Employment Readiness

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6303 Wetzel Ave.
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+1(719)526-0452

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(312)619-0452

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The Employment Readiness Program (ERP) offers resources to help with your career plan and job search. Whether you’re a military spouse or Family member who just moved to a new installation, Retiree, or DoD civilian looking for new opportunities, or active duty Military, active Reserve, National Guard member, or Wounded Warrior, we’re here to help.

Limited weekday childcare [Monday through Friday 0800-1630 ONLY] is available for children registered with CYS - reservations must be made in advance by clicking on this website https://carson.armymwr.com/programs/appointment-request and selecting “Request Childcare”.

If your plans change and you will not be attending the course, you must call 719-526-8747 to cancel your childcare reservation.

 

Child, Youth, and School Services Registration Checklist

 

Our services include:

  • Up-to-date information on local, national, and international employment opportunities, job market trends and education, and volunteer resources
  • Classes and seminars on self-assessment and career exploration, resume writing, interviewing techniques, dressing for success, networking, and entrepreneurship
  • Résumé critiques
  • Career counseling and individual career assessments
  • Job fairs and other hiring events
  • Teen/youth employment information
  • Computers with internet access, résumé-writing software, and typing tutorials
  • Virtual Career Library access
  • Weekly posting of Hot Jobs
  • ERP closes daily from 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

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

New or PCSing Spouses Information
Priority Placement

The Priority Placement Program is a process to assist Military Spouses to obtain Federal Civil Service positions. You may self-certify any time you apply for a federal position on usajobs.gov with :

 

*PCS orders

*Marriage license

*Federal resume, and

*Transcripts (if applicable)

To receive MSP and exercise priority status through the application process, you must:

~ Create a login.gov account to sign in to USAJOBS (first time users). Login.gov is a service that offers secure and private online access to government programs, such as Federal benefits, services, and applications.

~ Use the same email address for login.gov and USAJOBS.

~ Create a new password.

~ Have a working phone number (mobile or landline); login.gov will send a unique security code each time you sign into your account.

~ Create a USAJOBS profile using the same email address for login.gov.

~ Create a new password for USAJOBS (first time users).

~ 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.

 

At Fort Carson ACS, we have CPAC come in once a month to do a briefing on the topic; every 4th Tuesday at 0930.  Register at carson.army.mil/acs or call our office at 526-0452.

HOT JOBS

 

On Post Positions (FT. Carson, Peterson, USAFA, Schriever, Mountain Post)

http://www.akimasupportops.com/careers/FtCarsonLSS/ https://careers.magellanhealth.com/

Health Care


Education


Adminstrative Postion (Office, Finance, IT, Intelligence)


Law Enforcement


Hospitality (Hotel, Cook, Cleaning, Laundry)


Other Positions (Electricians, Warehouse, Drivers, Stockers) 

Telework Opportunities
Staffing Agencies Serving the Colorado Springs Area
Upcoming Job Fairs
HOT JOBS for Teens/Young Adults
HOT JOBS (out of state)

U.S. Secret Service Direct Hire Immediate Openings

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.

 

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.

 

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

 

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

Training and Education Assistance

Toyota Professional Automotive Technician

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AER Scholarship

Army Emergency Relief maintains two scholarship programs – the Spouse Education Assistance Program and the MG James Ursano Scholarship Program for dependent children. Both scholarships provide financial assistance for students who are pursuing their first undergraduate degree.

www.AERHQ.ORG

                                                                                                                                                 

 

Laid/Off Dislocated Workers, Colorado Springs

If you have lost your job or are transitioning military or a military spouse and need more information about this program, please contact Michelle Moore at michellemoore@elpasoco.com or 719-667-3832.

Pikes Peak Dislocated Workers Training

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Apprenticeship Opportunities (Colorado Springs Area)

City of Colorado Springs Internship 2019- Communications

City of Colorado Springs Internship Spring 2019- Public Works

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 Military Spouse Career Coalition (MSCC) is to empower military spouses in pursuit of meaningful careers and/ or livable wages, and to support legislation and initatives that minimize barriers.

 

Military Spouse Economic Empowerment Zone (MSEEZ): Established to connect military spouses with companies committed to hiring, MSEEZ are collaborative efforts among the local business, civic, and military communities that establish employment networks in municipalities around the country.

 

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.

 

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?”