Family Employment Readiness Program
PSC 473 Box 116
FPO, AP 96349-0116
Phone (DSN) 315-243-3372
Fax (DSN) 315-243-9604
Fleet and Family Support Center
One of your first stops in any quest for local employment should be at the Fleet and Family Support Center Family Employment Readiness Program (FERP) office, previously known as the Spouse Employment Assistance Program (SEAP). FFSC FERP can be contacted DSN 315-243-3372 or internationally 011-81-816-3372 or online.
Basic employment opportunities are available at CFAY, with dozens of jobs available at any given time along and a countless need for volunteers. Employers and volunteer organizations actively compete to attract employees, however the number of upper level, advanced skill, and supervisory positions are very limited. The majority of immediately accessible jobs are in the customer service, food service, and clerk fields. The FFSC FERP is prepared to assist new arrivals in maximizing their potential of achieving a position that best suits their level of skills, knowledge, and experience.
Monthly workshops include Government Employment Tips, Employment Overview for the Yokosuka area, Resume Writing, Interview Techniques, Getting Started Teaching English and English Teachers Networking Group.
The FERP Coordinator can also assist you with:
In addition, the resource center at the Yokosuka Fleet & Family Support Center has 9 computers to assist you in your job search. Computers include internet access for searching employment websites, a copy of the local employer applications (MWR & NEX) plus supplement forms, civil service application (OF 612 & SF 171), Career Explorer and skill assessment program, EZDot job description program and the self paced Microsoft Office Tutorial program which will teach you Windows, Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Access program which are essential skills in today's job market.
So if you need to type your resume, use the internet for job searches, improve your skills or get employment information: Consider your Yokosuka Fleet and Family Support Center as a one-stop job search information center.
Start you job search off right by making it your first stop in your job search plan.
In addition, FERP can help you look for a job at the next duty station before you move. If you're planning a Permanent Change of Station (PCS) move, don't delay your job search. Talk to a FERP counselor before you go.
Spouse Employment Preference
Spouses of Active Duty Military Members, who were married before the beginning of their tour, receive a one-time hiring preference. It may be applied to any one of the three primary government employers (HRO, MWR, NEX) at this base.
After accepting (or declining) an offer for a permanent position, or a temporary position lasting more than one year, from any of these agencies, the preference has been used. This preference is most valuable for trying to obtain a job through HRO, so use it wisely. Although federal employment opportunities are very competitive, the Overseas Dependent Hire Program permits family members to apply directly to Human Resources Office (HRO). Vacancies are published in the base newspaper weekly and are available on the CNFJ HRO website. Copies of vacancy announcements are available in the lobby of HRO.
Applications for individual local-hire openings with Civil Service will be accepted 30 days prior to arrival in the country but positions will not be offered before arrival.
There are many civil service positions managed through the Human Resource Office. These are very popular because of the portability and benefits offered with the jobs. They now focus on long-term employment and options for making your career portable as you PCS. The Yokosuka NEX employs numerous SOFA sponsored family member individuals. MWR publishes a weekly Job Opportunities bulletin and spotlights key and critical positions in their Showcase Magazine and other publications.
If you are in the job market, you will undoubtedly hear good points and bad points about any advertised position. Have you heard of the saying, "When opportunity knocks?" When it does, make sure to weigh the pros and cons, but do it quickly! Job opportunities come and go very quickly in Yokosuka, with an emphasis on the word go. The salary range varies pending on the type of job similar as in the states.
There are great opportunities here to learn new skills and to diversify your work experience. You can find a rewarding job that's perfect for you. There are also a number of career-enhancing opportunities through volunteering. For a listing of volunteer opportunities throughout the Yokosuka community contact FFSC.
Navy Exchange (in retail and food service), MWR (customer service, recreational aids, and food service), and DoDDS substitute teaching. One of the main sources of employment is self-employment and home based businesses including teaching English to Japanese people, child care, cleaning services, selling crafts, baked goods, and manicures.
Professional positions are "hit or miss" depending upon your timing, level of education/experience and chosen profession. Teller positions for people with prior experience. The availability of civil service positions varies. Clerical positions are fair but highly competitive.
Entry level clerical and administrative positions. Entry level positions for college graduates. High level management positions. Positions with Japanese companies for non-Japanese speakers and modeling.
Home based businesses are permitted on and off base. No business license is required but permission must be received from the sponsor's command, the base legal office, and the housing office. Job specific licensing (such as a beautician's license) may be from any state.
There are strict rules on "cottage industries." Some customs or trade restrictions may apply for certain businesses. Contact the Staff Judge Advocate for more information at DSN 315-243-7335 or internationally 011-81-816-7335.
Be sure to plan in advance for your overseas job search. Bring with you copies of college transcripts, professional licenses, as well as letters of reference, and your resume. Hand carry this with you, do not put it in your pack out. In addition, it is advisable to bring addresses, phone numbers, etc. for completing application forms or background checks. This information is often very difficult to gather once you have arrived overseas.
Unemployment benefits are on a case by case basis and are determined by your state of residence. Please visit the website to search by state the contact information for your state of residence.
Aside from the FFSC Employment classes that are available we also offer classes specifically for your Transition out of the military. All reservations for the below classes must be made through your Command Career Counselor.
ATAP - Accelerated Transition Assistance Program (4 days)
This is a four-day seminar for military members and families with 8 years and less of service. Topics include transition assistance, veteran's benefits, separation documents, job search skills, and lifestyle changes. Eligible candidates are recommended to attend this workshop one year prior to projected separation.
TAMP - Managing Your Transition (4.5 days)
This seminar is for separating military and pre-retirees with more than 8 years of service. The program will inform you about your veteran's benefits, retirement pay and travel entitlements. The class focus will be on job search strategies, interview skills, resume preparation and the psychological preparation necessary for transitioning to a new career. Spouses are urged to accompany the transitioning service member.
CONSEP - Career Options & Navy Skills Evaluation Program (4 days)
CONSEP is a four-day seminar for mid-career sailors with 8-12 years of service. The seminar will focus on excellence, personal and professional development, career planning and financial management. CONSEP assists participants in individual skills assessment identification, developing a detailed individualized career plan, identifying resources to achieve future goals, emphasizing individual excellence, and ultimately increasing their individual marketability.
Navy College Program, located in the Fleet Recreation Center, Room 347, administers the following education programs aboard Fleet Activities, Yokosuka:
Navy College Learning Center (NCLC) offers courses free of charge to active duty and their adult family members, U.S. civilian and DEP personnel. English, reading, fundamental and advanced mathematics, sciences, social studies and life skills subjects are all available. Facilitators are available to assist students with these computer-based, self-paced programs. Call DSN 315-243-7971 or internationally 011-81-816-7971 or visit the Navy College website for additional information.
Navy Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS) offers the Spouse Tuition Aid Program is open only to spouses residing with the active duty servicemember stationed at overseas locations. The program provides an interest free loan of up to $3,000.00 per academic year based on budget and repayment options. STAP is administered locally by an NMCRS office overseas. An applicant need not be a full-time student. They can be contacted DSN 315-243-4450 or internationally at 011-81-816-4450 or online.
For information on MyCAA and Military Spouse Education and Career Opportunities, visit Military OneSource.
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