Employment Readiness

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Hours of Operation

Monday 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Thursday 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Friday 8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed
Federal Holidays Closed

Contact

6303 Wetzel Ave.
Bldg. 1526
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WiFi Available

Handicap Accessible

Tel:
+1(719)526-0452

Military DSN Tel:
(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 [Tuesday through Thursday 0830-1600 ONLY] is available for children registered with CYS - reservations must be made in advance by calling 719-526-4028. If your plans change and you will not be attending the course, you must call back to cancel your childcare reservation.

 

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
    • Lab hours of operation:
      • Monday- Thursday: 8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.
      • Friday: 8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
  • 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.

HOT JOBS

 

Coloradao Department of Transportation (CDOT)

As we're gearing up for Winter, CDOT has lots of temporary and permanent openings for our Road Maintenance Workers across the State.  These positions require a Commercial Driver's License (CDL), class A or B, a passion for public safety and two years of heavy equipment operation/heavy labor experience.   We also have a few Trainee positions in various locations that don't require the CDL.  These jobs, and many others, can all be found at the following website, which is updated regularly with new announcements: 

https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/colorado/filter?department[0]=Department%20of%20Transportation

Below is a snapshot of current openings with the Colorado Department of Transportation.  

 

Job Title:  Appraiser I

https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/colorado/jobs/2039547/appraiser-i

Job Type:  Full Time

Salary:  $4,200.00 - $6,147.00 Monthly

Posted:  04/05/18

Closing:  Continuous

Department:  Department of Transportation

Location:  Pueblo, CO

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Job Title: Professional Engineer III - Traffic Program Engineer

https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/colorado/jobs/2196133/professional-engineer-iii-traffic-program-engineer  

Job Type: Full Time

Salary: $7,718.00 - $12,507.00 Monthly

Posted: 08/30/18

Closing: 09/06/18

Department: Department of Transportation

Location: Pueblo, CO

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Job Title: Temporary Highway Maintenance Worker - Colo Spr South I25 < Caution-https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/colorado/jobs/2182822/temporary-highway-maintenance-worker-colo-spr-south-i25   

Job Type: Temporary (9 months or less)

Salary: $19.00 Hourly

Posted: 08/16/18

Closing: Continuous

Department: Department of Transportation

Location: Colorado Springs, CO

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Job Title: Temporary Highway Maintenance Worker - Hwy 24 Colo Spr

https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/colorado/jobs/2182828/temporary-highway-maintenance-worker-hwy-24-colo-spr

Job Type: Temporary (9 months or less)

Salary: $19.00 Hourly

Posted: 08/16/18

Closing: Continuous

Department: Department of Transportation

Location: Colorado Springs, CO

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Job Title: Temporary Highway Maintenance Worker - Hwy 25 & 38 Colo Spr https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/colorado/jobs/2182845/temporary-highway-maintenance-worker-hwy-25-38-colo-spr   

Job Type: Temporary (9 months or less)

Salary: $19.00 Hourly

Posted: 08/16/18

Closing: Continuous

Department: Department of Transportation

Location: Colorado Springs, CO

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Job Title: Temporary Highway Maintenance Worker - Hwy 83 Monument https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/colorado/jobs/2182813/temporary-highway-maintenance-worker-hwy-83-monument  

Job Type: Temporary (9 months or less)

Salary: $19.00 Hourly

Posted: 08/17/18

Closing: Continuous

Department: Department of Transportation

Location: Colorado Springs, CO

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Job Title: Temporary Highway Maintenance Worker - Powers Blvd-Colo Spr https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/colorado/jobs/2182825/temporary-highway-maintenance-worker-powers-blvd-colo-spr  

Job Type: Temporary (9 months or less)

Salary: $19.00 Hourly

Posted: 08/16/18

Closing: Continuous

Department: Department of Transportation

Location: Colorado Springs, CO

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Job Title: Temporary Highway Maintenance Worker - Monument Hill < Caution-https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/colorado/jobs/2181663/temporary-highway-maintenance-worker-monument-hill > 

Job Type: Temporary (9 months or less)

Salary: $19.00 Hourly

Posted: 08/16/18

Closing: Continuous

Department: Department of Transportation

Location: Colorado Springs, CO

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Staffing Agencies Serving the Colorado Springs Area
Upcoming Job Fairs
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/.

Training and Education Assistance

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MY Career Advancement Account (MYCAA)

MYCAA is a workforce development program that provides up to $4,000 of financial assistance to eligible military spouses who are pursuing a license, certification or Associate’s degree in a portable career field and occupation

https://mycaa.militaryonesource.mil

                                                                                                                                                 

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 [email protected] or 719-667-3832.

Pikes Peak Dislocated Workers Training

 

                                                                                                                                                 

 

TRiO Educational Opportunity Center (EOC)

Let Trio EOC help you:

·         Identify colleges that meets your needs

·         Apply for financial aid

·         Apply for colleges/university admissions

·         Find scholarships

·         Locate college preparation and support programs

·         Obtain college application fee waivers*

·         Student loan default rehabilitation

·         Enroll in GED program

Location and Office Hours:

Fort Carson Education Center, 1661 O’Connell St., Bldg 1012, Rm 214

Phone: 719-526-6818

Hours: Monday 0930-1500 by appointment only

                Tuesday 0930-1500 walk-ins

                Thursday 0830-1600 walk-ins

Pikes Peak Community College, 5675 S. Academy Blvd, Room A-106

Phone: 719-502-3028

Call for an appointment

 

ALL SERVICES ARE FREE!

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Partnerships and Resources

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?”