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Project Outlook Opens Doors to Future Jobs

By Douglas J. Gillert
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, March 6, 1998 – A new career assistance center in the Pentagon, created in response to the Defense Reform Initiative, will help DoD employees and family members find new jobs outside DoD.

Project Outlook will help users assess skills, establish employment goals, create resumes, conduct job searches and prepare for employment interviews. Besides offering computer-based assistance, including an automated resume service, the center will conduct two-day workshops every other week and occasional lunch-bag seminars.

The center is open to all Pentagon and DoD agency military and civilian employees and their family members, according to Carolyn LaRue, center manager.

David O. Cooke, DoD's director of administration and management, officiated at a March 5 ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new center. He was assisted by Navy Undersecretary Jerry Hultin, who represented Deputy Defense Secretary John Hamre.

"The opening of this center shows our commitment to the Defense Department's most vital resource, our people," Cooke told the center staff and invited guests. Noting the center is a product of the Defense Reform Initiative announced last November, he said it took the commitment of everyone in the defense personnel community to implement the initiative in less than two months.

Located in Room 2C317, the center will operate weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The center contains five computer terminals with access to the Internet, a reference library and space for individual and group counseling and instruction.

"Once you register, you can use the terminals and sign up for workshops anytime," said LaRue, who besides managing the center is one of its three counselors. She said the center will help people develop career options and strategies and prepare them to negotiate with potential employers.

A job developer on the staff will work with corporate recruiters to stay current on the kinds of jobs and skills employers most seek. LaRue said corporate leaders and recruiters will conduct some of the center's workshops and seminars.

Seminars currently are scheduled for March 16-17, March 30-31, April 13-14, and April 27-28. They will be held in Room 1E801, Classroom 6.

To register for Project Outlook career assistance and enroll in workshops, call Angela Felton, counselors' assistant, at (703) 614-6623.

DoD contracted with Resource Consultants, Inc., Vienna, Va., to set up the center, a task that was relatively easy, said company Vice President Thomas Sikora. "DoD took advantage of an Army contract for career and alumni programs," he said.

Similar programs are offered at other area locations and on military installations worldwide, and Project Outlook will eventually expand to other defense agencies, LaRue said. Other Washington area transition offices include:

  • Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Transition Assistance Office, 1610 California Ave., (301) 981-9213; o Bolling Air Force Base, D.C., Transition Support Program, Pentagon Room 1D537, (703) 693-9460;
  • Fort Belvoir, Va., Army Career and Alumni Program, 9655 Belvoir Rd., Bldg. 1001, (703) 805-2991/2941;
  • Fort Myer, Va., Army Career and Alumni Program, 106 Custer Rd., Bldg. 202, Room 118, (703) 696-0973/2643;
  • Naval Station Washington, D.C., Transition Assistance Management Program, 2701 S. Capitol St. SW, Bldg. 150, (202) 433-0646;
  • Army Career and Alumni Program Surge Team, 2461 Eisenhower Ave., Room 3N07A, Alexandria, Va., (703) 325-5180/5096.
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Click photo for screen-resolution imageDavid O. Cooke, DoD director of administration and management, left, and Jerry Hultin, undersecretary of the Navy, cut the ribbon during the March 5 grand opening of the Project Outlook career assistance center in the Pentagon. Located in Room 2C317, the center offers civilian and military employees and their family members assistance in finding nondefense jobs. Douglas J. Gillert  
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