Lately, I have been hearing about many spouses having a difficult time finding work and adjusting to an unfamiliar duty station. I am here to share a couple tips that I found to be most useful to me (in no particular order):
- If possible, use resources that are available to you to get a head start to know the area that is surrounding you.
- At our current base, we have access to the Fleet and Family Center. This facility has an abundance of resources (and people!) to help you with your needs or wants. Sometimes, they offer FREE classes on certain topics like New Parent Support, Budgeting for Baby, Resume Writing, and New Spouse Orientation, just to name a few.
- Use Social Media if you can! Prior to us moving, I sought out the local spouses’ Facebook group page. I found information on what to do in the surrounding areas and made new friends.
- Ask your spouse to get you in contact with the Ombudsman (if applicable) at your spouse’s new command. He or she may also have some pertinent information for you and your family to assist in the adjustment.
- When you get to your new duty station, if you are able, go exploring with you and your family member(s)! Make some new memories by finding some local shopping or cuisine. Talk to locals about some common questions you may have!
- Besides wandering around looking for “Now Hiring” signs, you can look on websites for the local newspapers and set up the automatic search function on job websites. Most of the time, it is FREE!
- Get in touch with the region liaison for USAJOB’s “Program S”. To briefly summarize: this program will allow spouses (on military orders) to be matched up with job openings based on their interests and qualifications. A resource that can help point you in the right direction would be somewhere like the Fleet and Family Center, as mentioned above.
- Open yourself to additional interests that can lead to a broad range of job opportunities. I currently have my Associate’s degree in Web Publishing, but have not found employment that aligns with my wants and/or qualifications. Instead, I have looked to expanding into my other interests such as Real Estate, physical fitness, and photography. I can take my knowledge of Web Publishing and incorporate it into Real Estate, specialty fitness classes, and use photography as a marketing tool.
- Volunteer! It is a way to get to know the area or lead to a path of employment! (Not to mention to pass the time while your spouse is deployed!) I volunteered with my daughter’s new school to get to know the school staff and found out that they were hiring for a position! You do not know until you try and it allows you to expand on other interests and hobbies.
There you have it! Those are a couple of tips to help you with settling into a new duty station or finding employment!
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Tiffany Kyall is a fellow Navy spouse trying to find the balance between military family life and building her own career. Interests include but not limited to: technology, photography, real estate, and fitness.