Managing Your Career - The Essentials

Landing a job that accommodates military life is an accomplishment worth celebrating, and the real work comes with managing your career over time. Military OneSource offers tips on important logistics, such as transferring your professional licenses and certifications to another state or country, running a home business and taking advantage of the Military Spouse Preference program and other benefits available to military spouses.

Manage your career with these three steps:

Know how to transfer your professional license.

If you’re moving across the country or world, make sure your licenses and certifications pack up and travel with you for your next move. Depending on your work, state-sponsored reciprocal agreements can help reduce or eliminate the relicensing process. Visit your state’s employment office for more details.

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Negotiate for benefits.

When looking at job prospects, it is important to keep in mind total compensation – which includes all kinds of employee benefits – not just salary. When interviewing, be sure to negotiate for paid time off, health benefits, telecommuting, tuition reimbursement and retirement savings.

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Take advantage of the Military Spouse Preference in Employment.

Moving doesn't have to disrupt your career, because as a military spouse you may get preference when you apply for Department of Defense civilian jobs. Learn more about the Military Spouse Preference program.

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