Army Community Service - Employment Readiness
US Army Garrison Brussels
Unit 8100, Box 08
APO, AE 09714-9998
Phone (DSN) 314-366-6815
Fax (DSN) 314-366-6896
Information for the job seeker
The process of seeking and obtaining employment in Brussels is very similar to the process anywhere but, availability of jobs are more limited. Currently, there is a hiring freeze in effect for Army civilian jobs, but a few excepted positions do arise. As a U.S. citizen, finding employment in Brussels could be difficult but opportunities do exist. Because of Status of Forces Agreements, working on the economy requires a work permit and US personnel can loose their SOFA status when not in compliance with the SOFA agreement Therefore, most people rely on the U.S. Government as an employer. This type of employment for spouses and family members is not as plentiful in Brussels as in the larger commands such as Germany.
Flexibility -- Keep your options open by being flexible on position levels and employment opportunities. Limited opportunities exits with Federal, NATO, AAFES and contract positions.
Category/Status -- Know your employment category and preference status. Use your Military Spouse Preference wisely.
Persistence -- Trying for a few weeks then waiting for something to happen is not going to get it done. Check the ACS Job Information Board daily for a list of current employment and agencies.
Options for teens to work are also limited. USAG Benelux - Brussels and US Embassy forms a partnership and officer a Summer Hire Program that runs for eight weeks. Students 14-23 are eligible for this opportunity. Students 18 and older also have an opportunity with AAFES and summer jobs. Youth Services should be contacted for information on youth employment opportunities. The Embassy program gives priority to college students or graduated seniors.
Brussels offers employment prospects for Federal, NATO, NAF and Contracts. Brussels ACS Job Information board and local website has all the information you need to obtain employment in Brussels.
Please visit the Benelux ERP webpage for assistance in job search, transition assistance scholarships, education and career counseling and job fair information.
Organize and maintain originals and hand carry these important documents:
Contact Brussels Employment Readiness Program Manager to find out How to apply for Employment in the Brussels area.
The Transition Assistance Program is open to all military members, their spouses, and civilian members contemplating leaving government service. TAP provides the following: pre-separation counseling, career exploration, introduction/personal appraisal, government applications, strategies for an effective job search, interviews and reviewing job offers. The pre-separation counseling, required by public law, reviews the benefits and services available to military service members and their families as they transit from the service.
Spouses Scholarship Program is a financial aid program managed by the Army Emergency Relief (AER). It applies to dependent spouses and children of active duty Soldiers stationed in the Benelux. To pick up an application package stop by the local Education Center or contact the Brussels Employment Readiness Program Manager. You may also fill out an application online.
For information on MyCAA and Military Spouse Education and Career Opportunities, visit Military OneSource.
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