Transition Employment Assistance For Military Spouses and Caregivers
The Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS) is an agency within the U.S. Department of Labor with a mission to assist military members, veterans, and spouses to “ reach their full potential in the workplace.” Under VETS, there are programs created specifically to help military spouses with the same types of transition assistance offered to military members preparing to separate from the service.
Transition Employment Assistance for Military Spouses and Caregivers
One of the programs offered through VETS is called Transition Employment Assistance for Military Spouses and Caregivers (TEAMS), featuring employment workshops designed to help extend the reach of the Department of Labor’s efforts to help military and military-adjacent communities.
TEAMS began in 2020 and is specifically for military spouses and caregivers who want to set career goals and search for employment. Who qualifies?
- Active duty spouses
- Former spouses
- Transitioning service members
- Veteran caregivers
- Guard and Reserve spouses
If you are in one of the categories above, VETS transition assistance options are open to you, and transitioning spouses can use TEAMS workshops (see below) to enhance their job search skills.
How TEAMS Developed Its Workshops
How does the TEAMS program develop these topics? This program’s organizers conducted research “to discover what military spouses want and need in both education and delivery methods as well as what employment resources are available and accessible to military spouses.”
That research involved surveying more than 700 military spouses, resulting in 11 reports and discussions with military spouse lobbyists. The result was the recognition of “a demand for employment-related workshops concentrated on the issues encountered by transitioning spouses.”
The TEAMS official site reports these workshops being adapted from the Department of Labor’s Transition Assistance program for service members.
TEAMS Workshop Topics
There are a variety of topics and intended audience members; some TEAMS events are specifically for job interviews and resume building, others discuss how to market yourself as a job seeker, how to use tools like LinkedIn, even how to negotiate a salary. Past workshops have included:
- Career credentials
- Resume essentials
- How federal hiring works
- Transitioning from one job to the next
These workshops are standalone modules you can take one after another, or individually without moving through the entire list of topics. Each one is scheduled for a typically short amount of time, between two and four and a half hours, rather than being all-day events.
How TEAMS Works
TEAMS offers a series of scheduled online workshops and seminars, and some military bases offer in-person versions of selected workshops though this option is not available at all installations.
The Department of Labor posts workshop schedules and registration links, and there are typically multiple options to register depending on what time zone and even what part of the world you live in.
You read the above correctly; TEAMS workshops are offered to those stationed overseas and stateside. Many workshops are scheduled for regions, including:
- Eastern USA
- Central USA
- Mountain USA
- Pacific USA
- OCONUS Asia
- OCONUS Europe
Registering For TEAMS Workshops
Signing up for a workshop is fairly straightforward. Visit the Department of Labor’s official TEAMS site, select the program you want, and click on the date you want to attend.
If you want to register for an in-person TEAMS even on a military base near you, contact the base Transition Assistance Program office for more information. Those who wish to coordinate and schedule TEAMS events at their installation should contact the Department of Labor at least 3 months in advance.
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About the author
Editor-in-Chief Joe Wallace is a 13-year veteran of the United States Air Force and a former reporter/editor for Air Force Television News and the Pentagon Channel. His freelance work includes contract work for Motorola, VALoans.com, and Credit Karma. He is co-founder of Dim Art House in Springfield, Illinois, and spends his non-writing time as an abstract painter, independent publisher, and occasional filmmaker.