by CARRIE RIDER
Welcome to our first column dedicated to military spouses! Military spouses are some of the hardest working members of the Armed Forces family, and we recognize that your responsibilities as spouses are typically more complex than most. So from now on we are going to dedicate at least one article to you in every issue of Search & Employ.
The goal of this column will be to feature career topics that are relevant to you as a military spouse. We would also like you to use us as a resource when you look for your next career opportunity. Trust me, I know that this process can look painful at first—but it doesn’t have to be painful at all!
So, please enjoy this new column dedicated to you. And if no one has told you today: Your service and dedication to our country are very much appreciated!
So who am I? I am the new Marketing Manager at RecruitMilitary. I am the spouse of a veteran, a mother, a friend of many other military spouses, and a daughter of a veteran. That should give you a little insight into why I feel so strongly about our military spouses. Although the story of my military background may differ from yours, we all have such a story—an upbringing, a current and a future story.
One factor that seems constant when I speak with, or read about, military spouses is how important it is to have a strong support network. Your network can consist of other military spouses, neighbors, family, groups on base, and even contacts in LinkedIn and other social media. We at RecruitMilitary understand how important support networks are, and we would be honored for you to think of us as a part of your network!
I had the good fortune of getting a great spouse success story at our RecruitMilitary Opportunity Expo in Indianapolis this past November. It was my pleasure to meet Samantha Pritchett, who had attended the Indianapolis Expo in 2008. But in November of 2009, she was working the event, rather than attending as a job seeker
When I met Samantha, she was working the Indiana Wesleyan University booth, recruiting attendees to look at the many opportunities within the university. She was kind enough to share the experience of her job search and the process of landing her current position.
Samantha had learned about last year’s Opportunity Expo through WorkOne–Indiana, and she had come ready. “This was my very first career expo, and I made sure I was ready,” she told me. “Ready to interview and ready to find some good job leads.”
Samantha’s attitude about how to tackle a career expo could not have been more spot on. When attending opportunity expos or career fairs, you have to come ready.
Like so many, Samantha was starting to feel discouraged in her job search. It had been five long months of no luck using online searches before she attended the RecruitMilitary Opportunity Expo. “The great thing about the Expo was that I handed out my resume and within two days of the event I was called for an interview. The turn time from Expo to hire was about four weeks for me!”
One concern that spouses have is that employers may react unfavorably when it comes time to relocate. But according to Kate Midden, Corporate Development Manager with the Military Spouse Corporate Career Network and VetConnect, the average time an employee stays with one job is about three years. So the realization that the family may be relocating fairly soon—as military families do—should not stop a military spouse from going after a great job.
I would like to close by inviting all military spouses who are looking for jobs to visit us at www.recruitmilitary.com and register in our database. We are working very hard to increase the tools and opportunities available for military spouses.
Until next time.
Carrie Rider is the Marketing Manager at RecruitMilitary, the spouse of a Navy veteran, and a daughter of an Army veteran.
4 Quick Tips:
- Have your resume ready – if you need help, let us know. We can help you!
- Use professional networking sites such as LinkedIn – a great tool for letting your contacts know you are looking for new career opportunities.
- Keep your mind open to opportunities – you never know what may present itself or what opportunities could come out of an ordinary conversation.
- In sales, there is a saying, “Always Be Closing.” When looking for new career opportunities, “Always Be Networking.”