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PCS Season is Here: Tips to Get Your Job Search Going

We are a few weeks into summer, a time characterized by warm weather, vacations, and creating family memories. However, for military spouses, this season also marks the peak Permanent Change of Station (PCS) period.

For military spouses, this time can be particularly challenging when it comes to job searching. It adds an extra layer of complexity as it requires spouses to balance the demands of their family’s relocation, which include finding housing, settling children into new schools and pursuing new employment opportunities.

Here are some practical tips and strategies to help military spouses effectively organize their time during the PCS season while navigating the job search process. 

 

Leverage Military Resources and Networks:

 

Military spouse programs, such as Hire Heroes USA, Hiring our Heroes (HOH), the Military Spouse Employment Partnership (MSEP) and Spouse Education and Career Opportunities (SECO), offer a wealth of resources tailored to supporting military spouses in their job search endeavors.

These programs provide access to job boards, resume assistance, career counseling, and networking opportunities specifically designed for military spouses. Don’t be shy when it comes to networking and always remember to communicate professionally.

Immerse yourself in online forums where you’ll find a supportive community of like-minded individuals who can provide insights and potentially lead to professional prospects.

 

Seek Remote or Flexible Opportunities:

 

Consider exploring remote work or flexible opportunities that can accommodate the summer months and your frequent relocations. This approach allows you to maintain work-life balance while leveraging technology to stay connected with your employer and colleagues.

Do your research to find Military Spouse Friendly organizations, and a cultural fit for who you are as a person and a professional.

Additionally, if you have a strong relationship with your current employer, presenting a well-thought-out plan for remote work could demonstrate your commitment and dedication, increasing the chances of successfully negotiating a remote work arrangement.

 

Practice Self-Care:

 

Don’t forget to take care of yourself physically and mentally. Manage stress by incorporating some physical activity into your day whether it be exercise, meditation, or quality time with those who uplift you.

Explore on-post activities and camps for children. This not only gives them a chance to have fun and make new friends, but also provides you with some quality time to focus on getting organized.

 

Maintaining a healthy work-life balance is crucial to staying focused and motivated throughout the job search process.

 

Break away from your hesitations and ask for help when needed. In addition to the support from your community and network, Military One Source offers free counseling services for military spouses and their families, providing you with a confidential space to address challenges you may be facing. 

 While the job search may demand your time and effort, remember that you are not alone in this journey. There are a plethora of tools and resources at your disposal.

 

 

Author: Janine Spurrier 

Janine is a Transition Specialist with the Serving Spouses Team at Hire Heroes USA.

She has been a military spouse for over 10 years and knows firsthand the struggles of searching for employment and the barriers that come along with each PCS.

She has most recently taken a few years off to live overseas, travel, and raise her family while creating a dynamic home environment for their two boys.

Janine has experience as a Recruiter and an HR Assistant which have helped her guide her clients in the process of networking and standing out to recruiters and potential employers. She has a passion for learning and serving others and truly values an organization that empowers the military community.

*Discover the support you deserve by joining our Military Spouse Support Facebook Forum or the Serving Spouses LinkedIn Group. Together, we’ll empower your career journey!

 

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    Hire Heroes USA's Serving Spouses Program, is an empowering career coaching initiative exclusively designed for military spouses. From bridging employment gaps to highlighting transferable skills, our team is here to support you every step of the way. We strive to connect you with a fellow military spouse on our team who has conquered these challenges firsthand. Don't navigate the job market alone! Join our community of resilient military spouses and unlock a world of free services at www.hireheroesusa.org. Eligible for active-duty spouses, reserve spouses, gold star spouses, and those whose service member has retired or separated from the military. Benefit from our personalized offerings, including professional mentorship, resume refinement, LinkedIn/networking guidance, interview preparation, access to workshops/webinars/events, federal resume assistance, virtual career fairs, targeted industry/job mentorship, and more. Discover the support you deserve by joining our Military Spouse Support Facebook Forum or the Serving Spouses LinkedIn Group. Together, we'll empower your career journey!

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