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Leverage Volunteer Work on Your Resume

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You may have altruistic reasons for volunteering, but giving your time has career-enhancing power, too. "Volunteer work, whether in addition to a current job or an activity in between jobs, shows an employer that you are willing to try new experiences, be involved in your community and generally demonstrates a willingness to take initiative and make things happen," says Kara Montermoso, content manager at, a site that connects ... more

10 Reasons for Spouses to Volunteer

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I’m going to make a bold statement -- one that I believe to be accurate. Our military would not run without volunteers. Period. If you’re not sure you agree I would like to you make your way to your nearest installation. Visit the hospital, those greeters -- volunteers. The people behind the pharmacy counter at the refill pharmacy -- volunteer. The man who taught your Army Community Services class -- yes, a volunteer. The woman who leads your... more

How The Air Force Helps Military Spouses Find Jobs

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Any military spouse can check the classifieds, upload a resume, or search a company’s website for job listings.  So why should a spouse use the Airman and Family Readiness Center when looking for employment?  When I posed that question to Kevin Myers A&FRC employment assistant at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, AL, he stated that familiarity with the area is key in helping spouses find a job. Each A&FRC center across the country of... more

How the Marine Corps Helps Spouses Find Jobs

Marine Corps Spouse Awaits Arrival of Husband

When Halley moved to Camp Lejeune, she knew she wanted a job. In fact, she knew exactly what job she wanted. And on the day of an MCCS job fair, she lined up with 250 other applicants all hoping to be hired for that one job. Halley didn’t let herself get discouraged. She may have been new to the area, but she had taken advantage of the job search resources available to her aboard her Marine Corps base. And when you are a Marine spouse in the ... more

How The Navy Helps Spouses Find Jobs

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As soon as Navy wife Holly heard the news that her husband had PCS orders, she immediately started planning for the move. She was looking forward to moving from the small Navy base in Japan to the much larger Hampton Roads area for many reasons-- one of which was the increased chances of finding a job. During the three years Holly lived OCONUS, she was unable to find a paying job, but she spent much of her time volunteering. As she considered... more

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