Story Number: NNS091123-16
Release Date: 11/23/2009 2:54:00 PM
By Bruce Moody, Fleet and Family Support Program, Commander, Navy Installations Command Public Affairs
WASHINGTON (NNS) — The Navy provides no-cost consultations from employment specialists to veterans, including the wounded, ill and injured, and their families though the Family Employment Readiness Program (FERP). The Fleet and Family Support Program, which manages FERP, is observing Warrior Care Month. “We have employment experts around the fleet who are motivated in assisting all veterans and their families as they transition from military to civilian life,” said Panshella Cole, FERP manager. Although FERP is not a job placement service, its employment specialists provide individual counseling, workshops and seminars which provide current strategies on job searches, interview techniques, dressing for success and resume writing to prepare people for the challenges and opportunities of today’s changing job market. “Oftentimes, when veterans transfer from the military to the civilian sector, it is difficult to put that military experience into civilian terms,” Cole said. “Our goal is to assist these veterans in creating a resume that is civilian friendly.” For veterans and families whose transition involves moving to a new location, they are encouraged to contact the Fleet and Family Support Center in that area. The employment specialists there can discuss the job environment and opportunities and can assist with fine tuning resumes and applying for jobs before arriving.