Overseas Military Spouse Career Options

Military Spouse Jobs overseas

Military spouses can have a tougher time getting employment when they accompany an active duty service member to an overseas assignment. The job pool is obviously smaller and more competitive on an overseas military base and spouses don’t always have the luxury of the multitude of job openings that might be offered in the local area stateside. But there are career opportunities to consider at overseas bases.

When you arrive at an overseas duty location for the first time, it’s easy to notice that a military installation is basically a city in a microcosm. Overseas, you may have access to a Post Exchange and Commissary; you may find there are individual vendors on base offering clothing alterations and dry cleaning, electronics, and even a liquor store and convenience stores depending on the location of the base and other variables.

All of those enterprises need staff. But lest you think the only jobs on base are in retail or are retail-adjacent, remember that a military base depends greatly on a civilian workforce that helps process the massive volumes of documents and records generated there.

There are people who work in public affairs, those who work in the base hospital and dental clinic, and there is a massive demand for jobs involving finance, budgeting, planning, and contracting. What follows is a guide to the different types of work you may find at an overseas base. Not specific types of careers, but different classifications of work you may be qualified to apply for.

Overseas Military Spouse Career Options

There are several different types of employment you can find on a military base in general. They include:

  • Nonappropriated fund job
  • Civil Service positions
  • Defense contracting

Nonappropriated Fund Jobs

Non-appropriated fund jobs, also known as NAF jobs, are labeled as such because the funds used to pay employee salaries and benefits are not taxpayer dollars--the money is “self-generated”. These jobs are typically service jobs and may include opportunities at the Base Exchange, Commissary, fitness centers, and recreation centers.

Pro Tip: Not all NAF jobs are service-related but there are plenty of entry-level positions that some use as a stopgap while exploring other options.

Appropriated Fund Jobs/Civil Service Jobs

Appropriated fund jobs are paid for by taxpayer dollars and are more career-oriented. You may find Civil Service jobs at overseas bases that include opportunities in contracting, skilled labor, public affairs, office admin, and support staff.

Civil Service jobs are said to be more “portable” and you may find spouse hiring preference options with these positions in the form of points toward your Civil Service exam score. Such preference may not be available for all positions but where it is available, it’s a definite advantage for many applicants.

Pro Tip: Civil Service exams, depending on the subject, may have test prep documents. Check the job description to see if one exists for the jobs you want.

Defense contracting

Defense contractors may operate on or in cooperation with an overseas military base, and these enterprises need civilian employees. If an arrangement exists with a base and a contractor or group of contractors, job opportunities will be posted on that base’s official site in the appropriate place, but you can also make an appointment with a base employment readiness specialist where available.

Pro Tip: If you are interested in defense contracting jobs, get familiar with the official sites for known defense contractors like Boeing, Northrop Grumman, etc. Pay close attention to the careers sections of these sites as the positions advertised may hit those sites first before they are sent out to military job sites and other job boards.

Virtual work

Virtual employment–being able to work from home with no need for office visits– may or may not be offered by the base you’re assigned to. But many stateside (and overseas) companies do allow telecommuting, virtual work, and variations of these practices. You may not need to apply for on-base employment or use spouse hiring preference if you can find work that you can do at home.

Pro Tip: Make sure you know your military installation’s rules about running a home business using internet services offered on base or on-post. You may discover some bases have rules about acceptable use of internet services provided on base; it may be necessary to pay for host nation internet service in order to run your business according to base regulations. That said, it’s important to ALSO know whether working from home constitutes a business or not where those rules are concerned. If you are an employee, but not a sole proprietor, that may make a difference depending on the base.

Work In The Local Community

There are options, depending on the host nation, to work in the local economy. Businesses close to overseas military bases may be more amenable to hiring Americans, especially if you have any grasp of the local language. Working in the local community can be challenging where tax laws and employment guidelines are concerned. You’ll want to discuss working off base with someone from the base legal office if you aren’t sure what your rights and responsibilities are with off-post employment.

What To Know About Applying For Military Spouse Jobs Overseas

There are options to claim military spouse hiring preference at an overseas base in a similar way you can apply for it stateside; military spouse preference policies at overseas bases let you claim preference on a one-time basis to land appropriated fund (Civil Service) jobs or non-appropriated fund jobs up to a certain pay grade.

To qualify for this preference, you must be the legal spouse of an active duty service member and you must be listed on the service member’s Permanent Change of Station orders. When applying, you are permitted to use military spouse preference until you are offered a permanent NAF or Civil Service job. You may accept or decline the position but you are not offered hiring preference a second time. You do not lose your preference when accepting or declining a temporary job.

To get started, contact the Human Resources office at your new assignment and ask how to start the application process.

If you decide to explore your job opportunities off base, remember that scams and con games are everywhere; trying to avoid them in a culture you aren’t familiar with can be tricky. Get the advice of people who have been assigned to the base for a while and ask them if there’s anything to beware of when looking for work in the local area.

Some establishments may have a reputation you don’t know about yet, there may be a local scam artist “everyone” knows about except new arrivals, and some employment opportunities aren’t always what they are advertised to be.

You’ll want to vet any potential employer as best you can before you decide whether or not to take a job somewhere. Beware any employer who asks you to surrender your passport or other official documents; report such requests to installation law enforcement immediately.

The same rules for finding stateside jobs can apply overseas; it is generally a bad idea to pay someone money for the “privilege” of working for them, you should not be required to invest any of your own money upfront to accept a job, and you should always consider bringing an escort with you when traveling to areas you aren’t familiar with in an overseas location.

Do not sign documents you don’t understand or cannot read and remember that some businesses or employers in the local area may be banned from doing business with the base if they have run afoul of certain laws or regulations. It’s never a good idea to accept work from a company in bad standing with the local command.

PCS Friendly Business Ideas

Looking For a New Business Idea that You Can Easily Take with You During Military Life?

As a military spouse, you want to be able to have your own career. This can be complicated with frequent moves, and just the uncertainty of military life. One option is to run your own business. Here are a few ideas of PCS friendly businesses you can take with you when you move every few years.

Freelancing

As a freelancer, you have a lot of flexibility in how much you work, who you do work for, and what you work on. You can be a freelance writer, freelance editor, freelance graphic designer, and more. There are many companies out there looking for this type of work and willing to pay for a freelancer.

Virtual Assistant

As a virtual assistant, you would specialize in offering administrative services from a remote location. Your tasks can include email management, booking appointments, calendar management, booking travel, file management, social media, and more. You can work as a virtual assistant from almost anywhere, no matter where the client might live.

Blogger or Podcaster

Whether you like to write or talk, starting a blog, podcast, or even a social media account can be a good way to get your voice out there and work towards running your own business. You would want to find a niche you are interested in and commit to posting regularly. You can earn money with ads, sponsored posts, affiliates, and more.

Tutoring

If you like to help children, tutoring is a great option. You can do this virtually or in person working with kids from K-12. You can work for yourself or even through a company such as Tutor.com.

Creating Online Products

If you are a creative person, selling your products online is a great way to make money. You can put your products on Spouse-ly, an online marketplace for military spouses, veterans, and first responders. Websites such as Etsy and Zazzle offer ways to sell your products, with or without having to keep an inventory. You can make physical products, digital products, or have products made by a 3rd party.

Teaching Online

If you want to teach children or teens, you can do that online from anywhere you might be stationed. You can do this in different ways. You can work as a teacher for a virtual school or work for a company like VIPKID as an independent contractor. Through VIPKID you could teach children in foreign countries English remotely.

Web Design

Designing websites for individuals and companies can be a great way to make an income. You can use your creativity, and knowledge of tech to create the websites. You can have several clients at once, and take as much work as you are able to manage.

FCC Provider

If you love children, you could apply to be a FCC Provider. FCC or Family Child Care Providers offer childcare in their homes from babies up to age 12. You can do this whether you live on your military installation or off. You will need to be certified and meet the requirements in order to get started. People always need good and flexible childcare in the military community.

House Cleaning

Just like childcare, military families are always in need of housekeeping services, especially when getting ready for a PCS. If you enjoy this type of work, setting up a house cleaning service can be a good way to earn money within the military community.

Living in the time we do, there are so many options for starting your own business and making money from home, no matter where you might live in the world.

 

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Veteran Entrepreneurs Use Bunker Labs

Bunker Labs: Assisting Veterans & Military Spouses to Start Businesses

Bunker Labs is an amazing resource for veteran entrepreneurs. Through like-minded communities and classes, Bunker Labs provides the resources that can help launch a small business or startup.

About Bunker Labs

Bunker Lab launched in 2014 in Chicago, and it wasn’t long before there were other chapters in other cities. These groups were made up of veteran and military spouse entrepreneurs who came together to support each other and share knowledge.

Bunker’s first online class launched in 2015 to teach entrepreneurship to members of the military community. The “Bunker In A Box” allowed everyone to learn from anywhere in the world.

Bunker Lab Communities

Veteran entrepreneurs can choose among three Bunker Labs Programs that are each designed for different stages and aspects of starting a business.

Veterans in Residence

This community is a “business incubator for early-stage startups and growth-oriented small businesses.” It is designed for entrepreneurs who have already launched a business and are looking for ways to grow.

Veterans in Residence is a partnership between Bunker Labs and WeWork, an innovative startup that launched in 2010 and has reimagined the workplace. Two cohorts launch each year, one in January and one in July, and they run six months.

CEO Circle Growth

This great community is for those entrepreneurs who have launched businesses with solid revenue streams that are looking to scale. The CEO Circle is a monthly program designed for company executives.

The CEO Circle allows founders and executives to ask questions about elevating their companies to a higher level. In 2021, there were 43 participants who’s companies averaged nearly $14 million in revenue. There are no limits to industry for those involved.

Ambassador Program

The Ambassador Program is designed for volunteers who want to help small business owners by connecting them to resources they may need.

Local Communities

Currently, there are Bunker Lab Communities in 37 cities around the country. The communities are in major metropolitan areas, and depending on where you are, there’s likely a community a short drive away.

Check out these localities and get plugged in for support as you prepare to launch your business. These communities are composed of other veterans and military spouses who are on the same adventure as you.

Bunker Lab Online Courses

If you don’t know anything about entrepreneurship, then these classes are greatly beneficial. If you don’t know if you have a scalable business idea, then these classes are the way to go.

Launch Lab Online

This is an interactive course that lays the knowledge foundation for starting your own business. These are considered introductory courses and apply to a wide audience of learners.

Finances for Military Founders & Families by USAA

This course covers the basics of money in business. Learn how to set goals and manage the challenges that face entrepreneurs from the military community.

Business Basics Series

This course brings knowledge and tools that help you launch the operations of your business as you engage with your first customers.

Breaking Barriers in Entrepreneurship Workshops

These workshops are designed to assist people in under served communities to launch, grow, and support their businesses.

Raul Deju Institute Program

This program teaches what it takes to succeed as an entrepreneur. Over the course of eight lectures, students will gain a deeper

Bunker Labs Partnerships

Evidently, this organization hasn’t just been growing since its inception, it has expanded to partner with major players in the business world. This growth only means that there are more opportunities, more resources, and more learning available for entrepreneurs in the military community.

Some of these partners are:

  • USAA
  • JP Morgan Chase
  • Macy’s
  • WeWork
  • Ford
  • MetLife Foundation
  • Intuit
  • Gannett Foundation
  • Google for Startups
  • LinkedIn
  • PWC Charitable Foundation, Inc.
  • Robert R. McCormick Foundation

With such heavy-hitting partners, Veterans and military spouses have a ton of support to help them launch their small businesses.

Personal Testament and Conclusion

For instance, I launched my own freelance writing business over a year ago, and Bunker Labs was one of the resources I leaned on to better understand entrepreneurship. While I knew how to write and understood my “business idea”, I had little to no understanding of the business behind the business.

I registered for the online courses where I gained a better understanding of what it takes to run a business. The courses helped me see the other aspects of a writing business that are needed beyond just performing the services I offer.

If you are a veteran or military spouse and you’re thinking about starting a business, I encourage you to check out Bunker Labs. Not only will you learn business fundamentals, but you will learn how to properly refine your business idea.

So, don’t let a lack of knowledge or understanding prevent you from launching your business. Check out Bunker Labs today!

 

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Wells Fargo Glide-Relaunch: Military Spouse Internship Program

The military spouse is an oft-overlooked piece of the military puzzle. Every day, thousands of spouses raise families and manage the homefront while their service members defend our great nation. Because of this, many spouses are “unemployed” for many years, which makes reentry into the workforce challenging.

Wells Fargo Glide-Relaunch Program

However, there are some companies who have noticed the plight of the military spouse and have taken steps to help. One such company is Wells Fargo.

The Glide-Relaunch Program is a paid internship-to-full-time program that assists spouses in returning to the workforce after taking a break of at least two years. Participants of this program are granted a significant string of benefits related to well being, financial security, retirement, and work-life balance.

Program Details

This is an 8-week program that offers support, training, and the resources needed to launch a career with Wells Fargo. 

Through structured training given by senior Wells Fargo employees, participants will network with peers and other employees, all while developing skills and knowledge related to financial products and services. 

After the initial training, mentorship and development continue through on-the-job training covering the following areas:

  • Teamwork – participants are exposed to various areas of operations that serve internal and external customers.
  • Professional Support – paired with an experienced Wells Fargo employee, challenging situations will prompt feedback and coaching.
  • Leadership – bank leadership offer insights into industry trends and business objectives.
  • Networking– formal events will be offered periodically, sometime remotely, that will offer great opportunities to network.

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Locations

There are many locations across the nation participating in the Glide program. Offers of internship are specific to locations, the candidate’s interests and experiences.

Upon program completion, the goal of the Glide program is to hire participants who have met the performance expectations into full-time roles with Wells Fargo.

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Qualifications

Qualified applicants must have:

  • BS/BA degree or higher
  • 7+ years of experience
  • Endured a break from employment of over 2 years

If you are selected as a final candidate, there will be a mandatory final round hiring event on July 21-23, 2021. Additionally, you must be able to participate in the full internship from September 13 – November 5, 2021 to be considered for the program.

The application process for the 2021 Glide – Relaunch Program opens on June 9, 2021.

Submit your Intent to Apply to get the ball rolling.

Conclusion

If you are a military spouse and you’re looking to reenter the workforce, this may just be the opportunity that launches your next career. Don’t pass it up!

(Image courtesy of ARTYOORAN via Shutterstock)

 

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Remote Jobs Program For Military Spouses Is Back!

Learn More About the MilSpouse Remote Telework Grant Program

Are you a military spouse working remotely for a small business? Or are you seeking a remote job? Are you a small business that has employees who are military spouses?

If so, this program by the MOAA Foundation, Microsoft, and Hiring Our Heroes, is for you.

The MilSpouse Remote Telework Grant Program is now back, after a pause during 2020. The program is for remote jobs for military spouses.  It’s goal is to help military spouses keep their employment during and after a PCS. 

Oftentimes, military spouses will have to give up a job they love when they PCS. The company they work for might not have the resources for them to work remotely, and this program can help with that. 

The program can take away some of the stress that falls on military spouses during a military move by offering them a workstation that is solely for remote working military spouses. To add to that, this program will also be able to help small businesses that employ military spouses. 

Who can apply for The MilSpouse Remote Telework Grant Program?

This program is open to active duty spouses that are currently employed full-time with a small business. They are also open to small businesses who are looking to retain these spouses on their staff but don’t have the resources or expertise to implement a remote work program or policy. 

It is important to note that this program is for those working CONUS only. 

What is included with the grant?

If you are approved for this grant, you would receive remote work templates, a Microsoft Surface Pro, a docking station with a keyboard and mouse, and antivirus/malware protection. 

The length of the program is one year, but after that year you won’t need to give back the equipment. 

What is required of the military spouse and small business during the one-year period?

  • Will need to show proof of military relationship.
  • Both parties will need to agree to the terms of the agreement. 
  • The grantor will be contacting both parties every three months for a progress report. Both parties will need to respond to surveys and provide progress reports as requested. 
  • The small business will be required to provide tech support.
  • Both parties will make sure that they have secure internet. 
  • Both parties will be responsible for ensuring that the devices that have been provided because of the grant will have antivirus/malware protection and that the software is being updated regularly. 

What happens if a military spouse quits their job or is terminated during the year?

If a military spouse leaves their job or is terminated, all equipment will need to be returned and any change of employment will need to be reported within 30 days. 

How do you apply?

You would need to fill out an application. You can do so here

What if I have more questions?

If you have more questions about this program, head on over to the MOAA website or email, moaaspouse@moaa.org

If you are an active duty military spouse wanting to work remotely, talk to your small business about this program. It can be what is needed to allow you to keep your job across the miles.

 

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5 Military Spouse-Owned Businesses

On Friday, May 7th, 2021, we celebrate Military Spouse Appreciation Day. We honor the sacrifices and contributions made by military spouses as they support our servicemembers. Moreover, the military spouse plays an integral role during deployments, ship duty, and training exercises, while they manage the homefront in their servicemember’s absence. 

To take this a step further, there are spouses who, in addition to their roles as spouses and parents, they also work and contribute to their household income. As a military spouse, I can attest to the difficulty that comes with managing the home, raising the kids, and still trying to work while my soldier is away.

On this Military Spouse Appreciation Day, we celebrate all military spouses and we honor their sacrifices. Additionally, we highlight five businesses that are owned and operated by a military spouse.

5 Businesses Owned by a Military Spouse

 

Spouse-ly

Monica Fullerton Spouse-ly – Air Force Spouse

An online marketplace to shop a wide variety of handmade products and services created by military spouse & veteran-owned businesses. Think Etsy meets Angie’s List but with all military family-owned businesses.

 

Simply Enchanted Travel

Heather KonigsbauerTravel Consultant – Air Force Spouse

I help busy professionals discover their vacation dreams and turn them into reality with thoughtfully crafted, personalized vacation experiences. It’s all about extraordinary adventures without the stress  and hassle of planning.

Martine a la mode

Martine LeveilleeCloset Stylist – Air Force Spouse

More style, Less waste? It’s possible!  Martine helps women get control of closet clutter, create outfits to find our style, and ensure we are being, and looking, our best everyday while promoting sustainable values.

 

Emily Wish

Crystal KirschmanEmily Wish – Air Force Spouse

Created from tragedy as a beacon of hope, Emily Wish, LLC promises dedication, commitment, and compassionate strength in the healing and recovery from any and all eating disorders.

 

Soldier’s Wife, Crazy Life

Julie ProvostSoldier’s Wife, Crazy Life – Army National Guard Spouse

Julie Provost is the owner of Soldier’s Wife, Crazy Life, a blog and social media community encouraging military spouses through the more difficult parts of military life, from deployments to anything military life brings.

 

Support Our Military Spouses

These businesses are owned and operated by military spouses from across our armed forces. They not only work hard to keep these businesses running, they also create jobs for others, and support their service members. 

There are hundreds, if not thousands, of businesses owned and operated by a military spouse. They are all worthy of your consideration and support. 

So on this Military Spouse Appreciation Day, check out these businesses, or any of the others around you. Here’s a good start:

If you are a Military Spouse, thank you for all that you do. Without your dedication and support, our military would not be as great as it is today.

If you are a Service Member, please take a moment and thank your spouse for their support. There are a number of ways to show your gratitude, and it only takes a moment.

 

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Freedom Makers: Bringing the Freedom of Employment to Military Spouses

Interview with Freedom Makers: Employment Opportunities for Military Spouses

It is an age-old adage that behind every service member is a spouse or family that supports them. While many in our military are on duty year round, day and night, the same reality exists for their families. 

Military spouses are often left to manage child rearing, home operations, and financial management while their service members serve and defend our great country. Even when the family is together, the spouse is limited on options for personal endeavors like education or meaningful employment. In fact, according to the 2018 Military Family Lifestyle Survey, military spouse unemployment/underemployment remained a top financial obstacle for respondents, with “the likelihood of underemployment for military spouses increasing with the number of military moves.”

Designing flexible employment opportunities that work with the demands of the military lifestyle is a top improvement for military spouse un/underemployment. Military spouse un/underemployment remained the top obstacle to financial security among military family respondents, with the percentage of military spouse respondents who indicated they were unemployed (not employed, but actively seeking work in the past four weeks) increasing to 30% in 2018. 56% of working spouse respondents reported they were underemployed. Frequent relocation was cited as the cause for underemployment.

Indeed, many of us face the burden of underemployment as we try to raise our families and still forge ahead with our vocational desires. All too often, our career aspirations are shelved in order to serve our growing families or prepare for the next military move.

Freedom Makers

What if I were to tell you that there is an organization that can match business owners and entrepreneurs with highly experienced and capable military spouses all over the world?

There is such an organization, and they are known as Freedom Makers. Founded by Laura Renner, an Air Force Academy graduate and Air Force veteran, Freedom Makers consists of military spouses around the world who are qualified and actively seeking virtual work opportunities with these businesses.

The Freedom Makers Interview

I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Jenny Boyles, Marketing Manager and Freedom Maker Success Manager with Freedom Makers, and she was able to provide exclusive information about this great employment opportunity. Please enjoy the outline of our interview.

Who can become a Freedom Maker?

Military spouses, military family members, and veterans are all welcome to apply for positions with Freedom Makers. 

“We span over the whole country, well, the world because of where people are stationed,” explained Jenny. “The only thing we ask, we make sure that our Freedom Makers have a computer.”

How many Freedom Makers are there?

“So, right now, our database says there are 170. That’s who is receiving our notifications.”

That number is increasing regularly, as there are more and more spouses and veterans signing up to work remotely.

What is the hiring process to become a Freedom Maker?

In the last year, Freedom Makers experienced a 60% growth, which is astounding. Part of their success, in addition to already conducting business online, stems from their hiring process.

“As you can imagine,” Jenny said, “when that kind of growth happens, there is a lot that needs to grow with it.”

When the company was first starting out, there was a lot of interest in what they were doing, but they noticed those spouses who signed up were more curious than anything. 

“The question we weren’t asking was, ‘Are you actively seeking work?’ Because, up to that point, it was okay that we only had a core group that was interested, while the other ones were kind of testing us out.”

Jenny identified three important questions that redefined their hiring process:

  1. Are you a military spouse, a veteran, or a military family member?
  2. Do you have virtual work experience?
  3. Are you actively seeking work?

Once those questions are verified, potential Freedom Makers are guided through the process of creating a profile, filling out forms, and are finally linked in with one of their most important contacts, the Freedom Maker Success Manager (FSM). The FSM connects the Freedom Maker to the community, answers any questions, links them up with training, and helps them land their first client.

“This way, I know every Freedom Maker that comes through our doors, which helps clients,” Jenny explained, who herself was a Freedom Maker and an FSM. “We want people to go after our opportunities. That’s important to us!”

After a spouse applies and is linked in with their FSM, how do they get a client?

Freedom Makers, the company, contracts with small businesses all over the world. Those clients are coming to Freedom Makers to get help with various virtual tasks, which they make available to the Freedom Makers. Individuals then select posted jobs to be considered for these positions, which usually involves an interview between the client and potential virtual assistant.

Once a spouse applies, goes through the vetting process, and completes their profile, they have a conversation with their FSM.

“So, we finish it with a conversation. We have a call. We would never want to put somebody in front of a client that we haven’t talked to,” Jenny stated, as she explained the importance of matching clients with Freedom Makers.

“I’ll ask a couple of questions to make sure they’re a good fit, personality wise. But then, I take them through how they can succeed through Freedom Makers. We have an online, private Facebook community page, where people are asking questions, they’re interacting. It’s becoming more active in the past year. If I have something going on, I’m going to share it on that Facebook page. So, I encourage them to be on that.”

“And then, once we have that conversation, they sign on to our guiding principles, make sure they’re on board with who we are again. Then they sign that document, and then they’re going to receive our opportunities. They’re going to receive our newsletter. They’re in. Then, it’s up to them to go for opportunities and make it what they want to make it.”

Are Freedom Makers 1099 or W-2 workers?

All Freedom Makers are 1099s. 

When asked about why this was an important distinction for Freedom Makers, Jenny explained, “I think it’s important because we’re spread out all over the country, and even the world. And with the transient lifestyle [of the military], I think it would be hard having a W-2 and constantly changing the tax structure. I think if we did the W-2, it would have to be a completely different structure, and the overhead might be insurmountable.”

“I would say look at one of our guiding principles,” she continued. “Freedom. For clients, yes, we say that they can hire us for as little or as much as they want. But the freedom is also for the Freedom Makers, in that, you can work as little or as much as you want.”

How often can a Freedom Maker work?

“So, some of our Freedom Makers have one client and they work 2 hours a month. Some have five clients and they work 40 hours a week.”

“For my story, personally, I joined in 2016 and had never been a virtual assistant. I had a masters in museum administration. What was I going to do? I knew that I was somewhat smart and had been a military spouse. So, I had to sell myself. Fast forward 18 months after getting my first client in 2016, I had nine clients. I was working 40+ hours a week. And then, I launched into getting independent clients. So, Freedom Makers launched me into my own career of virtual assisting.” 

What kind of work can Freedom Makers expect to do?

Freedom Makers are hired to provide virtual assistance. Tasks ranging from social media management, email management, making travel plans, and research opportunities are just a few of the things Freedom Makers do.

“So, our clients are all over the board. We have attorneys. We have web developers that just need client care. We have entrepreneurs and solo-preneurs that are starting think tanks and business mastermind groups. We have a lot of coaches, business coaches,” Jenny declared. “So, all these different types of clients are coming to us for social media management. Someone who can keep those wheels turning while they run their business.”

“There’s also client care. Following up with their clients. We have people that are a complete mess with email and calendar management. So they just need somebody to clean up their calendars, clean up their email inboxes.”

Research is another common task. “Sometimes clients just need to know about travel. Travel research is a popular one. When I was a Freedom Maker,” Jenny smiled, “I researched how to get around Australia through the train system for one of my clients.”

“It just runs a gamut. But, a lot of it is admin based. But then you do have tangents like social media management. Sometimes, the lawyers that we have will even train our Freedom Makers in the more legal-based CRM tools. Project management tools. Some need you to come in and manage a project.”

Cold calling can also be part of a Freedom Makers duties.

What training opportunities are available to Freedom Makers?

“We are now offering a consistent monthly training, where you can get badges that go on your profile. Those are shown to clients. We have Freedom Makers that have maxed out all three badges. You get three stars for each badge. We’re coming up with new ways to let clients know, ‘This is a rockstar!’ So, the training is important to us. It’s going to help us. It’s going to help our clients. But, we want to give that to the military spouses.”

How is training conducted in a virtual environment?

“I offer social media management training. So, anybody can sign up with me, anytime. It’s 45 minutes. We get on a Zoom, I give them a workflow. It’s a workflow as opposed to just a training.”

Jenny not only teaches a Freedom Maker how to do social media management, but she also teaches them how to propose that management to a client.

“This month, we’re just doing a basic, ‘How to Land a Client’, because we have a lot of new Freedom Makers, so we want to help them. Down the road we have just basic things, like WordPress, because a lot of clients just need their blogs updated, so we’re offering an intro. We’re trying to give them all sorts of little training opportunities.”

“Along with the monthly training, we offer ‘popcorn’ training, and these are just videos that we’re popping up on Facebook. It’s going to be [things like], ‘How to Make a Canva’, which is important for social media. Just little five-minute [sessions] … offering a glimpse of what our clients need, how to do it, and [we] try to nurture them through the process.”

What sets Freedom Makers apart from other employment services?

“Our Success Managers. We started out with just having ‘a’ success manager, and her job was to balance both the client’s and the Freedom Maker’s needs. But obviously with our growth, we realized that we were meeting our client’s needs, but we were losing sight of the military spouse. We decided that we were the Chick-Fil-A’s and Southwest Airlines of VA [virtual assistance]. We want to take care of our people. And then, once we take care of our people, that’s going to help our clients as well. So we broke the Success Manager position into Client Success Manager and Freedom Maker Success Manager.”

When Freedom Makers are struggling, not getting hired by clients, or even not applying regularly, the FSMs will reach out and offer all the assistance a Freedom Maker needs to succeed.

“So, I’ve been reaching out and doing emails like that. Touching base with people that continue to go for opportunities and don’t get chosen. So, how can we help their journey? How can I encourage them? How can I help them so they don’t give up? That’s really where we’re at. It’s just keeping track. I think that’s the thing that sets us apart. We fill the gap of insecurity on both sides.”

In less than a minute, describe Freedom Makers.

“So, we are comprised of military spouses that are helping business owners support their businesses remotely, by providing meaningful, flexible work for the military spouses. We do that by nurturing our Freedom Makers, giving them training opportunities, and at the same time, coming alongside these small businesses, partnering with them. Because their success becomes our success. That’s important to us.”

“Another thing I wanted to mention, is that we have a lot of veteran-owned businesses that we support. Everybody loves our mission.”

Conclusion

Indeed. What’s not to love? A company, founded by a veteran, that employs military spouses and veterans, who help clients around the world, many of whom are veteran-owned businesses. That’s my kind of company.

For more information about this amazing opportunity, contact Freedom Makers using info@freedom-makers.com

Join a growing company that focuses more on employment opportunities for military spouses in Virtual Assistance than most other companies out there. 

 

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2022 Defense Budget Proposal: What It Means For You

NDAA 2022: Defense Budget Proposal and 2021 Updates

The White House has requested almost $270 billion for the Department of Veterans Affairs budget for 2022. This is a 10% increase from 2021. This does include a discretionary budget request of $117.2 billion with medical care collections, and a mandatory funding request of $152.7 billion. 

** 2022 Budget Update Related to Military Pay Raise **

On June 30th, the House Appropriations Committee approved the fiscal year 2022 Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies bill, which includes a 2.7% pay raise for service members.

What’s in the Budget?

Specifically, the legislation invests in women’s health, mental health, and homelessness assistance.

As for construction, the bill includes funds to construct critical facilities on military installations, including:

  • Family housing
  • Child care centers
  • Building or repairing Veterans Affairs facilities

NDAA Budget Breakdown

Included in the $117.2 billion discretionary budget request is:

  • $2.2 billion for veterans homelessness programs
  • $598 million for veterans suicide prevention outreach programs 
  • An increase of $81.5 million for the Digital GI Bill Modernization Effort to better serve veterans using their GI Bill benefits. 
  • An increase of $5 million for Veterans’ Clean Energy Job Training in conjunction with the Department of Labor
  • An increase of $3.6 million for the VA Disability Employment Pilot Project 
  • A $12.9 million increase to strengthen the VAs diversity program. The VA has created a new Office of Resolution Management, Diversity and Inclusion.
  • $1.4 billion for the Caregiver Support Program which would also then include all eligible veterans no matter when they served. 

Congress will now need to start its deliberations over the funding amounts and final language of the spending bill, with a goal of doing so by October 1st of this year. You can read more about the budget on the VA website

Key Takeaways from the 2021 Defense Budget

The William M. Thornberry National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021 (H.R. 6395), was finally passed at the onset of the New Year, January 1st, after having been vetoed by former President Trump. Both the Senate and the US House of Representatives voted to override the president’s veto, which made the bill a law.

The $740 billion bill includes pay raises for America’s service members, equipment modernizations, and some anti-money laundering provisions, among other things. Many of the topics included in the budget do not directly impact you directly, like the repurposing of nuclear warheads, but here is a break out of the sections of the law that do:

  • Pay raise: The rate of monthly basic pay for members of the uniformed services are increased by 3.0 percent.
  • Credit for retired pay purposes: Periods of maternity leave taken by a member of the Armed Forces reserve components shall count toward the member’s entitlement to retired pay.
  • Travel and transportation allowances will now cover fares and tolls.
  • Space suits: probably not real space suits, but the law has authorized a one-time uniform allowance to officers who transfer to the Space Force. This is significant since officers are not generally authorized a uniform allowance.
  • Special Pay Extensions: The law allows for a one-year extension for special and bonus pays, including bonuses, hazardous duty pay, skill incentive pay, and aviation incentive pay, to name but a few.
  • For officers in health professions, an increase in special and incentive pays was authorized.
  • Spouse Relicensing Costs due to PCS: Reimbursements for relicensing costs caused by a PCS move are not to exceed $1,000 and not to extend past December 31, 2024.
  • Expansion of assistance for Gold Star spouses and other dependents.
  • Improvements to breast cancer screenings.
  • Expansion of benefits available under TRICARE Extended Health Care Option Program.
  • The sale of hearing aids for dependents of certain members of the Reserves.
  • The inclusion of members of the Reserve Components in mental health programs of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

2021 Defense Budget Summary

So, you may have already seen that your pay has gone up slightly, by exactly 3%. That’s not bad, considering the inflation rate for the year that ended January 2021 was 1.4%. That keeps you a step ahead of inflation for now. I still remember the whopping 1.0% increase from 2015!

The other big one was the Spouse Relicensing provision. Across the military, PCS moves are a part of life, and it is an enduring challenge for us military spouses to maintain our employability with each move. The new law authorizes up to $1,000 per instance of relicensing caused by a PCS move. The program only lasts, as of now, until the end of 2024. So either PCS moves will go away, or they’ll have to extend the provision before that deadline.

Another provision we are watching closely is the TRICARE extension to our dependents who are over eighteen years of age. In light of the pandemic, health care for our young adults has become a pressing issue. This provision would extend the TRICARE coverage, at no cost, to dependents until age 26, which is similar to the provisions from the Affordable Care Act.

As specifics become available, we will report them further!

(Image taken by Spc. Jessica Scott, courtesy of the US Army)

 

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Fellowship & Career Opportunities at the VA

Presidential Management Fellowship Opportunity at the VA

Have you completed an advanced degree? Are you interested in a career helping veterans?  If your answer to these questions is “yes”, then you should consider applying for the VA’s Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) program.

Presidential Management Fellows, an Overview

The PMF is a prestigious leadership development program that spans across the Federal Government and is ideally suited for those holding advanced degrees, and who are at the entry level of their career.

Each year, candidates from a wide variety of academic disciplines compete for these coveted positions. “Candidates have an interest in and a dedication to excellence in the leadership and management of public policies and programs,” states the landing page for the program. The program offers PMFs unique leadership, training, and development opportunities, with the expectation that they will become future leaders of change at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

The Presidential Management Fellows program falls under the VA Pathways Program.

PMF Program Eligibility & Qualifications

All candidates undergo a rigorous assessment and selection process that measures writing, interpersonal, analytic, and leadership skills. There are multiple steps of the application process, and applicants are highly encouraged to pay close attention to application deadlines.

In general, candidates must be in the process of completing, or have already completed within the past two years, a qualifying advanced degree – masters, law, or doctoral program. The most up-to-date eligibility requirements can be found at www.pmf.gov.

Qualifications vary by individual PMF positions. Job openings are posted online each spring and are available only to PMF finalists and federal employees.

Training and Development

The VA sponsors programs and training forums for all PMFs, with additional training opportunities provided by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and other agencies. The training includes 160 hours of formal interactive training, challenging work assignments, and direct feedback on work performance.

As a Presidential Management Fellow, you will create an Individual Development Plan (IDP) for your two-year program, participate in developmental learning opportunities, network with other PMFs, and contribute to the larger mission of the VA, which is to help and care for our nation’s Veterans.

Those who successfully complete the program’s requirements are often eligible for conversion to a full-time position.

Compensation

Okay, up to this point you are probably pretty amped about this opportunity! (I know I am!) But you’re probably wondering, “Will I get paid?”

Yes, all PMFs will receive compensation during their time in the program. Finalists are initially appointed as Fellows at the GS-9, GS-11, or GS-12 grade levels. While actual salaries will vary based on geographic locations, the most current information on the Federal pay scale can be found at the OPM Salary Table website.

PMFs are also eligible for promotion while in the program. So you may start out at one pay grade and advance along the scale within that pay grade; or you may even jump from one pay grade (GS-9) to a higher pay grade (GS-11). Promotions for Fellows are determined by the policies and criteria of the employing agency, the VA in this case.

Benefits

As a Presidential Management Fellow, you will have most of the same benefits available to federal employees. Some of these benefits include:

  • Insurance plans
    • Health
    • Life
    • Dental/Vision
    • Long Term Care
    • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Tax-deferred Thrift Savings Plan
  • Transit Subsidy
  • Paid Holidays
  • Flexible Work Hours
  • Leave/Paid time off
  • Employee Assistance Program

More information for New/Prospective Employees and the Thrift Savings Plan.

Student Loan Repayment

Participating agencies may offer Finalists and Fellows various student loan programs. You should ask the agency about the program they offer.

In general, Federal agencies are authorized to repay student loans under the Federal Student Loan Repayment Program. The amount paid by the agency is subject to the following maximum limits:

  1. $10,000 per employee, per calendar year
  2. $60,000 in total, per employee

Finalists accepting appointments as Fellows are eligible to receive student loan repayment; but again they are agency specific, and the VA is just one agency participating in the PMF program.

Here’s more information about OPM’s Federal Student Loan Repayment Program.

How to Apply

The PMF application process is refined from year to year, but it is highly structured and very thorough. The PMF website contains the details on the current application process.

Again, pay attention to those application deadlines. The 2021 finalists were just announced a few days ago. The next application window is expected to open in the spring of 2021, just a few months away.

So, if you hold an advanced degree, or are currently in a graduate program, then now is the time to begin preparing your application to the VA’s Presidential Fellows Program.

Good luck!

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3 Big Military Spouse Professional Advocacy Networks

Advocacy Networks for Military Spouse Professionals

Advocacy – a seemingly abstract concept – is something that military spouses with professional careers should understand and practice. It involves navigating roadblocks, barriers, or downright dead ends in a professional career. Fortunately, tons of advocacy groups are on a mission to help military spouses break through these barriers.  In addition they seek to help military spouses learn skills to advocate for themselves.  Learn more about these military spouse professional advocacy groups.

What is Advocacy?

Advocacy involves action – sometimes as simple as speaking up or saying no to something– that has the potential to influence change. An advocate is the person or group of people doing the action. These sections focus on self and professional advocacy.

Professional Careers and Military Spouses

There are over 600,000 active-duty military spouses. They are highly skilled, educated, and qualified for employment. However, frequent relocations and deployments can negatively impact employment status. This translates to underemployment and significant income loss at alarming rates when comparing military spouses to their civilian counterparts. According to the Women’s Bureau:

  •     Unemployment rate among military spouses is 3 times higher than the national rate
  •     89% have some college education; 30% have a bachelor’s degree; 15% have an advanced degree
  •     34% of military spouses work in occupations that require licenses and transferring licenses from state to state can be complex and delay securing employment after a PCS

Familiar and frustrating, isn’t it?

How Military Spouses Can Practice Self-Advocacy

From taking advantage of free resume writing services to writing legislators, there are many ways that military spouses can practice self-advocacy related to a professional career.

Know your resources. The list of professional networks, employment support services, and education resources for military spouses is long. A strong professional network is a great jumping-off point for figuring out exactly what resources you have. Find out what resources are available to you and utilize them.

Understand your barriers. You may encounter nothing but roadblocks and dead ends when transferring a license, securing employment, or even finding job vacancies. Writing out a list of barriers and brainstorming what can be done about them is a useful exercise. This may also help find a path of least resistance to employment.

Participate. If you are a military spouse, you’ve probably been asked to fill out surveys. Did you participate? One of the simplest ways to practice self-advocacy is to tell your story to the organizations that offer support.

Know that change takes time. Change can involve lengthy processes. Just like it takes time to transfer a license and career to another state, it takes time for advocacy efforts to produce change.

Defense State Liaison Office

The Defense-State Liaison Office works to provide state-level policymakers with insight on significant issues faced by military families. Communicate with your liaison about issues that you are experiencing. From their website, you can track 10 key issues including:

  •     Initiatives to improve military spouse licensure portability by eliminating barriers and establishing licensure compacts
  •     Removing burdensome certification requirements for military spouse teachers
  •     Improve support for higher education by sustaining in-state tuition for military dependents

Spouse Ambassador Network

The Spouse Ambassador Network is a network of 25 organizations affiliated with the Military Spouse Employment Partnership who work together to raise awareness of military spouse education and employment resources. Member organizations that advocate for military spouses include:

  •     Navy League of the United States
  •     National Military Family Association
  •     Military Spouse of the Year
  •     Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors
  •     Family Readiness
  •     Military Officers Association of America
  •     The Rosie Network
  •     Blue Star Families
  •     The MILSPO Project
  •     Veteran Staffing Network
  •     Chris Kyle Frog Foundation
  •     Hiring Our Heroes
  •     Military Spouse JD Network
  •     Military Spouse Advocacy Network
  •     United Service Organization
  •     Board of Veteran’s Appeals

Women’s Bureau

The majority of military spouses are women. The US Department of Labor’s Women’s Bureau advocates through collaboration with organizations to increase employment opportunities for military spouses. Through collaboration, the Women’s Bureau launched the Military Spouse Interstate License Recognition Options interactive map. This provides valuable information for military spouses navigating a state to state professional license transfer.

 

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5 Tips for Military Spouses: Optimize Your LinkedIn Profile

For Military Spouses: How to Optimize Your LinkedIn Profile

Military spouses can leverage the power of LinkedIn to achieve professional goals amidst the unique challenges they face. A strong network is a critical tool for spouses navigating frequent deployments, PCSs, and other unexpected professional hurdles while simultaneously juggling a career.

Natalia, a Hiring Our Heroes Military Spouse Professional Network (MSPN) Chapter Lead in Stuttgart, eloquently explains the value of a LinkedIn Profile for military spouses:

 

“It provides a platform for you to control your professional narrative.

It helps spouses turn the patchwork of their careers into a quilt.”

 

The MSPN is part of Hiring Our Heroes, a nationwide U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation initiative. Hiring Our Heroes seeks to help veterans, transitioning service members, and military spouses find meaningful employment. According to MSPN, 80% of jobs are filled by referral. For military spouses rewriting their career narratives with each PCS, a strong network is necessary.

RELATED: Hiring Our Heroes: Overview of Programs

Acquired by Microsoft in 2016, LinkedIn boasts a network of over 700 million members spanning 200 countries. Capitalize on this expansive network by optimizing your profile. Read on for profile tips and how military spouses can upgrade to LinkedIn Premium for free.

Tell a Story

Pictures are the first thing visitors see on your profile. A profile picture should be professional. Natalia explains that not uploading a profile picture isn’t necessarily a deal breaker. Some companies de-identify profiles by removing names and pictures before evaluating candidates. The profile and background photos can give a great first impression, and other companies actually prefer photos.

The headline and about sections introduce you professionally. Think of these sections as your elevator pitch, a brief description of your skills set that effectively answers the question “What do you do?” and “What do you want to do?” It should last just 20-30 seconds, or the length of an elevator ride and leave a lasting impression.

Rethink Your Experience

At first glance, military spouses cringe at the chaotic web of experience they have collected and the huge gaps that exist between employment. When asked to list experience, many tend to think only of formal paid experience. Natalia lists volunteer work, education, and projects as significant experience that should be listed on a profile. This type of experience shows community engagement, personal initiative, and a commitment to lifelong learning. Rethink your experience and those resume gaps might not be so big. Natalia also recommends asking contacts to endorse specific skills, further highlighting your professional abilities.

Utilize Direct Links

Direct links to a project you worked on, an award you received, or something you wrote further validates your experience. Paid or unpaid, linking directly to a webpage increases your visibility.

Engage

Links to your own work are just one way to engage. Natalia describes that people can engage with other people, with companies, or with entire industries. She recommends following leaders in your industry, posting content regularly, and using it as a tool to keep up with new information in an industry.

Natalia also shares that extending congratulations via LinkedIn or reaching out for a mentor can be advantageous during an interview. A hiring manager can see that you’ve followed them and engaged with an industry. Engaging and networking with others purposefully can transform the platform into a far more useful tool for strengthening your own professional network.

RELATED: How Veterans Can Grow Their Professional Networks

Keep it Up to Date

Optimizing a profile isn’t useful for long if it isn’t kept up to date. Natalia points out the utility of regularly updating professional achievements – the information is organized and readily available for filling out applications.

LinkedIn Premium Free for Military Spouses

Military spouses with a MySECO account are eligible for LinkedIn Premium free for one year. The following steps are required before the free upgrade.

  • Create a free MySECO account
  • Meet with SECO career coach by phone or live chat
  • Attend an online live webinar about leveraging your LinkedIn Premium account
  • Complete the Leveraging LinkedIn Premium self-paced training course

A free, easy, and effective way to neatly thread an impressively complex web of experience into a page-turning story.

 

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Veteran Careers in the Solar Industry

Exciting Solar Industry Careers for Veterans

No matter what position you take with climate change, one thing everyone can agree on is that solar power is here to stay. I do not know what the future holds for our nation’s energy, especially as rolling blackouts in California are becoming routine. However, I do know that ever since Edmond Bacquerel discovered the photovoltaic effect in 1839, society has continued to study and invest in solar power.  For veterans, there are unique opportunities designed just for us.  Here we explore solar industry career options for veterans.

Solar Ready Vets Network

The United States Department of Energy (DoE) has sponsored the Solar Ready Vets Network which “engages solar industry employers, certified solar training providers, veterans service organizations and workforce development networks to support military service members and veterans pursuing solar industry careers.”

Through their Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO), the DoE connects veterans and transitioning military service members  with career training, professional development, and employment opportunities in the solar industry.

The Solar Ready Vets Network supports the military community by:

  • Facilitating positive connections for successful careers
  • Developing a model that standardizes a solar apprenticeship
  • Establishing industry specific partnerships for education
  • Promoting On-The-Job Training (OJT)
  • Expanding GI Bill eligibility for solar training and education

If you are a veteran or transitioning service member, access the Veterans Page to get started.

3 Powerful Initiatives

  • Solar Ready Vets Fellowship Program: This program places active duty service members in 12-week work-based learning programs with solar employers to facilitate the transition into a civilian career. This fellowship focuses on management and professional positions like technical sales, system design, supply chain logistics, project development. The Solar Foundation leads this program in partnership with the US Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s “Hiring Our Heroes” program and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA).
  • Solar Opportunities and Readiness (SOAR) Initiative: This program connects veterans with solar training, credentialing, professional development, and employment opportunities. SOAR’s goals are to establish an apprenticeship recognized by the Department of Labor, expand the eligibility of solar training for GI Bill benefits, and define expedited pathways to solar certifications based on military experience and qualifications. The Solar Foundation leads this program in partnership with the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) and SEIA.
  • Cyberguardians and STEM Warriors: This project is led by SunSpec Alliance and provides training for veterans in cybersecurity and information technology. This is a three-year program designed to prepare military veteran job seekers training on Distributed Energy Resource (DER) technology. Methods and resources include online modules, accredited curricula, and hybrid training programs focused on designing systems for distributed energy resources, as well as grid operations, data analytics, cybersecurity, and investment decision support. For this program, check out their Cyberguardians

Solar Credentialing for Veterans

The Solar Ready Vets team, in collaboration with the NABCEP, has established GI Eligibility for the Photovoltaic Associate (PVA) Program. With this approval by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), veterans and service members transitioning to the civilian workforce can now apply for reimbursement of all NABCEP PV-related exams.

As of 2018, all of the following exams are eligible for reimbursement:

  • PV Associate (PVA) Exam
  • PV Installation Professional (PVIP)
  • PV Design Specialist (PVDS)
  • PV Installation Specialist (PVIS)
  • PV Commissioning & Maintenance (PVCMS)
  • PV Technical Sales (PVTS)
  • PV System Inspector (PVSI)

Occupational Outlook

In 2019, the median pay for a Solar Photovoltaic Installer was $44,890 per year, or $21.58 per hour. That’s not bad for an entry-level job that only requires a high school diploma. It’s certainly more than they paid me as a private in the mid-1990s! The job outlook for this career is expecting growth in the field of 51% between 2019 and 2029, which is much faster than average.

If you fall more on the computer side of the solar-powered house, the 2019 median pay for Information Security Analysts was $99,730 per year, or $47.95 per hour. While the Department of Labor does list a bachelor’s degree as the typical entry level education, there are programs like the Cyberguardians and STEM Warriors program mentioned above that fully prepare you for a cyber career specific to the energy industry. This career field is expected to grow at a rate of 31% between 2019 and 2029.

Background Information

In 2014, the US Department of Energy launched Solar Ready Vets as a pilot program to prepare US Veterans for careers as photovoltaic system installers, sales representatives, system inspectors, and other roles within the solar industry.

In 2017, Solar Ready Vets became an independent program administered by participating military bases, using tools and partnerships developed during the pilot phase. More than 500 students over 35 cohorts and in 10 different states graduated from the pilot program. The US Department of Defense’s SkillBridge initiative enabled the training by allowing transitioning service members to pursue civilian training, apprenticeships, and internships up to six months prior to their separation.

Success Stories

For some success stories and testaments from other veterans, check out their awesome Service to Solar page that offers advice and guidance from fellow veterans who have gone through these various programs and are serving in the solar industry.

If you’ve ever considered a career in the solar industry, or even in an IT role specific to the solar industry, then these programs are an amazing opportunity to power your next career!

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Webinars for Job Hunting Veterans and Military Spouses [updated]

Webinars to Prepare Veterans and Military Spouses to Land a Job 2021

Updated through August 2021

There are many tools out there to help the military community with finding a job. Possibly one of the most convenient and helpful tools are webinars. A webinar is a virtual live presentation or conference that many companies use to train, guide, network, or gain new employees. For the military community, webinars can be a great tool if you are looking for a job.

These virtual events allow you to grow your knowledge of what employers are looking for and how to best prepare yourself and your resume to get the job you want. Webinars are usually interactive, allowing for on the spot discussions about tips and resources. Attending a webinar geared toward the military community may just be the resource you need to jump-start your next career.

Types of Virtual Webinars

  • Interview Preparation
  • Resume Tips
  • Employer Connections
  • Leveraging Job Search Engines
  • Networking Tips
  • Company Recruitment

Webinars in June for Military, Veterans and Spouses

June 24, 2021

  • MOAA Seminar: Maximize Your Overall Compensation Package – This webinar will focus on salary and benefits negotiation. The webinar will cover how your conduct during the negotiation process will directly affect your relationship with your future employer as well as The Value of your TRICARE Benefit, Composition of Employee Benefits Packages, Preparing for Salary Negotiation, When to Talk Money, How to Respond to Salary Questions, Evaluating the Salary Offer, and Closing the Deal. 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm EDT, pre-registration generally required, register here.

  

June 30, 2021

  • Turning a Job into a Career – This webinar will focus on leveraging a position that might not be your dream job into a better opportunity. The webinar will also cover how to turn an entry level position or part time position into a meaningful career. 7:00 pm EST, pre-registration generally required, register here.

 

Webinars in July for Military, Veterans and Spouses

 

July 15, 2021

  • Hire Heroes USA: Navigating Gaps in Employment – This webinar focuses on employment gaps. The employment gaps they will cover are gaps in education, experience, and employment history. You will get insight on how to address them on your application, resume, and in the interview. 3:00 pm ET, pre-Registration generally required, register here.

 

July 19, 2021

  • Making an Impactful Impression: How to Work a Virtual Career Fair – This webinar will focus on teaching you how to make an impactful impression at a virtual career fair. If you have never attended a virtual career fair and want to learn what they are all about and how to navigate them this is a great webinar for you to attend. 2:00 pm– 3:00 pm EDT, pre-Registration generally required, register here.

 

July 20, 2021

  • Success After Service: 5 Steps to Get Hired – This webinar will focus on the employment process, resume tailoring, defining and protecting your brand, identifying your target, selling yourself in an interview, and offer negotiation. This is event is great for transitioning military members.10:00 am PT, pre-Registration generally required, register here.

 

July 21, 2021

  • Federal Employment: Strategy Session – This webinar will focus on helping you achieve success with your federal applications. You will look at vacancy announcements, building narrative content, and tailoring a federal resume.12:00 pm ET, pre-Registration generally required, register here.

 

Jul 27, 2021

  • Success for Military Spouses: Leveraging LinkedIn – This webinar will focus on building your professional LinkedIn profile by getting guidance on establishing meaningful connections, maximizing LinkedIn resources. Building a strong network and creating a strong profile can propel your career forward. 9:00 am PT, pre-Registration generally required, register here.

 

Webinars in August for Military, Veterans and Spouses

 

August 3, 2021

  • Military Spouses: 5 Steps to Get Hired – This webinar will focus on helping military spouses navigate the job search process. Military spouses will receive resume writing guidance, learn how to leverage their personal networks, and receive effective interview techniques. 9:00 am PST, pre-registration generally required, register 9:00 am PT pre-Registration generally required, register here.

 

August 11, 2021

  • Be Seen: How to Make Yourself More Visible to Employer Recruiters – This webinar will teach you tools to make it easier for recruiters to find you. The webinar will also cover finding the right job that fits your skill set. There will be time for questions and answers. 2:00 pm- 3:00 pm EDT, pre-Registration generally required, register here.

 

August 19, 2021

  • Centurion Military Alliance Virtual Warrior Transition Workshop – This webinar is comprised of three pillars: Educational Attainment, Vocational Proficiency, and Financial Literacy. The goal of this webinar is to gain a greater understanding of how to leverage skill sets, transition assistance tools, and resources. 11:00 am, pre-Registration generally required, register here.

 

August 25, 2021

  • Federal Employment: Where to Begin – This webinar will focus on the federal employment process, creating a job seeker profile, and beginning to build a federal resume. Great webinar for learning how to search for federal positions. 12:00 pm ET, 9:00 am PT, pre-Registration generally required, register here.

 

Non-Profits Assisting Military Spouses

Focusing on networking and career development, these non-profits put military spouses first.

Hire Heroes USA

Hire Heroes USA gives one-on-one coaching to spouses no matter where in the hiring process they are. With LinkedIn and resume help, as well as interview and job board preparation, spouses are able to be a cut above the rest. Being paired with a transition specialist, this free resource helps spouses and military members land the career they have been looking for while staying in touch throughout the hiring process.

RELATED: Hiring Our Heroes: Overview of Programs

The USO

The United Service Organization or USO, allows volunteer opportunities and networking events for military service members and their dependents. By signing up for USO Military Spouse Networking Events spouses are able to connect with spouses in their area who are in the same situation they are in. By attending these events, spouses are able to improve their elevator pitch, explaining yourself and your personal mission, resume and interview skills without the pressure of being corrected or evaluated. Spouses are encouraged to “find their spark” and find what they are passionate about to bring focus and purpose to their life though USO spouse connections.

RELATED: USO Transition Program & 3 Tips for Transition Success

Military Spouse Corporate Center Network (MSCCN)

Founded in 2004 the Military Spouse Corporate Center Network, or MSCCN, aids spouses to find a balance between their career and military life challenges. Being able to search work from home employment and access prerecorded trainings allows even the busiest spouses a way to improve their job search. Aiming to help spouses maintain and obtain a portable career is their main focus, MSCCN aims to encourage spouses to accomplish their career goals regardless of location or station.

COVID-19 has changed the whole world as we know it. Being an ever changing service, military members and their families must learn to adapt to their circumstances and overcome any obstacle. Being able to keep up to date with employment preparation and job trends is the key to stay on top of the job market. Being able to relay and support each other in our communities.

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Blue Star Families

Blue Star Families has a program called Spouse Force which is sponsored by The Walmart Foundation and JPMorgan Chase that aids military spouses in building a technology career. Their aim is to make sure that spouses have a career that is portable and in high demand. Training offered by sponsors allows the spouse to be a step ahead of competition in the hiring process. Training in skills related to software and technology, business and writing management as well as internet and workplace safety, allow the spouse to improve their resume and interview skills.  Blue Star Families connects individuals with online mentors around the country in their desired field of practice to ensure they are on the correct path to their new career.

Even though the world around us seems to be at a standstill, this is the perfect time to get ahead. Online training and courses are more readily available than ever before. Improving yourself inside and out will put a new perspective on this life in quarantine. Staying sharp and ready with skills like interviewing and networking will allow you to be one step ahead in the new normal. Now more than ever this year, with the holiday season approaching, more opportunities are just around the corner, you just need to know where to look.

 

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5 Insider Tips for Navigating USAJOBS

Tips On How to Best Navigate USAJOBS

USAJOBS is the Federal Government’s official employment site. It has a reputation for being a tough nut to crack. For many, it is a common experience to receive an immediate ineligibility notification or watch a resume sit in the system for months with no progress.

It tends to be a complex system that is quite different from most other application submission processes.

Understand Eligibility

Eligibility is not the same as qualification in the world of USAJOBS. Each job posting is labeled with an icon that represents various eligibilities or hiring paths. This is one reason why a candidate who seems highly qualified for a position may be determined ineligible.

USAJOBS hiring paths include:

  • Veterans
  • Open to the public
  • Federal employees
  • Internal to an agency
  • Career transition
  • Family of overseas employees
  • Individuals with disabilities
  • Military spouses
  • National Guard & Reserves
  • Native American and Alaskan Natives
  • Peace Corps & AmeriCorps VISTA
  • Senior Executives
  • Special Authorities
  • Students
  • Recent Graduates

It is important to review the hiring paths associated with each job announcement to determine whether or not you are eligible. It is equally important to understand that falling into a hiring path does not automatically mean that you are a preferred candidate.

In addition to these complexities, each job is assigned a hiring authority that may or may not be listed in the job announcement. This can affect the way that candidates are selected for the position.

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5 Insider Tips for Building a Federal Resume

 Charlene is an Army Community Service (ACS) Coordinator who manages the ACS Employment Readiness program at an OCONUS location. She supports military community members in navigating USAJOBS and building federal resumes on a daily basis.

She shares the following tips that she has absorbed over time through various resources including the US Office of Personnel Management, colleagues, and the Resume Place.

Follow the Instructions

There are some universal truths to resume writing – provide all of the necessary information, proof-read and eliminate any typos, and tailor each resume for the job posting. Not following instructions makes it difficult to review a resume and less likely that a resume will make the cut.

Ensuring eligibility increases the chances of being selected. The same is true for making a resume easy to read and providing all supporting documents.

Charlene recommends blocking out any Personal Identifying Information (PII) like social security numbers and date of birth. This is simply good practice to protect this private information and does not influence the candidate selection process.

Use Keywords

But don’t copy/paste. Charlene recommends reading the entire job posting and focus on pulling keywords from the responsibilities, questionnaire, and qualifications sections. For example, if one of the qualifications is customer service, highlight that you have experience in customer service. Paint a picture of how well you have performed customer service. Using numbers and statistics is a great way to demonstrate performance.

Manage Length

There is no magic number for federal resume length. Expect it to be longer than a traditional resume – like 5-8 pages. Charlene explains that the trend is to write mini narrative paragraphs that clearly explain what you have done and how well you have done it.

It is good practice to use present tense for current roles and past tense for past roles. Listing jobs from the last 10 years is recommended. It is appropriate to include jobs from longer than 10 years ago if they show that you are qualified for the position.

Fill the Last Page

The last page is a great place to include a professional summary. Filling the last page simply makes a resume look more complete. HR spends only about 10 seconds reviewing resumes! A resume that is easy to read, looks complete, and clearly matches the job posting will increase the chances of being selected.

Enter Hours Worked

Most job postings require a minimum of 1 year of specialized experience. Charlene shares that in USAJOBS, 1 year = 40 hours per week for 52 weeks. The system will not recognize that minimum qualifications are met if hours worked are not entered.

Keep in mind that volunteer experience can count as specialized experience. Enter hours worked for volunteer experience too.

Additional Resources for Navigating USAJOBS

ACS Programs are excellent resources for securing employment and navigating USAJOBS. Charlene adds that some ACS programs are available to anyone with base access, though some may be limited to active duty and Veterans. Each branch has its own version of ACS.

USAJOBS offers recurring, free, virtual webinars for building a Federal Resume. Resume Place also offers resources for federal resume writing and free webinars.

 

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Myths About Military Spouses

Military Spouse Myths

Becoming a military spouse can be daunting. Moving away from the family and friends you grew up with and in some cases, leaving the comforts of your own country, can be stressful. Many people do not realize that all military spouses are different. Each spouse has their own way of living, making for conflicting rumors within the spouses circle.

Though it may be intimidating to attend your first spouses club meeting or just attending a family day at the unit, there is truly nothing to be afraid of. Most spouses want to help make the transition as smooth as possible for you, but it is important to debunk the myths that have been floating around the military since its beginning.

Military Spouses Are Happy All the Time

Even if it does seem this way, military spouses are just as human as spouses of civilians. They still get stressed out about moving across the country, or seeing their loved one get deployed to an undisclosed location but they seem to do it with a smile on their face. They feel the need to be the rock in their family, showing their children or outsiders that everything is going great, even though on the inside they could be just as sad or worried as everyone else. Showing your confidence and positive attitude is great, but it is also important to express the not so positive emotions. There are always other spouses to lean on who understand exactly what you are going though, and they are very likely to lend a helping hand when need be.

Military Spouses All Want (or Have) Children

Though it may seem that way, not every military spouse wants or has children. There are many couples that want to wait to grow a family outside the military so they are able to be in one place for a long time and be around family. There are also plenty of families that just want to keep dogs or cats as children while they are in the military. Other couples do not want children at all or have children that have already left home. Every family is unique in the military and it is important to know that there are spouses of all ages, don’t be afraid to make friends with someone that is older or younger than you!

Military Spouses Are All The Same

Back to the point about all spouses are from different areas of the country, or even the world. Each spouse was raised differently, and is entitled to their own views. Many people have their own way of meeting friends and creating relationships that last, some will go to the gym and others will become friends with the active duty service members. There are many different types of people you will meet and being open minded to a friendship that you wouldn’t traditionally make can be a lifesaver.

Military Spouse Are Never Employed

Yes it may be difficult to find a hold onto an employment opportunity due to the constant moves, but it is not impossible. Many military spouses find employment online so they can keep their job with them, no matter where they end up. Other spouses will continue education and attend local or online universities to keep improving themselves. Many spouses will get into a field that will allow them to find an opportunity even with the constant changing schedule. It is also important to remember that with constant travel and moving to new and exciting places, there is always a way to boost your resume and get a unique experience.

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Military Spouses Are Overly Concerned About Rank and Job Title

There may be a few spouses that are concerned, but for the most part, it doesn’t matter who you become friends with. The rank of your spouse may have an influence on who you become friends with due to the fact that those people are going to be the ones that your spouse will befriend but, there is no written rule for spouses. Becoming friends with someone who has a spouse that is a sergeant, while your spouse is a second lieutenant may sound weird but odds are you may be the same age and have the same interest. With an already small community, why dwindle it down?

 

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Careers at the Department of Veteran Affairs

VA Careers For Veterans

A career with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) comes loaded with comprehensive benefits, competitive pay, and other generous perks to help build a fuller, more balanced life for you and your family. VA has an unwavering commitment to support veterans, and that includes helping them build rewarding careers within the VA health care system.

VA gives Veterans—particularly those with disabilities—hiring preference for any available positions. VA values the special skills and unique perspectives Veterans bring to the table. They fully understand that by sharing your experiences you can continue a life of service, helping other veterans heal and cope with being back home.

The VA also recognizes military spouses are educated, qualified and ready to serve the nation’s veterans and their families. That is why VA partners with the Department of Defense Military Spouse Employment Partnership program to help recruit, hire, promote and retain military spouses in meaningful careers at VA.

Different Careers For Veterans Available at VA

Below are some of the health care and employment opportunities available at VA.

Nursing

Nurses are at the heart of VA’s world-class, patient-centered standard of care. Day in and day out, they go the extra mile to make a lasting difference in the lives of our Veterans and their families. As part of Patient Aligned Care Teams (PACTs), nurses play a crucial role in Veterans’ long-term, holistic health. They work collaboratively across disciplines and treatment settings with a designated medical team—and other community resources—to help coordinate the full spectrum of patient care. And they do it all with a gentle humility and patience that keeps Veterans’ spirits lifted.

Physicians Careers

As a physician at VA, you have more than a job—you serve Veterans who have borne the battle with honor. In carrying out this mission, you will discover a career with competitive pay, opportunities for growth and mobility, a wealth of benefits and rich rewards.

Mental Health Hiring

VA understands the unique challenges Veterans face when returning home and transitioning back to civilian life. The VA’s Mental Health professionals expertly tailor treatment plans that meet patients where they are, ease their symptoms and help them achieve wholeness.  Mental Health at VA focuses on recovery, coordinating care that empowers Veterans and their families to take charge of their wellbeing and pursue fuller lives. From counseling and emergency services to telemedicine and social work, VA does what it takes to help Veterans reclaim their mental and emotional freedom.

Dentistry

At VA, their dentistry professionals can pursue opportunities to conduct research either independently or in association with VA’s dental practice-based research network known as VADER (VA Dentists Engaged in Research). VADER gives you the chance to engage in clinical studies designed to answer questions faced by VA dentists in the routine care of their patients. VADER works closely with the VA Dental Education Program in the dissemination of research findings, and with the VA Oral Health Quality Group in the development of quality measures for VA dental practices. The VA Dental Education Program offers training for new, inexperienced, and/or upcoming dental chiefs, assistant dental chiefs, and lead dentists. In addition, VA dentists are well-published in nationally recognized professional journals, and many have been elected to leadership positions in national health care organizations and at VA Veterans Integrated Services Network (VISN) levels.

Pharmacists

VA is pushing beyond tradition to give pharmacists more direct influence on the course of patient care. By enabling them to apply their skills in new ways—from leading-edge research to preventative services and behavioral counseling—VA is delivering accurate, effective treatment to more Veterans in need. At VA, pharmacists are valued members of interdisciplinary care teams and are given greater autonomy to make clinical decisions on patients’ behalf. On our pharmacy team, you are sure to experience unbeatable satisfaction in a career that makes full use of your training and passion.

Administrative and Technical Professionals

When it comes to ensuring Veterans receive the best health care available, it takes all kinds of talented, dedicated professionals. VA administrative and technical teams keep the gears turning behind the scenes, in finance, human resources, IT and beyond. At VA, you can help change lives in a variety of settings, making decisions that are essential to the smooth, efficient flow of services to our patients. No matter your field of expertise, VA has dynamic career paths that bring out the best in you and transform your passion for serving Veterans into real-world impact.

Support Services

With a host of training and educational resources available, VA continually invests in the potential of all its support staff, helping them exceed their goals. It is a way to experience a more satisfying career with the added fulfillment of changing Veterans’ lives.

Students and Trainees

For more than 60 years, the VA has partnered with affiliated colleges and universities across the country to train new health care professionals and enhance Veteran health care. VA conducts the largest medical education effort in the U.S., with over 120,000 participants receiving training in 2017. The VA is proud that so many of these professionals accept permanent positions on the team, after getting a glimpse into life at VA. With the number of training and educational opportunities available to accelerate your career growth, it is easy to see why. Visit the Office of Academic Affiliations to explore all VA has to offer.

If you are a Veteran or military spouse interested in career opportunities with VA, feel free to email the Veterans Employment Services Office (VESO) for guidance. Find other helpful employment resources, including a military skills translator, resume builder and more at www.vets.gov/employment.

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Mentorship Opportunities for Veterans

Mentorship Services for Veterans

Mentorship doesn’t have to end when your military service does. There are organizations out there that offer veterans mentors with the purpose of guiding them to valuable careers after their service ends.

Mentorship is often misunderstood in today’s society. In fact, I believe that many problems people face in life could actually be solved by having a mentor, someone to guide us through any of the challenges that face us every day.  

Military members are used to mentorship. At the beginning of my career in the mid-1990s, I received mentorship from various leaders that made me a better soldier. Two decades later, as my career came to a close, I was mentoring junior leaders and soldiers who were just beginning their careers.

American Corporate Partners

The American Corporate Partners (ACP) offers a virtual 1-on-1 mentoring program that assists veterans with career development, networking, and general mentorship. Veterans are paired with a mentor and can expect 12 mentorship sessions, happening once a month. 

Many of the mentors are from Fortune 500 companies and are experts in their industries. Their goal is to give back to those who have served their country in the armed forces. Veterans and mentors are matched by ACP so as to provide for the best experiences for both parties. One notable mentor has been George Oliver, the CEO of Johnson Controls.

Who is Eligible?

Any post 9/11 Veteran who has served for at least 180 is eligible for the ACP mentorship program. The ACP also welcomes active duty spouses. All Veterans may also access Advisor Net, which is an online networking resource that is a great place to ask questions of numerous advisors and find new networking opportunities. There are discussion boards and even private messaging available on Advisor Net.

How to Apply?

Visit their website, www.ACP-USA.org, and fill out an application. It only takes about 10 minutes. You will be expected to answer questions about your background, interests, military experience and mentorship preferences, such as gender or Veteran preferences.

After you apply, you can expect a call from ACP within 24 hours, according to their website. They will schedule a 15-minute phone call to ask a few clarifying questions to match the applicant with the perfect mentor.

Veterati

Since 2016, Veterati has been offering their mentorship platform to service members, veterans, and military spouses across the country. They have partnered with the nation’s leading Veteran Service Organizations (VSO) and military employers to offer free, on-demand mentoring to the entire military community.

Their mission is to help unemployed/underemployed veterans and spouses find meaningful employment, and they are driven by the idea that 80% of job opportunities are accessible only through personal networks. Veterati strives to be your personal network.

Mentors from Veterati deliver the following support for transitioning and transitioned service members and their families:

  1. Personalized Advice – A mentor will make contact and offer mentorship for your specific situation and desires.
  2. Questions and Coaching to discover new possibilities – A mentor will assess where you are and where you want to go, and help you plan to get there.
  3. Insider job search tips – Job hunting is already difficult, but having tips and advice from a mentor can give you an edge that may land you a job.
  4. Introductions – Networking is huge when it comes to job hunting. Having the right connections greatly increases your chances of employment.

How to Sign Up?

Head to the Veterati Sign Up page where you will be prompted to sign in with your LinkedIn account. (Follow the link if you don’t already have one.) Sign up takes about a minute and there are no fees or limits to how many mentors you can talk to.

Heavy Hitting Veteran Support

Veterati maintains strong partnerships with other organizations like the USO, Hiring our Heroes, and IAVA. If you are transitioning, check out their Transition Center, where you can have your transition questions answered directly by mentors and other mentees. 

FourBlock

FourBlock supports veterans to successfully navigate their transitions by providing the education, mentorship, and relationships needed during that process. Their focus is on helping veterans build professional networks that will lead them to a hiring manager.

This organization is composed of Fortune 500 companies and top universities. Add the transitioning veteran, and they will learn through a blended online and in person program developed in partnership with Columbia University.

How to Apply?

If you’re interested in applying to FourBlocks mentorship program, head to their application page and fill out the webform. They will ask for your LinkedIn profile information, as well as information related to your military service. You will be required to upload your proof of military service, usually your DD214. If you’re active duty, you can still apply, but you’ll need to upload a copy of your current orders and a valid, government-issued ID. (They do not want you military ID.)

Check out their Schedule to see if there is a program starting near you.

Next Steps

If you are a veteran or military spouse, leaving the security of the service can be stressful. Luckily, there are numerous organizations out there, many of which were founded by veterans like you, that want only to clear that path to your next career.

I encourage you to take advantage of the mentorship opportunities offered by these great organizations. 

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These Companies Provide Apprenticeship and Training for Veterans

Veteran Apprenticeship and Training Programs

In an effort to showcase their commitment to the U.S. Military, there are a number of companies that offer apprenticeship and training programs specifically for veterans. Oftentimes, this can lead to an offer of employment once a program is completed.

In 2019, Veterans made up about 8% of America’s adult population.  For companies there are significant benefits to hiring veterans, such as their:

  • Accelerated learning curve
  • Team working abilities
  • Efficient performance under pressure

These companies recognize the value in veterans’ frequently-untapped skillsets. We’ve compiled information from three of those companies – Microsoft, Amazon, and Volvo.  Hopefully this will help shed light on the viable, possibly unknown options out there for veterans to take advantage of.

 

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Microsoft Apprenticeship and Training Opportunities for Veterans

Microsoft Software Systems Academy or MSSA is an 18-week (or two 9-week terms) intensive-training program that started in 2013 to provide veterans with further development of critical, technology-based skills for today’s growing industry. To enroll, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be active duty personnel transitioning out of the military within 6 months or be a recently honorably discharged veteranctive duty service members would go through the program as their duty assignment on base or on a local community campus)
  • Current security clearance strongly preferred
  • Interest in IT with no requirement of previous experience
  • Must demonstrate technical competency for chosen specialization.  This can be done by earning either the applicable Microsoft Technology Associates (MTA) or Computer Technology Industry Association (COMPTIA) Certifications

Enrollees participate in both classroom and hands-on training in tech products and skills. Those who graduate from the program have the opportunity to interview for a full-time jobs.  These jobs be at Microsoft or one of their 280 hiring partners in career fields such as:

  • Cloud development
  • Cloud administration
  • Cybersecurity administration
  • Database/business intelligence administration

 

Did you know…the average male veteran makes an estimated annual salary of $42,000.  The average female veteran makes an estimated annual salary of $35,000.

Amazon Apprenticeship and Training Opportunities for Veterans

With a dedication to hiring 25,000 military veterans and spouses by 2021, Amazon Web Services has created numerous programs that help develop valuable technical skills and lead to successful careers within the company.  Such potential jobs could be in:

  • Software development
  • Support and data center operations
  • Military recruitment

In 2016, the Amazon Technical Apprenticeship was established.  The program was intended to create an avenue for transitioning veterans and military spouses seeking careers in cloud computing. It consists of 10-20 weeks of paid, full-time training. That is then followed by up to 12 months of paid, on-the-job training and mentorship.  These help participants to build technical skills and grow as professionals.

Ideal candidates:

  • Have military experience in communications, intelligence, cyber security or possess industry-recognized IT certifications
  • Were active military within the last 6 months, a Guard/Reserve member, veteran, or a military spouse
  • Have an active security clearance

The apprenticeship is partnered with state/federal government, so reach out to the VA to see if you qualify for additional GI Bill benefits while enrolled. For more information, visit Amazon’s career website.

Volvo (and CALIBRE) Apprenticeship and Training Opportunities for Veterans

Just last month, Volvo launched a new technician program known as the Volvo Car USA Veteran Technician Careers Program. The program provides the opportunity to veterans for a smoother transition into the civilian workforce.  In addition, it allows military-learned skills to be put to use.

The comprehensive program will utilize resident training and e-Learning in an effort to give veterans a chance to break into an automotive career.  This program takes place in collaboration with CALIBRE Systems. Through this initiative, Volvo and CALIBRE aim to annually provide jobs for 120 U.S. military veterans. Eligible hopefuls are:

  • Honorably discharged military veterans or currently-serving members of the National Guard or Reserve
  • Have three or more years of experience in vehicle maintenance and repair
  • Possess a clean driving record
  • Can pass a series of background checks and drug testing.

Candidates who meet that criteria can apply to participate in a 4-week instructor-led and on-the-job training program.  This represents a full-time job opportunity at a local, participating Volvo Cars Retailer.

Upon completion of the program, selectees can participate in a 12-month U.S. Department of Labor and GI Bill-approved registered apprenticeship. Those entered into the apprenticeship have the option to utilize GI Bill benefits to receive a monthly housing allowance stipend for a full 12 months during the apprenticeship.  This is on top of regular pay and benefits, given that they are eligible to receive such benefits (see here to determine eligibility or reach out to a VA representative).

Upon favorable completion of the apprenticeship program, candidates will be fast-tracked towards a new career.  These careers may be as a Volvo Quality Technician or Hybrid Specialist at participating Volvo Cars Retailers.

Interested applicants can inquire further on the Volvo website.

Research Other Companies

Now that you’ve heard about 3 different apprenticeship/training programs, it’s time to research others.  There are quite a few other companies that offer similar training programs and even exhibit veteran-preferred hiring practices.

Veteran-only opportunities like this are valuable.  They afford a chance to truly impact one’s future in the workplace outside of the military.

 

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Top Virtual Jobs for Education Professionals OCONUS

Top Virtual Jobs for Education Professionals OCONUS

Degrees in education are among the most portable careers for military spouses. A shortage of qualified professionals contributes to a high demand for educators in the US.

Challenges related to license transfer from state to state can delay portability within the US. Employment landscape – employer requirements, local salary rates, and local level of education professional shortages – can vary significantly from region to region.

Barriers to Employment OCONUS

The list of barriers faced by spouses with education degrees becomes daunting in the OCONUS setting. Requirements to secure or renew a professional license are often vague or nonexistent for spouses moving out of the country.

Similar to spouses with healthcare degrees, education professionals face barriers related to working on a foreign economy – like SOFA agreements and language barriers. Read a more detailed outline of barriers here.

USAJobs and DoDEA Employment Application System Abyss

Staff and educational support positions – like substitute teachers, tutors, or teacher aid positions – are listed on USAJobs. This official employment site of the Federal Government has a reputation for being a major hurdle for finding employment.

DoDEA teaching vacancies are not listed on USAJobs. Strangely, they are not truly listed on the DoDEA Employment Application System either. It is through this system, however, where applications for DoDEA teaching jobs are submitted. Both USAJobs and DoDEA Employment Application Systems contain complex processes that create employment barriers for spouses.

Fortunately, online discussion boards, like the DODD Teachers Chatboard, can assist in better understanding the barriers involved in securing employment as a DoDEA teacher.

Barriers to Completing an Education Degree

Many spouses choose to continue their education through online programs. Paying for a college education while facing unemployment is not ideal.

Most teacher education programs require some amount of student teaching or internship.

Completing these requirements may involve additional steps when compared to completing the same requirements within the US. Your institution must enter an agreement with DoDDS and only minimal information on student teaching can be found on the DoDEA website.

Top Jobs for Educational Professionals OCONUS

For spouses with education degrees living OCONUS, maintaining a career can be nerve-racking – especially for families that rely on two incomes. Fortunately, there are multiple ways to utilize your training and supplement your income.

Tutoring

Multiple organizations hire tutors to provide virtual one on one support for students preparing to take tests like the ACT, SAT, GRE, GMAT, and advanced placement tests. Organizations with 100% remote and flexible positions include Arbor Bridge.

Countless organizations hire tutors or instructors for students learning English. Online tutoring options are available through organizations like Rosetta Stone, VIPKid, and Learnship.

Content Expert

Organizations like Freedom Learning Group are dedicated to providing career opportunities for underemployed military spouses. They do this by harnessing the expertise of spouses across the globe to develop educational content like developing test questions and writing content for textbooks. Jobs through Freedom Learning Group are 100% remote and can be filled by anyone living anywhere in the world.

Proofreader

Cambridge Proofreading is an organization that hires subject experts across the globe who hold a minimum of a bachelor’s degree. Editors and proofreaders work remotely to improve various documents – like theses, manuscripts, essays, etc.

Education Writer

Writing – typically on a freelance basis – provides an opportunity to work remotely from anywhere. Similar to content or subject matter experts, education writers create original content for various platforms. In addition to writing content for websites, magazines, or training materials, teachers can sell education content through platforms like Teachers Pay Teachers or Outschool.

Think Temporary

Spouses experiencing an OCONUS employment landscape need to be kind to themselves. Continuing any career in this setting may feel like a giant ripple or a screeching halt. Chances are this experience is temporary. Perhaps an OCONUS living provides an opportunity to explore something new or think outside the box. The US Education system will need you when you return!

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OCONUS Jobs for Healthcare Professionals

Top 3 Jobs for Healthcare Professionals OCONUS

Healthcare degrees tend to be inherently portable. An aging population and shortage of healthcare professionals across the country results in a high demand for this field.

Within the US, challenges related to license transfer from state to state can delay portability. The employment landscape – requirements for different employers, local salary rates, and local levels of healthcare worker shortages – can vary significantly from region to region.

Barriers to Employment OCONUS

The list of barriers faced by spouses with healthcare degrees becomes daunting in the OCONUS setting. Requirements to secure or renew a professional license are often vague or nonexistent for spouses moving out of the country.

Working on a Foreign Economy

This is one of the most obvious barriers for military spouses seeking employment OCONUS. It sounds adventurous, an opportunity to learn about healthcare in another country. The following factors must be considered.

  • Status of Forces Agreements (SOFA) – These agreements between the US and the host nation define what rights and privileges military families have while living in a foreign country. Depending on the specific agreement, working in the host nation may require multiple extra steps – if it is allowed at all.
  • Language Barriers – Although some spouses have a second language before moving OCONUS and the rare opportunity to work without speaking a second language may exist – proficiency in a foreign language is typically necessary. Achieving the level of B1 according to the Common European Framework is a common requirement – and that takes time!
  • Differences in Healthcare Structure – While the US generally functions as a third-party payor healthcare system, many OCONUS destinations have something closer to universal healthcare. Although they often carry the same name, healthcare roles can look very different from country to country.

For those seeking to learn a new language – utilize the free MWR library resources or military and student discounts for Rosetta Stone.

The USAJobs Abyss

Considering the uphill battle for working on a foreign economy, more traditional employment may be available through a US military installation. USAJobs is likely the most common avenue for employment – though opportunities through contracting companies may also be available.

USAJobs is the Federal Government’s official employment site. Frustration is a common reaction to navigating the application and hiring process using this system. Some reasons why include:

  • Unusual Resume Expectations – While most resumes are 1-2 pages long and succinctly hit the highlights, a USA Jobs resume is far more detail oriented and longer.
  • Complex Automated Systems – Many agencies rely on an automated system to identify key words and select the best candidates. Without fully understanding how this system selects candidates, creating a resume that the system will pull is difficult.
  • Eligibility is Independent of Qualification – What? While a person may be qualified – or even overqualified – they must fall into a hiring path to be considered eligible.
  • Competitive Nature OCONUS – What do you get when 50 unemployed healthcare professionals apply for one of five annual job vacancies? Competition. Though poorly documented, the unemployment rates among military spouses in OCONUS communities is arguably higher than within the US. This is true for vacancies through USAJobs and contracting companies.

Fortunately, USAJobs offers recurring, free, virtual webinars to help applicants tackle writing a federal resume and navigating USAJobs. Deeper understanding of the USAJobs system increases the likelihood that a resume will actually make it into the hands of a hiring manager.

Protected Healthcare Data

Just because a job is advertised as remote or called telehealth/telemedicine does not mean that the person filling that role can work from anywhere. Data security and HIPPA laws often restrict eligible applicants to a specific region within the US. Many telehealth/telemedicine jobs require employees to report to a call center. Jobs may also be advertised as remote, but still require the employee to report to work a percentage of the time.

Barriers to Completing a Healthcare Degree

Many healthcare professionals choose to continue their education through online programs. College is expensive and paying for it while you face unemployment is not ideal. Obtaining a healthcare degree often requires clinical hours – hands-on practice that supports learning. While it isn’t impossible to complete clinicals while living OCONUS, it does depend on finding a facility that supports students, an agreement between the facility and your school, and identifying a qualified preceptor.

To explore this further, contact the education department at a local military treatment facility. A good network can also help identify and navigate local options.

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Top 3 Jobs for Healthcare Professionals OCONUS

For spouses anticipating a move to or already living in an OCONUS location, hurdling this list of barriers can be intimidating – and scary for families that rely on two incomes. Fortunately, there are some options to continue a career in healthcare.

Content or Subject Matter Expert

Companies like Freedom Learning Group are dedicated to providing career opportunities for underemployed military spouses. They do this by harnessing the expertise of military spouses across the globe to develop educational content like developing test questions and writing content for textbooks. Jobs through Freedom Learning Group company are 100% remote and can be filled by anyone living anywhere in the world.

Health Writer

Health writing affords an opportunity to work remotely from anywhere. Similar to content or subject matter experts, health writers create health-related content. Health writing is often done on a freelance basis. The Savvy Scribe is one platform to learn more about launching a career as a health writer – learn more by listening to the podcast.

Educator

An ongoing shift to distance education may provide opportunities for spouses with healthcare degrees to work remotely as course instructors. Start by searching fully online institutions like American Public University System or Wester Governor’s University. Then dig for leads teaching subjects like Medical Terminology or Anatomy and Physiology.

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These options require more effort than a traditional job search, but can provide supplemental income. Remember to keep in mind the differences in time zones. Networking will be extremely beneficial when searching for virtual and remote jobs available to OCONUS spouses.

Think Temporary

Spouses experiencing an OCONUS employment landscape need to be kind to themselves. Continuing a healthcare career in this setting may feel like a giant ripple or a screeching halt. Chances are this experience is temporary. This transition may be an opportunity to explore something new or think outside the box. The US Healthcare system will need you when you return!

 

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New Virtual Paid Fellowship for Veterans and Military Spouses

New Virtual Paid Fellowship for Veterans and Military Spouses

Partnering with Salesforce (formerly known as Vetforce), Hiring Our Heroes announced a new paid fellowship program for veterans and military spouses on May 21st.

This program works to mitigate problems like overcoming employment barriers in the military community and bridging the digital skills gap. Unlike many other fellowship programs, this program teaches high-demand skills while providing income.

Applicants are less restricted by geographical location with virtual fellowships. This has always been important for families that PCS often. Virtual opportunities are also important when travel is restricted during COVID-19.

What is a digital skills gap?

COVID-19 has further accelerated the shift to virtual and remote work. Growth in the use of technology has resulted in a divide between human labor and what is accomplished by machines, algorithms, and cloud computing. This translates to a high demand for technology skills and a relative deficit of qualified applicants.

Veterans and military spouses have access to  free opportunities for adding certifications to their resumes and qualify them for these high demand, profitable, and portable careers.

The Salesforce Fellowship Program is an innovative program that provides the tools for

veterans and military spouses to capitalize on employment opportunities. Not only does the program fill the rapidly expanding digital skills gap, it aims to connect veterans and military spouses with host companies on a deeper level than filling vacancies.

What is Salesforce?

Substantial growth in cloud computing has arguably contributed to growth in Salesforce – a cloud-based software company focused on customer relationship management. Committed to building in-demand technology skills among military community members, Salesforce builds relationships between its network of talent and companies dedicated to hiring veterans and military spouses.

About the Salesforce Fellowship

This hands-on experience completed virtually over 12-weeks is a paid opportunity. Veterans and military spouses who have completed a Salesforce certification are eligible to apply. If selected, fellows are matched with host companies based on their skill set.

Application Deadlines

  • Cohort 1 – November 6, 2021
  • Cohort 2 – April 16, 2021
  • Cohort 3 – July 1, 2021

Apply for a Salesforce Fellowship.

Host companies benefit from the Salesforce Fellowship. At no cost to their organization, they are connected with qualified professionals and a pathway to a deeper understanding of the veteran and military spouse talent pool.

How to Complete a Salesforce Certification

Verify your status as a veteran, active duty, national guard, reserve, or military spouse with TroopID. Then use Trailhead Military to complete self-paced virtual training and earn vouchers for Salesforce classes and certification exams for free.

For those who need a “softer landing,” Salesforce has partnered with Merivis to offer combined virtual and in-person training in Texas, Washington, and Washington DC. This hybrid format provides active duty, reserve, guard, veterans, and military spouses with a personal coach and successfully passing a certification exam.

How much does the Salesforce Fellowship Pay?

Fellows receive $25 per hour during the fellowship. Participation can open doors for profitable careers. Though salaries vary by location and experience, Salesforce certifications – like Administrator, Developer, or Consultant – can lead to annual salaries over $70,000.

Is the Fellowship Available OCONUS?

Unfortunately, no. Due to local hiring restrictions and SOFA agreements, the fellowship cannot be offered OCONUS.

Salesforce Military Employer Partners

With the goal of accelerating the hiring of veterans and military spouses, Salesforce Military Alliance Partners commit to automatic interviews for Salesforce Military applicants and providing Salesforce training and placement in Salesforce roles for existing military connected employees.

Veteran and Military Spouse Owned Partner Employers include:

  • America’s Warrior Partnership
  • Blue Star Families
  • Cheshire Impact
  • Cloud for Good
  • Cloud Pathfinder
  • Emelar Consulting Group
  • Kicksaw
  • Liberty IT Solutions
  • Merivis
  • Provisio Partners
  • Shift
  • SifData
  • SitRep Digital
  • The Mission Continues

COVID-19 has led to a recent spike in the number of veterans filing for unemployment benefits. It has also accelerated the shift to virtual and remote work and created paid opportunities to learn skills that can lead to a high demand, profitable, and portable career.

 

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4 Career Paths For OCONUS Spouse

Ideas for OCONUS Spouse Career Paths

The appeal of a nursing degree to a military spouse is undeniable. If they are lucky, they will be stationed near a fairly large town with plenty of health care positions to be filled. However, some will be limited to opportunities on the base alone. This is the much more likely scenario for overseas (OCONUS) postings.

The medical facility positions are highly sought after, and therefore very difficult to get. Working off base is an entirely different undertaking, with additional visa requirements and host country taxes, and in most cases a likely language barrier. Not to mention that nursing simply isn’t for everyone. Here are four more unique paths with qualifications that can be earned remotely and used for jobs that can be performed online and overseas with ease.

Earn a Medical Coding Certificate

This could be a good alternative for someone who has an interest in the medical field, but cannot get a position on base. Many medical coding jobs can be done remotely, and they pay very well— the average annual salary is around $55k. A medical coder takes in information on patients and their treatments and translates them into billable codes for the use of the hospital and insurance companies. All you need to start in this field is a certification, of which there are several types to choose from. The foremost certification associations are the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), and the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC).

Become a Personal Trainer

Physical fitness is hugely important in the military. As a certified personal trainer, you could help active duty members to pass their yearly physical training test, as well as work with spouses and dependents who might feel overwhelmed or uninspired by the gym. You could also offer your services completely online, working with clients on diet and exercise planning. To start a personal training certification program, you need a high school diploma or GED, as well as certifications in CPR and AED (automated external defibrillator). These can be completed with organizations like the American Red Cross. The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and Ace Fitness are two of many online certification programs for personal training.

Get a Degree in Library and Information Science

A degree in library sciences offers surprisingly broad utility. Not only would it make you eligible for positions in base libraries and schools, but also in off base learning institutions (most people working and studying at European Universities are highly proficient in it). Even places like museums and art galleries require staff with the knowledge base that this degree provides. There are also many opportunities for remote jobs with a degree in this field, such as:

  • Archivist
  • Tutor
  • Researcher
  • Freelance Writer

Below are some fully online programs in this field of study, of which there are many more to choose from—just be sure the program is accredited by the American Library Association (ALA). You can use this school finder app from CollegeRecon to search for this program at military friendly institutions.

Be a Virtual Assistant

In the current climate, many large companies are looking to permanently reduce the number of their on-site employees; especially those whose jobs can be done remotely. This makes now the perfect time to become a virtual assistant. Virtual Assistants might focus on blogging, social media interaction, general administration, scheduling, content creation, or likely some combination of these. If you are detail-oriented and able to multi-task —two of the military spouse’s strongest traits—this could be a great career to travel with you. A degree is not required to get started, either. There are several ways you could find work in this field:

  • Build your business from the ground up, by making a website and networking to find clients
  • Utilize a job board platform like Flexjobs 
  • Work for a company that hires virtual assistants out to other clients, like Virtual Assistant Talent

Building a career while moving around the world can be so difficult as to feel impossible at times. The key is to utilize your hard-learned resiliency as a military spouse, and not be afraid to think creatively about how you could best use your talents.

 

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Improving Professional License Transfers for Military Spouses

Military spouses often experience career turbulence related to frequent PCSs and deployments. Imagine earning a degree or maintaining a professional license while the constant threat of being uprooted lurks in the shadows. This can cause a lot of anxiety, seemingly unanswerable questions, and financial strain.

License Transfers for Military Spouses: How to Improve

In February 2020, the Department of Defense provided a report to Congress titled Military Spouse Licensure: State Best Practices and Strategies for Achieving Reciprocity. This report provides paths to improvement for states’ licensing practices. The long-term solutions outlined in this report include the full implementation of interstate compacts.

Military Spouse Residency Relief Act

While it’s obvious where you physically live, navigating residency and domicile can be complicated for military spouses. Where you claim residency and domicile can impact the process of renewing or transferring licenses.

The Military Spouse Residency Relief Act is a 2018 Amendment to the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act designed to allow military spouses to choose to establish residency in the same state as their active duty service member or to establish residency with each PCS. Your state of residency, however, could influence the cost and eligibility of licensure in some states.

Transferring a license or certification to a new state often requires licensing fees and military spouses arguably go through the rigmarole of license transfer more frequently than civilians holding the same licenses. As of 2018, military spouses are eligible for up to $1,000 in reimbursement for licensure and certification costs resulting from PCS moves.

Many states support military spouses through expedited applications, issuing temporary licenses, or recognizing existing licenses from other states. The US Department of Labor provides a Military Spouse Interstate License Recognition Options map provides an overview of the rights of military spouses in all 50 states.

Agreements that Improve License Transfer Processes

Eliminating barriers to license transfer has clear benefits for military spouses – reducing costs and limiting periods of unemployment. It also has benefits for the general public. Many career fields that meet the needs of the community – like healthcare – suffer from a shortage of qualified workers in that field. Expediting licensure processes and eliminating barriers improves the number of qualified people in the workforce.

Attorneys

Attorneys can connect through the Military Spouse JD Network which supports spouses in the legal profession through advocacy, education, and through networking. Attorneys are required to hold a separate license in each state – a process that can take up to a year and cost thousands of dollars.

  • There is progress to be made: many military spouses have passed 3 or 4 different bar examinations.

Emergency Medicine

The EMS Compact has been planned since 2012 and requires expedited licensure processing for veterans, active duty military members, and military spouses who hold emergency medicine certifications (EMR, EMT, paramedic). It is anticipated to be fully operational in 2020.

  • There is still room for improvement: only 20 states currently participate.

Nursing

The Nurse Licensure Compact allows licensed nurses to continue practicing in other states – including practicing telemedicine – without having to obtain additional licenses. This agreement has been supporting healthcare improvement for over 18 years.

  • There is still room for improvement: just 34 states are members of the compact.

Physical Therapy

The Physical Therapy Compact makes physical therapists and physical therapist assistants eligible to work within multiple states. Several states waive fees for active duty military, veterans, and spouses.

  • There is still room for improvement: only 20 states currently participate.

Physicians

The Interstate Medical Licensure Compact expedites licensure for physicians already practicing medicine and allows them to practice in multiple states.

  • There is still room for improvement: just 29 states participate in the compact.

Psychology

The Psychology Interjurisdictional Compact was developed primarily to promote the use of telepsychology. It is not yet fully operational, but when it is, it will decrease barriers for those in the field of psychology.

  • There is still room for improvement: less than 10 states participate.

The Bottom Line

The employment landscape for military spouses who hold professional licenses is improving. But there is progress to be made. These compacts are not perfect. If you are preparing to PCS, contact the licensing board in the state you are moving to for specific details about your rights as a military spouse in that state and license transfer requirements.

MissionLICENSE was co-founded by a military spouse and attorney. This organization supports and advocates for military spouses in navigating licensure transfers from state to state in any profession. If you aren’t finding the answers you need, perhaps this organization can support you in successfully transferring a professional license.

 

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How to Prepare For and Find a Remote Job

Preparing for and Finding a Remote Job

Landing a remote job can seem daunting if you’ve never considered remote work before and don’t know where to begin; however, it is becoming more and more common for companies to be fully remote or for companies to offer remote positions. For military spouses this means you can take your job with you, a huge benefit which enables you to maintain your skills and salary through various assignments. Whether you are looking for a remote job or considering it for the first time here are a few tips to get you on the right path.

Join Community Groups

On social media there are remote work community groups dedicated to helping people find remote jobs. Remote work community groups are a forum to share tricks of the trade and share tools and resources for landing remote jobs. These groups are a fantastic venue to ask questions to those already working remotely. The Paradigm Switch is one example of a remote work community group for military spouses.

Gain Remote Work Experience

Companies will rarely hire someone with no remote work experience, so build your remote work portfolio by finding remote volunteer positions. Remote Volunteer work can help expose you to the remote world and gain resume-worthy experience. Volunteering also provides you an opportunity to see if remote work is right for you.

Join Military-Friendly Job Boards

Consider two things when deciding what job board to be a part of:

Is the job board military-friendly?

Many companies don’t understand or know the value of the military community. Find a job board that has already done the leg work for you in explaining the value the military community has to offer. Military-friendly job boards include Hire our Heroes, Spouse Education and Career Opportunities Program, Corporate America Supports You, and Recruit Military.

Does the job board post remote jobs?

There are many job boards dedicated to the military community that don’t always post remote jobs. Vertforce is a military-focused job board dedicated to finding remote jobs. Research job boards to see if they have partnered with companies in your desired industry as well.

Search for Remote Work

When searching for remote jobs on a job board use keywords such as “remote”, “virtual”, and “telework”. When searching for remote jobs using a search engine uses keywords such as “completely distributed”, or “100% distributed company” this will narrow the field down to what you are looking for.

Also, remember to tap into local resources as companies are willing to hire remote workers who are already local. Make sure business profiles on networking sites indicate you are looking for remote work and clearly indicate what career field or position you are looking for. This distinction will help recruiters identify you more easily.

Sign-up for Mentorship

Mentorship is a great way to receive one-on-one guidance to achieve your career goals. A mentor will be able to help you establish a career path, update your resume, expand your network, and recommend training and certifications you might need. The military community has a variety of free mentorship programs such as Americans Mentoring Veterans and ACP Mentorship Program.

Build Your Skills

Use your time strategically by taking a certification course or sign up for an industry-specific training. This will help to build your resume as well as show future employers that you take initiative.

Great resources for training and certifications include The Institute for Veterans and Military Families, Salesforce Military,  The Federal Virtual Training Environment, and Skillsoft to name a few.

 

Breaking into the remote world is not easy, but by joining remote work community groups, gaining remote work experience, and identifying the right job board you will set yourself up for success. You might not land the first remote job you apply for, but that’s OK, keep putting yourself out there. Continually advance yourself through education, training, and be open to opportunities to gain experience and you will be ready when the right job comes along.

 

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Hiring Our Heroes: Overview of Programs

Hiring Our Heroes Programs

One of our nation’s most cherished populations is the military community. It represents all races, ethnicities, and religions and is the most diverse demographic the world has ever known. As such, there are numerous challenges unique to this community, the greatest being the transition from military service back into “normal” life. Within this challenge are education and employment.

Gratefully, there are countless organizations that work solely to improve this transition by offering services and information relevant to each transitioning service member. One of those is Hiring Our Heroes.

This organization is a program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and has been around since 2011. Their mission is to “connect the military community with civilian companies to create economic opportunity and a strong and diversified workforce.” They focus on bridging the gap between military experience and the business world by offering dynamic programs to service members, veterans, and military spouses.

Programs for Service Members & Veterans

Career Summits / #HOHSUMMIT

Career summits offer interactive panel discussions focused on improving competitive employment for our military community. These events are held on U.S. military installations around the world and usually include a hiring fair and networking opportunities for job seekers. Check out their 2021 Events Calendar.

Resume Engine

HOH has partnered with Toyota to offer a resume engine which helps translate military experience and build competitive resumes. The problems many of us faced when we left the service is how to interpret our experiences into marketable skills. While there are jobs that easily transfer into the civilian workforce, many do not. I was an Infantryman in the Army, and this resume engine showed me that I had a lot of project management experience, which went beyond the assumed leadership experiences many of us get while serving.

Hiring Expos & Fairs / #HOHEXPO

HOH has partnered with professional sports organizations and they offer Sports Expos at venues across the United States. They also offer panel discussions for jobs seekers where they can connect directly with recruiters and hiring managers from local and national businesses. Often, these expo attendees receive tickets to attend sporting events and other exclusive events. You can find these events on their event calendar.

Vet Roadmap

In the service, we appreciate actionable plans. I never went on a patrol without knowing where we were going, what our mission was, and what support we had while we were outside the wire. This Vet Roadmap is an actionable plan for your transition.

The purpose of this electronic resource is to break the transition process into three actionable steps:

  1. Customize Roadmap – In this step, you enter some basic information and choose the actions you’d like to add to your roadmap. This is done in three phases: Prepare, Transition, Excel.
  2. Search Resources – This section offers tools and resources to help the transition process.It contains links to the Department of Veterans Affairs, Wounded Warrior Project, and your very own College Recon!
  3. Find a Job – This service, powered by Resume Engine, is offered to help find a job quickly. You will work with a team of experts that will guide you through the process and introduce you to the employers that are the best fit for your needs.

Corporate Fellowship Program

The Hiring Our Heroes Corporate Fellowship Program (CFP) is a program that offers professional training and hands-on experience in the civilian workforce to transitioning service members. The program is offered three times a year and is 12 weeks long. Participants are matched with a company based on their skills and preferences, and after selection they undergo extensive on-the-job training with their host company. This allows participants to gain valuable and marketable experience in the private sector. They also participate in weekly educational sessions in a classroom setting. If you’re interested, apply here.

Programs for Military Spouses

Professional Development & Networking

Hiring our Heroes developed a Military Spouse Professional Network (MSPN) that provides spouses with career development and networking opportunities in military communities around the world. From my own experience as a military spouse, it is a challenge to find employment every time we move, especially since about 80% of jobs are filled by a referral. To help the community, MSPN operates over 55 locations throughout the United States and military installations across the globe. Click here to find a network near you.

Military Spouse Hiring Events

Hiring Our Heroes offers hiring events for military spouses that connect them directly to hiring managers and human resources experts from local and national companies. Usually, there is a networking event the evening before the massive hiring fair the following day. These events are free and open to all military, veteran, and Gold Star spouses. Click the heading above to register for an event.

Military Spouse Economic Empowerment Zones

These Military Spouse Economic Empowerment Zones (MSEEZ), are communities that address local military spouse unemployment and underemployment issues. They work to develop relationships with local stakeholders to identify barriers to entry for military spouses seeking employment. They also offer employment-related tools and the MSEEZ Playbook to help you get involved.

AMPLIFY Career Intensives

AMPLIFY is an exclusive two-day intensive that focuses on career preparation, professional development, and networking for military spouses. Participants are connected with a mentor in their industry choice who assists spouses with sessions on salary negotiations, networking skills, personal branding, and interview techniques. These sessions are also great opportunities to network with local and national employers. With the onset of COVID-19, a number of sessions have transferred to an online format. The next online offerings happen from May 28-29th, then June 25-26th. Register at the link above.

Hiring 100K

Hiring Our Heroes has sponsored an initiative called Hiring 100K, which is a three-year campaign to motivate companies and businesses to commit to hiring 100,000 military spouses. The list of committed companies is continuously growing and includes Capital One, Hilton, Lockheed Martin, and Booz Allen Hamilton. The catalyst for this initiative was the discovery that the unemployment rate for military spouses has historically been 16%, over four times the rate of their civilian counterparts. Improving military spouse employment positively affects the retention rate in the military which has elevated the importance of this campaign.

Career Spark

Career Spark is a skills-based resume builder that was built by military spouses for military spouses. It is also sponsored by Toyota like the Resume Engine described above, and it helps maximize the work and volunteer experience a military spouse has obtained. It stores the created resumes in their database and becomes searchable to thousands of military friendly employers.

Military Spouse Fellowship Program

The Military Spouse Fellowship Program (MSFP) developed by Hiring Our Heroes carefully matches candidates with participating companies based on their skills and preferences. They will also gain valuable experience in the private sector through exclusive on-the-job training. There are a number of cohorts happening in 2020 and a couple that are listed for 2021. Use this link to apply for an upcoming cohort.

If you are a member of the military community, Hiring Our Heroes has something for you. Whether it is a nearby event, a networking opportunity, or resume help, this organization will prepare you for your next career.

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Virtual Job Fairs for Military & Veterans [updated]

2021 Military and Veteran Career Fair Calendar

Updated through Oct 2021

Virtual job fairs are a great way for military and veteran job seekers to land a job.  They help by connecting you with local or national companies from the comfort of your own home. Companies are looking for a wide range of candidates from college graduates to executive-level professionals.  We’ve compiled a list of virtual career fairs for veterans and military so that you can find what you need, all in one place!

 

Virtual Career Fairs in October 2021 for Military and Veterans

 

October 7, 2021

  • Distinguished Candidate Conference for Military Officers, register here.

 

October 14, 2021

  • Virtual Polygraph-Only Hiring Event – 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm EDT, register here.

 

October 18, 2021

  • Phoenix Area Virtual Diversity Job Fair – 10:00 am – 12:00 pm, register here.

 

October 19, 2021

  • Orange County Virtual Diversity Job Fair – 10:00 am – 12:00 pm, register here.

 

October 20, 2021

  • Dallas Area Virtual Diversity Job Fair – 10:00 am – 12:00 pm, register here.

 

October 22, 2021 

  • Virtual Job Fair Sponsored by Corporate Gray – 11:00 am – 2:00 pm ET, register here.
  • San Diego Virtual Diversity Job Fair 10:00 am – 12:00 pm, register here.

 

The Value in Military and Veteran Virtual Job Fairs

Virtual career fairs often consist of:

  • Company presentations
  • Descriptions of open positions
  • One-on-one time with hiring managers
  • On the spot interviews

Free Preparation Assistance

When organizations and agencies host virtual career fairs they want everyone to benefit, so they provide additional resources. Some of these free resources include resume writing and interview preparation before the virtual career fair begins. It is extremely beneficial to take advantage of these free resources so you are prepared for an immediate interview.

Know Which Organizations Will Be There

Most career fair registration pages also contain access to a list of what organizations will be in attendance. This is a helpful tool in deciding if this particular virtual career fair is right for you. Knowing which organizations will be attending the event gives you a chance to research the company ahead of time.  Then you will also want to research their open positions as well in the event of a one-on-one interview.

Hear Directly from Hiring Managers

This is a great opportunity to hear from hiring managers.  You can find out shat skills and education they are looking for or would consider for certain positions. Being able to connect with hiring managers one-on-one will allow you to gain understanding of what they’re looking for.  This may include what they’re looking for on resumes and cover letters.

Build Connections

Building connections with prospective employers could give you a leg up during the hiring process. Make sure to connect with hiring managers or company presenters through LinkedIn.  You can also exchange E-mails in order to maintain those connections and grow your network.

Organizations are Eager to Hire Military and Veterans

Organizations attending career fairs have open positions they are looking to fill or are collecting applications for positions opening soon. There are many benefits to attending a virtual career fair.  A major one is not wasting your time applying for positions that have already been filled.  This can occur sometimes with job postings, if they’re not updated regularly.

By preparing ahead of time for a virtual career fair you can increase your chances of getting hired.  Beforehand, make sure to take advantage of resume writing tips and interview preparation. Give yourself a competitive advantage by researching what organizations will be there and focus on building connections.

 

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Cloud Services Careers For the Military Community

Should You Consider a Career in Cloud Services?

Cloud Services also commonly referred to as cloud computing are services consisting of storage, networking, analytics, intelligence, software, and application design. With 90% of companies operating in the cloud it is no wonder that in 2021 the cloud services market is set to reach $300 billion. On LinkedIn alone, there are 872 cloud-based businesses looking for skilled professionals. Maybe it is time to consider learning some new skills to advance your current career or jumpstart a new one.

In the United States, there are 152,262 open positions available for cloud service professionals with the majority of jobs ranging from $93,500 to $142,000 annually. Advancing your career in cloud services opens up many employment opportunities as the need for cloud services can reach into every industry. Whether you are looking for traditional work in an office setting or a remote career, cloud services could be your next career option by utilizing free training resources available to the military community.

Free Training with Certifications Available to the Military Community

Trailhead Military

Trailhead Military is provided through Salesforce Military, which offers free training and certifications. Salesforce is a Cloud computing company that provides software platforms and solutions for companies to create custom software applications focused on customer relationship management. Salesforce Military offers online training courses, certification, one-on-one career advice, support groups, continued skill-building, and employment connections within the Salesforce ecosystem. The courses provided for cloud services range from a beginner level (requiring no previous experience) to an advanced level (possesses intermediate skills or education).

Cloud Trainings Offered                                Average annual salary

Salesforce Administrator                              $95,000

Salesforce Developer                                     $125,000

Business Analyst                                              $104,000

Sales Careers                                                     $90,275

Marketing Careers                                           $85,627

Salesforce Architect                                       $150,000

Salesforce Consultant                                    $95,000

Service Careers                                                 $74,000

Who Can Apply?

  • Active Duty
  • National Guard
  • Reserves
  • Veterans
  • Military Spouses

To learn more about the Trailhead Military program and how to sign up click here. Anyone applying for the program will be verified through Troop ID and may be required to provide documentation showing military affiliation.

Onward to Opportunity

The Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) at Syracuse University launched the Onward to Opportunity Program (O2O) in 2015 that offers free training courses, professional certification, career coaching, support groups, and employment services. With courses being offered online or in-person the O2O program is a great opportunity to enter the cloud services world. The course provided for cloud services range from beginner to intermediate.

Cloud Trainings Offered                                Average annual salary

AWS Cloud Practitioner Essentials           $113,932

CompTIA Cloud+                                              $73,000

Who Can Apply?

  • Active Duty – transitioning from the military within the next 6 months with an honorable discharge status
  • National Guard – active member on part-time status
  • Reserves – active member on part-time status
  • Veterans – retired or separated with an honorable discharge status
  • Military Spouses – spouse of any active-duty service member, active Nation Guard/Reserves, or Veteran

If you would learn more information about the Onward to Opportunity program or register click here. After filling out the interest form online all applicants will be screened and may be required to submit documentation that shows military affiliation.

With self-paced virtual courses, you are able to take advantage of these free training programs no matter where you are in your military journey and start a rewarding career in the cloud services industry. With companies eager to find skilled professionals and access to career coaching as well as employment connections with companies dedicated to hiring military-affiliated individuals, the sky is no longer the limit. With both programs offering career assistance throughout the process it will make starting a new career or advancing your current career in cloud services easier and more rewarding.

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Library Perks for the Military

Photo: Stadtbibliotheck in Stuttgart, Germany (image by Chelsea Bostelman)

Did You Know About These Library Perks for the Military?

Every April, libraries and library workers are celebrated during National Library Week. When is the last time you visited a library?

For good reason, books come to mind for most people when thinking of libraries. But beyond the tidy stacks of well-organized literature, you will find a bounty of digital resources, education programs, writing workshops, guest speakers, and those handy resources called librarians.

A librarian is an invaluable resource for tackling tough questions like:

  • Do I cite references in my scholarship essay?
  • Textbooks are so expensive! Can I borrow them from the library?
  • APA is changing from 6th to 7th edition – HELP!
  • How do I research my family history?
  • Can I check out resources to help me prepare for CLEP testing?

Librarians are information specialists. If they can’t answer your question (which they often can) they will know where to find answers for you. What’s even more impressive is that you usually don’t have to step foot into a library to ask for help or use library resources.

Most libraries have an Ask a Librarian chat feature that gives quick access to librarians and their wealth of knowledge from your home. Consulting with a librarian or using library programs help you research more efficiently and online resources are often available from home.

US Army MWR Libraries Free Online Resources

US Army MWR Libraries are an extensive network of 70 libraries, spanning 7 countries. These services are available to service members in any military branch, their families, Veterans, and DoD civilians. In addition to youth programs, book discussion groups, and computer labs, this library network offers tons of online resources.

Did you know you can read the Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, and Los Angeles Times every day, for free from home?

Sprechen Sie Deutsch? If you want to learn German, you can do that too, for free, from home through MWR Library online resources.

Through US Army MWR Libraries, you have 24/7 access to:

  • Academic databases with peer-reviewed journals
  • Audiobooks for adults and children
  • Auto repair manuals and resources
  • Computer software tutorials
  • Digital language learning resources
  • E-books for adults and children
  • Family ancestry resources
  • Film and documentary databases
  • Investment tools
  • Magazines and newspapers
  • Military training resources
  • Online courses to learn software programs, yoga, photography, history, and health
  • Small business management resources
  • Test-prep resources for common tests like ASVAB, CLEP, ACT, and GRE
  • Transition resources
  • Tutoring resources

To Register, visit or contact your local MWR library. For those not in the Army, access is available through MilitaryOneSource and explained in the same registration link.

Careers in Library Science

If you enjoy research, information management, and navigating technology, a library career might be a good fit for you.

According to the American Library Association, libraries provide many job opportunities:

  • Pages keep libraries organized. They typically work part-time and make minimum wage.
  • Library Assistants perform clerical duties like checking materials in and out, collecting fines, and issuing library cards. They work part or full-time and make $8-15 per hour.
  • Librarians help people with research, make decisions about purchasing materials and can specialize in multiple areas. Often full-time positions, librarians hold various degrees and the average starting salary is approximately $40,000.
  • Library Managers and Directors are responsible for library operations including budgets, strategic planning, public relations, and ensuring compliance with laws. Salaries vary greatly depending on the size of the library.

Beyond community libraries, librarians can work in specialty areas like medical, museum, government, theological, or elementary school libraries.

Education Requirements for Librarians

Education requirements for library careers vary from state to state and also depend on the size of the library. A certificate, associate, bachelor, or master’s degree may be required, and most employers hire librarians who graduate from ALA-accredited programs.

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Good News For Military Spouses Stationed In Far East

If you have ever been stationed overseas with your service member, you know how difficult it can be to find a good job, and to continue your career. That is why this new initiative in the Far East will be amazing for military spouses.

Often times, military spouses have to choose to stay back in the US when their service members gets orders to the far east regions on an overseas assignment. They want to continue in their careers, and don’t want to have to worry about not being able to find a job.

This new military spouse hiring initiative, lead by Stephanie Nishimori, allows military spouses to meet one-on-one with a local HR rep to review their qualifications, and to receive feedback and guidance on their career. Nishimori is a military spouse herself, and is a Civilian Personnel Advisory Center (CPAC) HR Assistant.

Families are usually stationed for two years (sometimes longer) in the far east regions and that can be a long time to step away from a career, even if the reason was because of the move. This new initiative can streamline the process of military spouses being prioritized for jobs based on spousal preference and will ensure that spouses have the right qualifications for any potential job opportunities.

Spouses will be able to go in and talk with the local HR reps, and get feedback on their resumes. Their resumes will also be sent to HR specialists that have available positions that would be right for the spouse. This will all help military spouses get hired faster and allow more spouses to be able to focus on their own careers while overseas.

In addition to allowing military spouses to continue their careers overseas, this will also help them to keep their military spouse preference and help them stay within the government hiring system, which is important for a long-term career plan.

With more programs such as this one, going overseas doesn’t have to take a military spouse out of their career, or put them in a position where they have to stay behind. This will be a good thing for military families and allow them to have a better military life experience.

You can read more information about this initiative here.

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Matching Career Options with Personality Types

“Find out what you like doing best and get someone to pay you for doing it”. – Katherine Whitehorn, Journalist & Columnist

Both an introvert working as a salesperson in a car dealership and an extrovert working in a quiet cubicle-divided office space would quickly realize the importance of personality matching for careers. While there are many factors to consider during a job search, such as salary, benefits, schedule, and commuting time, the work culture, environment, and expectations are important as well. These are questions that can and should be discussed during the interview for the job seeker’s awareness. What type of culture does the company possess? Is this a fast-paced, metrics or performance-driven environment? Are employees expected to work independently and with minimal oversight or is there an emphasis on team work and frequent collaboration? This information can help candidates determine If the company or the job is the right fit for them.

Personality Matching For Career Types

Strengths

All job seekers can benefit from an honest reflection of individual strengths and weaknesses and personality styles. Create a list of top strengths related to personality, work style, and habits. Perhaps you have excellent attention to detail, work well under pressure, or naturally emerge as the leader in group settings. Sometimes it’s easy to create a list of strong attributes while other times we may need some help. A great source of reference is previous performance evaluations; what did your supervisor make note of? Were you praised for supporting your coworkers or brainstorming innovative ideas to save time or money?

Weaknesses

Weaknesses are not as pleasant to focus on but are just as critical to identify. Awareness of our weak areas can promote extra attention or commitment to improving things we struggle with, or honest communication with supervisors and peers to manage expectations or prevent challenges. For example, if you are aware that time management is something you typically struggle with, you can plan for success by setting smaller milestones, check-ins with coworkers, or calendar reminders of important deadlines. 

It’s important to note that strengths and weaknesses differ from likes and dislikes. The former are not a matter of preference as much as they are a reflection of individual skills, attributes, and natural tendencies related to personality, a more innate and static representative of who we are as people and, subsequently, as professionals in a chosen career field.  Examples of this dichotomy are an introvert who truly loves being around lots of people but tends to get burnt out after too much interaction, or someone who loves to chat but isn’t necessarily the best at public speaking because they struggle with memorizing speeches. In this case, being talkative is part of personality but public speaking is an identified weakness.

During this identification and brainstorming process, consider talking to previous supervisors, coworkers, peers, friends, and family members. There is a wealth of psychosocial research indicating that how we see ourselves is often different than how others see or experience us to be. Internal biases, personal emotions, and self-confidence (or lack thereof) can positively or negatively impact how we judge our own strengths and weaknesses. Prior feedback from trusted sources or past experiences can also shape how we see ourselves. Ask those who have had the opportunity to interact with or work closely with you what they consider to be your top strengths. Is there anything they would recommend working on? Take constructive feedback and opinions into consideration and compare them to your own list.

What is Personality?

While strengths and weaknesses are things that we’re good or not so good at, personality is more of who we are and how we relate to the world around us. The American Psychological Association (2019) refers to personality as, “individual differences in characteristic patterns of thinking, feeling, and behaving”. Understanding how we generally tend to think, feel, and behavior will help assess whether certain working environments may be positive or negative or whether we are more likely to succeed in certain environments.

The actual process of assessing personality can be tricky, especially with individual biases and fluid perceptions or moods. It’s important to note that personality is how we think, feel, and behave most of the time. Maybe Sally is generally more agreeable and easy-going, for example, and Bill tends to be more assertive and outspoken. This isn’t to say that sometimes Sally isn’t disagreeable at times, or that Bill can’t be quiet in certain situations, but overall, they tend to exhibit a certain set of personality traits in most situations.

Here are some personality traits commonly used to describe ourselves or others:  outgoing, argumentative, uptight, calm, affectionate, antagonistic, suspicious, open, amiable, loyal, mature, methodical, caring, personable, rational, dramatic, efficient, self-critical, energetic, serious, and friendly. Traits can be classified as positive or negative (in terms of their effect) and are often grouped together. For example, someone may be described as “mature, sophisticated, and scholarly” or “serious, self-critical, and uptight”.

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator

Many companies and government agencies use personality tests to determine if a candidate will be a good fit for a position or the culture, and whether they possess certain attributes. Job seekers can use similar tests to assess themselves. One of the most popular and well-known personality tests is the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). The official assessment can be taken in person or online and consists of 93 questions in four key areas: directing and receiving energy, taking in information, making decisions, and approaching the outside world (The Myers-Briggs Company). The assessment results indicate a specific personality type. A possible result, “INTJ’s” have four primary personality characteristics: Introversion, Intuition, Thinking, Judging. They are considered to be vision-oriented, quietly innovative, insightful, conceptual, independent, and determined. INTJ’s may be well-suited for careers as researchers, strategists, teachers, psychologists, or analysts. ESFP’s (Extroversion, Sensing, Feeling, Perceiving) may consider a career in acting, child care, or coaching. The Myers-Briggs assessment can be taken independently but the Foundation recommends seeking a MBTI Certified Practitioner who can administer the assessment, analyze the results, and provide detailed feedback and recommendations.

Additional Personality Tests

Self-Directed Search: Based off the RIASEC Theory (Realistic, Investigative, Artistic, Social,  Enterprising, and Conventional), the SDS asks questions about aspirations, activities, competencies, and interests. A report is generated that includes a summary, description of the different RIASEC types, a personalized list of recommended occupations and fields of study based on the results, salary data, career clusters, and links to resources.

Cost: $9.95

Standard SDS

SDS for Veterans

My Next Move O*Net Interests Profile: A tool provided by the U.S. Department of Labor, the interests profile narrows down career interests and associated paths for transitioning service members and veterans. Results provide information on preparation required for different careers and options based on skill level.

Cost: Free

My Next Move

The Big Five Personality Test: A quick test (about 10 minutes) that scores for Openness, Conscientiousness, Extraversion, Agreeableness, and Neuroticism. It assesses interpersonal tendencies and how your personality traits apply to life, work, and relationships. Considered the “most scientifically sound way of classifying personality differences”.

Cost: Free

Truity

MAPP Career Assessment Test: This test is based off Myers-Briggs and analyzes preferences for completing tasks and reasoning. The results provide recommended career categories based on the Strong Interest Inventory and studies show that this is proven to be consistent over time.

Cost: Free

MAPP Career Assessment

Career Fitter: A 60-question test that assesses personality, career and job recommendations, work personality, ideal work environment, strengths, preferred management systems, and how you work in a team.

Cost: Free

CareerFitter

Job Vs. Career

Finding a career that matches with your personality, provides personal fulfillment and sense of pride, and makes you excited to go into work everyday is a worthwhile goal. Personality tests are part of a comprehensive and curious approach to the job search process. By using these available tools, job seekers can narrow down career fields and different positions that have the highest likelihood of leading to true job satisfaction.

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Job Fairs For Military and Veterans

You may or may not be aware that there are job fairs where companies are searching for military, veterans and military spouses like you.  Here we will compile job fairs near you that cater to transitioning military, veterans, and military spouses. 

Job Fairs For Military, Veterans and Spouses

These job fairs are for military, veterans and spouses, but not all are for everyone.  Please make sure to check “who can attend” to see if it’s the right fit for you. 

Also, please make sure to keep coming back as we add to more cities and more dates to the list!

 

List of Military and Veteran Job Fairs

These are listed by date they are held. 

March 3, 2020

Eastern Region Virtual Career Fair for Veterans

Hosted by: RecruitMilitary and DAV

Premier Exhibitor: Trane & American Standard

Date and Time: March 3, 2020, from 11 am to 3 pm Eastern Time

Location or Virtual: Virtual

Who can attend?:

  • Transitioning military
  • Veterans
  • Spouses of military and veterans
  • Reserve and National Guard members, as well as their spouses.

How much will the event cost?: Free

Notable companies:

  • Trane & American Standard
  • There will be at least 5 exhibitors.

 URL: Register

 

March 4, 2020

Job Fair at Fort Bragg

Hosted by: RecruitMilitary and DAV

Date and Time: March 4, 2020, from 11 am to 3 pm.

Location or Virtual: Fort Bragg, NC

Who can attend?:

  • Transitioning military
  • Veterans
  • Spouses of military and veterans
  • Reserve and National Guard members, as well as their spouses.

How much will the event cost?: Free

Notable companies:

  • North Carolina Department of Public Safety
  • Duke Health
  • DAV
  • There will be at least 36 exhibitors.

URL: https://success.recruitmilitary.com/events/job-fair-at-fort-bragg-march-4-2020

 

San Diego GROW Hiring Event

Hosted by: Military Spouse Economic Empowerment Zone and Military Spouse Professional Network

Sponsors:

  • Booz/Allen/Hamilton

Date and Time: March 4, 2020, 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Location or Virtual: San Diego, CA

Who can attend?:

  • Active duty service members
  • National Guard members
  • Military reservists
  • Veterans
  • Military spouses
  • Military caregivers

How much will the event cost?: Free

Other info: There will be an MSEEZ Employer discussion from 6:15 pm to 7:00 pm, Real Spouses, Real Stories from 7:00 pm to 7:45 am, and a Hiring Reception from 8:00 pm to 8:30 pm.

URL: Register

 

March 5, 2020

Houston Veterans Job Fair

Hosted by: RecruitMilitary and DAV

Corporate Sponsor: MyComputerCareer

Date and Time: March 5, 2020, from 11 am to 3 pm.

Location or Virtual: Houston, TX

Who can attend?:

  • Transitioning military
  • Veterans
  • Spouses of military and veterans
  • Reserve and National Guard members, as well as their spouses.

How much will the event cost?: Free

Notable companies:

  • MyComputerCareer
  • DAV
  • Texas Department of Transportation
  • Accenture
  • There will be at least 33 exhibitors.

Other Information: There will be a seminar from 10:00-11:00 am, “Ready, Aim, Hired: How to Make Sure Your Civilian Job Search Hits the Target-Using Technology to Get the Right Job Faster.” It will be presented by MyComputerCareer. You would need to register separately.

URL: https://success.recruitmilitary.com/events/houston-veterans-job-fair-march-5-2020

 

Military Hiring Fair at the American Legion National Conference

Hosted by: Hiring Our Heroes

Date and Time: March 5, 2020, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

Location or Virtual: Washington DC

Who can attend?:

  • Active duty service members
  • National Guard members
  • Military reservists
  • Veterans
  • Military spouses
  • Military caregivers

How much will the event cost?: Free

Other info: Opening Remarks are from 8:20 am to 8:30 am, Job Seeker Workshops from 8:30 am to 12:00 pm, Networking Lunch from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm, and a Hiring Event from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

URL: Register

 

Job Fair at Fort Bragg

Hosted by: RecruitMilitary and DAV

Date and Time: March 5, 2020, from 11 am to 3 pm.

Location or Virtual: Fort Bragg, NC                                                                          

Who can attend?:

  • Transitioning military
  • Veterans
  • Spouses of military and veterans
  • Reserve and National Guard members, as well as their spouses.

How much will the event cost?: Free

Notable companies:

  • There will be at least 10 exhibitors.

URL: https://success.recruitmilitary.com/events/job-fair-at-fort-bragg-march-5-2020

 

Pittsburgh Veterans Job Fair

Hosted by: RecruitMilitary and DAV

Date and Time: March 5, 2020, from 11 am to 3 pm.

Location or Virtual: Pittsburgh, PA

Who can attend?:

  • Transitioning military
  • Veterans
  • Spouses of military and veterans
  • Reserve and National Guard members, as well as their spouses.

How much will the event cost?: Free

Notable companies:

  • Heavy Equipment Colleges of America
  • City of Pittsburgh
  • Highmark Health
  • DAV
  • California University of Pennsylvania
  • Milton Hershey School
  • There will be at least 17 exhibitors.

URL: https://success.recruitmilitary.com/events/pittsburgh-veterans-job-fair-march-5-2020

 

Kansas City Veterans Job Fair

Hosted by: RecruitMilitary and DAV

Date and Time: March 5, 2020, from 11 am to 3 pm.

Location or Virtual: Kansas City, MO

Who can attend?:

  • Transitioning military
  • Veterans
  • Spouses of military and veterans
  • Reserve and National Guard members, as well as their spouses.

How much will the event cost?: Free

Notable companies:

  • Heavy Equipment Colleges of America
  • Grand Canyon University
  • There will be at least 19 exhibitors.

URL: https://success.recruitmilitary.com/events/kansas-city-veterans-job-fair-march-5-2020

 

Detroit Military Hiring Fair

 Hosted by: Hiring Our Heroes

Date and Time: March 7, 2020, 9:00 am to 1:30 pm

Location or Virtual: Detroit, MI

Who can attend?:

  • Active duty service members
  • National Guard members
  • Military reservists
  • Veterans
  • Military spouses
  • Military caregivers

How much will the event cost?: Free

Other info: VA Benefits Station from 9:00 am to 1:30 pm, Workshop from 9:30 am to 10:30 am, Resume Review from 10:00 am to 1:30 pm, and a Hiring Fair from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm.

URL: Register

 

March 12, 2020

Greater Washington, DC Veterans Job Fair

Hosted by: RecruitMilitary and DAV

Date and Time: March 12, 2020, from 11 am to 3 pm.

Location or Virtual: Landover, MD

Who can attend?:

  • Transitioning military
  • Veterans
  • Spouses of military and veterans
  • Reserve and National Guard members, as well as their spouses.

How much will the event cost?: Free

Notable companies:

  • L3Harris Technology
  • DAV
  • Milton Hershey School
  • There will be at least 26 exhibitors.

URL: https://success.recruitmilitary.com/events/greater-washington-dc-veterans-job-fair-march-12-2020

 

March 12, 2020

New York Veterans Job Fair

Hosted by: RecruitMilitary and DAV

Date and Time: March 12, 2020, from 11 am to 3 pm.

Location or Virtual: New York, NY

Who can attend?:

  • Transitioning military
  • Veterans
  • Spouses of military and veterans
  • Reserve and National Guard members, as well as their spouses.

How much will the event cost?: Free

Notable companies:

  • Heavy Equipment Colleges of America
  • Bank of America
  • City of New York Fire Department
  • DAV
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency
  • Adelphi U
  • Berkeley College
  • New York University
  • There will be at least 28 exhibitors.

URL: https://success.recruitmilitary.com/events/new-york-veterans-job-fair-march-12-2020

 

New Orleans Veterans Job Fair

Hosted by: RecruitMilitary and DAV

Date and Time: March 12, 2020, from 11 am to 3 pm.

Location or Virtual: New Orleans, LA

Who can attend?:

  • Transitioning military
  • Veterans
  • Spouses of military and veterans
  • Reserve and National Guard members, as well as their spouses.

How much will the event cost?: Free

Notable companies:

  • Heavy Equipment Colleges of America
  • New Orleans Police Department
  • New Horizons Computer Learning Centers
  • There will be at least 11 exhibitors.

URL: https://success.recruitmilitary.com/events/new-orleans-veterans-job-fair-march-12-2020

 

March 16-17, 2020

Gulf Coast Career Summit at Keesler AFB

Hosted by: Hiring Our Heroes

Date and Time: March 16th through March 17th, 2020

Location or Virtual: Biloxi, MS

Who can attend?:

  • Active duty service members
  • National Guard members
  • Military reservists
  • Veterans
  • Military spouses
  • Military caregivers

How much will the event cost?: Free

Other info: On the 16th there is a Networking Reception from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Then on the 17th there are Employment Workshops from 9:00 am to 11:15 am, Lunch and Learn and Interactive Panels from 11:30 am to 2:00 pm, and a career fair from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm.

URL:Register

 

March 17, 2020

National Virtual Career Fair for Veterans

Hosted by: RecruitMilitary and DAV

Date and Time: March 17, 2020, from 12 pm to 4 pm Eastern Time

Location or Virtual: Virtual

Who can attend?:

  • Transitioning military
  • Veterans
  • Spouses of military and veterans
  • Reserve and National Guard members, as well as their spouses.

How much will the event cost?: Free

Notable companies:

  • DAV
  • There will be at least 8 exhibitors.

URL: https://recruitmilitary.careereco.com/Fair/EventDetails?fairId=0ab34aef-bf42-4402-bce0-aae200e3c918

 

Job Fair at Fort Stewart

Hosted by: RecruitMilitary and DAV

Date and Time: March 17, 2020, from 11 am to 3 pm.

Location or Virtual: Fort Stewart, GA

Who can attend?:

  • Transitioning military
  • Veterans
  • Spouses of military and veterans
  • Reserve and National Guard members, as well as their spouses.

How much will the event cost?: Free

Notable companies:

  • City of Orlando
  • There will be at least 13 exhibitors.

URL: Register

 

March 17-18, 2020

Phoenix AMPLIFY Session

Hosted by: Hiring Our Heroes

Sponsors:

  • USAA

Date and Time: March 17-18, 2020

Location or Virtual: Phoenix, AZ

Who can attend?:

  • Military Spouses

How much will the event cost?: Free

Other info: AMPLIFY Sessions are for military spouses where there will be intensive career preparation, professional development, and networking. You will need to apply.

URL: Register

 

March 18, 2020

Job Fair at Fort Riley

Hosted by: RecruitMilitary and DAV

Date and Time: March 18, 2020, from 11 am to 3 pm.

Location or Virtual: Fort Riley, KS

Who can attend?:

  • Transitioning military
  • Veterans
  • Spouses of military and veterans
  • Reserve and National Guard members, as well as their spouses.

How much will the event cost?: Free

Notable companies:

  • Troops into Transportation
  • There will be at least 8 exhibitors.

URL: Register

 

Hurlburt Field Career Summit

Hosted by: Hiring Our Heroes

Date and Time: March 18, 2020, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm

Location or Virtual: Hurlburt, FL

Who can attend?:

  • Active duty service members
  • National Guard members
  • Military reservists
  • Veterans
  • Military spouses
  • Military caregivers

How much will the event cost?: Free

Other info: Event Kickoff and Workshop is from 8:30 am to 9:45 pm, Panel Discussion With Employers from 9:45 am to 10:30 am, LinkedIn Workshop from 10:30 am to 11:30 am, Lunch and Learn Workshops from 11:45 am to 1:00 pm, Mock Interviews and Resume Review from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm and a Career Fair from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm.

URL: Register

 

Chicago Military Hiring Expo with the Chicago Bulls

 Hosted by: Hiring Our Heroes

Sponsors:

  • Think-Make-Happen in Wisconsin
  • BMO

Date and Time: March 18th, 2020, 9:00 am to 2:00 pm

Location or Virtual: Chicago, IL

Who can attend?:

  • Active Duty Service Members
  • National Guard Members
  • Military Reservists
  • Veterans
  • Military Spouses
  • Military Caregivers.

How much will the event cost?: Free

Other info: All registered veterans and military spouse job seekers who attend the hiring expo are eligible to receive up to two free tickets to attend the evening game between the Chicago Bulls and the Miami Heat. There will be a Personal Branding Workshop from 9:30 am to 11:00 am, the Hiring Expo will be from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm, and the game will be at 7:00 pm.

URL: Register

 

March 19, 2020

Eglin Air Force Base Career Summit

Hosted by: Hiring Our Heroes

Date and Time: March 19, 2020, from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm

Location or Virtual: Eglin Air Force Base, FL

Who can attend?:

  • Active duty service members
  • National Guard members
  • Military reservists
  • Veterans
  • Military spouses
  • Military caregivers

How much will the event cost?: Free

Other info: The Event Kickoff and Workshop is from 8:30 am to 9:45 am, a Panel Discussion With Employers is from 9:45 am to 10:30 am, a LinkedIn Workshop is from 10:30 am to 11:30 am, Lunch and Learn Workshops are from 11:45 am to 1:00 pm, Mock Interviews and Resume Review is from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm, and a Career Fair is from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm.

URL: Register

 

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Military Spouse Hiring Event

Hosted by: Hiring Our Heroes

Date and Time: March 25, 2020, from 8:30 am to 1:00 pm

Location or Virtual: Dayton, OH

Who can attend?:

  • Active duty service members
  • National Guard members
  • Military reservists
  • Veterans
  • Military spouses
  • Military caregivers

How much will the event cost?: Free

Other info: They will have a LinkedIn for Military Spouses Workshop from 8:30 am to 9:30 am and then a career fair from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm.

URL: Register

 

Washington Military Hiring Expo with the Washington Wizards

Hosted by: Hiring Our Heroes

Sponsors:

  • Capital One
  • Leidos

Date and Time: March 25th, 2020, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

Location or Virtual: Washington D.C.

Who can attend?:

  • Active Duty Service Members
  • National Guard Members
  • Military Reservists
  • Veterans
  • Military Spouses
  • Military Caregivers.

How much will the event cost?: Free

Other info: All registered veterans and military spouse job seekers who attend the hiring expo are eligible to receive up to two free tickets to attend the evening game between the Washington Wizards and the Phoenix Suns. There will be a LinkedIn Workshop from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm, the Hiring Expo will be from 12:30 pm to 3:00 pm, and the game will be at 7:00 pm.

URL: Register

 

March 26, 2020

Greater Boston Veterans Job Fair

Hosted by: RecruitMilitary and DAV

Date and Time: March 26, 2020, from 11 am to 3 pm.

Location or Virtual: Foxborough, MA

Who can attend?:

  • Transitioning military
  • Veterans
  • Spouses of military and veterans
  • Reserve and National Guard members, as well as their spouses.

How much will the event cost?: Free

Notable companies:

  • Hearst Television Inc.
  • DAV
  • Boston Children’s Hospital
  • Dartmouth College
  • Heavy Equipment Colleges of America
  • There will be at least 28 exhibitors.

URL: Register

 

Miami Veterans Job Fair

 Hosted by: RecruitMilitary and DAV

Date and Time: March 26, 2020, from 11 am to 3 pm.

Location or Virtual: Miami, FL

Who can attend?:

  • Transitioning military
  • Veterans
  • Spouses of military and veterans
  • Reserve and National Guard members, as well as their spouses.

How much will the event cost?: Free

Notable companies

  • Heavy Equipment Colleges of America
  • There will be at least 16 exhibitors.

URL: Register

 

March 27, 2020

Military Friendly Job Fair in Arlington, VA

Hosted by: Corporate Gray

Date and Time: March 27th, 2020, from 9 am to 12 pm.

Location or Virtual: Arlington, VA

Who can attend?:

  • Transitioning military
  • Veterans
  • Civilians welcome

How much will the event cost?: Free

Notable companies:

  • Edward Jones
  • Lockheed Martin Corporation
  • Corporate Gray
  • The University of Maryland, Robert H. Smith School of Business
  • Milton Hershey School
  • There will be at least 26 exhibitors.

Other info: There will be an Employer Panel Discussion for Candidates from 8:00 am to 9:00 am.

URL: Register

 

March 30-31, 2020

Washington DC AMPLIFY Session

Hosted by: Hiring Our Heroes

Sponsors:

  • USAA

Date and Time: March 30-31, 2020

Location or Virtual: Washington DC

Who can attend?:

  • Military Spouses

How much will the event cost?: Free

Other info: AMPLIFY Sessions are for military spouses where there will be intensive career preparation, professional development, and networking. You will need to apply.

URL: Register

 

April 9, 2020

Orlando Veterans Job Fair

Hosted by: RecruitMilitary and DAV

Date and Time: April 9, 2020, from 11 am to 3 pm.

Location or Virtual: Orlando, FL

Who can attend?:

  • Transitioning military
  • Veterans
  • Spouses of military and veterans
  • Reserve and National Guard members, as well as their spouses.

How much will the event cost?: Free

Notable companies:

  • Lockheed Martin Corporation
  • DAV
  • Hearst Television
  • Universal Studios
  • Heavy Equipment Colleges of America
  • National Aviation Academy
  • PepsiCo
  • There will be at least 35 exhibitors.

URL: Register

 

April 26, 2020

Philadelphia Veterans Job Fair

Hosted by: RecruitMilitary and DAV

Date and Time: April 16, 2020, from 11 am to 3 pm.

Location or Virtual: Philadelphia, PA

Who can attend?:

  • Transitioning military
  • Veterans
  • Spouses of military and veterans
  • Reserve and National Guard members, as well as their spouses.

How much will the event cost?: Free

Notable companies:

  • Lockheed Martin Corporation
  • PepsiCo
  • DAV
  • Heavy Equipment Colleges of America
  • Draeger, INC.
  • Temple University
  • There will be at least 28 exhibitors.

URL: Register

 

Past Veteran Job Fair Events

January 15, 2020

Military Spouse Virtual Career Expo

Hosted by: RecruitMilitary and DAV

Date and Time: January 15, 2020, from 12 pm to 4 pm Eastern Time

Location or Virtual: Virtual

Who can attend?:

  • Military Spouses

How much will the event cost?: Free

Notable companies:

  • DAV
  • Career Eco Virtual Events
  • There will be at least 2 exhibitors.

 URL: https://recruitmilitary.careereco.com/Fair/FairOrganizations?fairId=67b8e75b-2929-4d6d-9ec7-aaed0133369b#sponsors

 

January 16, 2020

Tampa Veterans Job Fair

Hosted by: RecruitMilitary and DAV

Date and Time: January 16, 2020, from 11 am to 3 pm.

Location or Virtual: Tampa, FL

Who can attend?:

  • Transitioning military
  • Veterans
  • Spouses of military and veterans
  • Reserve and National Guard members, as well as their spouses.

How much will the event cost?: Free

Notable companies:

  • DAV
  • Saint Leo University
  • Grand Canyon University
  • There will be at least 17 exhibitors.

URL: https://success.recruitmilitary.com/events/tampa-job-fair-january-16-2020

 

San Antonio Job Fair

 Hosted by: RecruitMilitary and DAV

Date and Time: January 16, 2020, from 11 am to 3 pm.

Location or Virtual: San Antonio, TX

Who can attend?:

  • Transitioning military
  • Veterans
  • Spouses of military and veterans
  • Reserve and National Guard members, as well as their spouses.

How much will the event cost?: Free

Notable companies:

  • DAV
  • USAA
  • Grand Canyon University
  • There will be at least 11 exhibitors.

URL: https://success.recruitmilitary.com/events/san-antonio-job-fair-january-16-2020

 

January 21, 2020

Job Fair at Joint Base Lewis-McChord

Hosted by: RecruitMilitary and DAV

Date and Time: January 21, 2020, from 11 am to 3 pm.

Location or Virtual: Joint Base Lewis McChord, WA

Who can attend?:

  • Transitioning military
  • Veterans
  • Spouses of military and veterans
  • Reserve and National Guard members, as well as their spouses.

How much will the event cost?: Free

Notable companies:

  • DAV
  • There will be at least 5 exhibitors.

URL: https://success.recruitmilitary.com/events/job-fair-at-joint-base-lewis-mcchord-january-21-2020

 

Hampton Roads AMPLIFY Session

 Hosted by: Hiring Our Heroes

Sponsors:

  • USAA

Date and Time: January 21-22, 2020

Location or Virtual: Chesapeake, VA

Who can attend?:

  • Military Spouses

How much will the event cost?: Free

Other info: AMPLIFY Sessions are for military spouses where there will be intensive career preparation, professional development, and networking. You will need to apply.

URL: https://www.hiringourheroes.org/military-spouses/amplify-military-spouse-career-intensives/

 

January 23, 2020

Sacramento Veterans Job Fair

Hosted by: RecruitMilitary and DAV

Date and Time: January 23, 2020, from 11 am to 3 pm.

Location or Virtual: Sacramento, CA

Who can attend?:

  • Transitioning military
  • Veterans
  • Spouses of military and veterans
  • Reserve and National Guard members, as well as their spouses.

How much will the event cost?: Free

Notable companies:

  • DAV
  • Federal Aviation Administration
  • Grand Canyon University
  • There will be at least 8 exhibitors.

URL: https://success.recruitmilitary.com/events/sacramento-veterans-job-fair-january-23-2020

 

Raleigh Veterans Job Fair

Hosted by: RecruitMilitary and DAV

Date and Time: January 23, 2020, from 11 am to 3 pm.

Location or Virtual: Raleigh, NC

Who can attend?:

  • Transitioning military
  • Veterans
  • Spouses of military and veterans
  • Reserve and National Guard members, as well as their spouses.

How much will the event cost?: Free

Notable companies:

  • DAV
  • North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Duke University
  • There will be at least 14 exhibitors.

URL: https://success.recruitmilitary.com/events/raleigh-veterans-job-fair-january-23-2020

 

Military Friendly Job Fair in San Diego, CA

 Hosted by: Corporate Gray

Date and Time: January 23, 2020, from 9 am to 12 pm.

Location or Virtual: San Diego, CA

Who can attend?:

  • Transitioning military
  • Veterans
  • Civilians welcome

How much will the event cost?: Free

Notable companies:

  • Corporate Gray
  • Lockheed Martin Corporation
  • There will be at least 8 exhibitors.

Other info: There will be an employment seminar from 8 am to 9 am.

URL: https://www.corporategray.com/jobfairs/424

 

January 30, 2020

Oklahoma City Veterans Job Fair

Hosted by: RecruitMilitary and DAV

Date and Time: January 30, 2020, from 11 am to 3 pm.

Location or Virtual: Oklahoma City, OK

Who can attend?:

  • Transitioning military
  • Veterans
  • Spouses of military and veterans
  • Reserve and National Guard members, as well as their spouses.

How much will the event cost?: Free

Notable companies:

  • DAV
  • Grand Canyon University
  • There will be at least 9 exhibitors.

URL: https://success.recruitmilitary.com/events/oklahoma-city-veterans-job-fair-january-30-2020

 

Job Fair at Fort Bliss

Hosted by: RecruitMilitary and DAV

Date and Time: January 30, 2020, from 11 am to 3 pm.

Location or Virtual: Fort Bliss, TX

Who can attend?:

  • Transitioning military
  • Veterans
  • Spouses of military and veterans
  • Reserve and National Guard members, as well as their spouses.

How much will the event cost?: Free

Notable companies:

  • Nucor Corporation
  • El Paso Community College Law Enforcement Training Academy
  • There will be at least 6 exhibitors.

URL: https://success.recruitmilitary.com/events/job-fair-at-fort-bliss-january-30-2020

 

February 6, 2020

Atlanta Veterans Job Fair

Hosted by: RecruitMilitary and DAV

Date and Time: February 6, 2020, from 11 am to 3 pm.

Location or Virtual: Atlanta, GA

Who can attend?:

  • Transitioning military
  • Veterans
  • Spouses of military and veterans
  • Reserve and National Guard members, as well as their spouses.

How much will the event cost?: Free

Notable companies:

  • DAV
  • Federal Emergency Management
  • There will be at least 17 exhibitors.

URL: https://success.recruitmilitary.com/events/atlanta-veterans-job-fair-february-6-2020

 

Nashville Veterans Job Fair

 Hosted by: RecruitMilitary and DAV

Date and Time: February 6, 2020, from 11 am to 3 pm.

Location or Virtual: Nashville, TN

Who can attend?:

  • Transitioning military
  • Veterans
  • Spouses of military and veterans
  • Reserve and National Guard members, as well as their spouses.

How much will the event cost?: Free

Notable companies:

  • The University of Tennessee Chattanooga
  • There will be at least 5 exhibitors.

URL: https://success.recruitmilitary.com/events/nashville-veterans-job-fair-february-6-2020

 

Phoenix Veterans Job Fair

Hosted by: RecruitMilitary and DAV

Date and Time: February 6, 2020, from 11 am to 3 pm.

Location or Virtual: Phoenix, AZ

Who can attend?:

  • Transitioning military
  • Veterans
  • Spouses of military and veterans
  • Reserve and National Guard members, as well as their spouses.

How much will the event cost?: Free

Notable companies:

  • DAV
  • Grand Canyon University
  • Rio Salado College
  • There will be at least 18 exhibitors.

URL: https://success.recruitmilitary.com/events/phoenix-veterans-job-fair-february-6-2020

 

 

 

February 13, 2020

Richmond Veterans Job Fair

 Hosted by: RecruitMilitary and DAV

Date and Time: February 13, 2020, from 11 am to 3 pm.

Location or Virtual: Richmond, VA

Who can attend?:

  • Transitioning military
  • Veterans
  • Spouses of military and veterans
  • Reserve and National Guard members, as well as their spouses.

How much will the event cost?: Free

Notable companies:

  • Lone Star College System
  • There will be at least 6 exhibitors.

URL: https://success.recruitmilitary.com/events/richmond-veterans-job-fair-february-13-2020

 

San Diego Veterans Job Fair

Hosted by: RecruitMilitary and DAV

Date and Time: February 13, 2020, from 11 am to 3 pm.

Location or Virtual: San Diego, CA

Who can attend?:

  • Transitioning military
  • Veterans
  • Spouses of military and veterans
  • Reserve and National Guard members, as well as their spouses.

How much will the event cost?: Free

Notable companies:

  • DAV
  • Grand Canyon University
  • California College San Diego
  • There will be at least 6 exhibitors.

URL: https://success.recruitmilitary.com/events/san-diego-veterans-job-fair-february-13-2020

 

Job Fair at Naval Station Norfolk

Hosted by: RecruitMilitary and DAV

Date and Time: February 13, 2020, from 11 am to 3 pm.

Location or Virtual: Norfolk, VA

Who can attend?:

  • Transitioning military
  • Veterans
  • Spouses of military and veterans
  • Reserve and National Guard members, as well as their spouses.

How much will the event cost?: Free

Notable companies:

  • DAV
  • Nucor Corporation
  • S. Department of Homeland Security
  • Aetna
  • Lockheed Martin Corporation
  • Military Sealift Command
  • Trane and American Standard
  • There will be at least 25 exhibitors.

URL: https://success.recruitmilitary.com/events/job-fair-at-naval-station-norfolk-february-13-2020

 

February 18-19, 2020

Colorado Springs AMPLIFY Session

Hosted by: Hiring Our Heroes

Sponsors:

  • USAA

Date and Time: February 18-19, 2020

Location or Virtual: Colorado Springs, CO

Who can attend?:

  • Military Spouses

How much will the event cost?: Free

Other info: AMPLIFY Sessions are for military spouses where there will be intensive career preparation, professional development, and networking. You will need to apply.

URL: https://www.hiringourheroes.org/military-spouses/amplify-military-spouse-career-intensives/

 

February 20, 2020

Baltimore Veterans Job Fair

Hosted by: RecruitMilitary and DAV

Date and Time: Thu, Feb 20, 2020 from 11 am to 3 pm.

Location or Virtual: Baltimore, MD

Who can attend?:

  • Transitioning military
  • Veterans
  • Spouses of military and veterans
  • Reserve and National Guard members, as well as their spouses.

How much will the event cost?: Free

Notable companies:

  • DAV
  • There will be at least 6 exhibitors

URL: https://success.recruitmilitary.com/events/baltimore-veterans-job-fair-february-20-2020

 

Charleston Veterans Job Fair

Hosted by: RecruitMilitary and DAV

Date and Time: February 20, 2020, from 11 am to 3 pm.

Location or Virtual: North Charleston, SC

Who can attend?:

  • Transitioning military
  • Veterans
  • Spouses of military and veterans
  • Reserve and National Guard members, as well as their spouses.

How much will the event cost?: Free

Notable companies:

  • There will be at least 4 exhibitors.

URL: https://success.recruitmilitary.com/events/charleston-veterans-job-fair-february-20-2020

 

Columbus Veterans Job Fair

Hosted by: RecruitMilitary and DAV

Date and Time: February 20, 2020, from 11 am to 3 pm.

Location or Virtual: Columbus, OH

Who can attend?:

  • Transitioning military
  • Veterans
  • Spouses of military and veterans
  • Reserve and National Guard members, as well as their spouses.

How much will the event cost?: Free

Notable companies:

  • There will be at least 3 exhibitors.

URL: https://success.recruitmilitary.com/events/columbus-veterans-job-fair-february-20-2020

 

Job Fair at Fort Knox

Hosted by: RecruitMilitary and DAV

Date and Time: February 20, 2020, from 11 am to 3 pm.

Location or Virtual: Fort Knox, KY

Who can attend?:

  • Transitioning military
  • Veterans
  • Spouses of military and veterans
  • Reserve and National Guard members, as well as their spouses.

How much will the event cost?: Free

Notable companies:

  • DAV
  • There will be at least 7 exhibitors.

URL: https://success.recruitmilitary.com/events/job-fair-at-fort-knox-february-20-2020

 

February 24-25, 2020

Okinawa Career Summits

Hosted by: Hiring Our Heroes and Military Officers Association of America

Sponsors:

  • Booz/Allen/Hamilton
  • Indeed
  • Microsoft
  • Toyota
  • Mears Group
  • Think, Make, Happen in Wisconsin

Date and Time: Camp Foster, February 24-25, 2020, Kadena Air Base, February 26-27, 2020

Location or Virtual: Camp Foster & Kadena Air Base

Who can attend?:

  • Active duty service members
  • National Guard members
  • Military reservists
  • Veterans
  • Military spouses
  • Military caregivers

How much will the event cost?: Free

Other info: At both Camp Foster and Kadena Air Base, on day one, the Military Spouse Symposium is from 9:30-3:30 pm, Employment Workshops from 11 am to 5 pm, and a Networking Reception from 5 pm to 7 pm. On day two, Employment Workshops from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm, and a Career Fair from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm.

URL: https://events.hiringourheroes.org/event/c4e71f30-bcef-4cfd-9674-4556d90eef32/summary

 

February 25, 2020

Fayetteville GROW Military Spouse Hiring Event

Hosted by: Military Spouse Economic Empowerment Zone and Military Spouse Professional Network

Sponsors:

  • NC4ME North Carolina for Military Employment

Date and Time: February 25, 2020, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

Location or Virtual: Fayetteville, North Carolina

Who can attend?:

  • Active duty service members
  • National Guard members
  • Military reservists
  • Veterans
  • Military spouses
  • Military caregivers

How much will the event cost?: Free

Other info: There will be an MSEEZ Employer discussion from 10:15 am to 11:00 am, Real Spouses, Real Stories from 11:00 am to 11:45 am, Lunch and Networking from 11:45 am to 1:00 pm, and a Hiring Event from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm.

URL:https://events.hiringourheroes.org/event/41829a9b-b32a-4963-91db-048c687d7bb1/summary?5S%2CM3%2C41829a9b-b32a-4963-91db-048c687d7bb1= 

 

February 27, 2020

Dallas Veterans Job Fair

Hosted by: RecruitMilitary and DAV

Corporate Sponsor: Love’s Travel Stops and Country Stores

Date and Time: February 27, 2020, from 11 am to 3 pm.

Location or Virtual: Arlington, TX

Who can attend?:

  • Transitioning military
  • Veterans
  • Spouses of military and veterans
  • Reserve and National Guard members, as well as their spouses.

How much will the event cost?: Free

Notable companies:

  • DAV
  • LeaderQuest
  • Love’s Travel Stops and Country Stores
  • Texas Instruments
  • FedEx Ground
  • Grand Canyon University
  • There will be at least 20 exhibitors.

URL: https://success.recruitmilitary.com/events/dallas-veterans-job-fair-february-27-2020

 

Jacksonville Veterans Job Fair

Hosted by: RecruitMilitary and DAV

Date and Time: February 27, 2020, from 11 am to 3 pm.

Location or Virtual: Jacksonville, FL

Who can attend?:

  • Transitioning military
  • Veterans
  • Spouses of military and veterans
  • Reserve and National Guard members, as well as their spouses.

How much will the event cost?: Free

Notable companies:

  • DAV
  • LeaderQuest
  • Saint Leo University
  • Grand Canyon University
  • New Horizons Computer Learning Centers
  • There will be at least 14 exhibitors.

URL: https://success.recruitmilitary.com/events/jacksonville-veterans-job-fair-february-27-2020

 

San Jose Veterans Job Fair

Hosted by: RecruitMilitary and DAV

Date and Time: February 27, 2020, from 11 am to 3 pm.

Location or Virtual: Santa Clara, CA

Who can attend?:

  • Transitioning military
  • Veterans
  • Spouses of military and veterans
  • Reserve and National Guard members, as well as their spouses.

How much will the event cost?: Free

Notable companies:

  • Grand Canyon University
  • There will be at least 4 exhibitors.

URL: https://success.recruitmilitary.com/events/san-jose-veterans-job-fair-february-27-2020

 

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What You Need To Know When You Go To A Job Fair

If you are looking for a job, going to a job fair is a smart idea. You can interact with employers, give out your resume, and learn more about the workplace and how to find a new job. Before you head to a job fair, you will need to prepare for the job fair. Here is what you need to know about going to one.  

Research Future Employers

One of the big things you want to do before you go to a job fair is research who is going to be there. You will want to see who you might want to work with, and learn what you can about them. You probably won’t be interested in every single employer and researching can help you decide who to pursue or not. Knowing who you are going to see ahead of time will also allow you to personalize your resume for those companies, and know what you will be walking into.

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Have A Pitch Ready

You will want to have your pitch ready. Figure out what you will say to quickly tell the employers a little bit about you. This will get the conversation going and can tell the employers what you can do for them, what your skills are, and what experience you have had in the past. Practice your pitch before you go, and you will feel a lot more comfortable giving it when you get there.

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Dress The Part

You will want to dress as if you are going to an interview. Make sure your clothing is appropriate, you are clean, and you look professional. There could be on-the-spot interviews at the job fair, and you want to look like you are ready to find a new job. Bringing an extra set of clothing to keep in your car can also be a good idea. That way, if there is a spill or something happens, you can still look professional when you talk to employers.

Bring The Right Supplies

You want to make sure you bring the right supplies with you to the job fair. You of course need multiple copies of your resume, business cards to hand out, as well as pens and paper so you can be prepared to take notes or write down important information. As far as how many resumes to bring, plan to bring double the amount of employers you might want to talk to. Having extra resumes would be better than running out of them.

Plan To Get There Early

Make plans to get to the job fair early. You should figure out where the building is located, where to park and about how long it will take you to get there before the day of the event. If you get there early, you will not be stressed and will have time to prepare a little before you go in.

Attend The Workshops

At the job fair, there will probably be workshops to attend about different accepts of finding a job. If you attend a veterans job fair, they will probably have workshops about how to transition from military life to civilian life. You can learn a lot from these workshops and should make plans to attend the ones that would be valuable to you during your job search.

Plan To Network

You should plan to network while you are at the job fair, and not just with the employers. Talk to the people around you and don’t be afraid to start a conversation. Networking is such a huge part of job searching and can be the key to finding the right job. Remember though to stay positive. A job fair isn’t the place to vent about a particular employer.

Don’t Be Shy

You want to walk into a job fair with an outgoing mindset. In addition to your pitch, you are going to need to carry on a conversation with employers. Shake people’s hands, and look them in the eye when you talk with them. This will show that you are serious about making connections and finding a job. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and show an genuine interest in each employer you are talking with.

Plan To Follow Up

Make sure you make plans to follow up. Within 24-48 hours you can send a thank-you card to everyone you connected with. You need to follow any instructions about applying for jobs that interest you within a timely manner. Keep good records so you remember who you interacted with, and who you might consider working for. Reflect on what you learned at the job fair, and make any updates to your resume or cover letters than you think you need to make.

Going to a job fair can feel a bit overwhelming but preparing for what to expect, having the right supplies, and going into the fair with a good mindset can help you. While simply going to a job fair doesn’t mean you will find a job right away, you can gain a lot from your experience at one. Check out your local community and military installation to see what they have to offer. Many installations have job fairs targeted to service members who will be ETSing soon as well as veterans and spouses. 

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Spouses Reimbursed For Licensing & Certification Fees

The 2018 National Defense Authorization Act allows each service branch to reimburse spouses up to $1,000 for relicensure and certification costs resulting from relocations or PCS moves that cross U.S. state lines – to include OCONUS to stateside moves. 

Military Spouses Will Now Be Reimbursed For Licensing and Certification Fees Due to PCS

Marine Corps, Army, Coast Guard, Navy, and Air Force spouses are now able to apply for a reimbursement of up to $1,000 for the cost of licensing and certification in a new state after a PCS. This will make it much easier for military spouses when they do need to move to a new state because they are married to a service member.

This will apply to spouses of active duty as well as active reserve marines. The reimbursement is also retroactive back to December 12th, 2017. That means that spouses can be reimbursed for those fees from all the way back to that date.

These programs are a part of a pilot program that is authorized through December 22, 2022, with the passing of the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act.

Licensing and Certification Can Be A Burden in Certain Fields

Licensing and certification fees can be a burden on military spouses and military families. Spouses who work as teachers, nurses, accountants, dental hygienists, and in many other fields have to make sure they have a current state license before they can work in their new area.

Local and state-level requirements, as well as costs, can be very different depending on where you live. A spouse could work four years in one state, move to another and find a frustrating road in order to get licensed to be able to work in the new one. At least with this program, some or all of the financial burden can be lifted during this process.

In some cases, a spouse might have to move more often than every few years. This program applies to every move, not just the first one which will allow for those who move more often than others to still benefit from this program. 

How Do You Get the Reimbursement for This Program?

In order to get your reimbursement, your service member will need to request the reimbursement through their local Personnel Administration Office or Center. They will need a copy of their PCS orders, a copy of your old license or certification, a copy of your new certification or licensure, and a receipt showing your paid fees. You can also contact your Family Member Employment Assistance Program office and the Department of Labor’s Portal for more information about this exciting change for marine military spouses.

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Walmart Hires Nearly 6,000 Military Spouses

Walmart announced the hiring of nearly 6,000 military spouses in the six months since they launched the Military Spouse Career Connection (MSCC) last Veterans Day. Now, in its sixth month, MSCC gives military spouses hiring preference for those who want to work at Walmart or Sam’s Club. The MSCC is a natural step for Walmart. Their Military Family Promise, in its 9th year, guarantees a job at a nearby Walmart or Sam’s Club, for all military personnel and their spouses who move to a different part of the country because of military service.

“Military Spouses Are Highly Desirable Job Candidates”

According to the Senior Director of Military Programs for Walmart, Retired Brig. Gen. Gary Profit, “Military spouses are a diverse, adaptable, educated and team-oriented group of men and women. They have many of the same skills that veterans have, which makes them highly desirable job candidates. It’s our honor to offer them opportunities here at Walmart and beyond.” This shows that Walmart does see the value in hiring military spouses, and in being a company that wants to help them find employment.

Katie Tidmore, a Walmart associate, and first hire through MSCC, says, “As a military wife, I feel like I served alongside my husband in a lot of ways. It was always so hard to find steady or consistent work. I’m grateful to Walmart for such a wonderful program.”

Walmart Also Awards Grant to Hire Heroes USA

In addition to the hiring of 6,000 military spouses, the Walmart Foundation has awarded a $1 million grant to Hire Heroes USA, which is a veteran service organization dedicated to empowering US military members, veterans, and their spouses as they seek civilian employment. The award is to support the expansion of their employment programs and improve data collection and reporting. A portion of the funding will support a program manager for Hire Heroes’ Serving Spouses, a career coaching program that is tailored to military spouses that face unique barriers to employment. Issues such as frequent moves, childcare challenges while a spouse is deployed, and having to re-obtain certifications when moving state to state can all be barriers to employment.

Walmart’s Veterans Welcome Home Commitment

This May also marks the 6th anniversary of Walmart’s Veterans Welcome Home Commitment (VWHC.) VWHC guarantees a job offer to any eligible and honorably discharged US veteran who have separated from active duty since the start of VWHC on Memorial Day, 2013. 226,637 veterans have been hired and 35,383 have been promoted to roles with higher pay and greater responsibility at Walmart and Sam’s Club. This commitment recognizes the important skills and leadership abilities that veterans bring to the civilian workforce and helps veterans ease the transition from active duty to civilian life, which can often be a difficult transition. They are now over 90% of the way to reaching their goal of hiring 250,000 veterans by 2020.

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Military Spouses “Grow With Google”

Military life can make finding the right job very challenging for military spouses. With frequent moves, and having to be there for their families during deployments, taking time out for their own career can be difficult. The good news is, Blue Star Families, and Google’s Grow With Google program are rolling out digital skills training for military spouses to help with this issue.

How Can Military Spouses Grow With Google?

As of May 10, 2019, Grow with Google announced new tools as well as resources. They will be able to help military spouses build flexible, meaningful careers despite the common challenge of frequent moves. As a part of this, Blue Star Families, (BSF) a leading non-profit that supports military spouses, will be providing in-demand digital skills training workshops throughout the next year.

IVMF

Google.org will be supporting Syracuse University’s Institute for Veterans and Military Families, IVMF. IVMF is an interdisciplinary academic training institute focused on advancing the post-service lives of the nation’s military veterans and their families. The grant from Google.org will provide 1,500 scholarships and support services for veterans and transitioning military personnel spouses, to complete the Google IT Professional Support Certificate through the IVMF;s Onward to Opportunity professional certification training curriculum. This curriculum is offered at 18 military installations, as well as virtually with 1,000 of these scholarships going to military spouses.

It is not a shock that military spouse unemployment is higher than civilian unemployment rates. They also can make less money than their civilian peers. Google understands this and wants to help.

Grow with Google Training Programs

Through Grow with Google, Applied Digital Skills is a free online digital skills training program for all ages. They released a new lesson today, “Connect and Collaborate From Anywhere with Digital Tools,” which is ideal for those in the military lifestyle. Primer, which is Grow with Google’s app for small businesses and job seekers, will offer new lessons called, “Finding or Transitioning to Remote Work,” “Keys to Working Remotely,” and “Collaborating While Working Remotely.” These are also ideal for veterans and military spouses.

Blue Star Families Annual Survey

Blue Star Families has an annual survey that they send out every year. Through this survey they can see what military spouses are most concerned about and what they want to change. According to Blue Star Families CEO Kathy Roth-Douquet, “In 2018, their top recommendation (47%) for improving spouse under/unemployment was for advocates to work with large corporations to design military spouse-friendly work options. And that’s precisely what we’re doing with Grow with Google. This new program will empower thousands of military spouses with the digital skills they need to build flexible, meaningful careers no matter where they live.”

Google’s New Job Search Functions

Google’s new job search function will provide more quality and full-time remote jobs. People can search by interests and filter, “work from home” jobs. Employers and job boards can also provide this feature on their own career sites with Google Cloud’s Talent Solution.

Last August, Google also created a tool to help transitioning service members land civilian jobs. Veterans and active service members can search, “jobs for veterans” on Google as well as their military occupation code to find the right after-military job.

As you can see, these are some great tools that can help military spouses find a job that works better for them. Finding a remote job will allow a military spouse to travel with their career, and this is better for the entire military community as a whole.

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10 Companies Committed to Hire Military Spouses

Did you know that military spouses have an unemployment rate of 16%, which is more than four times higher than their civilian counterparts’ rate? The Hiring 100k Military Spouses Employment Initiative is a new program that aims to improve those numbers. This initiative is a partnership of American companies to hire military spouses.

10 of the Companies Committed to Hire Military Spouses

Here are a few of the participating companies:

  1. Aflac
  2. Amazon
  3. Booz Allen Hamilton Strategy & Technology Consultants
  4. Capital One
  5. Comcast NBC Universal
  6. Hilton
  7. Hospital Corporation of America
  8. Prudential
  9. USAA
  10. Verizon

What Is the Hiring 100k Military Spouses Initiative?

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes (hiringourheroes.org), in collaboration with Starbucks, partnered with sixteen major national companies to launch the initiative in June 2018. This initiative seeks to elevate military spouse employment while providing real solutions for military spouses seeking meaningful career opportunities, and aims to do that by:

  • Addressing the issues of military spouse unemployment and underemployment by raising awareness throughout the country
  • Providing a unique avenue for businesses and organizations to make a commitment to hire military spouses
  • Encouraging businesses to share best practices for hiring and retaining military spouse talent

The initiative was launched as a three-year national call-to-action campaign, encouraging American businesses of all sizes to make a collective commitment to hire 100,000 military spouses. As of early October 2018, the partnership has received nearly 3,000 commitments, and the list of committed companies is growing. This is good news for military spouses who are looking for new careers! The initiative partners are companies that appreciate the unique needs and gifts of military spouses, and want to support military spouses and their families.

What Is The Benefit For Companies and Spouses?

For those who are members of this hiring initiative, the benefits are clear.

Here’s what Capital One’s representative had to say about Capital One’s commitment:

“Military spouses are problem solvers. They can adapt to changing situations and shift gears at a moment’s notice. In a business environment that values agility, ingenuity, and reliability, the experience and insights that military spouses bring to the workplace are invaluable.”  – John Finneran, EVP, Corporate Secretary, Capital One

HCA’s representative had this to say:

“The Hiring Our Heroes Military Spouse Program Initiative has been an excellent way for HCA hiring managers to make connections to highly qualified Military Spouses. This partnership provides exceptional support as we provide Military Spouses with long-term career opportunities . . . “ – Avery King, Military Affairs Talent Acquisition Lead, HCA Healthcare

How Does This Help Military Spouses?

“The program is designed with the specific needs of military spouses in mind, offering flexibility and support so they can continue caring for their families while training for successful careers in technology.” – USMC MajGen (Ret.) Chris Cortez, Microsoft Military Affairs

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MySECO: 4 Reasons Military Spouses Need to Take Advantage

A military spouse who is re-entering the workforce after a long period of unemployment may need extra support to get back into a career. Many military spouses can benefit from help with resume preparation and career coaching, and that’s where MySECO comes in. 

Military spouses face unique career challenges. Our lives may be put on hold for years while we support our serving spouse’s career, all while raising children, surviving deployments, and navigating multiple moves. Our educational plans may be interrupted, job choices may be limited, and we often find ourselves unemployed, underemployed, or limited to volunteer work.

What is MySECO?

To help meet these challenges above, the Department of Defense offers the Spouse Education and Career Opportunities program (also known as MySECO) through MilitaryOneSource.com. MySECO offers multiple resources to help military spouses complete their education and navigate their own career paths.

If you are a military spouse needing career support, start with MySECO. Don’t pass up the free career-building benefits that are yours as a military spouse!

What Does MySECO Offer?

Career Coaching

Through the MilitaryOneSource Spouse Career Center, free career coaching services are available to all eligible military spouses. Career coaches can help with:

    • Career Exploration: Exploring career interests and skills.
    • Education, Training, and Licensing: Learning about education options and license and credential requirements.
    • Employment Readiness: Preparing to join or re-enter the workforce, as well as sharpening career skills.
    • Career Connections: Finding network and career opportunities.
    • Specialized Coaching Packages: MySECO offers specialized coaching packages in the following areas: career readiness, entrepreneurial spouse, reentering the workforce, STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), health care, intelligence and cybersecurity, new spouse, K-12 education, federal employment, and permanent change of station.

The Military Spouse Employment Partnership

This is an employment and career partnership which connects military spouses with hundreds of partner employers.  These employers are committed to recruiting, hiring, promoting, and retaining military spouses in portable careers. The partnership works through three components:

  • MSEP Job Search on MySECO: Military spouses can search for and apply to jobs with MSEP companies and organizations using this database. Positions are searchable by job title, keyword, location, industry, partner, or job type.
  • Spouse Ambassador Network: The Spouse Ambassador Network includes MSEP partners who work to create awareness about military spouse employment challenges, and provide increased career opportunities, support, and career advancement for military spouses.
  • MSEP Partner Portal: The MSEP Partner Portal offers resources for existing MSEP partner companies, and information for companies interested in becoming MSEP partners.

The MyCAA Scholarship Program

Up to $4,000 in tuition assistance is provided to eligible military spouses who have successfully completed high school. The MyCAA (links to CollegeRecon) scholarship is available for pursuing a license, certification, or associate degree in a portable career field.

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The MySECO Website

Find more information and plenty of resources at myseco.militaryonesource.mil. This site offers valuable information, as well as these resources:

  • A Research Occupations tool
  • A Scholarship Finder
  • My Individual Career Plan (MyICP)
  • College Scorecard
  • SECO Resume Builder
  • MSEP Job Search
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If you’re a working or job-seeking military spouse, take full advantage of your MySECO benefits!

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DoD Priority Placement Program for Military Spouses

Priority Placement for Military Spouses (PPP) with DoD Program

A federal program exists to help military spouses with priority placement for federal jobs.  Learn more about the DoD Priority Placement Program for Military Spouses (PPP).

As a military spouse, a move to a new duty station may be in your future. How will this move affect your job options?

Many military spouses seek federal employment, because a federal job can offer career stability that survives relocations. The federal job path might not be the right choice for every working military spouse.

If you choose to look for a federal job, you need to know about the Priority Placement Program for Military Spouses.  This program for military spouses is an important benefit that might be available to you.

Here are the basics:

What is the DOD Priority Placement Program?

The Priority Placement Program for Military Spouses allows military spouses preference for federal jobs within CONUS (the continental United States).

How the Military Spouse Preference Works

The military spouse preference doesn’t guarantee you a job, but it increases your chances of being hired for the right job. The PPP gives a best-qualified military spouse hiring priority over other best-qualified job applicants.

How to Take Advantage of the PPP Benefit

There are some basic steps you need to take in order to benefit from the military spouse preference.

1. Be sure that you fit the preference category.

In order to be eligible you must meet one of the following:

  • Spouse of an active-duty service member, including Coast Guard or full-time National Guard
  • Moving to a new duty station with your spouse
  • Were married before your spouse’s reporting date
  • Applying for a federal job within commuting distance of a new duty station
  • One of the best-qualified candidates for the job you want

2. Register for the DOD Priority Placement Program.

Contact your local Civilian Personnel Office (CPO) to register no earlier than 30 days before your spouse’s reporting date.  You can also contact your CPO any time after relocating.

You will need to present your marriage certificate and a copy of your spouse’s PCS orders to register.

Other documents that may be needed

  • copy of your SP-50
  • a copy of your most recent performance appraisal, if you’re a current or former federal employee
  • copy of your DD214, if you’re a former service member

3. Be sure that you’re qualified for the job you want, and be ready to prove it.

In order to qualify for the military spouse preference, you must be well-qualified for your job you want. You must also be able to prove your qualifications to the computer that scans the applications. Here are some tips for submitting your best application:

  • Read job announcements and included questionnaires carefully. Pay special attention to key words and phrases when you look over the job posting.
  • Give yourself enough time to build a well-written resume and cover letter, and to complete the application process. The Resume Builder on the USAjobs.gov is a good resource for crafting a strong federal resume.
  • Be clear, specific, and accurate with the information you submit. Work history should include salary, hours per week you worked, and references. If you have a degree, you will need to upload your transcript as proof.
  • Make sure that your resume accurately reflects your qualifications, so that you will be rated at the appropriate General Schedule (GS) level. The GS rating will help determine your level of qualification.

4. Use your available employment resources to help you through the process.

Job seekers may find the federal employment process complicated. But policies can change.  As an example a law was signed in 2016 to simplify the military spouse preference hiring process.  As a result, changes are coming.

Fortunately, military spouses have many free resources to help them with the job search process. Take advantage of resources such as Military OneSource to find your installation’s civilian personnel office or human resources office, or your installation’s Employment Readiness Program at your Family Support Center.

The Job Search Process Might Take Awhile

Don’t be discouraged if the job-seeking process seems to take forever. Well-qualified candidates can take months to find a federal job, even with the military spouse preference. Persistence and preparation are key. Good luck!

 

Find recruiting agencies who specialize in placing military spouses with CareerRecon

 

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8 Ways the Military Spouse Employment Act Can Benefit You

Legislation was passed to help improve employment and childcare options for military spouses and families.  The legislation is called the Military Spouse Employment Act.

If you’re a military spouse, your spouse’s career moves have probably affected your career. Good jobs can be hard to find and keep for military spouses who move frequently. Childcare needs further complicate the job search. Spouse employment issues can even cause service members to reconsider their military career path.

What is the Military Spouse Employment Act?

The Military Spouse Employment Act of 2018 was included in the Fiscal Year 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), along with the Jobs and Childcare for Military Families Act of 2018.

President Donald Trump signed the NDAA into law on August 13, 2018.

Senator Tim Kaine from Virginia introduced both bills.  Senator Kaine is co-chair of the Senate Military Family Caucus, a member of the Senate Armed Forces Committee, and the father of a Marine.

Senator Kaine has worked with military spouse and family groups to understand military spouse employment issues. As a result, Kaine wrote and introduced these two bills, which can greatly benefit military families.

How Can The Military Spouse Employment Act Help You?

Eight provisions from Kaine’s two bills that comprise the Military Spouse Employment Act made it into the final NDAA for 2019. Here is what the legislation does, and how it can help you and your family:

  • Modifies Federal Hiring Authority

This speeds up the federal hiring process for job candidates who are military spouses. This is important because the most desirable jobs near military installations are often federal positions.

  • Expands Small Business Opportunities for Military Spouses on Military Installations

This will help remove obstacles for military spouses who want to start small businesses on base.

  • Instructs the DoD to Evaluate the Impact of Frequent Moves on Military Families

This instructs the Department of Defense to evaluate the impact that frequent moves have on military families, and to report these findings to Congress.

  • Instructs the DoD to Expand Educational Opportunities for Military Spouses

This aims to maximize the educational benefits currently available to military spouses, including career training programs, career counseling, and the underused MyCAA (this link will take you to CollegeRecon, our sister site).  MyCAA, or the Military Spouse Career Advancement Account, provides scholarships for spouses to pursue associate degrees, certificates, and professional licenses.

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  • Increases Access to Affordable Childcare for Military Families

Because a lack of access to affordable childcare increases spouse unemployment, this aims to increase childcare access by increasing the number of DoD-cleared childcare providers, and by insuring an accurate number of childcare subsidies for each duty station.

  • Encourages the DoD to Establish Dependent Care Savings Accounts

This strongly encourages the DoD to make flexible spending accounts available to military families. These accounts allow families to save pre-tax money from their paychecks to pay for out-of-pocket childcare expenses. This addresses some of the unique aspects of military life.  Military families’ frequent moves and occasional deployments may increase the need for military families to pay out-of-pocket for childcare.

Currently, uniformed service members and their families are the only group in the federal employment system who don’t have access to these accounts.

  • Provides Military Spouses with Resources to Ease their Families’ Transition to Civilian Life

This aims to help military families transition successfully to civilian life by extending spouses’ access to Military One Source resources for a full year, rather than six months. Military One Source provides benefits such as non-medical mental health counseling, career help, and life coaching for veterans and military families after the transition to civilian life.

  • Increases Participation in Military Family Public-Private Partnerships

This aims to break down bureaucratic barriers to public-private partnerships between businesses and community organizations surrounding military installations. Many of these organizations would like to support military families, but the current process for making formal agreements needs to be simplified. This legislation directs the DoD to clarify the process for installation commanders.

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4 Reasons to Join The Military Spouse Network

Are you a military spouse who has changed jobs several times because of frequent moves? Do you wish you could bring your professional network with you each time you move?  The Military Spouse Professional Network might offer the support you need.

Maybe you are new to your post, and have just started a job search. You wish you had just one professional contact to give you some leads or advice, but you don’t know who to call.

Maybe you haven’t moved yet, but as the spouse of a service member, you know that a move is in your future, and you can’t take your job with you. How can you prepare yourself with professional support ahead of future moves?

What is the Military Spouse Professional Network?

The Military Spouse Professional Network (formerly known as In Gear Career) is a major part of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes Military Spouse Program. The Network is both local and virtual, with more than 50 local chapters worldwide, and provides career development and networking opportunities for spouses in military communities around the world.

Why Should You Join?

The Military Spouse Professional Network offers four main benefits to military spouses:

  1. Serves as a community of like-minded military spouses who are balancing the demands of career and military life
  2. Hosts networking and career development events for spouses
  3. Connects spouses with established networks of local business leaders, peers, and mentors
  4. Provides online career development resources

 The Network, through Hiring Our Heroes, offers multiple career development and networking events for military spouses throughout the year, such as:

  • Hiring Events
  • Employment Forums
  • Career Intensives

Additionally, Hiring Our Heroes has established Military Spouse Empowerment Zones in cities across America, as a way to build a strong employment network for military spouses. Hiring Our Heroes also offers online career development resources to military spouses.

Most Jobs Fill By Referral

Because military spouses start over each time they move, they must build new career networks every couple of years. Most jobs (80%) fill by referral, and this fact alone puts job-seeking military spouses at a disadvantage. If you don’t have a network in place, who will refer you for a job?

The Military Spouse Professional Network was created to even the playing field, and to empower military spouses by addressing their unique networking and professional development needs.

How to Connect

Local Military Spouse Professional Network locations exist in the following places:

Stateside (CONUS):

  • Anchorage, AK
  • Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ
  • Fort Huachuca, AZ
  • Luke AFB, AZ
  • Camp Pendleton, CA
  • San Diego, CA
  • San Francisco Bay Area/Silicon Valley, CA
  • Ventura County, CA
  • Colorado Springs, CO
  • Eglin/Hurlburt, FL
  • Naval Air Station Jacksonville/Naval Station Mayport, FL
  • MacDill AFB/Tampa, FL
  • Fort Gordon, GA
  • Fort Stewart/Hunter, GA
  • Fort Leavenworth, KS
  • Fort Campbell, KY
  • Barksdale AFB, LA
  • Fort Polk, LA
  • Bethesda, MD
  • Patuxent River, MD
  • Gulfport/Biloxi, MS
  • Scott AFB, MO
  • Nevada
  • Cannon AFB, NM
  • Holloman AFB, NM
  • Kirtland AFB, NM
  • Camp LeJeune/MCAS New River, NC
  • Fort Bragg/Fayetteville, NC
  • University of North Carolina Wilmington, NC
  • NSA Mid-South, TN
  • Corpus Christi/Kingsville, TX
  • Dallas/Fort Worth, TX
  • Fort Bliss, TX
  • Fort Hood, TX
  • Goodfellow AFB, TX
  • Joint Base San Antonio, TX
  • Laughlin AFB, TX
  • Hill AFB, UT
  • Hampton Roads, VA
  • Quantico, VA
  • Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA
  • National Capital Region, Washington, DC

Overseas (OCONUS):

  • Bahrain
  • Benelux, Belgium
  • Grafenwoehr/Rose Barracks/Vilseck, Germany
  • Guam
  • Naples, Italy
  • Vicenza, Italy
  • Okinawa, Japan
  • Yokota, Japan
  • NATO/Stavanger/Norway
  • South Korea
  • Rota, Spain
  • Lakenheath/Mildenhall/Feltwell, United Kingdom

Can’t find your location? You can join the virtual Military Spouse Professional Network on Facebook.

Contact information for the Network can be found by clicking here.

As a career-minded military spouse, find your place in the Military Spouse Professional Network today!

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Military Spouse Employment: Most Common Struggles

As a military spouse, you can get used to putting yourself on the back burner. The military life can make it hard to do what you want, whether that is going to school or working. There are so many different hurdles for military spouses that want to pursue their own careers. Here are some of the most common struggles for military spouse employment and how to handle them.

Cures for Military Spouse Employment Struggles

There are many common struggles encountered by military spouses.  Here we outline the most common ones along with recommended remedies for each.

Moving Often

As a military spouse, you are probably going to move often. Usually, that means every three to four years, although some military families move more often than that. They are a couple of different challenges that come with this type of lifestyle.

The first is employers not wanting to hire you when they see or know that you are a military spouse. They don’t want to hire you over someone that they know probably isn’t going to move as often. They don’t want to spend the time and energy to train someone that they feel won’t be around long enough.

It is illegal for a company not to hire someone based on their marital status.  However, this is very hard to prove and in most cases not realistic or financially worth pursuing. An employer can not hire you for a multitude of reasons, and you might never know if it was because you were a military spouse or for something else.

So what can you do?

Work to show companies what you can offer. If you have the right skills and a good worth ethic, that can go a long way for some employers. Make sure to highlight why they would want to hire you over anyone else.

Work to show employers in general that hiring military spouses is a good thing. There are ways to make a job work, even if the military spouse has to move away. Many jobs can be worked at home, even if they have not been done at home in the past.

Find companies that do hire military spouses and see if they are a good fit for your career goals. If a company has stated that they are welcoming to military spouses, that is one part of the career journey that you don’t have to worry about.

Being the New Person

Another issue with moving often is always being the new person at your job. This makes moving up a bit more difficult. This is more of an issue in some careers over others but something military spouses struggle with. When starting a new job, it can be frustrating to know that once you get to a place of seniority, it could be time to move to a new state or even country and have to start over.

While there are not a ton of solutions to this, the best thing to do is plan before a move. Keep good track of the jobs that you have had and the education you bring to any job you apply for.

While it can be frustrating to feel like you have to start over all the time, finding creative ways to continue your career from place to place can be a good option. This can mean building your own business from the skills you have or working for a company that will allow you to take your job with you from place to place.

Read: How Can The Military Spouse Network Help You

Not Having Access to the Right Jobs

Another big struggle for military spouse employment is not having access to jobs in your career field where you live. Sometimes the only jobs available have nothing to do with what you went to college for.

When you go to college, you expect to be able to use your degree afterward and find a job in your field. You know you might have to start at the bottom but nothing can be more frustrating than not being able to even start your career in the first place.

So what can you do?

The biggest solution to this is taking advantage of any educational or career resources your local military installation has. From job fairs to extra classes, being able to figure out what all of your options are in your area is important. Sometimes you can assume that your area doesn’t have a job in your field but you might be surprised what you find.

OCONUS Rules and Regulations for Military Spouse Employment

There are even more challenges to for those military families stationed overseas. For one thing, due to SOFA laws (Status of Forces Agreement,) you might not even be able to keep up with your home business. This can mean giving up a business you have poured your life into for the last few years.

It can be easy to tell a military spouse in this position to just don’t worry about their career while they are overseas and to enjoy everything in the country they are stationed in, but it isn’t that simple. For some, taking a three or four year break in their career can be devastating. For others, the idea of not working at all, just isn’t going to work for them and their career goals.

So what can you do?

Be aware of the SOFA (Status of Forces Agreement) laws in your country. Make sure to abide by them but also see if you can work with your military installation on some of the rules they might have for home based businesses. Never assume that what is allowed in Germany would be allowed in South Korea as each country has their own rules and regulations about what you can do.

You can also take your time overseas to go back to school or to work on a degree that will help you more easily find a job when you move back to the states. There are options for going to school online while you are overseas and even taking classes at your duty station.

READ: How to Transfer the Post-9/11 GI-Bill to Spouses and Dependents  (links to CollegeRecon)

For some spouses, staying back home might be an option and while it isn’t ideal for family life, it might be the best choice to make for their career path.

Volunteering can also be an option. You might have trouble being able to work in another country, but you might be able to volunteer. Then you can add that experience to your resume which can help you in the future.

Professional Licenses

Some careers require gaining a license to be able to work in that field. For a lot of people, this happens once in a career lifetime. For the military spouse, this can become a big headache, especially if different states have completely different laws about what you need to do to get your license in each state.

So what can you do?

When it comes to transferring licenses, this can apply to a wide range of careers.

Teachers need to have a state license. The laws vary from state to state, however some states will offer a provisional license if you do have a license from another state. The National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC) can help with the teacher certification reciprocity process. In addition, the Department of Defence schools accept teaching license from any state or territory.

Nurses also need to have a state license. As of January of 2018, 29 states are apart of the Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact which allows you to work as a nurse in your state or any other state in the Compact.

READ: How to Become a Nurse as a Military Spouse (links to CollegeRecon)

In addition to teaching and nursing, other careers also require licenses. These are:

  • Attorneys
  • Childcare Workers
  • Cosmetologists
  • Massage Therapists
  • Paralegals
  • Real Estate Agents
  • Social Workers
  • Other positions in the medical field

If you do practice in any of these careers, make sure you are aware of what you need to do.  Also stay updated information about legislation in your state. Being aware of what is required, staying organized, and making sure you are prepared will go along way in helping your with your licensing requirements.

The Department of Defense State Liaison Office (DSLO) as well as their website, USA4MilitaryFamilies has been setup to help educate state policy makers on the unintended barriers that have been created by policies as well as other issues that are important to service members as well as their families.

Hectic Military Lifestyle

Being married to someone in the military means living a different type of lifestyle. For one thing, your spouse is not always home. They can be gone for months and sometimes over a year at a time. Beyond moving, the military life brings a lot of frustrations to the military spouse working on their career.

If the military spouse has children, childcare is really important, and not being near family can also bring up challenges. If the spouse works a lot and their spouse is deployed, their career can suffer trying to balance everything.

The unknowns of military life can be frustrating too. If you are not sure when you are going to move, it can be difficult to tell your employer what is going on or when to start looking for a new job. Plans can change.  You could apply and find a good job at your new duty station only to find out that your spouse’s orders get changed to a different duty station, 1,000 miles away.

So what can you do?

One solution to this is to be aware of the different childcare options in your location. The Child Development Centers on post might offer what you are looking for as well as FCC providers or other daycare options.

In some cases, working towards a portable career is the answer for military spouse employment. This can address the issue of wanting a career while their spouse is serving in the military. There are plenty of areas to go into if this is something a spouse wants to do and can start with going back to school for an education. Using MYCAA (links to CollegeRecon) a military spouse can get a degree or a certificate which can help them in a portable career.

READ: Portable Careers for Military Spouses  (links to CollegeRecon)

READ: 10 Unexpected Careers Through MyCAA  (links to CollegeRecon)

These struggles can cause some spouses to decide to wait on their education and careers until their spouse retires.  That doesn’t always have to be the case. There are ways to move forward and to be able to achieve your dreams, even within the military lifestyle. Look for new ways to doing things in your career field and be open to something you might not have thought about doing in the past.

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