Weekly Update - 6 January 2014

Employment Readiness Program

JOB SEARCH TIP OF THE WEEK: Start your job search TODAY!

Planning to work at your next duty station? Want to (re)enter the workforce? Retiring from the military in the next year?


My advice is to start your job search as early as possible. Timing is everything. Don't wait until you report to your new duty station. Don't wait until this summer if you want to start working when the kids go back to school in the fall. If you're retiring in the next several months, get started now, even if getting started means only taking a couple of steps toward launching your full job search.


As a military spouse, I've been "lucky" enough to always have full-time employment at each duty station. In each case, I've had a job lined up before we ever reported. I put quotes around lucky because I firmly believe that although luck may be a small part of the equation, the efforts I've made to set things in place are really the reason I've been successful. We are gearing up for a PCS overseas THIS SUMMER, and I ALREADY HAVE A JOB. Why? As soon as I knew where we were PCSing to, I started my job search. I reached out to contacts. I started applying for positions on USAJOBS.


I realize not everyone knows where they are reporting to next that far in advance, but my point is that if you know you're going to be PCSing, you should be updating your resume and Linked In profile NOW, and as soon as you have an RFO, it's time to start your job search. Even if you are not reporting for six months, it is in your best interest to start now. Trust me. Perhaps (though unlikely!) you will get called for an interview next week - if you get offered a position and they need you to start this month, you've still gained valuable practice and can be confident that your resume and interview skills are effective. If not, you'll have an opportunity to fine tune both your resume and interview skills. And in the best case scenario, you'll secure a position!


The ERP at each post offers a number of resources and workshops to assist you, so please take advantage of them. And keep in mind that while you're at West Point, I am more than happy to meet with you one-on-one with an appointment.


Christina Overstreet

Employment Readiness Program Manager

845-938-5658

www.linkedin.com/in/christinaoverstreet

Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW)

Certified Federal Job Search Trainer/Career Coach (CFJST/CFCC)

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) Certified Practitioner

Certified Workforce Development Professional (CWDP)


RESOURCE OF THE WEEK: Local Scholarships

If are you in school or thinking about returning to school, there are numerous potential sources of funding for your education. At West Point, we are fortunate to have two local private organizations, the West Point Women's Club and Daughters of the United States Army, that offer scholarships to their members for continuing education. If you are currently a member of these organizations, you may be eligible to apply (Please note: the DUSA application requires 5 hours of volunteer service to the organization). If you are not a member of these organizations at this time, you may want to consider joining to be eligible in the future.


West Point Women's Club: http://www.westpointwomensclub.com/Scholarships.html (Application due 3 March 2014)


Daughters of the United States Army: Must pick up application at the DUSA Gift Shoppe, located in the West Point Museum (Application due 30 January 2014)

Upcoming ERP Workshops/Events

o 14 JANUARY (1-4 pm) - 10 STEPS TO A FEDERAL JOB - Based on Kathryn Troutman's best selling book, this workshop will provide you with important information to help you successfully navigate the federal job system, including how to research vacancy announcements and apply for and get referred for jobs with USAJOBS. 100% of our attendees report that this workshop was beneficial and worth their time.


o 15 JANUARY (9-11 am) – RESUME REVIEW WALK-IN HOURS – No appointment necessary! Just bring your resume to get constructive feedback and tips from a Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW).


o 22 JANUARY (2-4 pm) – NETWORKING AND LINKED IN – Networking is a key component of any successfully job search. We'll talk about how you can grow and effectively utilize your network. We'll also cover Linked In, which is becoming increasingly important to job seekers and hiring managers, including how to set up a profile, add connections and more.


o 12 FEBRUARY (9-11 am) – RESUME REVIEW WALK-IN HOURS – No appointment necessary! Just bring your resume to get constructive feedback and tips from a Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW).


o 13 FEBRUARY (1-3 pm) – RESUME WORKSHOP – This workshop is also referred to as "Resume 101." We'll cover the basics of a resume and tips to make yours effective. (Please note: we will not cover federal resumes... if you're looking for federal resume tips, attend the Federal Resume workshop on 26 February)


o 19 FEBRUARY (9:30 am - 12:30pm) - 10 STEPS TO A FEDERAL JOB - Based on Kathryn Troutman's best selling book, this workshop will provide you with important information to help you successfully navigate the federal job system, including how to research vacancy announcements and apply for and get referred for jobs with USAJOBS. 100% of our attendees report that this workshop was beneficial and worth their time.


o 25 FEBRUARY (9:30-11:30 am) - MILITARY SPOUSE PREFERENCE INFORMATION SESSION - If you are a military spouse, we highly recommend this workshop where we'll help you gain a better understanding of Military Spouse Preference, including how it can help you, how you claim it and tips.


o 26 FEBRUARY (9:30-11:30 am) - FEDERAL RESUME WORKSHOP - Understanding the difference between a federal resume and a professional resume is key if you are trying to obtain a federal position! We will talk about what your resume should look like and provide tips for writing a winning federal resume.


Workshops are held at Army Community Service, Bldg. 622 (between the Post Library and Bowling Center) unless otherwise noted. Schedule is subject to change at any time, and classes will be cancelled if minimum registration levels are not met, so please register if you would like to participate. Register for an upcoming class by calling 938-5658, emailing christina.overstreet@usma.edu or online by visiting our webpage at www.westpointmwr.com/acs/employment_readiness.htm.

Upcoming ACAP Workshops/Events

The Army Career and Alumni Program (ACAP) provides transition and job search assistance services to Soldiers and their family members. Please contact the West Point ACAP Counselor, Rachel Coleman at Rachel.coleman@usma.edu or 845-938-5658 for more information.

Upcoming Transition Workshops:

13-17 January

1014 February

3-7 March

24-28 March


Higher Education Seminar for Transitioning Military Personnel and their Family Members, 22-23 January:

Preparing to attend college after transition? In this 2-day workshop, you’ll learn how to develop your plan for higher education, research and identify colleges of interest, apply to schools, and navigate the GI Bill process. This seminar is scheduled for January 22-23, 2014.


Boots to Business, 19-20 February:

Do you have an idea for a business but are unsure how to begin? If you're considering starting a small business, join us to learn if small business ownership is right for you, if your ideas are feasible and much more!

Please contact the West Point ACAP Office at 845-938-0634 or rachel.coleman@usma.edu for eligibility information, prerequisites, and to register for these events.


Free Resume Place webinars

The Resume Place, owned by Federal Resume guru Kathryn Troutman, is a great resource for everyone seeking federal employment. They are offering FREE webinars this month: http://www.resume-place.com/services/free-webinars-7-tips-to-a-federal-job/


All Jobseekers: 7 Tips and Tricks for Federal Job Applications

Mon, Dec 23, 2013 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM EST

  • Tue, Jan 14, 2014 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM EST
  • Tue, Jan 14, 2014 8:00 PM – 8:30 PM EST
  • Wed, Jan 15, 2014 7:30 AM – 8:00 AM EST


All Jobseekers: How to Apply for Federal Jobs on USAJOBS / Application Manager

Watch Kathryn apply for a federal job with USAJOBS and applicationmanager.gov. Learn how to navigate the complex application system.

Thu, Jan 16, 2014 2:00 PM – 2:30 PM EST



NEW!! All Jobseekers: Ten Steps to a Federal Job®

Ten Steps is a popular and easy to follow step-by-step process for analyzing your qualifications through tracking and following up with your USAJOBS applications. This curriculum is taught on military bases worldwide.

Thu, Jan 9, 2014 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM EST



NEW!! Persons with Disabilities: How to Navigate the Schedule A Hiring Process

Learn the best way to submit your resume and Schedule A letter for consideration by the Selective Placement Coordinators.

Tue, Jan 21, 2014 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM EST


NEW!! Students and Recent Graduates: 7 Tips for Writing a Successful Pathways Internship / Position Federal Resume

The federal resume is different than the private industry resume. Learn how to stand out with a federal resume for a Pathways internship or position.

Thu, Jan 23, 2014 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM EST


Executives: 7 Tips for Writing the SES Application

Gain valuable insight into the challenging SES application. Get an overview of the traditional ECQs as well as the 5-page SES federal resume.

Mon, Jan 20, 2014 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM EST


Veterans: How to Write a Resume for Corporate America

Using the Top 100 Military-Friendly website, Kathryn will analyze job announcements for Corporate America jobs and explain how to match your resume toward these positions.

Tue, Jan 7, 2014 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM EST


NEW!! Veterans: 7 Tips for Veterans Applying for Civilian Federal Employment

Hear the stories of 7 veterans who were HIRED and find out how their resumes helped them get Best Qualified.

Mon, Jan 13, 2014 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM EST

Recommended Reading

Congratulations on your Military Service... Now Here are 9 Reasons Why I Won't Hire You: http://www.careerattraction.com/congratulations-on-your-military-service-now-here-are-9-reasons-why-i-wont-hire-you/ This article targets transitioning military, but the advice applies to most of us.

Employment Readiness Program

West Point Army Community Service
622 Swift Road

West Point, NY 10996