Hey ya’ll! I hope everyone had a great 4th of July and ya’ll are enjoying this summer weather. Here in Ohio, the temps have been in the middle to upper 80s, and as a girl who misses the South, it has been great! I wanted to jump right into these last two posts because SO many great things are happening for military spouses in the area of employment support. As I stated in my previous post, SECO has partnered with the LinkedIn’s Military and Veteran’s Program to open Premium services to military spouse who have just PCS’d  AND those who’s service member is transitioning out of the military. If you haven’t heard of this amazing partnership and all that it entails, check out my last post as well as heading on over to the SECO website to learn more.

In this post I wanted to talk about another group that has a lot ofgreat resources available to military spouses, Military Spouse Employment Program (MSEP). As I have said before, until I was an out of work transitioning spouse, I didn’t know a thing about any of these programs or the wealth of information that they provide. MSEP is part of the larger DoD’s Spouse Education and Career Opportunities initiative seeking to strengthen the career and education opportunities of military spouses. As we know all too well as milspouses, the transient life of a military family makes establishing a career path a little harder than normal. MESP has invested in helping military spouses understand their skills, interest and goals, and then how to enhance them though job skills training, educational certifications and licensing, ultimately making the spouse a more marketable and viable candidate. In addition to this service, they also have an employment database that boast over 360 military friendly partners who have hired over 112,000 military spouses. Through their targeted recruitment, they create employment connections that provide companies with direct access to military spouses.

Additionally, MSEP has a LinkedIn discussion group where military spouses from all over can connect to share employment advice, updates, as well as MSEP partners and staff can post employment opportunities, webinars and hiring events. The following link takes you to the MSEP job search portal https://myseco.militaryonesource.mil/portal/msep/jobsearchwhere you can access over 200,000 active jobs and a list of Hot Jobs as well. These Hot Jobs are positions that are listed within the last five days that are deemed “in high need.” It is important to mention that these jobs refresh every day so if you see one that interest you, be sure that you follow up with it immediately. Recently studies have shown that many employers are looking to move towards more telework and remote opportunities for employees. This option not only saves money for the employer, but the employee as well, and this is a great concept for military spouse, allowing you to essentially take your job with you. The following link takes you directly to the MSEP telework partners. https://myseco.militaryonesource.mil/Portal/Msep/jobsearch/Partners with this list you can see what employers offer telework opportunities as well as getting a feel for the types of positions that are telework ready. I was able to do some telework with my last employer, and I can tell you, it was very nice. While it does take some discipline and planning, if this is something that you think you may be interested in, please check out some of the articles on SECO regarding this topic.

I hope that this little intro to MSEP and all that they offer have been a help to you as you continue to navigate your employment journey. If you seek any more information, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

Until next time,

Empowered women, empower women

Keadra is a USN wife by way of Kalamazoo, Michigan who is currently stationed in Northeast Ohio with her husband who is a recruiter. Her background is in Law Enforcement; however, degrees in Sociology and Public Administration brought her to the world of Workforce Development. Keadra’s hobbies include fostering her budding business Kubed, LLC a training and consulting agency, and raising their daughter.