Just in Time for Military Spouse Appreciation Day on Friday, May 6
San Francisco, CA - A new Military Spouse Career Center commissioned by the Department of Defense Office of Military Community & Family Policy launched at www.Military.com/spouse. The new resource connects America's 1 million military spouses with education options, scholarships, training programs, career planning tips and employment opportunities. The new Military Spouse Career Center was developed under contract by Monster, the leading global online careers property, and its Military.com business unit. Military Spouse Appreciation Day is May 6, 2005. President Ronald Reagan proclaimed Military Spouse Appreciation Day in 1984. The celebration date has been designated as the Friday before Mother's Day each year. "Military spouses bring 'can-do' attitudes and skills valued by employers as well as interest in continuing education, training options and degree programs. Military spouses comprise a large, attractive talent pool, but one that has to date proven difficult for employers and educational institutions to reach," said Christopher Michel, President of Military.com. A free resource, the Military Spouse Career Center has a job board with over 500,000 openings in the federal government and private sector organizations. Also included is information regarding jobs on military installations, overseas employment opportunities, and volunteer options. The Military Spouse Career Center also includes information on entering and advancing in popular career fields, especially when military relocation requires finding a new role. The Career Center covers many so-called "portable" career fields that lend themselves to continuity despite frequent relocations. For those exploring career options, the Military Spouse Career Center has a "Career Advice" section outlining a step-by-step approach to career planning. Tools and tips for assessing personal goals, skills and interests are included. This section culminates in tips for job searches, resumes, interviews, and starting a career, as well as, family support resources. Topics include career counseling, licensing and certification, childcare and youth programs. The Center also includes links to the personal support services offered to military families at Military OneSource 24/7 at 1-800-342-9647 and www.militaryonesource.com. A Large, Attractive Talent Pool Military spouses number over 1 million and comprise a large, attractive talent pool. Military spouses are engaged in the full spectrum of career fields, including healthcare, teaching, childcare, real estate and administrative professions. Getting Involved Employers seeking to hire military spouses can indicate their interest at www.Military.com/spouse. Educational institutions and other service providers can also indicate their scholarships or programs for military spouses. There are no fees to be listed as a Military Spouse-Friendly employer or educational institution and there are no placement fees.