Whether you are moving on short notice or have months to prepare, the more you can find out about the local job market at your new location beforehand, the better your chances of finding employment.
If you are currently working, see if your company has locations in the area that you are relocating to and ask about being pre-assigned. If not, ask if they have a relationship with an organization in your new area they can refer you to or provide a point of contact. Does your current company have a telecommuting policy? You may be able to continue working for the same company in the same or a similar position.
Each branch of Service has established programs focused on spouse employment initiatives. When arriving at a new installation you’ll want to visit one of the program offices listed below (except the Coast Guard which is web-based):
Army: Employment Readiness Program
Navy: Spouse Employment Assistance Program
Air Force: Career Focus Program
Marine Corps: Family Member Employment Assistance Program
Coast Guard: Access CG SUPRT or call 1.855.247.8778
Although each Service’s employment activities may differ, in general, they incorporate the following at no cost to the family member:
- Individual job skill assessment and counseling
- Resume and cover letter preparation
- Computer, printer, and internet access
- Information on local job market and listings
- Career seminars
- Assistance with career and job search strategies
- Coping strategies to help during transition
Please remember these programs provide employment support, but they are not an employment agency.
Until military families are relieved of the weight of war, we hope you will continue to contribute to their wellbeing.
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