Employment Resources for Military Spouses
Provided by MSEP
Article Sponsored by: Temple University
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If you are a military spouse in need of a job, particularly one that is potentially flexible and portable, look no further than the Military Spouse Employment Partnership Career Portal (https://msepjobs.militaryonesource.mil). Through the Military Spouse Employment Partnership, hundreds of businesses have committed to hiring and retaining military spouses in jobs that provide meaningful and lasting employment.
The Military Spouse Employment Partnership is part of the Department of Defense’s Spouse Education and Career Opportunities program. The goal of the Military Spouse Employment Partnership is to help military spouses establish employment connections and find jobs. There are more than 270 Military Spouse Employment Partnership partners, many of them Fortune 500+ companies. More than 75,000 military spouses have been hired through the Military Spouse Employment Partnership.
Applying for a job through the Military Spouse Employment Partnership Career Portal is simple:
• Create an account by registering. it’s easy to register to access the portal. You need to provide your contact information, work experience and educational background.
• Generate up to five resumes. You can tailor your resumes to specific openings or fields.
• Start searching for jobs. You can search for jobs either through a basic search that allows you to search by job title or geographic location, or through an advanced search that allows you to search by company, industry and job type.
Here are a couple of ways to show potential employers your range of skills:
• Capitalize on your skills. Highlight your life experiences that translate into on-the-job skills. For example, as a military spouse, you’ve probably learned to be very adaptable, resilient and culturally aware. Employers covet these qualities.
• Let them know where you’ve used those specific skills. You could show how after a move, you had to establish a new network of contacts in your community. Let this be an example of building networking and communication skills.
The Military Spouse Employment Partnership website has lists of open positions from members focused on portable career opportunities (https://myseco.militaryonesource.mil/Portal/Media/Default/PDFs/MSEP-Partners-Telework.pdf) for transitioning military spouses. Many Military Spouse Employment Partnership companies offer virtual jobs in customer service, accounting, counseling and other positions.
On October 28, more than 35 new partners formally joined the partnership during a signing ceremony in Alexandria, Virginia. These are employers from across industry who are committed to recruiting, hiring, promoting and retaining military spouses in portable careers.
Also this Fall, the Military Spouse Employment Partnership is bringing military spouses new opportunities to network through the Fall into Networking series on LinkedIn. The Military Spouse Employment Partnership LinkedIn Spouse Group (https://www.linkedin.com/grp/home?gid=4159976) is featuring weekly discussions with new employers who have joined the partnership in the last year. If you have not had a chance to join yet, check out the weekly discussions on Thursdays at 12 p.m. EDT.
The Military Spouse Employment Partnership is here to help you. If you need help finding all of the great resources available through the Career Portal, call 800-342-9647 to talk to a Spouse Education and Career Opportunities career counselor.
Certified Spouse Education and Career Opportunities career counselors offer resources, support and ideas to help you use your education, training and skills to find a career. Counselors can help you with the following:
• Identify current skills and determine needed skills
• Clarify career goals and investigate career options
• Decide on an education path and how to pay for it
• Prepare for a job search and maximize job search efforts
• Learn how to self-market and build networks
• Investigate the skills and training needed to become an entrepreneur
Career counselors can also assist eligible military spouses with accessing the My Career Advancement Account scholarship. The My Career Advancement Account scholarship is a workforce development program that provides up to $4,000 of financial assistance to eligible military spouses who are pursuing a license, certification or Associate degree in a portable career field and occupation. Eligibility requirements include the following: Spouses of service members on active duty in pay grades E-1 to E-5, W-1 to W-2 and O-1 to O-2 who can start and complete their coursework while their military sponsor is on Title 10 military orders, including spouses married to members of the National Guard and Reserve Components in these same pay grades.
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