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NEWS | June 8, 2018

JBSA-Fort Sam Houston Military & Family Readiness Center hosts employment workshop for transitioning service members

By David DeKunder 502nd Air Base Wing Public Affairs

Transitioning service members preparing for a career outside the military can learn about skills and tips to help them get a job at the “Confidence Outside the Uniform” workshop at the Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston Military & Family Readiness Center, building 2797, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 20.

The workshop is open to all active-duty members transitioning out of the military, military spouses, veterans and Department of Defense civilians within JBSA, including JBSA-Fort Sam Houston, JBSA-Lackland, JBSA-Randolph and JBSA-Camp Bullis. The JBSA M&FRC Employment Readiness Program and the Texas Veterans Commission are conducting the workshop.

Alma Guivas, JBSA community readiness specialist, said the workshop helps JBSA members learn or relearn skills that give them a competitive edge in their job search and on employment opportunities available for transitioning servicemembers, veterans, military spouses and DoD civilians.

Skills and topics that will be covered at the workshop include effective interview techniques, developing a resume, proper attire to wear to an interview, online job searching, tips about job applications, tips on translating military skills to the private job sector, utilizing networking in getting a job and job training referrals.

“Essentially what the workshop instructors are bringing is sound job coaching,” Guivas said. “The workshop will assist in boosting their confidence by brushing up on the essentials needed to secure a new job and readjust to civilian life. These resources are great tools for the transitioning servicemember to have to be able to organize their job search.”

Guivas said the workshop is an enhancement of the career resources already provided by the JBSA M&FRC Employment Readiness Program, which include the Employment Readiness Orientation held every Monday from 9-11 a.m. at the JBSA-Fort Sam Houston M&FRC.

The orientation includes information on employment resources and services offered by the JBSA M&FRC Employment Readiness Program, the Texas Veterans Commission and USO Pathfinder, a USO program for transitioning servicemembers, as well as opportunities to sign up for a job bank database in which recipients are sent daily job posting announcements.

Rodney Gaither, JBSA-Fort Sam Houston M&FRC team leader, said the JBSA M&FRC Employment Readiness Program has the resources to link transitioning servicemembers and JBSA members to programs that help them with employment opportunities, going to school, or accessing benefits.

“Our role is to make sure we can link people to resources throughout the transition process,” Gaither said.

For information and to register for “Confidence Outside the Uniform,” contact JBSA-Fort Sam Houston M&FRC at 210-221-2418 or at tiny.cc/20june2018. The JBSA-Fort Sam Houston M&FRC is located at 3060 Stanley Road, building 2797.

To find out more about employment and career workshops and programs offered at all JBSA M&FRCs, including JBSA-Fort Sam Houston, JBSA-Lackland and JBSA-Randolph, go to http://www.jbsa.mil/Resources/Military-Family-Readiness. A schedule of programs and workshops is located on the right hand side of the page under “Events Calendar” and by clicking on the “June-July 2018” link.