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Employment Assistance Program - NB Kitsap-Bremerton
It’s likely that employment will change when a move occurs, especially for military spouses. The information below will provide you with employment assistance information and resources available such as SECO, MyCAA and MSEP Portals.
The local unemployment rate is low, averaging 7 percent last year. Over 80 percent of all new jobs in Kitsap County will be in the more rapidly growing service-producing sectors of transportation, communications, utilities, trade, finance, insurance, real estate, services, and government. The slower-growing goods-producing sectors (agriculture, mining, construction, and manufacturing) will account for 8 percent of new jobs, while the self-employed will generate nearly 12 percent.
The Employment Assistance Program at the Naval Base Kitsap Fleet and Family Support Program provides a variety of services for active duty who are ready to transition out of the military, and family members seeking employment. Classes on resume preparation, federal employment, and job search are offered. A career resource area is maintained where job vacancy announcements are posted daily. An annual career fair is held in cooperation with the local community college and other agencies. There is also a computer resource area where online job search, career research and resume preparation can be accomplished. An extensive library of job search and career information is maintained along with information on education/training opportunities in the state.
The state of Washington's Employment Security Department is the largest and most comprehensive employment resource, complete with job openings, training opportunities, wage rates, unemployment information and much more. WorkSource is their job openings portal and Silverdale has its own local office. WorkSource Silverdale is located at 3120 NW Randall Way and offers a variety of employment classes, individual consultations and computer access to search for jobs and write resumes. Visit the WorkSource website for more information or call 360-516-1001.
Currently, military spouses have employment preference for non-appropriated fund positions (usually employed through Morale, Welfare and Recreation) and a hiring eligibility for federal jobs. NAF job listings can be found on the Navy Life website.
When attending an individual appointment or class for job hunting purposes be sure to bring a completed or rough draft of your civilian and or federal resumes, job announcements or positions that your are interested in applying for and any other information that may be helpful in creating your best resume.
Over 200,000 people are discharged or retired from the military each year, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs. The Transition Assistance Program provides an array of services and benefits to the service member and their spouse. These services and benefits are prescribed by legislation. In addition to classes, transition assistance offers resume and cover letter writing, job search and career planning.
The Transition Assistance Program consists of the following classes:
- Separatee TAP is a three-day class for individuals who are separating from the military. Topics include veteran benefits, transition services, resume preparation, job-hunting skills, job-search overview, interviewing skills and the required Navy Reserve opportunities.
- Retiree TAP is a three-day class for individuals who are retiring from the military. Topics include veteran and retiree benefits, transition services, resume preparation, job-hunting skills, job-search overview and interviewing skills.
- Executive Retiree TAP is a three-day class for O5 and up, E9s, W4s, and W5s. It includes all of the services listed above.
- All service members can attend additional two-day tracks: Employment Track, Entrepreneur Track, Education Track, and Career Exploration Track.
To sign up for any of these classes, you will need to contact your command career counselor.
For active-duty tuition assistance information, visit the Navy College Program website.
For a military spouse and family member scholarships and resources, visit the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support website and the National Military Family Association website.
The My Career Advancement Account Scholarship is a workforce development program that provides eligible military spouses with financial assistance for licenses, certifications or associate degrees to pursue an occupation or career field. For information on MyCAA please visit the Military OneSource MyCAA website.
Most military spouses are eligible to file an unemployment claim in the state of Washington if you voluntarily quit your job to accompany your sponsor on permanent change of station orders and meet the required 680 hours of covered employment. Be sure to check with the state unemployment office prior to resigning your position to learn about additional requirements.
The best and fastest way to file your claim is to apply online with the Washington State Employment Security Department at esd.wa.gov. You can also apply by phone at 800-318-6022. For a complete list of the documents and information, you will need in order to file a claim, visit the Washington State Employment Security Department website.
Keep in mind, you may be initially considered ineligible and have to file an appeal because you left your job voluntarily. This is normal and most military spouses win the appeal.