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Veterans’ Employment and Training
Washington, DC 20210


The Transition Assistance Program (TAP) workshops have provided job-search assistance to well over one million separating and retiring military members and their spouses since 1990. Studies have indicated those who attend TAP workshops find employment sooner than those not participating.

The Departments of Defense, Labor, Veteran Affairs and Transportation are dedicated to providing you with these important workshops for years to come. TAP workshops are conducted by professionally trained facilitators. Participants will learn how to write effective resumes and cover letters, proper interviewing techniques, and the most current methods for successful job searches. The workshops further provide labor market conditions, assessing your individual skills and competencies, information regarding licensing and certification requirements for certain career fields and up-to-date information regarding your veteran benefits. Information addressing the special needs of disabled veterans is also available.

The materials you receive are yours to keep. These should be referred to anytime you are looking for work or considering making a career change. Prior to leaving the military, work with your local transition office personnel. These trained and dedicated staff are available to assist you in putting into practice those things you learn in the TAP workshop. After you leave the military, check with the veteran representatives located at your local state employment office. Again, these personnel can directly assist you with your specific employment needs.

The time you invest in this process before separating will pay dividends when you are ready to actively seek another career. Attending the TAP workshop will give you and your spouse a first-hand look of what to expect after your military service. Take full advantage of the many services available to you and your transition process will certainly be more productive.

We thank you for your dedicated service to our country and wish you and your family success in the years to come.

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