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Transition assistance program

The Veterans Opportunity to Work to Hire the Heros Act 2011 mandates participation in the Transition Program; as of 21 November 2012. The Transition Assistance Program (TAP) is mandatory and can be up to a four step process that must be completed no later than 90 days before separation/Retirement. TAP was developed to provide separating or retiring personnel and their families with the skills and knowledge required to make a smooth, well-disciplined, and successful transition to a second career or into retirement. Nearly all personnel leaving the Department of Defense (DoD) service will seek some form of civilian employment. Their civilian job search can be shortened if they first take time to learn job search techniques. The job hunter that has good job search skills and works diligently will have an advantage in the job market.

Seminars, Workshops & Individual Appointments Pre-separation Counseling is your first step: It is highly suggested that separating members schedule this appointment one year prior to DOS and retirees two years prior to DOR. Spouses are encouraged to attend. This counseling generates the DD Form 2648 required to be filed in the permanent records of all separating or retiring personnel.

5-day TAP Seminar is now mandatory: The TAP Seminar is designed for transitioning military members and their spouses. This program is also available to DoD civilians preparing for separation or retirement. This presentation is a joint effort between the Department of Defense, Department of Labor, and Veterans Affairs.

There will be additional requirements added throughout FY13. This will include a two day course if you plan to pursue Education, Entrepreneurship, or a Vocational Education track.

The final event will be the Cap Stone event. This two hour event will provide another chance to ensure you have a plan once you leave the service.

Employment Programs & Automated Job Banks USAJOBS: The official site for federal job information provided by the US Office of Personnel Management (OPM). Resume Assistance: Assistance is provided in formatting and personalizing individual resumes and cover letters for private sector, civil service, and other federal employment opportunities. Computer programs and printers are available. Career One Stop: A service of the US DoL Nationwide Employment Service providing job seekers with work opportunities in the US and other worldwide locations. It is the central processing hub for State Employment Security Agencies and their local offices. Troops to Teachers: Fact sheets and application forms for this teacher and teacher’s aid placement assistance are available. The goal of this program is the improvement of American education by providing motivated, experienced, and dedicated personnel for the nation’s classrooms. O*NET: Use this on-line program to “civilianize” job duties or research duties of new career fields. Scholarship Resource Network (SRN): A scholarship database system, which provides leads on scholarships, grants, loans, work-fellowship, and work-cooperative programs.

 

 

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