FFSC Hosts Federal Employment Class During Career Week

Story Number: NNS150128-10Release Date: 1/28/2015 12:34:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Timothy Daughton, NAS Oceana Public Affairs

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (NNS) -- Whether preparing to transition from military service in the near future or planning for it someday, military members, DOD employees and eligible family members have the opportunity to take classes at Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC) Oceana that will help them do just that.

Once a month, FFSC holds a career week consisting of classes that discuss federal employment, job search strategies, interview techniques and effective resume writing.

More than 15 people attended the Federal Employment Systems workshop Jan. 16 at Oceana. The class provided information and resources on applying for government jobs.

Each person gave a brief introduction of themselves about their education level, prior experience and skills, and what they expected to gain from the class. Among the group, the majority were looking to crack the code on how to gain an advantage when applying for government jobs. Another common expectation for the class was to learn better networking skills.

"I have been to other classes and this is one of the best I have seen. I learned a lot about the federal job system and how to become organized and prepared for applying for different positions," said retired Master Chief Dan Mittendorff.

One of the resources discussed during the class was USAJOBS.gov, a one-stop website resource for federal veteran employment information. It is designed to ensure veterans, transitioning service members and their families receive accurate and consistent information regarding veteran's employment in the federal government.

Many of the attendees said they were familiar with the website but had become overwhelmed by the application process, which was discussed in-depth during the class.

"We know a lot of transitioning service members and spouses are looking for federal employment and the information they receive during these classes is crucial to their transition," said Roslyn Williams, employment educator.

Williams, a New York native and a retired senior chief, has a bachelor's degree in Human Resources and a master's degree in Public Administration. As an employment educator, Williams conducts one-on-one resume reviews, plans job fairs and has been teaching classes for more than 18 months.

"This is the second course I have taken here at FFSC, the first being resume writing which was exceptional, and this really prepares you to be able to compete for federal positions," said Cmdr. Jody Kite, air traffic control analyst at Naval Safety Center Norfolk.

Another resource discussed during the class was Mil2fedjobs.com, a website designed to provide information on federal jobs related to a member's military experience. It also explains federal job characteristics, paygrades and qualifications.

"We do have several success stories from members who have attended this class. I have been a part of their application process and many have come back for mock interviews that allowed them to be better prepared. A lot of people are intimidated by the federal employment systems and we assist in taking away some of that anxiety," added Williams.

To find out what FFSC has to offer, visit http://www.cnic.navy.mil/ffr/family_readiness/fleet_and_family_support_program.html.

For more news from Naval Air Station Oceana, visit www.navy.mil/local/oceana/.

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