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United States Army
Employment Readiness Program
Army Community Service
830 Chisholm Avenue
Fort Meade, MD 20755-5078
It’s likely that employment will change when a move occurs, especially for military spouses. The information below will provide you with employment assistance information and resources available such as SECO, MyCAA and MSEP Portals.
Anne Arundel County's 14,695 businesses employ 254,774 workers. An estimated 360 of these businesses have 100 or more employees. Key private sector employers include: KEYW, Booz Allen & Hamilton, CSC, General Dynamics, and Northrop Grumman. Key government employers include the Defense Information Systems Agency, National Security Agency, U.S. Cyber Command, Fort George G. Meade, and the U.S. Naval Academy.
Howard County is home to thousands of businesses of all sizes -- from corporate headquarters -- to businesses where the dining room table serves as the desk and conference table. The County Executive and other leaders encourage an “innovation economy,” with support for technological and other start-up businesses provided through the Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship and it’s Howard Tech Council at the Howard County Economic Development Authority. Howard County's proximity to Fort Meade and the area’s evolving cyber security industry will continue to accelerate the local economic growth and stability. Government contractors are moving in to the area to take advantage of opportunities, and vendors and service providers are benefitting from their activity here.
To prepare for your employment search, hand-carry the following important papers with you rather than including them in your household goods shipment:
The Employment Readiness Program at ACS provides individual career counseling, interviewing and resume workshops, and computer classes which assists with career goals. The program hosts job fairs with local companies on a regular basis.
Fort Meade Transition Assistance Program is available to assist those transitioning from active duty to the civilian sector for employment and works with Anne Arundel and Howard Counties to assist military members and their families by proving assistance through on post and off agencies. The Soldier for Life – Transition Assistance Program is responsible for this program. They can be reached at (301) 677-9871.
For information on MyCAA and Military Spouse Education and Career Opportunities, visit Military OneSource.
Unemployment insurance is a program paid for by employers and your tax dollars when you're working. If you lose your job and it's not your fault, you could qualify for these short-term benefits. These benefits can support you while you're looking for another job. You should file for Unemployment Benefits right away! There is no reason to feel guilty or embarrassed about filing for unemployment benefits. These are benefits that your taxes helped to pay for when you were working.
Qualifying for Unemployment Benefits
If you are a military spouse and are relocating due to your Service Members PCS, you may qualify for unemployment. Find out more information.
Applying for Benefits --You apply for unemployment benefits at your local state unemployment agency. Your weekly benefit check depends on what state you live in and how much money you made while you were working.
Anne Arundel County has a broad employment base, though many residents commute to work in Baltimore and Washington. There are several large federal institutions, including the National Security Agency, the Naval Academy and the U.S. Coast Guard. Unemployment rate 3.3%. Median household income $82,616.