the seminar has to offer that can mean a lot.”
All military ID cardholders are invited, whether they are prior volunteers or want to start building skills for future employment. Numerous topics will be discussed, including building a resume based on volunteer skill sets, marketing volunteer experience, what recruiters really want, what body language tells the world, the power of networking and more. A fashion show on how to dress for success and free lunch and child care are also included.
“The seminar will give you and idea of what’s out there in the job market,” said Tephanie Hopper, volunteer coordinator at ACS.
Hopper attributes her paying job to her volunteer experience. She said her volunteer hours as a family readiness leader and president of the Parent Teacher Association at her son’s school helped her acquire experience that qualified her for her job.
There are several places people can volunteer, including the El Paso Police and Sherriff’s departments. There are many places on Fort Bliss that need volunteer assistance where people can give back and get free training and experience at the same time. There is a big need in the Junior Enlisted Family Center. Volunteers who work at the family center can gain skills in supply, accounting and customer service.
For more information and to reserve a spot at the seminar, call 568-1132 or visit ACS at Bldg. 2494 on Ricker Road.