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Real Spouse Employment: Program Coordinator

Mattrice Williamson, Military Spouse Program Coordinator for Hiring Our Heroes

My support from my service member involves communication, hands-on help with household responsibilities and emotional encouragement. I could not do what I do without him. What is the biggest career mistake you made? Looking back over the 20 years and 13 moves, I would say that my biggest career mistake was not taking advantage of opportunities to enter an organization as an entry-level employee. What one piece of advice would you give t... more

5 Steps to Help Military Spouse Friend Get a Job

Job hunt. Photo by Lance Cpl. Jackeline M. Perez Rivera/Marine Corps

No wonder it seems like every military spouse you know is looking for work -- and asking you for help with their job search. If a spouse has reached out to you for assistance, here are five things you can do (really!) to lend a helping hand: 1.Hire that spouse. If you are hiring, the best way to help a military spouse find employment is to hire that person (or at least interview them). If you are not hiring, you can still help them wit... more

Make Your Skills Jump Off the Resume Page

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She says the secret to being hired when you haven't had all of the experience required for a position is to sell the experience you do have and explain how it taught you the skill sets you will bring to your next job. You do that by talking about your competencies in a way resume-readers understand. Take Sara. Sara is a Marine Corps wife in San Diego, desperate for work and hoping to sell herself on her communication skills. "I wr... more

Phone Interview: How to Rock It and Get the Job

On the phone. Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Raymond J. Piper/Army

As president of Powerhouse Planning LLC, I've heard my fair share of the good, the bad and the ugly in phone interviews. This past week, I was pumped about a phone interview I was going to have with a potential candidate who was also a military spouse. She rocked on paper.  Then she completely "bombed" the phone interview. She was not a bad candidate. She was just really unprepared. It got me thinking that maybe people in our community... more

What to Focus on When You Can't Get Job You Want

Staying on target. U.S. Air Force photo/ Staff Sgt. Ryan Crane

Career coaches say that there are only three major motivators for every single career. There are the jobs based on achievement -- climbing through the ranks, rising to titled success. There are jobs based on affiliation -- working with the kinds of people you love, surrounding yourself with those compatible co-workers every single day. And there are jobs based on competencies -- jobs you take because they use and grow the skills and ... more

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DoD to Help You Turn Experience Into College Credit

The Defense Department is adding a new facet to the their Spouse Education and Career Opportunities (SECO) program that aims to help you turn life experiences into college credit: portfolio credit for stuff you already know. It goes like this — working with a SECO counselor through their hotline, you figure out what experience you ... Continue Reading

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