Thursday, May 8, 2014

Sponsored: Five Tips for a Successful Military Spouse Career Search

I received compensation from AT&T in exchange for posting and hosting this giveaway. All opinions are my own. 

Many military spouses know how difficult it can be to find and maintain a career when you're moving every few years. Although it's been a while since I've had a job outside of the home, I have a few great tips that I've picked up along the years and from a marketing course I took in college.

1. Have a good resume: Even with gaps in employment, it's possible to have a great resume. If you haven't worked in a while, don't forget to include any applicable volunteer experience that you may have. Many military installations offer resume workshops to assist with helping you look good on paper.

2. Use your resources: Along with resume workshops, some military installations offer assistance with searching for openings or job placement. I've also seen employment fairs that bring together several employers from the community that are looking to hire. Don't forget that there are scholarships and grants available to military spouses to help with furthering your education.

3. Research, research, research: This one applies to many aspects of the job search process. You'll need to research employment requirements, average pay, etc. If you're lucky enough to score an interview, make sure to research the employer so that you're prepared for any questions that your interviewer might throw at you. Company history, awards, and what distinguishes them from their competition are great places to start.

4. Dress the part: You've heard the phrase, "dress for the job you want." Part of your research should include appropriate office attire. Depending on where you're applying/interviewing, you'll more than likely want to dress pretty conservatively. Be sure to have a clean appearance as well keep it simple with the jewelry and makeup.

5. Find a portable career: Many employers, such as AT&T, are willing to work with their employees and accommodate the frequent need for relocation. Through their website for military spouses, you can search and apply for jobs near military installations. Working from home is always a fantastic option.

Are there any additional career search tips that you'd like to add to help military spouses? Tweet your ideas to @attjobs and include #MilSpouse.

Annnd.. Now for the part that I'm sure you've all been waiting for.. The winner of the AT&T gift basket is: Amanda Sakovitz. An alternate winner will be chosen if I don't hear back.

Thank you to everyone who entered and participated!

Love, Alex

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  1. Ironic, I just accepted a job ;) great tips!

  2. I got really excited when I saw the first name of the winner.. then I read the last name. hahah

  3. Thank you so much Alex! So happy to win this :) I just replied back to your email :)


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