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Get a Job Series: Part II Finding a Job Outside the Main Gate

By Janet Farley

This part two takes a closer look at how to land a job outside the main gate. fessionally limited in this life and military spouses are certainly no exce are real roadblocks that can temporarily derail the most hopeful of able and available childcare is one. Being the sole parent during yet anot er. Not having the requisite education or work experience noted on your re

Pros: Working outside of the military community helps you establish your own professional identity, apart from your married to a uniform one.

You may have to decide whether or not to leave a killer job when the orders come sending your family someplace else. It could be a tough decision with long-lasting effects on everyone in the family.

Getting hired by a national or international company may open the doors to you being able to find employment with that company wherever you are stationed.

Applying for Jobs Off the Installation: There are a number of approaches you can take to locating job opportunities off the installation. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

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There are real roadblocks that can temporarily derail the most hopeful of careers. Limiting yourself to on-installations opportunities, however, should not be one of them. Whether Fort In the Middle of No Where or Camp Jobs Jackpot is your current home, there are possibilities to consider.

Establishing a decent civilian career can help when and if your spouse decides to leave the military. At least one of you will already be “transitioned” into civilian life making the big break far easier for both of you. Depending on the industry, the job, the location and your specific qualifications, the pay and benefits may be well worth it. Cha-ching. Cons: Despite these ever so progressively mobile and global times, you may run into dinosaur employers still maintaining an outdated bias against hiring military spouses or anyone who wasn’t born and raised locally. You don’t always have to be stationed overseas to be considered the foreigner.

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Visit your on-installation employment readiness office. This on-post/base venue will not be counterproductive to finding a job outside the gated community. It can be the best move you make as employment readiness managers are often well connected to the hiring managers within the local community. Connect with the local chamber of commerce to find out which companies exist in the community. Go online and research them to find out about available jobs or visit their human resources offices in person. Register with the local Department of Labor office. You can find out about potential unemployment benefits you may be eligible for and

get referred for jobs at the same time. If you have the luxury to do so, consider volunteering with an organization you would like to work for on a paid basis. Do your best. Make connections. Become a viable candidate for the next actual job opening there. Volunteer for a community cause near and dear to your heart.You will meet others, often leaders and connectors within local private industry, who share the same passion. Get to know them and let them know you are looking for a job. Watch networking begin to take its due course. Register with several reputable no-fee employment agencies in the community. Be available to work assignments and start making those networking connections in different companies where you are sent. Keep up on local community news to know where the potential jobs are or are not. Don’t waste your time courting companies going through difficult times unless, of course, you can offer outplacement services yourself. Update your online social and professional networking links indicating that you are in the market, available and ready to roll. Tips for Success: Don’t be a job snob. You may be overqualified for a position but if you want to get your foot in the proverbial door, you may have to accept what you would consider a lesser job. Again. Target your resumes and cover letters individually. If you have the qualifications for a specific job, say so. Don’t make it hard for an

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