Career Connections - The Essentials

Military OneSource teaches military spouses how to build and sustain key relationships that lead to jobs, and directs them to programs such as the Military Spouse Employment Partnership, which includes more than 340 employer partners who have hired over 100,000 military spouses.

Start networking with these groups and events:

Career fairs

Career fairs provide a great opportunity for job seekers to meet with people from several companies in one location. Employers may be recruiting for specific job openings or giving information on future job opportunities. Look for job fairs exclusively for military spouses and watch out for college career and networking events for alumni and students that typically take place on campus.

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Chamber of commerce groups

Chamber of commerce groups hold regional events like mixers, workshops and fundraisers. For example, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation leads the Hiring Our Heroes initiative, which helps veterans and military spouses find work.

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Community service groups

Community service groups allow volunteers to staff fundraisers, where you might interact with hiring authorities. Don't be afraid to work for free. Volunteering and interning are great ways to get your foot in the door, and it can be a great learning experience. The same is true for meetings, workshops and conferences for professional and trade associations.

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Connect With Employers Through the MSEP Career Portal

The Military Spouse Employment Partnership website can connect you with employers worldwide who are interested in providing you with long-term meaningful employment opportunities.