The Military Spouse Employment Challenge

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We all know, and many of us have experienced first hand, how tough the job market can be for Military Spouses. That being the case, Military Spouse Advocacy Network (MSAN) recently shared a very interesting first hand story about one such job market challenge.

A MilSpouse, who was also a zookeeper (pretty great job, right?!), was having a hard time finding employment in her chosen career field. The remote town in which she and her service member were stationed wasn’t interested in hiring her because of her guaranteed short-term stay.

This town wasn’t particularly military friendly, and the spouse was having a tough time finding her place.

Not every duty station is ideal. Not every duty station has military-friendly programs in place. Not every town will accommodate the Military Spouse lifestyle. Even though it’s unfortunate, that’s just the way it works sometimes.

But, not to worry! MSAN also has 3 great tips if you’ve PCS’d to one such location:

  1. Look elsewhere – Look at nearby towns for relevant work. You may have to commute, but if a better work opportunity presents itself elsewhere, you may want to take advantage.
  2. Think outside the box – If you can’t find work under the exact job title you’re searching for, think of other opportunities that might help you build other relevant skills, or other ways you can work within the industry of your choosing that might be more prevalent in your location.
  3. Strategically volunteer – Sometimes volunteering could lead to a paid role. You may also be able to network with people in your area who have connections to the field where you’d like to work.

Get the full story and all of the great employment and volunteer advice. And remember:

“Don’t let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.”

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