Editor's Note: This is the second story of a four-part series about ACAP and what the program has to offer Fort Riley Soldiers and Families.
The Army Career and Alumni Program offers job seeking assistance for Soldiers and Family members separating from the military.
Unemployment rates for Soldiers who have separated from the military are higher now than they were before – and the main purpose of ACAP and the recent revamping of the program is to lower those unemployment rates, said Glennwood McLaurin, transition service manager, ACAP, Directorate of Human Resources.
The employment tract of ACAP helps Soldiers find a career through a variety of resources.
ACAP counselors help Soldiers write resumes that help reflect their skills in the most positive manner, helping them to be competitive in the job market, McLaurin said.
Once Soldiers have polished their resumes with an ACAP counselor, they can review interview tips and even go on mock interviews to practice.
"(One) program we have (is) called Hero to Hired. It's a website that Soldiers can go to search for jobs," McLaurin said, "We work closely with different companies around the country to have them post jobs on this website. It is completely free for employers and Soldiers."
Hero to Hired information can be found at www.h2h.jobs.
In addition to a national job search database with H2H, each ACAP local office also gathers job listings and announcements that employers send in both locally and nationally.
"I get probably hundreds of employers a day, sending me job announcements about hiring Soldiers leaving the military. Every one of those job announcements that I get I post them in our ACAP center job folders so our Soldiers can review them," McLaurin said, "One of my primary tasks is getting those job announcements out to the Soldiers."
ACAP services are not open to the public; therefore, Soldiers who utilize the local ACAP office are privy to networking opportunities with local employers who partner with ACAP and through the job posting available on ACAP-specific websites, he added.
According to an article on www.forbes.com, networking is still one of the best ways to find employment.
When a Soldier comes to ACAP 12 months out before they are set to separate from the Army, then they have the time to get their resume ready, go on job interviews, and find a place to live, McLaurin said.
Having enough time to secure all of that and having a plan in place after the military makes the transition from the Army lifestyle to civilian life go more smoothly, he said, adding "that's why we are here."
For more information on ACAP, visit the ACAP office at Building 212 on Custer Ave.; call 785-239-2278; or visit www.acap.army.mil.