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How Do I Network If I Just Moved and Don't Know Anyone?

Cpl. Sarah Wolff-Diaz/Marine Corps

Dear Career -- How do I network if I don't know anyone? I understand the logic behind networking and I'm willing, but we just moved to a new location (no surprise) and I literally know no one here. I don't even know where to start. There's actually a job I found online that would be perfect for me, but I don't know anyone who works there and I'm afraid I'll be left with no choice but to send my resume into cyberspace and hope for the b... more

5 Things You Don't Know About Military Spouse Employees

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Estimates indicate there are roughly 1 million spouses of active duty service members and half a million spouses of Reserve and Guard members in the United States. A 2010 survey by the Veterans Administration's indicates more than 15 million veterans' spouses in the United States and more than 5.8 million surviving spouses of veterans in the U.S. What do these numbers mean for employers today? The large number of military spouses indica... more

Dear Career: Why Won't USAJobs Respond to Me?

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Dear Career, I'm starting to get really frustrated. My husband finally retired, and all I want is to provide for my family. I've submitted applications through USAJobs and a few contracting companies, but the only thing I've heard back in the last two-and-a-half months are a couple of rejections. What am I doing wrong? What should I be expecting? Help! Transitioning Spouse Dear Transitioning, I understand your frustration. I'm just gu... more

Has Being a Military Family Parent Hurt Your Career?

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If you're like up to 42 percent of military spouses, according to a report by Blue Star Families issued last week, things like frequently moving and solo parenting have left you totally unemployed. Those with jobs are likely to be working in a position they're over-qualified to do, the report says, with more than half saying that having a spouse in the military has had a negative effect on their ability to find a job that meets their educatio... more

Operating Home Based Businesses in Military Housing

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We all know that having a career while married to someone in the military can be hard -- really hard. That's why so many military spouses have become home-based entrepreneurs or turned to direct sales. While having your own home-based business may solve your career portability problems, it does open up a new world of other challenges, especially if you live in on-base housing. Every business operated out of on-base housing is suppo... more

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