Transition Benefits: "Shipmates to Workmates" Career Forum Preps Sailors for Transition

Story Number: NNS111205-04Release Date: 12/5/2011 7:49:00 AM
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From Naval Sea Systems Command Public Affairs

BETHESDA, Md. (NNS) -- The Naval Sea Systems command co-hosted a career forum Dec. 3 at Naval Support Activity Bethesda to inform Sailors affected by the Enlisted Retention Board process about career opportunities in the government.

Several Sailors affected by the ERB process attended the forum which included resume writing advice, job interview tips, and a chance to network with more than 20 government agencies and private companies including, the ATF, the Department of Homeland Security, Aegis Worldwide, and

"Today was a learning experience for me," said Aviation Electronics Technician 1st Class Marcus Perryman. "The information I received was helpful, and will be helpful to other shipmates at my command."

The forum was part of the Shipmates to Workmates program, an initiative managed jointly by the Naval Sea Systems Command, Naval Air Systems Command, Naval Facilities Command, Naval Supply Systems Command, Commander, Naval Installations, Space and Naval Warfare Command, and the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations - to provide information about career opportunities available at partnering commands and actively assist Sailors prepare job applications and resumes.

"This was the first job fair I have ever attended, and it really sets the bar for me," said Aviation Technician 1st Class Steven Ross. "When I go to the next one, I will know to bring several resumes. I also learned that I should tailor each resume to the specific job to which I am applying."

Each of the participating commands will participate in job fairs and other hiring events for transitioning Sailors. The next event is a career forum that will be held in the Norfolk area, Dec. 6 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at One Navy Drive, Virginia Beach Va. Future forums are scheduled at fleet concentration areas throughout the country.

For more information on the "Shipmates to Workmates" program as well as a full schedule of upcoming career forums, visit

The "Shipmates to Workmates" program is just one of many transition benefits available to Sailors including those affected by the enlisted retention board. For more information about ERB and other transition benefits, visit the NPC ERB Web Page at, contact the NPC customer service center at 1-866-U-ASK-NPC (1-866-827-5672) or email

For more news from Naval Sea Systems Command, visit

Sailors and Marines man-the-rails aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) while entering Pearl Harbor for a port visit.
110831-N-NB544-106 PEARL HARBOR (Aug. 31, 2011) Sailors and Marines man-the-rails aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) while entering Pearl Harbor for a port visit. Ronald Reagan is in the U.S. 3rd Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kyle Carlstrom)
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