- 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 Job Spotlight highlighting local and national employers ready to hire
- New or PCSing Spouses Information
- 2020 Seasonal Job Opportunities
Are you interested in finding seasonal work? Take a look at the ERP Seasonal Job Opportunities list:
- Job Spotlight
- 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
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 Spouse Corporate Career Network
Military Spouse Employment Partnership
National Military Family Association, Spouse-Owned Business
Operation We Are Here
- 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:
*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.
- 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)
- Telework/Remote/Work from Home Opportunities
- Staffing Agencies Serving the Colorado Springs Area
- Unemployment Information
Colorado Unemployment Information
Pikes Peak Workforce Center
- HOT JOBS for Teens/Young Adults
- HOT JOBS (out of state)
- Résumé Assistance
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.
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.
Additional Résumé Resources
O*NET OnLine is an excellent source for keywords for federal, private-sector résumés.
OPM.gov is hosting trainings on resume writing. They have a few coming up on resumes, interviewing and navigating USAJobs.
- Military Spouse Licensures in Colorado
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.
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
- Training and Education Assistance
Army Emergency Relief (AER)
Department of Veterans Affairs Programs
Fisher House-Scholarships for ServiceNational Military Family Association
Onward to Opportunity
Spouse Education & Career Opportunities (SECO)
Spouse Education & Career Opportunities (SECO)-MyCAA
- Apprenticeship Opportunities (Colorado Springs Area)
- 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?”
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:
Contact ERP for an appointment or check out the Employment Readiness classes on the calendar.