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Helping Veterans Find Employment
November 11, 2023
The Veteran Career Transition Assistance Program’s (VetCTAP) mission is to increase the veteran employment rate by helping transitioning veterans, and spouses build personal confidence and enhance their individual economic stability through job search skills training, practical tools, and one-on-one coaching.
The VetCTAP program concept grew out of the personal experience of Sandra Fichter (former US Army Officer), who is a Human Resources (HR) professional. In her HR role, Sandra reviewed resumes from transitioning veterans that did not accurately reflect all of their skills. Sandra could predict that they would not be selected for jobs they qualified for because they did not effectively communicate their strengths and skills. This realization led to the birth of the VetCTAP workshop series.
Sandra recruited senior learning and development expert, Janis Whitaker and other HR professionals to create a job search workshop series. The program was built around three key elements: one-on-one coaching, utilizing HR professionals as facilitators and coaches, and reaching military members before they leave the service, allowing for a smooth and successful career change.
The VetCTAP workshop series (formerly CTAP) began in 2012 successfully assisting military, veterans, and spouses through their career transition. The program has sustained a 90% success rate of graduates obtaining the career of their choice. VetCTAP’s success is not possible without HR and business professionals who volunteer to teach and coach, and donors who share in the passion of supporting veterans and spouses in transition, and helping those veterans find employment in the career of their choice, where they can comfortably provide for themselves and their families.
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