- Employment Readiness – Fort Carson
Employment Readiness - Fort Carson
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:
- 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 posting of Hot Jobs
Contact ERP for an appointment or check out the Employment Readiness classes on the calendar.
The ACS Employment Readiness Program (ERP) is here to assist you with your employment needs. Our Employment Readiness Specialists provide one on one resume reviews, job search assistance, interview preparation, career skills development, and various employment resources.
We invite you to learn more about our services and other resources at our Employment Readiness Orientation workshop. Register below under the “Class – Online Registration” tab.
Click here to join our weekly email Job Spotlight email list and receive a weekly email highlighting local employers seeking military-affiliated talent.
To request an appointment with an ERP Specialist click here.
New or PCSing Spouses Information
Please visit the tab above labeled "Classes - Online Registration" to view and register for upcoming classes. We look forward to serving you!
MyCAA - 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
Community Partners and Resources
Hiring Our Heroes: The Hiring Our Heroes (HOH) initiative launched in March 2011 as a nationwide effort to connect veterans, service members, and military spouses with meaningful employment opportunities including fellowships, career intensives, hiring fairs and career transition resources.
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.
Military Spouse Career Coalition: 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.
Pikes Peak Workforce Center - Connecting Colorado: The Pikes Peak Workforce Center (PPWFC) is the American Job Center serving El Paso and Teller counties. PPWFC connect vital businesses with work-ready job seekers and employer-driven services.
Institute for Veterans and Military Families: Onward to Opportunity (O2O) is a free career training program that provides professional certification and employee support services to transitioning service members, veterans and military spouses. O2O combines industry-validated curricula, strong partnerships with leading veteran service organizations and private sector companies, and comprehensive career coaching services to prepare and match you with your next career.
American Corporate Partners: ACP’s free Mentoring Program connects post-9/11 veterans, active duty spouses and eligible military spouses (Protégés) with corporate professionals (Mentors) for customized mentorships. ACP assists veterans and eligible spouses on their path towards fulfilling, long-term careers, whether the veteran is job searching or newly employed.
Military Spouse Corporate Career Network: The Military Spouse Corporate Career Network (MSCCN) is a non-profit organization that focuses on: employment readiness training programs, job placement solutions, no-cost services to all military-affiliated spouses, retired military spouses, and caregivers to war wounded heroes.
Military Spouse Employment Partnership: 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.
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.
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.
- Military Spouse Hiring Path
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 the 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
Remote & Telework from Home Opportunities
Military Spouse Licensures in Colorado
Professional Licensing in Colorado
The Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) is committed to providing professional support and outstanding customer service to Active Duty, Reserves, National Guard, military spouses and Veterans. The assistance offered to active military personnel, veterans and their families in transitioning into civilian life include special programs and initiatives aimed at assisting with transporting existing credentials or acquiring professional Colorado credentials while meeting life needs during military service or during the transition to civilian life. In recent years, DORA has implemented several programs to streamline credentialing processes for active-duty military, spouses, and veterans. For example, one of the highest rates of military and veteran interest is in nursing licensure programs.
Military Spouse Licensure in Colorado under DORA
New Program Begins January 1, 2021
Under a new law effective January 1, 2021, military spouses may obtain three-year temporary credentials for any profession or occupation under the purview of DPO, if they hold a credential in good standing from another US state or territory and meet certain other requirements. This new program is provided at no cost to the military spouse and is part of Colorado House Bill 20-1326 Create Occupational Credential Portability Program (HB20-1326), which Governor Polis signed on June 25, 2020.
DPO is currently working to implement HB20-1326, including making applications for military spouse licenses available. View a list of frequently asked questions and answers related to HB20-1326. This FAQ also includes a list of the professions for which applications for military spouse licenses are currently available (see Page 6).
Should you have any questions, please contact Laura Bravo at [email protected]
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.
Military Spouse Interstate License Recognition Options
Military spouses serving in professions with occupational license requirements face special challenges. They experience gaps in employment and costly interruptions in their career trajectory due to frequent relocations. It is the policy of the U.S. Department of Labor to reduce employment barriers and enhance career opportunities for military spouses.
Many states support military spouse license recognition options by allowing for expedited applications, temporary licenses, or complete license recognition. Use the Military Spouse Interstate License Recognition Options map to find out the rights of a military spouse.
Federal Reimbursement for Licensure Costs
Each military service branch may reimburse spouses - depending on eligibility requirements - up to $500 for certain licensure costs resulting from relocations that cross U.S. state lines. For more information, please review the reimbursement requirements for each service branch on the Military One Source's website. Important note: This reimbursement program is through the federal government, not the State of Colorado or the Department of Regulatory Agencies.