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Friday, July 15, 2011

As a MilSpouse is this going to work?

YES, I think so! As a military spouse, I know the difficulties of trying to find gainful employment, or rather a career. It is quite refreshing to see the Department of Defense assisting military spouses and linking corporate jobs and federal agencies to military spouse employment.

On June 29, 2011, the Military Spouse Employment Partnership was launched at the Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C.  The Military Spouse Employment Partnership program is an expansion of the Army Spouse Employment Partnership program and is focused on helping military spouses from all branches of the military attain financial security and achieve educational and employment goals.

This portal, which is located at OurMilitary.mil, is designed to connect military spouses to careers by creating a gateway for military spouses and corporate and nonprofit organizations to interact. The Military Spouse Employment Partnership has been the latest development in an effort backed by President Barack Obama’s administration to do more to help military families. It is quite easy for military spouses to search for jobs on this new site, which hosts a database drawn from the partnering employers. The Military Spouse Employment Partnership is a great vehicle for providing more publicity for those services – such as Military OneSource – that can point you to resources to help you edit your resume and tailor it to a specific job. Many spouses don’t even know that such resources are available.
I have seen a lot of military spouses over the years who meet or exceed the qualifications, but they still just can’t seem to get their foot in the door.  Military spouses have wonderful attributes like dependability, maturity, flexibility, and resilience. They also have awesome leadership skills and the ability to work well under pressure, which we have all learned through deployments, trainings and separations.

I am really excited about this program and I plan on using it to brush up my resume and hopefully find a career in which I can make a difference. I personally think that this is the first time that the professional lives and careers of military spouses have truly been recognized, and it will make our lives much better.

1 comment:

  1. We have been following the MSEP program. It looks like it is going to be a wonderful resource for military families and spouses.

    If you need to find short-notice child care while you are interviewing or if you need a nanny once you find a new position, remember Sittercity for your child care needs.

    Sittercity has a contract with the DoD funding memberships for Army, Marines, Navy, and Air Force families! Military families can register at www.sittercity.com/dod to activate their free membership.

    If you are not familiar with Sittercity, it is America's largest website for connecting families with local in-home care providers; babysitters & nannies, tutoring, pet sitting and more. We also are a national resource for military families to find CDH/FCC certified, military subsidized or authorized access to installation care providers.

    Let us know if you are interested in more information on this program. You can email me at lauren@sittercity.com.

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