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United States Air Force
Family Member Employment Assistance
10 Kirtland Street
Hanscom AFB, MA 01731-2007
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.
The overall employment outlook in Massachusetts is highly competitive, yet optimistic. The unemployment rate is now around 2.8% in the Boston area. Layoffs and business closings continue to occur in some local industries.
Salaries can vary tremendously in the five state area around Hanscom AFB. The closer the employment to Boston, the higher the salary. (Living costs are also higher.) Go online for more salary information. For Hanscom and Boston area jobs, type in zip code 01731, and for southern NH, 03060.
Individuals looking for jobs can visit the Airman and Family Readiness Center for job search seminars and individual assistance with career options. In addition, Massachusetts operates OneStop Career Centers with access to resume help, networking for employment, career coaching, etc. The nearest OneStop to Hanscom is The Career Place in Woburn.
New Hampshire job seekers can begin their search through NH Works. The closest NH Works center is NH Works Nashua.
Currently, there are federal civilian positions available on Hanscom. Check USA Jobs for details. There are also NAF positions available on base.
For information on Military Spouse Education and Career Opportunities, visit http://www.militaryonesource.mil/seco.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects occupational growth for the years 2014 – 2024. http://www.bls.gov/careeroutlook/2015/article/projections-occupation.htm. The site has very detailed lists of expected increases and declines in employment by industry and job title.
For job hunting purposes be sure to bring with you all employment records and other pertinent information. Don't forget to bring the correct addresses and phone numbers of your former employers and current references. Also, bring your resumes, college transcripts, certificates, licenses, and your last SF-50 if you were a Government employee. Visit the Employment and Relocation Resource Center at the A&FRC for computers and fax access for job search.
The A&FRC runs a monthly Transition Assistance Program (TAP) – Goals, Plans, Success (GPS) workshop. Monday thru Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., at the Airman & Family Readiness Center, Bldg 1240, and a Senior TAP workshop for E-9’s and O-5’s and up twice per year. TAP-GPS is mandatory for all service members. The workshop assists voluntarily and involuntarily separating and retiring service members with career and life transition, and consists of a DOL Employment Workshop, a comprehensive VA Benefits Briefing, and modules on Financial Planning, Military Occupational Code (MOC) Crosswalk, and Resilient Transitions. Spouses are welcome! All military attendees must complete mandatory Preseparation counseling, and be enrolled in eBenefits.va.gov prior to the workshop. Attendees are also asked to bring own laptop/device, to the workshop. Pre-registration is required.
Unemployment compensation may be available for the spouse of a newly assigned military member or civilian employee. For more information contact the Massachusetts Division of Employment and Training at 617-626-6800, or 877-626-6800.
Jobs are highly competitive in the Boston area. Go online for more information about employment in the area. For Hanscom and Boston area jobs, type in zip code 01731, and for southern NH, 03060. The unemployment rate is 7.0% statewide, Boston area is 5.10%. Unemployment compensation may be available for the spouse of a newly assigned military member or civilian employee. For more information contact the Massachusetts Division of Employment and Training at 617-626-6560. The median household income for the state is $63,384, and for Middlesex County, $74,793.