Schuette, The Real McCoy Staff
veterans accumulate many employment skills during the time they serve
their country, but a final refinement can be just what they need to
help prepare for a successful post-military career.
Joe Naylor of the State of
Wisconsin Department of Work Force Development and the Office of
Veterans Services explains his program during a briefing at Fort
by Rob Schuette)
Naylor of the State of Wisconsin Department of Work Force Development
and the Office of Veterans Services said the state presented a
two-and-one-half-day Transitioning Assistance Program (TAP) employment
workshop to retiring and separating servicemembers to help them
prepare for a career after the Army. The workshop is held quarterly at
give them a lot of information in those two-and-one-half days,"
Naylor said. "We tell them about their veterans and educational
benefits. We bring in several (employment) subject-matter experts to
talk to them about the employment process."
learn about the state, federal and post 9-11 G.I. Bill educational
benefit programs. A representative from small business talks about
opportunities in those fields. A presentation about Veterans Affairs
vocational rehabilitation services is given to the group.
Representatives from the Civilian Personnel Advisory Center at Fort
McCoy talk about federal civilian opportunities and how to apply for
participants learn the key people who can help them with the process,
such as the county veterans service officers, veterans
representatives, etc., Naylor said.
are taken through the six steps to prepare for getting a job: personal
appraisal, career exploration, strategies for an efficient job search,
interviewing, reviewing job offers and support/assistance with contact
of these topics are right up the veteranís alley as they have
appeared before boards where they have to be prepared and make their
case (to be promoted, Soldier of the Year, etc.)," he said.
"In one exercise, we set up a mock interview where they play the
interviewers or the job seekers."
is realistic because sometimes the interviewers donít have as much
experience as they should have and work from a prepared set of
questions. After the mock interview, we sit them down for a review of
the process, much like an after-action review."
materials are used in the course, including from the National Veterans
Training Institute in Colorado, the Ultimate Job Search DVDs, and
workbooks and inserts from the Nova Business Technologies Inc.
and his partner also are veterans and have disability ratings, and
pass their experience and knowledge of the system to workshop
Sgt. Daniel Kumm, who is retiring from the 397th Engineer Battalion of
Eau Claire, Wis., said he attended because he was interested in
preparing his resume for civilian and federal civilian employment
is good for people both enhancing and initiating their interviewing
skills," Kumm said. "This helps them build resumes, and
helps them get rid of the military jargon and back to the civilian
1st Class Erik Rasmussen of the Fort McCoy Recruiting Company said the
workshop gave him a good chance to transition from military employment
to civilian employment.
of the more valuable experiences was the resume preparation and
building job skills for interviews," Rasmussen said. "There
was so much information Ö that no matter someoneís interest in
being here, we came across it during the workshop or they could give
you a person and a name to talk to."
said they work closely with Ken Quade of the Fort McCoy Directorate of
Human Resources and Mitzi Hinton of the Soldier Readiness Center (SRC)
to coordinate the workshops that are held quarterly at Fort McCoy.
said the next workshop is scheduled for Aug. 3-6 and any military
personnel who want more information or to register can contact him at
608-388-2318. Eligible military personnel can attend the workshop more
than once. Any military retiree also is welcome to attend the
workshop, he said.
runs the installationís Army Career and Alumni Program. In addition
to the TAP workshop, the office helps transitioning Soldiers prepare
for successful post-military careers by providing pre-separation
briefings, educational and training information and referrals.
Army National Guard or Army Reserve Soldiers who have completed 180
days of active duty for up to six months after their release from
active duty are eligible to receive this information and training.
Guard/Reserve or active-component Soldiers who are within two years of
retirement or one year of separation also are eligible to receive
transition-assistance information. For more information, call Hinton