Family Employment Readiness Program (FERP)
Spouse employment is a key issue for DOD leadership because many military personnel make retention decisions based on their families' financial stability. The roughly 60 percent of all military spouses who are part of the labor force contribute between 20 and 40 percent of their families' income.
The primary mission of the Family Employment Readiness Program is to provide consultation services to assist military spouses and family members in achieving their short and long term career goals. Services include:
- Providing information on employment and education opportunities
- Assisting in planning careers that are compatible with the mobile military lifestyle
- Teaching how to develop and use job search skills and strategies
- Making connections with employers, other professionals, and support networks
- Assisting in finding employment opportunities that meet your needs
- Enabling spouses and family members to relocate more readily with their military sponsors
Preparing for your next job? Get help in resume writing, interviewing skills, networking, job applications, and dressing for success. Take a look at our schedule of workshops at the bottom of the page and call to register at (847)699-3603 ext. 100. Call one of our Life Skills Specialist at (847) 688-3603 ext. 129.
The Military/Veterans job fair at Naval Station Great Lakes
This annual event is brought to you in cooperation with the Naval Station Great Lakes, Fleet and Family Support Center, Transition GPS, Family Employment Readiness Program and the Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center, Vocational Rehabilitation Program. If you are preparing your transition from the military, or your spouse is in the military and you are looking for employment, mark your calendar and plan to attend our next job fair. See the schedule below.
The Job Fairs are located at the Forrestal Community Center, Forest City, 2700 Virginia Ave, North Chicago, IL 60088. The job fairs are open to all active duty military personnel, reserve, National Guard, veterans, and eligible family members and DoD employees.
We usually have over 30 local and nationwide employers represented and veteran service organizations. Be sure to bring your Military ID or proof of military service for entrance to the fair.
For information please call the Fleet and Family Support Center at (847) 688-3603 ext 100 or 127, or the Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center at (224) 610-3590