Employment Readiness Program helps build careers Print E-mail
Thursday, 22 August 2013
Story by Melissa Buckley
GUIDON staff
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Let’s face it — following your military spouse from installation to installation can sometimes demolish your own career. But, did you know there is a program on Fort Leonard Wood designed to assist eligible Family members who are relocating as a result of a military or civilian sponsor’s Permanent change of station — it is called the Employment Readiness program.

Employment Readiness provides accurate, timely information services necessary to minimize the employment problems associated with such moves.

“Employment readiness provides information and referral services in the areas of employment, education, training, transition and volunteer opportunities to give Family members the competitive edge needed to secure employment. It helps clients develop confidence as they identify work skills and qualifications, meet others who can share job tips and learn how to sell their professional skills,” said Karen Hall, Employment Readiness program manager.

Employment Readiness works closely with the Civilian Personnel Advisor Center and other on-and off-post agencies to provide a full range of employment-related services.

“This program is helpful because it focuses on the big picture of empowerment, not designed just to ‘get a job’ but focuses more on obtaining a career,” Hall said.

Dan Danzo, Employment Readiness program specialist, said he has personally seen the program work for many military spouses and Family members.

“In one instance, our office was contacted by a local college. They informed us they had a position open for an admissions representative. Later that morning a military spouse came in for an appointment and on viewing her resume it was discovered she had previous recent experience as a university admissions clerk,” Danzo said. “Staff provided her the contact information for this employer and contacted the employer in her behalf.  Within 48 hours she had been contacted, interviewed and hired.”

Hall said the list if success stories go on and on.

“We see over 1,200 spouses per year. The staff in employment do whatever it takes to get the spouse whatever they need,” Hall said. “This program won’t do everything for you, but they will provide you with valuable information and critical job search skills.”

 This program is designed to assist Families of all branches of the military stationed on Fort Leonard Wood.

For more information or to make an appointment call 596.0212 or visit ACS in Bldg. 486.
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 11 September 2013 )