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29 Palms Personal and Professional Development LibGuide: Family Member Employment Assistance Program

FAMILY MEMBER EMPLOYEE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM CAMPAIGN

 

Family Member Employment Assistance Program (FMEAP), building 1526, 7th Street, 760-830-4030

Family members who are seeking employment opportunities may obtain assistance through FMEAP, which provides information on seeking and obtaining employment within the local labor market.  FMEAP can help family members prepare for a successful job interview, draft a functional resume, and learn to dress for employment success.  Participants can also complete Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) training and take the national certification exam at no-cost.  An Internet-ready lab with printing capabilities is available for patron job search and career development.  Spouses are encouraged to attend the quarterly Spouse Transition and Readiness Seminar (STARS) to meet with subject matter experts (employment, relocation, financial, medical, the Distribution Management Office (DMO), etc.) who can support them as they prepare to transition from military service.

The Family Member Employment Assistance Program provides employment related referral services, career and skill assessments, career coaching, job search guidance, portable career opportunities, and education center referrals/guidance. With that being said, we are proud to announce our new 2022 initiative to assist family members with assimilating into the work force development culture. This initiative is multi-faceted as it will act as a catalyst for advertising services, outreach strategies, community partnership, educational resources, entrepreneur opportunities, work from home, job matching services, specialized skills training, transportation services, self-employment resources, child care, employment services for adults with disabilities, social service providers; financial management counseling, education, or assistance. Additionally, the FMEAP will continue its efforts of disseminating information through the local procedures in regard to employment resources and career education and training and career coaching.

• Employment Resources: Weekly email distribution job board (regularly more than 30+ emails with multiple vacancies within each email), links for pertinent companies, agencies, job sources. Handouts and POC literature for other Employment Centers such as: Career One Stop, CA EDD Offices, spouse-centered employment agencies (SECO, MSEP, Military One Source, MSCCN, MyNextMove, MyCAA).

• Career Education and Training & Career Coaching: One-on-one individual client-specific appointments which encompass anything/everything from how to create a resume, how to enhance or target a resume, what steps are needed to reach an employment goal (including education and training, how to successfully interview and follow up post interview, how to learn about local job markets; self-assessment(s) regarding career choice(s) and goal(s); labor market trends via BLS (Bureau Labor Statistics) website; ONET (regarding veterans) - all done with client/showing them the website navigation and then printing out pertinent information for each client.

FMEAP WORKSHOPS

June 30, 2022 | Bldg. 1530 Room 102-103 | 1300
* Creating powerful resumes and job search strategies for GS positions

July 28, 2022 | Bldg. 1530 Room 102-103 | 1300
* Creating powerful resumes and job search strategies for other Federal positions

Aug 25, 2022 | Bldg. 1530 Room 102-103 | 1300
* Effective Q & A during interviews & mock interview panels

Nov 17, 2022 | Bldg. 1530 Room 102-103 | 1300
* Dress for Success and military spouse friendly hiring events

Dec 15, 2022 | Bldg. 1530 Room 102-103 | 1300
* Labor market information

Jan 26, 2023 | Bldg. 1530 Room 102-103 | 1300
* Developing skills to leverage volunteer experience

Feb 23, 2023 | Bldg. 1530 Room 102-103 | 1300
* Salary negotiation tactics and effective job offer valuation

March 30, 2023 | Bldg. 1530 Room 102-103 | 1300
* Career Advancement Accounts

Apr 27, 2023 | Bldg. 1530 Room 102-103 | 1300
* Military Spouse Licensure and Certification Reimbursement

May 25, 2023 | Bldg. 1530 Room 102-103 | 1300
* Creating dynamic LinkedIn profiles

Jun 29, 2023 | Bldg. 1530 Room 102-103 | 1300
* Remote Working Opportunities

MCX TABLING INFORMATION

SAVE THE DATES: MCX TABLING INFORMATION

Mon | Jun 27, 2022 | Bldg. 1502, Marine Corps Exchange, Sixth Street Entrance| 1100-1300

Wed | July 27, 2022 | Bldg. 1502, Marine Corps Exchange, Sixth Street Entrance| 1100-1300

Fri | August 26, 2022 | Bldg. 1502, Marine Corps Exchange, Sixth Street Entrance| 1100-1300

Tue | September 27, 2022 | Bldg. 1502, Marine Corps Exchange, Sixth Street Entrance| 1100-1300

Thu | October 27, 2022 | Bldg. 1502, Marine Corps Exchange, Sixth Street Entrance| 1100-1300

Wed | November 23, 2022 | Bldg. 1502, Marine Corps Exchange, Sixth Street Entrance| 1100-1300

Tue | December 27, 2022 | Bldg. 1502, Marine Corps Exchange, Sixth Street Entrance| 1100-1300

Fri | January 27, 2023 | Bldg. 1502, Marine Corps Exchange, Sixth Street Entrance| 1100-1300

Mon | February 27, 2023 | Bldg. 1502, Marine Corps Exchange, Sixth Street Entrance| 1100-1300

Mon | March 27, 2023 | Bldg. 1502, Marine Corps Exchange, Sixth Street Entrance| 1100-1300

Thu | April 27, 2023 | Bldg. 1502, Marine Corps Exchange, Sixth Street Entrance| 1100-1300

Fri | May 26, 2023 | Bldg. 1502, Marine Corps Exchange, Sixth Street Entrance| 1100-1300

SPOUSE TRANSITION AND READINESS SEMINAR (STARS)

SAVE THE DATES:  STARS - Spouse Transition And Readiness Seminar 2022

Wed | June 22, 2022 | 1300 | Career Resource Office (Bldg. 1526)

Wed | September 21, 2022 | 1300 | Career Resource Office (Bldg. 1526)

Wed | Dec 21, 2022 | 1300 | Career Resource Office (Bldg. 1526)

Stay informed about your family's benefits, entitlements, health care, insurance, VA benefits and more. Spouses, it's your chance to ask experts about what to expect when your Marine or Sailor retires or separates from active duty service.

To Register or for more information, call 760.830.7225/4030 or visit the Career Resource Office, Bldg. 1526.

MICROSOFT OFFICE SPECIALIST CERTIFICATION

Microsoft Office Specialist Certification

Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification, the premier Microsoft desktop certification, is a globally recognized standard for demonstrating desktop skills. The MOS program is helping meet the demand for qualified and knowledgeable people in the modern workplace. Exams are offered at CRO (Building 1526), 7th Street. For more information, please call 760.830.7225.

What is a Microsoft Office Specialist?

A Microsoft Office Specialist is an individual who has certified his or her skills in one or more of the Microsoft Office® desktop applications which includes Microsoft Word®, Microsoft Excel®, Microsoft PowerPoint®, Microsoft Outlook® or Microsoft Access®. The Microsoft Office Specialist Program typically offers certification exams at the "Core" and "Expert" skill levels*. The Microsoft Office Specialist Program is the only Microsoft approved program in the world for certifying proficiency in Microsoft Office desktop applications. This certification can be a valuable asset in any job search or career advancement. The program is open to Marines and Navy personnel and dependents 16+, plus Department of Defense workers.

Typing Courses & Test

At home or at work strong typing skills are essential for making the most of every moment at the computer. Put an end to frustration and wasted time with just fifteen minutes of practice a day! The leader in typing tutorial software for ten years running Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing delivers the customized training you need in a motivating engaging format. Work at your own pace with lesson content that keeps you interested. This flexible program is an ideal choice for any would-be fluent typist including students email enthusiasts and office professionals. If you use the keyboard, you will benefit from Mavis Beacon. Do not waste one more minute hitting 'backspace!' Gain noticeable improvements in typing speed and accuracy in just two weeks and as little as fifteen minutes of practice per day. With Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing, better typing is guaranteed.

 Certified Typing Test Information

A typing certificate verifies a person's typing speed and accuracy and is often required for applicants to legal assistant, medical assistant or government positions. In order to become certified typists, candidates must pass a typing test; this usually consists of typing an unfamiliar text within a timeframe while avoiding errors and maintaining a minimum speed. The number of errors and minimum speed allowed vary depending on the organization issuing the certificate.

MILITARY SPOUSE EMPLOYMENT BROCHURE

FAMILY MEMBER EMPLOYEE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM AND SPOUSE EDUCATION & CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

1. Your Installation Family Member Employment Assistance Program (FMEAP)

Located at all Marine Corps Bases, you can expect our highly trained FMEAP team members to assist family members, active duty, reservists, retirees, and civilians with achieving their personal and professional goals through employment, education, or volunteering.  Our installations offer a wide variety of workshops such as Resume Writing, Skills Assessments, etc, to ensure that you are successful in obtaining employment.  All of these opportunities are FREE of charge and can make any employment endeavor  a little less complicated and give you the confidence to apply for the position you’re after.

2. Spouse Education & Career Opportunities (SECO)

The SECO Program provides expert education and career guidance to military spouses worldwide. Call the SECO Career Center at 800-324-9647 to connect with corporations, government organizations and non-profits to gain meaningful, long-term, portable employment. 

  • The Military Spouse Employment Partnership connects military spouses to more than 180 partner employers who have pledged to recruit, hire, promote and retain military spouses in portable careers. To help with their introduction, spouses are encouraged to self-identify when contacting or applying with these employment partners.
  • Military Spouse eMentor Program - An online community where spouses connect with experienced spouses, career mentors and employers to receive career guidance, advice and support.
  • The MySECO Scholarship Database makes searching for scholarships fast and easy. Use the database to find scholarships and grants offered specifically for military spouses, service members and college-bound dependent children.
  • My Career Advancement Account Overview –The MyCAA Scholarship offers up to $4,000 of financial assistance to eligible military spouses who are pursuing a license/certification, certificate or associates degree in a portable career field and occupation. Spouses of active duty service members in pay grades E-1 to E-5, W-1 to W-2 and O-1 to O-2 on Title 10 military orders are eligible for the scholarship. 

For more information on the Family Member Employment Assistance Program, click here.

TRANSITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM ONLINE WEBINARS FOR FAMILY MEMBERS

Select “Family Member “ in the TAP Curriculum drop-down menu on the right side of the page.

Mental Health for Families

This course explains how to identify local services and community organizations that can provide assistance and aid to service members and their loved ones.

Survivor and Casualty Assistance Resources

This course provides an overview on VA and DoD survivor benefits and eligibility, and what to do in the event of a loss.

Transitioning to Federal Employment

This course is for US Service members interested in continuing their service through Federal Employment. It provides information, tools, and links that will help you complete your journey from your military career to a civilian position in the Federal Government. You’ll learn through the eyes of Teresa, a recently separated veteran who is looking for a job in the Federal Government.

The course has 5 steps, plus an introduction to Federal Employment. Step 1: Gather Your Intel. Step 2: Identify Employment Opportunities. Step 3: Focus Your Search. Step 4: Continue the Mission. Step 5: Complete the Mission.

VA Education Benefits for Spouses and Dependent Children

This course communicates relevant information about education benefits, including Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits, that can help families, and caregivers pay for tuition, housing, books, and supplies costs through the VA education and training benefits available to them.

VA Home Loan Guaranty Program

This course offers a general overview of the VA Home Loan Guaranty Program including eligibility, processes, costs, and other available resources.

Vet Centers

This course describes how to connect with local Vet Centers and how service members, Veterans, and their loved ones can use Vet Centers as a free resource.

O*NET INTEREST PROFILER

The O*NET Interest Profiler can help you find out what your interests are and how they relate to the world of work. You can find out what you like to do.

The O*NET Interest Profiler helps you decide what kinds of careers you might want to explore.

Discover your interests to help you decide what kinds of careers you might want to explore.

Take the Interest Profiler Now!  

                                           

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How can the Family Member Assistance Program assist me?

  • Learn about the current labor market, average salary, and wage trends in your area.
  • Know the right questions to ask the employer during the interview.
  • Highlight resume accomplishments and adapting to various styles those employers are seeking and/or what format may fit your situation.
  • Know effective negotiation techniques for salaries/wages and benefits.
  • Know to fill the gap between periods of unemployment.
  • Offers services to meet the employment assistance needs of family members.
  • Helps clearly identify goals and necessary steps to achieve them.
  • Provides job search guidance to focus on the important aspects of your job search plan.
  • Provides one-on-one employment assistance counseling.

How do I learn more about the Family Member Assistance Program?

Family members can contact their local FMEAP offices at their respective Marine Corps location. There are numerous effective family member programs available Corps-wide. FMEAP has many initiatives to help family members find employment after relocation with the active duty service members. For more information, call 760.830.7225/4030 or visit the Career Resource Office, Bldg. 1526.

Can the FMEAP find me employment?

FMEAP is not an employment agency and does not make job placements. However, FMEAP provides a liaison/referral service to local and national employers.