MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. --
members of service members often have difficulty in finding jobs due to
frequent moves and taking care of families.
family members seeking jobs can take advantage of the Family Member Employment
Assistance Program, free of charge.
locations on Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, in the Tarawa Terrace plaza and on
Marine Corps Air Station New River, in AS-912 on Longstaff Street, the program
provides a variety of resources and services to help families find employment.
“The purpose of what we do is to provide
comprehensive support in the job search process for spouses and family members,”
said Jenny Ormsby, personal and professional development advisor with FMEAP. “Whether
they’re married or someone who is relocating because they’re engaged and even
Marine Corps Order 1700.38, FMEAP is a required program on each installation.
Wherever Marines go, they have
assistance available to them.
addition to one-on-one assistance, the program also offers classes including
resume writing, resume targeting for specific jobs, job interview preparation and even salary negotiation.
big ones we have that people are most interested in are navigating MCCS
employment,” said Ormsby. “We also have helped retirees with USAjobs
from Coastal Carolina Community College’s human resources department comes to
the Lejeune FMEAP office to give similar weeklong classes from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00
p.m., with a focus on practical application throughout the week, culminating
with a mock interview.
the spouses are following the service member around, but a lot of times the
spouses have gone to school and they want to pursue a career,” said Ormsby.
“When they’re moving every two to three years, it’s hard to do that. We provide
support for that so they can target specific jobs in certain areas.”
only does the program help family members while their service member is on
active duty, but it also assists during the transition back to civilian life
through the Spouse Transition and Readiness Seminar, or STARS.
helps spouses prepare for life after military,” said Sarah Carr, personal and professional development advisor with FMEAP. “They learn
about their medical and health benefits, veterans affairs, education,
employment options, finance and budgeting.”
challenge many spouses face while looking to pursue their career is childcare.
The FMEAP offers help to allow spouses to use the services of the program.
we find is that spouses have a hard time coming to us because they have to drop
their kids off at day care, and it’s expensive,” said Ormsby. “We have recently
received a grant for childcare costs, so they can attend the classes. If there’s
something that (spouses) need to get done, they’re able to bring their kids in.
We’re a pretty family-friendly operation here.”
more information visit http://www.mccslejeune-newriver.com/fmeap/.