Employment Readiness Program

Weekly Update - 14 November 2013

JOB SEARCH TIP OF THE WEEK: Follow up!

Submitted a resume and haven't heard anything? Interviewed for a position and don't know if the position has been filled?

A word of advice: Following up is a very important part of the job search process. A well-paced follow-up strategy is key. If you applied for the position at least two weeks ago and haven't heard anything, we encourage you to touch base and inquire about where they are in the hiring process. (For federal positions, you may want to wait a bit longer.) After an interview, you should always follow up within 24 hours to thank the interviewer(s) and then depending upon when you were told a decision would be made, you should inquire if you don't hear from anyone.


Here are some great articles on this topic: http://www.careerealism.com/category/interview/follow-up/

RESOURCE OF THE WEEK: Careerealism

We've shared this one before, but there is so much useful content on this website that it is worth repeating!


Visit http://www.careerealism.com/free-resources/ for a free Cover Letter Tutorial and Template!

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Upcoming ERP Workshops/Events

o TODAY! 14 NOVEMBER (1-4pm) – 10 STEPS TO A FEDERAL JOB - If you are seeking federal employment, this workshop will provide you with valuable information about the federal job system, including how to search for and apply for positions with USAJOBS. All participants receive a free copy of Kathryn Troutman’s Jobseekers Guide.


o 19 NOVEMBER (10-11:30am) – MILITARY SPOUSE PREFERENCE (MSP) INFORMATION SESSION – Gain a better understanding of MSP, including how to claim it.


o 21 NOVEMBER (10-11:30am) – FEDERAL RESUME WORKSHOP – Not understanding the difference between a professional resume and a federal resume can significantly reduce or eliminate your chances of obtaining a federal job. We will provide tips for how to create an effective federal resume.


o 3 DECEMBER (12-1:30pm) – MILITARY SPOUSE NETWORKING LUNCHEON WITH IN GEAR CAREER – ACS Employment Readiness Program and In Gear Career invite ALL military spouses to join us for a FREE lunch. It doesn't matter if you are currently working, looking for work, or simply thinking about returning to the workforce someday. Lunch will be catered by Foodies. Please RSVP by 11/29 - 845-938-5658 or christina.overstreet@usma.edu.


o 11 DECEMBER (9-11:30am) – 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 11 DECEMBER (10-11:30am) – TAX BASICS FOR HOME-BASED AND SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS – Erin Kidd, Registered Tax Preparer and Accredited Financial Counselor, will provide tips and tools to make tax time painless!


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.

We want to hear from you!

What would help you be more prepared or effective in your job search? What workshops would you like us to offer? Is there a time of day that works best for you to attend workshops? Would you be interested in webinars?

We value your opinion -- please email christina.overstreet@usma.edu with your suggestions!

Employment Readiness Program

West Point Army Community Service
622 Swift Road

West Point, NY 10996