|Helpful Moving Tips - Job Hunting Spouses
Source: By Standard Installation Topic Exchange System (SITES) for LIFELines
- IDENTIFY OBJECTIVES: What are your priorities, both personal and professional?
- THINK POSITIVELY: The more positive you can be about the move and the opportunities it presents, the more likely it will be that you will find a satisfying position in the shortest amount of time.
- EVALUATE YOUR STRENGTHS: It is a good idea to call on family members and long time friends to ask for an honest recounting of your strengths and weaknesses.
- FAMILY CENTER AND CIVILIAN PERSONNEL OFFICE: On the installation there are several valuable resources to assist in perfecting your job hunting skills and referring you to possible jobs. The employment assistance program resources are extensive and can be accessed via the web.
- NETWORK--TAKE ADVANTAGE OF ALL YOUR RESOURCES: Although it may seem as if you are on a lonely mission, your best resources may be close at hand.
o Your spouse
o Your present boss
o Professional associations, clubs, organizations
o Everyone you meet; bankers, realtors, new friends
o People in your field in your new community
- SELL YOURSELF EFFECTIVELY: You must understand the positive benefits of your product, yourself, and present them enthusiastically.
o Prepare a persuasive resume
o Send an effective cover letter
o Interview impressively
o Follow-up enthusiastically
- AGENCIES AND HEADHUNTERS: If you have never used a placement agency before, please contact your spouse employment assistance program in the family center for guidance. These firms can be very helpful, but their fees, who pays the fee, and placement success ratios should be known before you enter into any agreement. Depending on the service and the fee, these firms can help to write resumes and assist in locating jobs. Most reputable Placement Services are paid by the employer for the placement of candidates. They generally fall into three categories:
o Executive Management Recruiters
o Employment Agencies
o Temporary Employment Agencies
Helpful Web Sites:
- Military Assistance Program Promotes advance job search for spouses of active duty military personnel by providing web links to help connect you to prospective employers before you make your PCS move.
- Military Spouse Employment Committed to providing valuable employment and educational information to military spouses.
- Military Spouse Resource Center A U.S. Department of Labor sponsored web site designed to provide spouses of active duty and reserve members easy access to information, resources, and opportunities related to education, training, and employment within the United States.
- Employment Readiness Geared to the military spouse this site provides job search links, resume writing tools, and a variety of other helpful links.
- Air Force Crossroads Providing Air Force spouses with employment information as well as support groups and forums.
- LIFELines Spouse employment information can be found in Navy Lifelines by searching spouse employment or going to self help info, click on careers and employment, then on spouse employment.