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4 Career-Boosting Tips for Military Spouses

As a military spouse, you face a lot of uncertainty, including when or where you might get your next job. It can be frustrating moving just when you've settled into a new position or career.

On the other hand, you may feel it’s not even worth it to try and find employment when you're just going to move again.

There’s plenty of benefits to creating your own career or job path alongside your service member’s military career. It may seem overwhelming or even impossible at times, which is why we've compiled a list of career-boosting tips for military spouses.

Here’s 4 tips for boosting your career and finding military spouse jobs:

1. Talk with a Career Coach

Your first step in securing the best job for you would be working with a certified career coach. A career coach will guide you and offer support and information to help you find your ideal career path. Through the Department of Defense (DoD) MySECO program, nationally certified coaches can help military spouses through the job hunting process.

Coaches may also help you:

2. Be Open to Temp Work

Military spouse jobs aren’t always something to write home about. Sometimes you’ll need to take whatever job you can find to pay the bills. Don’t worry if it’s not your dream job. Consider it a stepping stone to gain new skills and better employment.

If you don’t have the necessary skills or education for what you really want to do, you may consider going back to school. Scholarships are available for military spouses, too. Your career coach or education consultant can offer in-depth answers to your questions about this as well.

3. Seek Education or Additional Training

Once you’ve chatted with a career coach, you may find you need additional education or training. If so, know that you have some options for advancing your skills.

Here’s a few:

4. Use Your Military Spouse Employment Resources

This is just a snapshot of some of the military spouse employment resources available to you. Some of these are online, but you can also find plenty of resources in-person on base, at job fairs, and even local employment offices.

5. Work For More Than the Money

A paycheck is nice, but at the end of the day, you don’t want to hate your job because it’s not a good fit for you. Sometimes military spouses will take any job they can find the minute they land at their newest duty station. And they stick with it until PCS orders arrive. It’s unlikely that will bring you or your family anything other than a paycheck and stress if you despise your work.

Consider these three factors when you start looking for work:

With the above resources and counseling opportunities, you should be able to find a military spouse job you enjoy. You may need to go back to school or receive extra training, but if it means you’ll love waking up to go to work, it’s worth the extra time and effort you put forth.

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