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United States Army
Army Community Service - Employment Readiness Program
9810 Lee Road
Fort Jackson, SC 29207
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.
South Carolina's mild climate, geographic beauty, cultural opportunities and pro-business climate attract employers and employees to the state. It boasts rich landscapes that include the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Atlantic Ocean. There are more than 200 miles of coastline, hundreds of golf courses, leading resorts, 45 state parks and fast-growing urban areas.
Jobs are found in industries such as manufacturing (apparel, chemicals, food, electronics, metals, paper, plastics, furniture, textiles and wood products), natural resources and mining, construction, trade, transportation, utilities, financial services, educational services, health care and more. The travel, tourism and the film industry are major industries here also. The South Carolina workforce is known for their innovation and productivity, ranking eighth in the nation.
Employment Readiness Program:
The Employment Readiness Program offers resources to help with your career plan and job search. Whether you’re a military spouse or family member who just moved to our installation, a retiree or Department of Defense civilian looking for new opportunities, we’re here to help.
Our services include:
Referrals to community agencies such as SCWorks and Military OneSource
Weekly listing of job opportunities from potential employers
Visit the Fort Jackson Army Community Service website for more information. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, limited services are provided onsite, by appointment only. ACS services are currently provided telephonically and through virtual means.
For job hunting purposes, be sure to hand carry all employment records, documents, resumes, transcripts, certificates, licenses and personnel actions.
MILITARY SPOUSE PREFERENCE
The Military Spouse Preference Priority Placement Program (MSP) is a Department of Defense (DOD) program that provides employment preference to spouses of active duty military members of the United States (U.S.) Armed Forces (including the Coast Guard), who relocate to accompany their sponsor on a permanent change of station (PCS) move.
Recently, changes were made to the program on how MSP's preference will be given. In order for MSP's to receive preference for employment opportunities, they must now apply online to vacancies and include their sponsor's PCS orders, resume, and the Military Spouse PPP Self-Certification Checklist with each application.
MSP and priority status for permanent positions may be used only once for each PCS move and it only applies to positions in the commuting area of your sponsor's PDS. For more information, please click on the link below or contact the Civilian Personnel Advisory Center (CPAC) at 803-751-3219:
Link to the Fact Sheet
Link to Self-Certification Checklist
South Carolina Job Outlook
The SC Job Outlook brochure, which can be found online and click on Job Outlook PDF, provides an overview of some of the most promising jobs in South Carolina. General education requirements and wages are given for each job title listed. These jobs were selected based on the employment outlooks over a ten-year period (2006-2016). Only jobs with a significant level of projected annual openings were included in the lists.
The following companies are the top 10 employers in the greater Columbia area:
South Carolina jobs that are considered to be in demand today include those belonging to high growth areas like hospitality, health care, construction, manufacturing and professional and services. Here are some of SC top employers throughout the state:
Columbia offers many employment services for people relocating to the area or seeking a new position. Regional publications, television stations and local placement agencies will help assist in your job search. Government agencies and local chambers also offer employment programs and services for individuals in the area.
Business & Job Links
Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce Major Employers Directory -- The Major Employers Directory is a listing of major employers in five counties that comprise the Midlands of South Carolina - Calhoun, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lexington, Newberry, and Richland. Major employers are defined as those who have more than 50 employees. The Major Employers Directory also includes government and higher education institutions that qualify, in several different formats. Also, there is an alphabetical listing and a directory subdivided by county of operation. Informative articles about the business climate in the Midlands round out the Directory.
The Army Career and Alumni Program (ACAP) provides transition assistance to military personnel exiting the service. ACAP is located at the Fort Jackson Continuing Education Center, Bldg.4600, Room A201.
Call Army Community Service at 803-751-5256 for information about military spouse and dependent-children scholarships. Due to COVID-19, limited services are provided onsite, by appointment only. ACS services are currently provided telephonically and through virtual means.
The South Carolina Employment Security Commission pays "Job Insurance" benefits to insured workers who are unemployed and meet all eligibility requirements. This system of insurance was established to tide workers over between jobs, to maintain purchasing power, and to limit the serious effects of unemployment on the community and state. Unemployment insurance is not a form of relief. Benefit payments are not based on need; they are based on wages earned in employment covered by the state Employment Security Law.
To get answers to any questions concerning unemployment insurance, contact the SC Employment Commission Office at 803-737-3071. You can also go on-line and apply for unemployment compensation. The South Carolina Security Commission Office is located on 700 Taylor Street.
The SC Job Outlook brochure, which can be found online, click on Job Outlook PDF, provides an overview of some of the most promising jobs in South Carolina. Unemployment Rate 8%. Median Household Income $42,367.
Are there grade level restrictions applicable to individuals exercising spouse preference?
Spouses may register at grades no higher than that previously held on a permanent basis. If the spouse’s only Federal service was overseas under time-limited appointment, he/she may register for the highest grade held if the spouse has appointment eligibility under Executive Order 12721 or Executive Order 13473. Spouses who are not current Federal employees who have E.O. 12721 or E.O. 13473 and reinstatement eligibility may register under either option, whichever is more beneficial. Spouses who have no prior Federal employment exercise preference at the grade for which certified on an employment register.
Spouses may register for the lowest grade for which qualified and available.
What recruitment actions are subject to the provisions of military spouse preference?
Spouse preference applies when management wants to fill a position from a competitive list of applicants. A spouse preference eligible who is ranked among the best qualified on a competitive list must be selected for the position. If more than one spouse is determined to be best qualified among the candidates, management may select any one of them.
Preference applies to DoD appropriated fund positions at grades GS-15 and below, equivalent broad and pay band, and wage grade positions in the competitive or excepted service. Positions that require mandatory mobility agreements and positions in intelligence-related activities are excluded. Preference also applies to positions in nonappropriated fund instrumentalities at grades NF-03 and below (or equivalent grade levels).
If management chooses to select from a list of noncompetitive candidates OR selects an individual from one of the alternative recruitment sources: appointment of a 30% disabled veteran; VRA appointment; transfer at the same or lower grade, reassignment or change to lower grade; placement to correct an EEO deficiency; placement of a handicapped individual; or placement of an employee returning from an overseas tour duty with return rights then spouse preference does not apply.