Employment Readiness Program

Weekly Update - 29 October 2013

JOB SEARCH TIP OF THE WEEK: Do your Homework

Have you researched the job market where you are seeking employment? Have you researched potential employers? Have you used Linked In to find people you know who work for companies you'd like to work for? Doing your homework is a key step in any effective job search strategy: www.careerealism.com/most-important-job-search-step/

RESOURCE OF THE WEEK: Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts (MyCAA)

Spouses of service members on active duty in pay grades E-1 to E-5, W-1 to W-2, and O-1 to O-2 are eligible for up to $4,000 in educational assistance. MyCAA will cover tuition costs for education and training courses and examinations leading to an Associate's degree, license, certifcate or certification at an accredited college, university or technical school in the US or an approved testing organizationt that expands employment or portable career opportunities for military spouses.


MyCAA funding does not have to be repaid!


Visit https://aiportal.acc.af.mil/mycaa/default.aspx for more information.

Upcoming ERP Workshops/Events

o 6 NOVEMBER (9am-11am) - RESUME REVIEW WALK-INS - Bring your resume and receive feedback from a Certified Resume Writer about how to make it even more effective! No appointment necessary.



o 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 INFORMATION SESSION – Gain a better understanding of Military Spouse Preference, 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.




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.



Additional Resources/Events

ORANGE WORKS

33 Fulton Street, 2nd Floor, Middletown, NY - Resource Room hours from 9am-4:15pm Monday through Friday. Call 346-1100 for more information.


Workshops for job seekers -
30 October, 10am-12pm - Veteran's Workshop

4 November, 10am - Your Best Resume

4 November, 1pm - Basic Computer Skills & Creating an Email Account

7 November, 3pm - Metrix Online Workshop

8 November, 9am-11am - Resume Review Walk-in

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Employment Readiness Program

West Point Army Community Service
622 Swift Road

West Point, NY 10996