Employment Readiness

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Unlock Your Potential

Employment Readiness Program (ERP) provides career assistance to Soldiers, Family Members, DOD Civilians, Retirees, and Reservists. Employment Readiness Specialists provide workshops as well as one-on-one appointments to assist with job searching, resumes, interviews, networking, as well as career skills development. ERP maintains partnerships with local and national employers and agencies in order to share job opportunities.

 

Additional services include:

  • Education and certification resources
  • Classes on self-assessment, career exploration, civilian and federal resume writing, networking.
  • One on one resumé critiques
  • Career counseling and individual career assessments
  • Job fairs and other hiring events
  • Teen/youth employment information
  • Computer lab with internet access, résumé-writing software, and typing tutorials (not currently available due to COVID-19 restrictions)
  • Weekly posting of Hot Jobs

Contact ERP for an appointment or check out the Employment Readiness classes on the calendar.

New or PCSing Spouses Information

Military Spouse Career Coalition

JOB SPOTLIGHT

Job Spotlight for August 3 to August 7

Job Spotlight for July 27 to July 31, 2020

Job Spotlight for July 20-July 24, 2020

Job Spotlight for July 13-July 17, 2020

Job Spotlight for July 6-July 10, 2020

Job Spotlight for June 29-July 3, 2020

Job Spotlight for June 22-29, 2020

Job Spotlight for June 15-19, 2020

Job Spotlight for June 8-12, 2020

Job Spotlight for June 1-5, 2020

My Career Advancement Account Scholarship Information and Assistance

For My Career Advancement Account Scholarship Information and Assistance, Spouse Education and Career Opportunities Career Coaches - 1-800-342-9647. 

More information and resources can be found at: https://mycaa.militaryonesource.mil/mycaa/resources


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Spouse Family Employment, Career and Education Information

Employment Opportunities & Career Resources

American Corporate Partners

Career One Stop-American Job Centers

Hiring Our Heroes

Institute for Veterans and Military Families

Military Benefits

Military Spouse

Military Spouse Corporate Career Network

Military Spouse Employment Partnership

Military Transition

National Military Family Association, Spouse-Owned Business

Operation We Are Here

USA Jobs
 

Military Spouse Preference

Military spouses serve a pivotal role in contributing to the financial and personal success of military families. In 2008, President Bush established Executive Order 13473, the noncompetitive appointing authority for certain military spouses that allowed hiring into permanent, term, or temporary positions in the Federal Government.
The intent was to assist military spouses gain employment with the Federal government as part of an effort to recruit and retain skilled and experienced members of the armed forces, and to recognize and honor the service of members injured, disabled or killed while on active duty.
A spouse of a member of the Armed Forces now remains eligible for noncompetitive appointment (under E.O. 13473) for the duration of the spouse’s relocation to the permanent duty station of the member.
Previously, military spouses were only eligible for appointment under the noncompetitive authority (E.O. 13473) for the first two years following the date of their sponsor’s PCS orders. That is no longer the case and spouses of a member of the Armed Forces remain eligible for appointment the duration of the sponsor’s tour. 

You may self-certify any time you apply for a federal position on usajobs.gov with:

*PCS orders

*Marriage license

*PPP Self-Certification Checklist

*Federal resume, and

*Transcripts (if applicable)

To exercise your spouse preference you must first create an account:

  • You need to create a login.gov account to sign into USAJOBS and access your profile information. Your old USAJOBS username and password won’t work anymore.

    You need to:

  • Create a login.gov account—you only need to do this once.

  • Enter an email address - use the same email address you use for USAJOBS (your primary or secondary email address), if you have an existing profile with us.

  • Create a new password.

  • Select your first method of authentication—having another way to sign in keeps your account more secure than using only a password. You can choose between text messages, phone calls, an authentication application, a security key, or backup codes. Government employees can also use their PIV card or CAC.

  • Select a backup method of authentication—you need to select a backup method, in case you don’t have access to your first choice (for example you don’t have access to your phone).

  • Once you create a login.gov account, you’ll come back to USAJOBS to link to your existing profile, or create a new profile if you don’t have one. You only need to create your account and link it once. Get step by step instructions on creating an account at login.gov.

    If you have limited access to a phone or cell service, you can set up an authentication app or use a free text messaging app.

  • Build or post a resume to the USAJOBS profile and upload essential documents, including a copy of your sponsor’s PCS orders and the Military Spouse PPP Self-Certification Checklist which must be included with each job application.
  • Apply to the job announcements for which interested and available.
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USAJOBS PPP Fact sheet

Nonappropriated Fund (NAF) Opportunities

Are you a current NAF Child and Youth Program Assistant?

Child and Youth Services Employee Assignment Tool (CEAT) enables current NAF employees in Child and Youth Program Assistant (CYPA) positions to voluntarily request a noncompetitive transfer to another Army installation at the same grade/pay level, without a break in service. Employees must register in CEAT to be considered eligible for a noncompetitive transfer. View the CEAT guide here.


Live on post and interested in starting your own child care business?

Family Child Care (FCC) was created with the military spouse in mind. The FCC provides support, free training, free referrals, free resources and child care subsidies. FCC continues to be a cost effective child care delivery system, offering parents quality programming at a 15% costs savings compared to child development centers. Consider FCC opportunities. For more information visit https://carson.armymwr.com/programs/family-child-care

Upcoming Job Fairs and Events (Virtual)

Pikes Peak Workforce Center Hiring Events

PrepConnect 360 Job Seekers Workshop

DAV/RecruitMilitary Colorado Springs Virtual Event

Hiring our Heroes Virtual Amplify Event (Professional Development)

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Information and Technology (OIT) Virtual Job Fair

AT&T Military Spouse Job Advisor Session

Google VetNet

Telework/Remote/Work from Home Opportunities

Epidemiologist-Lead

Contact Tracer-Remote

TTEC-Remote

Freedom Learning Group- Remote

Sutherland Global

Pearl Interactive-Virtual Care Navigators

Lumen Inc. - Subject Matter Experts

Sedgwick -Service Center Associate

Virtual Admin Assistant

Concentrix Military Spouse Hiring Initiative

Home Front Alliance- Client Account Manager (Full-time, Part-time)

VirtForce-Military Friendly Employers

Virtforce Openings-June 1st

AMAZON Remote Jobs

Colorado State Univ. Global - Remote Jobs

United Healthcare

Instant Teams

Inbound Marketing Advisor

Allstate- Customer Insurance Rep.

Staffing Agencies Serving the Colorado Springs Area

TAE Recruiting

Aerotek

ExpressPros

Unemployment Information

Colorado Unemployment Information

https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdle/unemployment

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Pikes Peak Workforce Center

https://ppwfc.org/unemployment-resources/

HOT JOBS for Teens/Young Adults
HOT JOBS (out of state)

L1 Service Desk- Entry Level -UNISYS

Logistics Management Specialist (LMS), Salt Lake City, Utah

Wells Fargo - Field Service Representative – St. Augustine, FL

U.S. Secret Service Uniformed Division Officer

U.S. Secret Service Special Agent

Logistics Management Specialist - Salt Lake City, Utah

Military Spouse Corporate Career Network (MSCCN) Jobs

Sprint

Résumé Assistance

Résumé Tips

A typical private-sector resume will be 1-2 pages in length. Chronological, functional, combination, and targeted are the names of the different types of résumés and are discussed below.  

Note: most employers prefer a (reverse) chronological order résumé; but each one of these types of résumés  may be used based on the situation and/or your experience.

For help with your résumé, please visit the Employment Readiness Program today!

 

Chronological: provides work experience in order of most recent job to your earliest. This is one of the most common and useful if you have a lot of work experience which is aligned with the occupation you are seeking. 

Functional: this type of resume highlights your skills and experience without focusing on dates. You can use this type of resume if you recently graduated, are transitioning, or have gaps in your work experience. 

Combination: highlight both your skills and work experience using the combination resume. Include your skills first followed by your work experience beginning with the most recent employer. 

Targeted: a targeted resume is used for situations where you are most qualified. It is a customized resume for a specific job posting where you match you skillset to the requirements listed in the job posting. This type of resume may be a bit more work, but may pay off in showing an employer just how qualified you are for their job. 

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Federal Résumé Guidance

First and foremost, you can expect a federal resume to be longer than a private sector one. A typical private-sector resume will be 1-2 pages in length, but to include all the critical data essential for the federal application process you might find yourself needing 3-7 pages for your resume, depending on the length and breadth of your work experience.

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Additional Résumé Resources

O*NET OnLine is an excellent source for keywords for federal, private-sector résumés.

Spouse Education & Career Opportunities (SECO) - Resume Toolkit

OPM.gov is hosting trainings on resume writing. They have a few coming up on resumes, interviewing and navigating USAJobs.

https://www.usajobs.gov/Notification/Events/ 

Military Spouse Licensures in Colorado

Instructions for Spouse State Licensure and Certification Cost Reimbursement

License Recognition Resource guide

Licensure Recognition Personal Action Plan

Army Directive

COVID-19 Emergency Licensing Measures for Healthcare Professionals

Guidance for Licensing for Medical Professionals

 

Professional Licensing in Colorado

A number of professions require a license to practice in Colorado. The Division of Professions and Occupations (DPO) in the Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) regulates most of these, with each profession overseen by a board or commission. Nurses, engineers, and cosmetologists are examples of professions regulated under DPO. However, other DORA divisions and other state departments regulate some professions, such as the Division of Real Estate, which licenses real estate brokers, and the Department of Education, which licenses teachers and other education-related professionals.

Military Spouse Licensure in Colorado under DORA

Temporary licensure. For most professions licensed under DORA, a military spouse who has been relocated to Colorado by military orders and has an active license in good standing from another state may practice under a temporary license for up to one year from the date he or she moved to Colorado.

By the end of this one-year period, the spouse must complete a military spouse exemption form and complete the appropriate application to receive a Colorado license. The temporary licensure provisions do not apply to some professions, including professional engineers and interns, professional land surveyors and interns, architects, optometrists, physicians, physician assistants, anesthesia assistants, and real estate professionals.1 House Bill 12-1059 created the temporary licensure program for military spouses.

Additional information. By the end of this one-year period, the spouse must complete a military spouse exemption form and complete the appropriate application to receive a Colorado license. The temporary licensure provisions do not apply to some professions, including professional engineers and interns, professional land surveyors and interns, architects, optometrists, physicians, physician assistants, anesthesia assistants, and real estate professionals.1 House Bill 12-1059 created the temporary licensure program for military spouses.

DORA has a military liaison who fields questions that veterans, members of the military, or military spouses may have regarding licensure requirements. The military liaison also coordinates DORA’s Veterans Occupational Credentialing and Licensing (VOCAL) Program. The VOCAL Program seeks to streamline rules and policies for veterans and members of the military across multiple program areas.

Please visit DORA’s webpage or call the Division of Professions and Occupations Military Liaison at 303-894-3013.

https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/dora-military

https://dpo.colorado.gov/Military/Spouse  

Additional Resource

The website below includes information on how occupational licenses can be transferred from one state to another, including an interactive map that shows military spouse license transfer options and related state laws. According to the map, Colorado allows for expedited licensing, endorsements, and temporary licensing for military spouses, along with several other states, including Alabama, Florida, Texas, and Virginia. However, according to a representative from DORA, neither state law or rules provide for expedited licensing or application processing for military spouses after the one-year exemption period, unless a military spouse has prior military experience, or is eligible under a compact or other licensing reciprocity mechanism. As another example, Kansas allows for expedited licenses and endorsements, but not temporary licenses. The website can be found through the following link: https://www.veterans.gov/milspouses/.

Military Spouse Entrepreneurship Information

Colorado Small Business Development Center

U.S. Small Business Administration

COVID-19 Small Business Guidance and Resources

Training and Education Assistance
Apprenticeship Opportunities (Colorado Springs Area)

Apprenticeship Finder

City of Colorado Springs Internship 2019- Communications

City of Colorado Springs Internship Spring 2019- Public Works

Colorado Registered Apprenticeship Programs

Partnerships and Resources

Fort Carson Webpage: The Best Hometown in Army! This webpage has helpful information about Fort Carson and surrounding community.    

Military Spouse Career Coalition (MSCC): The mission of the coalition itself is to empower all military spouses in pursuit of meaningful careers and/or livable wages and diminish legislative barriers along the way.

 

Military Spouse Employment Partnership (MSEP) Job Search: MSEP helps you find a job through the Military Spouse Employment Partnership.  There are thousands of active jobs for Military Spouses. Start leveraging MSEP to Jumpstart your career.

 

Mt. Carmel Veterans Service Center: Mt. Carmel collaborates with community partners providing best practices in transition and wellness services for Veterans, Military and their Families by delivering expertise, resources, space and sustainability.

 

Pikes Peak Workforce Center: The Pikes Peak Workforce Center is the American Job Center serving El Paso and Teller counties. We connect vital businesses with work-ready job seekers and employer-driven services. 

 

Spouse Education & Career Opportunities (SECO):  SECO is a Department of Defense Spouse Education and Career Opportunities (SECO) program that provides education and career guidance to military spouses worldwide and offers comprehensive resources and tools for all stages of your career progression.

 

SECO Resources for Survivor Spouses: Eligible military spouses can use the
following resources and network with organizations that will guide you as you work toward meeting your goals,
while maintaining your home and keeping your family strong and resilient.

 

Hiring Our Heroes Military Spouse Economic Empowerment Zones (MSEEZ): MSEEZ communities address local military spouse unemployment and underemployment issues through the efforts of local working groups. These groups work to establish a range of local employment-related tools and resources to help tackle military spouse employment issues head on.

 

United States Department of Labor for Military Spouses: This site has information on where to apply for an occupational license in a new state. You can search by occupation, job title, license name, or state agency.

 

USO Pathfinder Program: The USO Pathfinder Team connects transiting service members, their family members, veterans, and Military Spouses with the resources they need. Whether you have plans to transition soon or simply want to start planning, the USO can help you answer, what’s next?”