Job Hunts for Military Spouses
Resources to help streamline your job search
March 19, 2014 by Jake Butler
Whether your family needs extra money to make ends meet or you just want to start a career of your own, finding a job is rarely easy. It requires patience and due diligence to land the kind of position you want, so it's best to utilize as many resources available as possible. Use these tips as a baseline in your job hunt and you'll be well on your way to gainful employment.
Base Family Centers
The DoD offers a ton of great resources for military spouses and families, so start your search on the installation section of their website: MilitaryInstallations.DoD.Mil. Select “Spouse Education, Training and Careers" from the programs and services drop-down menu and enter your zip code to find the closest office. Many installations have employment readiness programs that can help guide you through your job search.
Services within these kinds of programs include workshops, seminars and one-on-one counseling to help make your job hunt more successful. That includes reviewing and improving your résumé, employer spotlights and job fairs.
In addition to what the military can do to help, spouses searching for a job can utilize all the same tools that civilians use every day. That includes nationwide websites like Career Builder, Monster, Indeed and more. These tools are fairly self-explanatory; just plug in your location and the kind of job you're interested in and browse through listings. You'll want to check back frequently to be sure you don’t miss any new listings.
If you're looking for work within the federal government, you can also search on USAJobs.gov. Federal work can have a number of benefits you might not find in a civilian career, including paid holidays, better child care options and more lenient leave programs.
Local Job Listings
In the digital age, a lot of newspapers now post their classified ads on the web, which certainly makes a job hunt easier. Lots of systems will allow you to apply and attach your résumé with the click of a couple buttons.
You could also try searching the .edu websites for any colleges in your area. There will be lots of overlap with the public listings on the platforms we've already discussed, but colleges sometimes keep job listings exclusive to their own websites.
Sometimes when you're searching for a job, it's not what you know, but who you know, so you should try to leverage personal relationships when appropriate. LinkedIn is by far the most relevant social media site for job networking. Make sure your profile and résumé are strong, connect with your peers and professional contacts and keep an eye out for people talking about jobs within their companies. You can also follow businesses and stay active in company-related groups to watch for new opportunities.
Twitter is another platform that many people overlook when searching for a job. Depending on where you live, there may be a dedicated hashtag relevant to your job search. Employment agencies tweet out new job listings all the time so update your Twitter feed and keep an eye out.
If you come up empty after exhausting all available resources, then you may have to get a little more creative. For example, you could talk to a temp agency about work placement programs. They find the jobs for you and, depending on your skillset, can help you find fulfilling work, albeit at a temporary position, until you find something permanent.
You could also consider a home-based business if there's something you're really passionate about. Millions of people find success every year working from home.
Lastly, if all else fails, you may want to consider furthering your education. Start off slow with a few credit hours worked into your schedule and go from there. Lots of schools now offer online courses as well, so getting a degree or career training is easier and more affordable than ever before.
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