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Army Community Service

 

Employment Readiness Program (ERP)

Address: 830 Chisholm Ave. Fort Meade, MD 20755
Telephone: 301-677-5590
Fax: 301-677-2910
Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Happenings

Social Media for Job Seekers - Army Community Service
September 4th, 2014 and November 13th, 2014, 9am - 12pm

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10 Steps to a Federal Job - McGill Training Center
September 10, 2014, 9am - 4pm

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To schedule an Employment Readiness Appointment or sign up for a class, scan the QR code below, or visit: www.fortmeadeacs.checkappointments.com

 



Get Help With Your Job Search Or Exploring Careers
Click on the Virtual Career Library logo to access over 6,000 digital pages of career guidance information. Inside you will find hundreds of career advice videos, digital career books and directories, virtual job data cards, job bank resources, and occupational videos to help you achieve career and life success.

   

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Services | Classes | Must See Links

 

The Employment Readiness Program (ERP) is committed to strengthening all military spouses and dependents - from the spouse of a senior officer, senior enlisted, or junior enlisted to military teens and college students.  The ERP enhances employment options through career counseling, vocational assessment, employment information, and employer referral assistance.

 

Areas of Services

  • Individual and group career counseling and assessment utilizing various tools to include MBTI
  • Job search preparation and skills training to include classes and individual counseling on resume writing, job search strategies, interview preparation, salary negotiation, utilizing social media
  • Resume review and feedback
  • Federal employment application process
  • Education and volunteer referral information
  • Unemployment and licensure transfer information

ACS Discovery Center/Computer Lab

  • Internet job searches and resume preparation
  • Resume writing software
  • Typing tutorial
  • Use of computers (CAC accessible), Wi-fi" and printers
  • Review job announcements from federal/local government, DoD agencies, contractors and private-sector
  • Unlimited access to web sites focusing on employers, employment assistance, education options, and volunteer opportunities.

Classes/Events

MARK YOUR CALENDAR for “TUESDAY TRAININGS” to receive a wide-variety of classes throughout the year!

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Most classes are held from 9a.m. – 12p.m. see schedule or contact ERP team for details

  • Registration is FREE to military ID card holders and Department of Defense civilians.
  • Reserve your seat and confirm details using automated appointment system www.fortmeadeacs.checkappointments.com or call 301-677-5590.
  • Dates and times are subject to change.
  • Can’t make a class – make an appointment on any topic.
Resume Writing 

Come receive tips on creating winning resume styles and selecting the right one for your career goals.  Great for those who are new to resume development, as well as those who need a refresher.   Also learn about the power of writing cover letters and follow-up letters.

10 Steps to a Federal Job  (Full and half day sessions available)

Learn how to understand vacancy announcements, developing your electronic federal resume, tracking applications and writing KSA's (knowledge, skill and ability) statements.

Interviewing Skills 

Learn the basic skills and best practices of interviewing so you can present yourself as the best candidate for the job.

Job Search Strategies 

Make your job search a success by learning techniques to target your resume, maximize your networks and learn to be savvy in negotiating job offers. 

Career Exploration 

Using various assessment tools and techniques, learn about your personality preferences, values, and interests and how to use them for achieving personal and professional success.

How to Work a Job Fair 

Job fairs can be a vital part of your job search, but only if you know how to work them.  This workshop will help you strategize and make the most of a job fair opportunity.

Social Media for Job Seeker 

Discover ways to effectively utilize social media in your job search to find jobs and market yourself.

 

Additional Classes/Consultations:

Dress for Success
"Surprise! There are RULES to dressing for the interview and the workplace that can increase your chances of success, advancement, and earning power.

Networking and Salary Negotiation
Discover how to tap into your personal, professional and untapped network; in addition to salary negotiation tips to strengthen your job search.

Military & Spouse Resources

Now Is The Time To Be A Military Spouse!

Special programs and services are available to military spouses to help them obtain their career and personal employment and education goals.

 

Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts (MyCAA.com)

The Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts (MYCAA) Program is now offering a maximum of $4,000 (with an annual fiscal year cap of $2000) to military spouses who are interested in pursuing degree programs, licenses or credentials leading to careers in high growth, high demand portable career fields.

Eligibility:  For spouses of service members on active duty in pay grades E-1 TO E-5, W-1 TO W-2, AND 0-1 TO 0-2 who can start and complete their coursework while their military sponsor is on Title 10 military orders, including spouses married to members of the national guard and reserve components in these same pay grades. 

MYCAA Fact Sheet

 

DoD Military Spouse Preference Program (Program S) 

DoD Military Spouse Preference Program (Program S)  is a subprogram of the Priority Placement Program (PPP) and provides employment preference to military spouses by giving them priority in the employment selection process.  Program S works to reduce the impact of frequent relocations on spouse's careers.

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Military Spouse Employment Program (MSEP)

MSEP is a targeted recruitment and employment solution for spouses and companies that:

  • Partners Fortune 500 Plus companies with ALL Military Services
  • Provides human resource (HR) managers with recruitment solutions – military spouses
  • Prepares military spouses to become competitive, “job ready” applicants
  • Connects military spouses with employers seeking the essential 21st century workforce skills and attributes they possess

Spouse Education & Career Opportunities (SECO) 

SECO offers comprehensive counseling services at no cost to all eligible military spouses. Certified SECO Career Counselors offer specialty consultations six days a week by calling 800-342-9647 and can help with career exploration; education, training and licensing; employment readiness and career connections.

Spouse Education & Career Opportunities page

Military Spouse Employment Partnership Career Portal

Post 9/11 GI Bill

This new education program provides eligible service members with 36 months of educational benefits; and provides them the opportunity transfer unused benefits to a spouse, two children or any combination (children cannot start using the benefit until they're 18 or have a high school diploma or equivalent; and are only eligible for the benefit is they are  enrolled as full-time in college up to the age of 21 years.  Service members can add names only while on active duty, and not after separating or retiring from active-duty service. – click on Post 9/11 GI Bill.

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