SPC Veteran’s Career Fair Event

There are times in your life where you must make choice that will affect your future.  Choosing to join the military and earn my education was one of those times in my life.  Joining the military at the at 17 years old enabled me to learn about selflessly serve to my country, grow my knowledge and learn who I wanted to be “when I grew up.”  Being asked to speak about my experiences, I love to sharing these defining moments in my life.  It was my pleasure to speak at the SPC Veteran’s Career Fair Event. You can watch the short speak of Dr. Jenice Armstead.


Dr. Jenice Armstead

Click here for: Dr. Jenice Armstead SPC Veteran Career Fair Talk


Career Source Tampa Bay – Veteran Employment Services

Dear Veteran Career Seeker,

CareerSource Tampa Bay offices are staffed with a network of professional certified Disabled Veterans Outreach Program (DVOP) Specialists who will assist veterans or eligible military family members with their employment needs. These staff members work only with U.S. Military Veteran who have Significant Barriers to Employment (SBE). To find out if you have an SBE please visit your local CareerSource office to complete an initial assessment.

When arriving at a CareerSource Tampa Bay center, a Veteran will be asked to fill out an Initial Assessment and will meet with a Core staff member. The assessment will be reviewed and a determination of whether Significant Barriers to Employment (SBE) are identified. All Veterans with a Significant Barrier to Employment may choose to meet with a DVOP staff and enter case management to receive services such as career planning and counseling, referral to On-The-Job Training (OJT), employability skills workshops, and other services. Veterans who do not have a Significant Barrier to Employment are welcome to meet with Core staff for additional services if needed.

Core staff members are experts in helping our customers use technology to conduct an effective job search. Our Resource Room can provide you with access to:

• Fax, Copy ,and Telephone

• Computers, Internet Access, and Printers

• Basic Office Software (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint)

• Interest Inventories and Assessments

• Workplace Skills for the 21st Century

• Salary and Job Market Information

• Information on Community Services

• Assistive technology for sight and hearing impaired customers

Note: Full registration at www.employflorida.com, includes an on-line resume for the employers to review and to assist us in helping you identify suitable employment.

For more information on veterans services and eligibility go to: http://careersourcetampabay.com/pages/veteran_services

Additional information on our services is available at our website: http://www.careersourcetampabay.com

CareerSource Tampa Bay is an equal opportunity employer/program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. TDD/TTY (813) 930-7699


For those looking for employment, Career Source Tampa Bay is hosting a FREE “Veteran Career Fair” on Thursday, April 30th from 10am to 1pm. Location: TPepin’s Hospitality Centre, 4121 N. 50th Street, Tampa Fl 33610. The career fair will be open to the rest of the public from 11am – 1pm. Veteran entry will begin at 10am. For more information or to register go to: www.careersourcetampabay.com.

April Events

Employment Event: Career Source Florida

For those looking for employment who may need some extra assistance with preparing and finding a position, a job club will be held next Friday April 24, 2015 from 0900 am until noon. The location is 609 North Powers Drive, Suite 340, Orlando, Florida 32818 at the West Colonial “Career Source” Office.

The job club will consist of networking, open dialogue about issues concerning finding the right job, resume critique and referrals to open positions that may interest you. If you would like to attend, please email Jaime Quarnoccio, 
Veteran Representative-LVER Email Address: JQuarnoccio@careersourcecf.com or phone 407-531-1231 x7339 for more information go to Career Source Florida for more information and event announcements.

All the Best,

Wisdom Wednesday: Earning Veteran’s Preference

There are many factors to “earning” veteran’s preference when applying for a federal or government job.

The Office of Personnel has created a “Veteran’s Guide” to help those agencies ensure they are giving veteran’s the right preferences, this guide is the all tell all on seeing if a veteran has status or not. Yes, you read that right, just because you are a veteran doesn’t mean that you automatically are able to apply for government jobs. In order to apply you have to be a veteran and stipulations apply.

First thing is first, you must be a veteran or have some other kind of veteran status. This is just one of many criteria one must meet to become eligible for veterans status. To receive preference, a veteran must have been discharged or released from active duty in the Armed Forces under honorable conditions (i.e., with an honorable or general discharge). This is crucial because, if you have a dishonorable discharge you are disqualified from veteran status.

Note: Military retirees at the rank of major, lieutenant commander, or higher are not eligible for preference in appointment unless they are disabled veterans upon being discharged or separated from the military.

The key is know what type of Veteran’s preference you have, the following explains what Veteran’s preference actually is:

5-Point Preference (TP)
Five points are added to the passing examination score or rating of a veteran who served:
During a war; or

During the period April 28, 1952 through July 1, 1955; or

For more than 180 consecutive days, other than for training, any part of which occurred after January 31, 1955, and before October 15, 1976; or

During the Gulf War from August 2, 1990, through January 2, 1992; or

For more than 180 consecutive days, other than for training, any part of which occurred during the period beginning September 11, 2001, and ending on the date prescribed by Presidential proclamation or by law as the last day of Operation Iraqi Freedom; or

In a campaign or expedition for which a campaign medal has been authorized. Any Armed Forces Expeditionary medal or campaign badge, including El Salvador, Lebanon, Grenada, Panama, Southwest Asia, Somalia, and Haiti, qualifies for preference.

A campaign medal holder or Gulf War veteran who originally enlisted after September 7, 1980, (or began active duty on or after October 14, 1982, and has not previously completed 24 months of continuous active duty) must have served continuously for 24 months or the full period called or ordered to active duty. The 24-month service requirement does not apply to 10-point preference eligibles separated for disability incurred or aggravated in the line of duty, or to veterans separated for hardship or other reasons under 10 U.S.C. 1171 or 1173.

When veterans with 5 point (TP) status apply for federal positions, 5 points are automatically added to their application scores. Yes, federal applications receive scores. When you complete a federal application you receive a score from 1 – 100 percent, applicant scores are tallied up once the announcement has closed. If your application did not receive a “high enough” score you should be contacted by the human resources of the position for which you applied. If you have any additional questions about your application, contact the human resources office of the agency for which you applied.

Veterans Job Information: http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/index.aspx
Veteran’s Guide: http://www.opm.gov/staffingPortal/Vetguide.asp