Resources to help with your career plan and job search!

Our office specializes in services for Military Spouses. We also proudly offer assistance to all Department of Defense ID Card Holders, to include: Active Duty Service Members, Retirees, Veterans, DoD Civilians, Active Reserve, National Guard, and Wounded Warriors.

Services Offered

One-on-One Appointments

Not sure what career path you want to pursue? Need to prepare for the big interview? Sign up for an appointment with one of our career counselors.

We can help with:

  • Up-to-date information on local, national, and international employment opportunities, job market trends, and volunteer resources
  • Career exploration, resume writing, interviewing techniques, and networking
  • Résumé critiques and help crafting effective cover letters
  • Career counseling and individual career assessments Information on career fairs and other hiring events


The following courses are offered monthly. Training on additional topics can be coordinated up upon request.

To register for any class listed below, visit

Resume 101

Assists in preparing a current, effective resume; particular attention is paid to modernizing the resume & articulating value of the participants. Participants will leave with structured knowledge of how to compose a competitive resume which reflects their best qualities.

2022 Schedule:
Jul. 14 | Aug. 11 | Sep. 8 | Oct. 13 | Nov. 10 | Dec. 8

Complete Federal Resume

Explore deeper into and the Federal Resume. This course will teach participants the tricks and strategies of the job search and Federal Resume format.

2022 Schedule:
Jul. 21 | Aug. 18 | Sep. 15 | Oct. 20 | Nov. 17 | Dec. 15

For Units/Organizations

Career planning and job searches can be intimidating, but they don't have to be.

DHR ERP is available to provide cutting edge employment information, conduct training customized to your organization, or give a general overview on services we provide to the JBLM Community.

To request an on-site or virtual service via Teams, contact our office at 253-967-WORK(9675)

For Employers

Coordinate with us to tap into a talent pool which adds immediate value to your organization: the military community!

Military spouses and veterans:

  • Thrive in team-driven environments
  • Multi-task with ease
  • Are proven leaders, adapting quickly to change
  • Have extensive experience interacting with a variety of cultures

DPFR ERP can help empoyers find quality candidates through:

  • Employer spotlight events
  • Social media posts
  • Referrals to hiring fair coordinators
  • Job seeker referrals

Contact our team to find out more! 253-477-WORK (9675)

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Additional Opportunities and Employment Partnerships

Internships and Fellowships

Spouse Ambassador Program

A 16 week, part-time, flexible hours program designed to aid spouses wanting to reenter the workforce. Partner funding provides minimum wage pay, a business clothing stipend, and childcare cost assistance, if needed.

► For more information, contact:253-534-5257

Hiring Our Heroes Military Spouse Fellowship Program

A six week syllabus where candidates are matched with companies based upon their skills and the preferences of both parties. Participating military spouses undergo exclusive on-the-job training at their host company four days a week, and spend one day a week in professional development 'huddles'. Placements are made in both scheduled cohorts and individually on an ongoing basis.

► For more information, contact:

Licensure and Certifications

Onward to Opportunity

O2O offers no-cost training and certification in over 40 top paying career fields and direct connections to military-friendly employers. Get certified for free in the Project Management, Human Resources, or Information Technology career fields.

  • Ask an ERP Counselor for more information on this program

Professional Licensure in Washington State

Washington state has actively engaged credential and licensing entities to promote transferability of skills and qualifications for veterans and military spouses.

  • Click -HERE- for more information from WorkSource WA

Military Spouse Reimbursement for Professional Licensure Fees

The 2018 National Defense Authorization Act allows each service branch to reimburse spouses up to $1,000 for relicensure and certification costs resulting from relocations or PCS moves that cross U.S. state lines – to include OCONUS to stateside moves.

  • Click -HERE- for a brief FAQ about the program
  • Click -HERE- for more information on State Licensing Compacts

Professional Mentorship Opportunities

American Corporate Partners: Military Spouse Mentorship

ACP hand-selects a Mentor for each spouse Protégé for year-long, customized, one-on-one mentorship. Whether you are considering a new career, starting a small business or have recently moved locations, ACP has Mentors offering their assistance

  • Ask an ERP Counselor for more information on this program


Create a free profile at Veterati to get unlimited access to thousands of volunteer mentors: CEOs, recruiters, entrepreneurs, managers, Veterans & civilians. Choose as many mentors in as many areas as you like.

  • Ask an ERP Counselor for more information on this program

Federal Employment for Military Spouses

Family Member Appointing Authorities

If you're a military spouse, you may be eligible to apply using a non-competitive process designed to help you get a job in the federal government. Knowing about these authorities and identifying your eligibility will enhance your job search. Check vacancy announcements, which should clearly state "Who May Apply".

  • Federal Employment Opportunities: USAJobs
  • Get more information about eligibility criteria on FedsHireVets

Additional Employment Resources

The following federal programs are available to help support military spouses with their career goals and needs:

SECO (Spouse Education Career Opportunities)

The Department of Defense established the Spouse Education Career Opportunities program to provide education and career guidance to military spouses worldwide, offering comprehensive resources and tools related to career exploration, education, training and licensing, employment readiness and career connections.

MSEP (Military Spouse Employment Partnership)

The Military Spouse Employment Partnership (MSEP) is a targeted recruitment and employment solution for spouses and companies which:

  • Partners Fortune 500 Plus companies with ALL Military Services
  • Provides human resource (HR) managers with recruitment solutions – military spouses
  • Prepares military spouses to become competitive, “job ready” applicants
  • Connects military spouses with employers seeking the essential 21st century workforce skills and attributes they possess

MyCAA (My Career Advancement Account)

The My Career Advancement Account (MyCAA) Scholarship Program is a workforce development program that provides up to $4,000 of financial assistance to eligible military spouses who are pursuing a license, certification or Associate’s degree in a portable career field and occupation. Visit MilitaryOneSource MyCAA for more information.

Connect With Other ERP Offices

Looking to speak with ERP on another installation? Contact information for other Army ERPMs can be found at the Army Family Web Portal.

For employment support on an Air Force base, contact your local Airman & Family Readiness Center (A&FRC) or Military & Family Readiness Center (M&FRC).

JBLM Employment Readiness Program flyer for July - December 2022