Workforce development center to host military spouse employment program

Published 9:24 pm Thursday, October 6, 2016

The Suffolk Workforce Development Center will host the “Navigating the Hiring Process” event, a career search workshop for military spouses, on Friday, Oct. 21, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 157 N. Main St.

This event is coordinated by AppleOne Employment Services and ACT-1 Group, part of the Military Spouse Employment Partnership. A light lunch will be provided.

The objective of the workshop is to connect military spouses with local resources that can assist in helping to secure employment for military spouses. The event will highlight employment opportunities, educational resources and open positions through AppleOne, Referral Services and other vetted organizations. Participants are asked to reserve their seat now to receive complimentary copies of the “Navigating the Hiring Process” workbook and personal career coaching on key areas of job search, including building better, targeted resumes; writing compelling cover letters; dressing for interview success; interviewing with confidence; and sending thank-you notes that make great lasting impressions.

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The program is an effort to support communities where spouses live and work and allows local and national stakeholders to connect with other like-minded groups to form effective relationships and further strengthen the system of support for spouses.

Hampton Roads ranks second only to California with highest concentrations of soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines assigned to duty bases in Virginia. Hampton Roads is home to the Norfolk Naval Base, which is the world’s largest naval station. The region has a hybrid military community with a joint services environment (meaning it serves as home to all services — Navy, Army, Air Force, Marine and Coast Guard installations) — of about 83,000 on active duty in Hampton Roads. Hampton Roads has the highest number of veterans in the United States per 100 residents, according to a 2014 study.

For more information, contact the Suffolk Workforce Development Center at 514-7730 or Saundra Johnson at 382-5900 or