Overseas Military Spouse Career Options

Military Spouse Jobs overseas

Military spouses can have a tougher time getting employment when they accompany an active duty service member to an overseas assignment. The job pool is obviously smaller and more competitive on an overseas military base and spouses don’t always have the luxury of the multitude of job openings that might be offered in the local area stateside. But there are career opportunities to consider at overseas bases.

When you arrive at an overseas duty location for the first time, it’s easy to notice that a military installation is basically a city in a microcosm. Overseas, you may have access to a Post Exchange and Commissary; you may find there are individual vendors on base offering clothing alterations and dry cleaning, electronics, and even a liquor store and convenience stores depending on the location of the base and other variables.

All of those enterprises need staff. But lest you think the only jobs on base are in retail or are retail-adjacent, remember that a military base depends greatly on a civilian workforce that helps process the massive volumes of documents and records generated there.

There are people who work in public affairs, those who work in the base hospital and dental clinic, and there is a massive demand for jobs involving finance, budgeting, planning, and contracting. What follows is a guide to the different types of work you may find at an overseas base. Not specific types of careers, but different classifications of work you may be qualified to apply for.

Overseas Military Spouse Career Options

There are several different types of employment you can find on a military base in general. They include:

  • Nonappropriated fund job
  • Civil Service positions
  • Defense contracting

Nonappropriated Fund Jobs

Non-appropriated fund jobs, also known as NAF jobs, are labeled as such because the funds used to pay employee salaries and benefits are not taxpayer dollars--the money is “self-generated”. These jobs are typically service jobs and may include opportunities at the Base Exchange, Commissary, fitness centers, and recreation centers.

Pro Tip: Not all NAF jobs are service-related but there are plenty of entry-level positions that some use as a stopgap while exploring other options.

Appropriated Fund Jobs/Civil Service Jobs

Appropriated fund jobs are paid for by taxpayer dollars and are more career-oriented. You may find Civil Service jobs at overseas bases that include opportunities in contracting, skilled labor, public affairs, office admin, and support staff.

Civil Service jobs are said to be more “portable” and you may find spouse hiring preference options with these positions in the form of points toward your Civil Service exam score. Such preference may not be available for all positions but where it is available, it’s a definite advantage for many applicants.

Pro Tip: Civil Service exams, depending on the subject, may have test prep documents. Check the job description to see if one exists for the jobs you want.

Defense contracting

Defense contractors may operate on or in cooperation with an overseas military base, and these enterprises need civilian employees. If an arrangement exists with a base and a contractor or group of contractors, job opportunities will be posted on that base’s official site in the appropriate place, but you can also make an appointment with a base employment readiness specialist where available.

Pro Tip: If you are interested in defense contracting jobs, get familiar with the official sites for known defense contractors like Boeing, Northrop Grumman, etc. Pay close attention to the careers sections of these sites as the positions advertised may hit those sites first before they are sent out to military job sites and other job boards.

Virtual work

Virtual employment–being able to work from home with no need for office visits– may or may not be offered by the base you’re assigned to. But many stateside (and overseas) companies do allow telecommuting, virtual work, and variations of these practices. You may not need to apply for on-base employment or use spouse hiring preference if you can find work that you can do at home.

Pro Tip: Make sure you know your military installation’s rules about running a home business using internet services offered on base or on-post. You may discover some bases have rules about acceptable use of internet services provided on base; it may be necessary to pay for host nation internet service in order to run your business according to base regulations. That said, it’s important to ALSO know whether working from home constitutes a business or not where those rules are concerned. If you are an employee, but not a sole proprietor, that may make a difference depending on the base.

Work In The Local Community

There are options, depending on the host nation, to work in the local economy. Businesses close to overseas military bases may be more amenable to hiring Americans, especially if you have any grasp of the local language. Working in the local community can be challenging where tax laws and employment guidelines are concerned. You’ll want to discuss working off base with someone from the base legal office if you aren’t sure what your rights and responsibilities are with off-post employment.

What To Know About Applying For Military Spouse Jobs Overseas

There are options to claim military spouse hiring preference at an overseas base in a similar way you can apply for it stateside; military spouse preference policies at overseas bases let you claim preference on a one-time basis to land appropriated fund (Civil Service) jobs or non-appropriated fund jobs up to a certain pay grade.

To qualify for this preference, you must be the legal spouse of an active duty service member and you must be listed on the service member’s Permanent Change of Station orders. When applying, you are permitted to use military spouse preference until you are offered a permanent NAF or Civil Service job. You may accept or decline the position but you are not offered hiring preference a second time. You do not lose your preference when accepting or declining a temporary job.

To get started, contact the Human Resources office at your new assignment and ask how to start the application process.

If you decide to explore your job opportunities off base, remember that scams and con games are everywhere; trying to avoid them in a culture you aren’t familiar with can be tricky. Get the advice of people who have been assigned to the base for a while and ask them if there’s anything to beware of when looking for work in the local area.

Some establishments may have a reputation you don’t know about yet, there may be a local scam artist “everyone” knows about except new arrivals, and some employment opportunities aren’t always what they are advertised to be.

You’ll want to vet any potential employer as best you can before you decide whether or not to take a job somewhere. Beware any employer who asks you to surrender your passport or other official documents; report such requests to installation law enforcement immediately.

The same rules for finding stateside jobs can apply overseas; it is generally a bad idea to pay someone money for the “privilege” of working for them, you should not be required to invest any of your own money upfront to accept a job, and you should always consider bringing an escort with you when traveling to areas you aren’t familiar with in an overseas location.

Do not sign documents you don’t understand or cannot read and remember that some businesses or employers in the local area may be banned from doing business with the base if they have run afoul of certain laws or regulations. It’s never a good idea to accept work from a company in bad standing with the local command.

7 Best Resources for Military Spouse Entrepreneurs

These Resources Can Help You As a Military Spouse Entrepreneur

As a military spouse, you may have had to put your initial career plans on hold due to military life. However, that doesn’t mean you have had to give up your goals altogether. Becoming an entrepreneur can be a way to take your job with you from location to location or allow for you and your spouse to have a plan for after military life. Whatever the reasons, becoming a military spouse entrepreneur can have many benefits.

By going into entrepreneurship you can be your own boss, have the potential for unlimited income, and make a living doing what you love. You can create a positive impact in the world, take your work with you wherever you go, and choose who you will be working with.

Getting started as an entrepreneur can be challenging but you don’t have to go at it alone. There are many resources out there. Here are 7 of them to help you on your journey.

The Rosie Network

The Rosie Network offers entrepreneurial programs and support services for active duty, veterans, and military spouses to help them realize the American dream of owning a small business. Their program, Service2CEO, is free and offers individualized small business training and a mentoring program. They also have Rosie Chapters for military spouses and Warrior Chapters for active duty and veterans.

DAV/Patriot Boot Camp

Patriot Boot Camp offers mentors, educational programming, and a community of experts and peers to help active duty service members, veterans, and military spouses innovate and build impactful businesses. They have both in-person and virtual events.

Bunker Labs

Bunker Labs provides community, programs, and courses to help military veterans and military spouses start as well as grow successful businesses and startups. They offer programs such as Veterans in Residence, which is a business incubator for early-stage startups and growth-oriented small businesses for veterans, military spouses, and military family members.

Boots to Business

Boots to Business is a program offered by SBA (U.S. Small Business Administration) as part of the Department of Defense’s Transition Assistance Program. The program offers entrepreneurial education and a training program for transitioning service members and their spouses. They also provide an overview of business ownership.

AMSE

AMSE, (the Association of Military Spouse Entrepreneurs) is a global network for military spouse entrepreneurs. With AMSE, you can sign up as a member and have access to the AMSE Slack channel with over 1,700 members. They also have 15+ monthly digital and live events. The community works together to build ideas, brand collaborations, and to help you work on your businesses.

Military Spouse Chamber of Commerce 

The Military Spouse Chamber of Commerce wants to ensure that all active duty, veteran, and military spouse business owners have the tools and resources that they need to strengthen their families, communities, and our economy. Their membership is free and through it, you can obtain Milspouse-Owned Enterprise Certification. You can also find a mentor, find a job board, and find tools, resources, and advocacy. The membership is for those who are considering starting a business, are already a business owner, work in the gig economy, are freelancers, are self-employed, have a side hustle, or consider themselves entrepreneurial.

LinkedIn Learning 

LinkedIn Learning has 17,000+ expert-led courses where you can earn a certificate when you complete the course. You will need to have LinkedIn Premium to access the courses which you can get for free as a military spouse.

As a military spouse entrepreneur, you want to get the best advice that you can and get off to a good start. These organizations and companies can help.

 

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PCSing With an Established Business

When you have to move your established business for a PCS

As a military spouse small business owner, you are thankful you can take your business with you when you move. However, when those PCS orders come, you can feel a bit of a panic. How will you move the business? What if you are going overseas? What do you need to know?

If your business is already established, you will want to keep things running smoothly during the move. Just taking a few months away from the business isn’t always an option. Here are some things to think about when you PCS with an established business.

Legal

There are legal issues related to moving with a small business. Each state can have its own laws and regulations. This is where you need to do your homework and figure out what the move will mean for you.

If you have an LLC, you will have options between keeping your old LLC and starting a new one, dissolving your old LLC, and starting a new one, to merging your LLC into a new one. For more information on that, visit How to Move Your LLC to Another State.

Become aware of any permits, or licenses you will need in your new area. You will also need to be aware of taxes and what you need to do as a business owner in your new state to be in compliance.

Going Overseas

Moving your small business overseas is not going to be easy and in some cases, you might need to make some difficult choices. You will need to find out if you are allowed to run your business at your duty station and be aware of the laws of the country you are going to be in. Each country that has American troops will have a SOFA agreement that tells you what is allowed and what isn’t.

Even if you do get approval to run your small business, you can’t use your APO for any business-related mail. This can create a lot of stress for people running a small business. You would need to use a local, in-country postal service to stay within the SOFA agreements. Those who break this rule can lose their APO privileges.

There are also rules about not being able to compete with AAFES, and not being able to buy business supplies at the Exchange or Commissary.

These rules and regulations can be complicated and discouraging. The main point is to figure out what the rules are at your duty station and within your host country. This can differ based on what your business is and where you are going to be stationed.

Putting your business on pause

Some small business owners will need to put their business on pause during the actual move. This will depend on if you have employees or assistants that can take over for a time. Notify customers beforehand if there will be a break in service or the ability to order products.

Budgets

You will need to make sure your budget is aligned with the move. There will be extra costs from licenses, to taxes, to purchasing new supplies. If your company is based on local customers, finding a new customer base will take time and that can result in a loss in pay.

Networking

Once you get to your new duty station you will need a plan for networking. See if there are any local small business owner networking groups. Join local groups to get your business out there. This will take time, especially if you feel like you are starting over, but will be worth it once you are able to get connected in your new community.

Moving an established small business can be complicated so it is important to stay organized and make sure you are checking all the boxes. Reach out for help if you need it, and visit Military One Source’s PCS and Military Moves page to help you with all things PCS.

 

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VETtoCEO: Free Business Training for Veterans

VETtoCEO Offers Business Training to Military Veterans

The non-profit organization, VETtoCEO, offers an annual business training program for qualified veterans and active military, to include National Guard and Reserve members.

The program is called Entrepreneurship for Transitioning Warriors and it is a free virtual program that runs for six weeks. The next training iteration will run from May to June 2022.

The VETtoCEO Program

The core program is the Entrepreneurship Training Program. Training is delivered by small business owners who are themselves veterans. This program explores all the different ways that lead to small business ownership, and it is a great course for veterans who are considering whether or not to start a small business.

The Entrepreneurship Training Program core runs for six weeks, one night per week. It covers five essential modules:

  1. Marketing – learn how to conduct market research and develop pricing strategies.
  2. Mission – Determine the 5 W’s of the business and create an elevator pitch.
  3. Execution – Learn about organizational structure issues and legal forms of business.
  4. Logistics: Financial Projections – Learn about financial statements, cash flow, and preparing financial projections.
  5. Command & Signal – Learn why advisors and networking techniques are important.

Participants who complete the course will be able to decide on their business strategy: startup, franchise, or to buy an existing business. A course completion certificate, Edge Up for Funding, will also be awarded. 

The VETtoCEO business training is also a great way to connect with other veteran entrepreneurs, thereby expanding the business network that is essential to succeed.

VETtoCEO Funding Academy

The second course offered by VETtoCEO is the Funding Academy, a three-part program that teaches strategies to help veterans determine the best way to fund their enterprise. This course is not free, as it requires a one-time $500 donation to VETtoCEO in order to participate. Because they’re a non-profit organization, VETtoCEO can’t sell the course to you. However, they can limit access to only donors.

The three parts of the Funding Academy are:

  1. Sources of Capital & Funds – learn how to determine funding requirements, and about debt versus equity sources.
  2. Understanding Financial Terms & Concepts – learn more about debt versus equity and common mistakes in financing.
  3. Developing a Funding Strategy – learn how to develop a funding strategy and how to prioritize funding sources.

Upon completion of the Funding Academy, veterans will have a better understanding of funding and how it impacts their business. Additionally, entrepreneurs will receive introductions to VETtoCEO’s preferred funding partners.

Get Free Business Training

VETtoCEO’s Entrepreneurship for Transitioning Veterans is a great opportunity for service members and veterans to learn about starting and running a small business. Veterans have a natural determination to succeed and many have developed excellent leadership skills while in the service.

To take advantage of VETtoCEO’s free business training, go to their Register page and enter your email address. They will contact you and provide more details about the upcoming courses.

Contacting VETtoCEO

If you need more information, or just have general questions, contact VETtoCEO via email at help@vettoceo.org. Or, call 888.677.2765 to talk to someone about their programs.

For more info on VETtoCEO, please visit their website.

 

 

Veterans Business Outreach Center Program

Veterans Business Outreach Center Program

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has a program designed to support veterans who want to start or grow their small businesses. The Veterans Business Outreach Center (VBOC) program offers business training, counseling, and referrals to other resources that benefit veteran entrepreneurs. Through a cooperative agreement between the SBA and 22 other organizations, transitioning service members, veterans, and military spouses can start and grow their businesses.

The military community will benefit from workshops, training, counseling and mentorship opportunities. Additionally, VBOCs guide military entrepreneurs through a vast network of community resources and lenders.

Veterans Business Outreach Center Resources

Transition Assistance Programs

If you’re close to separating from the military, and you already know you want to start your own business, then there is a VBOC program that you need to know about.

Through a program called Boots to Business, VBOCs offer classes to transitioning service members and military spouses. They also have a B2B Reboot class for veterans, which is just an off installation version of Boots to Business.

Pre-Business Plan Workshops

VBOCs host entrepreneurial workshops that cover issues of self-employment. Many veterans who start their own businesses don’t always understand the full scope of that process. There’s more to business than selling a product or service, and these workshops close that knowledge gap.

The best part about this program is that each participant will work directly with a business counselor.

Concept Assessments

So, you have an idea, but you don’t know if it’s business worthy. After applying what you’ve learned in previous workshops, VBOCs assist you in assessing the entrepreneurial concept to identify any needs and requirements necessary for you to succeed.

Business Plan Preparation

Developing a business plan is difficult, but it is the road map to your business’ success. Your local VBOC program will help you develop a five-year business plan.

This planning stage will cover the legal formation of your business, organizational structure, market analysis, and equipment requirements. Financial planning is also fundamental to the plan, and you will learn about financial projections, funding requirements, and budget projections.

Feasibility Analysis

A thorough feasibility analysis can help discover the strengths and weaknesses of your business plan. This step will help develop or refine the strategic planning portion of the business plan.

Entrepreneurial Training & Counseling

The VBOC connects military entrepreneurs to training and counseling sessions that address the specific needs of the veteran business owner. These include service-disabled and women veterans, as well as those veteran entrepreneurs interested in procurement.

Mentorship

Having help from someone who knows what’s going on is a valuable resource. A VBOC mentor can periodically check on your operation to ensure you’re following the business plan. Additionally, they can review monthly financial statements to see if your plan needs to be adjusted.

Other VBOC Programs

Beyond the great offerings above, VBOCs offer training and assistance in arenas like international trade, accounting, and franchising.

The Small Business Administration has an entire office dedicated to veteran-owned businesses. It’s called the Office of Veterans Business Development (OVBD). This SBA resource connects you with funding resources and government contracting programs. Military spouses will also find resources at the OVBD.

Local VBOC & Next Steps

Your first task is to get connected to the resources that are available to you as a veteran or military spouse. To connect to a VBOC in your area, enter your zip code to find your nearest program. There are currently nine regions nationwide that manage the Veterans Business Outreach Center programs.

Next, exhaust every training, counseling, and mentorship opportunity. The success or failure of your entrepreneurial dreams could be determined by what you learn in the VBOC program.

Veteran Entrepreneurs Use Bunker Labs

Bunker Labs: Assisting Veterans & Military Spouses to Start Businesses

Bunker Labs is an amazing resource for veteran entrepreneurs. Through like-minded communities and classes, Bunker Labs provides the resources that can help launch a small business or startup.

About Bunker Labs

Bunker Lab launched in 2014 in Chicago, and it wasn’t long before there were other chapters in other cities. These groups were made up of veteran and military spouse entrepreneurs who came together to support each other and share knowledge.

Bunker’s first online class launched in 2015 to teach entrepreneurship to members of the military community. The “Bunker In A Box” allowed everyone to learn from anywhere in the world.

Bunker Lab Communities

Veteran entrepreneurs can choose among three Bunker Labs Programs that are each designed for different stages and aspects of starting a business.

Veterans in Residence

This community is a “business incubator for early-stage startups and growth-oriented small businesses.” It is designed for entrepreneurs who have already launched a business and are looking for ways to grow.

Veterans in Residence is a partnership between Bunker Labs and WeWork, an innovative startup that launched in 2010 and has reimagined the workplace. Two cohorts launch each year, one in January and one in July, and they run six months.

CEO Circle Growth

This great community is for those entrepreneurs who have launched businesses with solid revenue streams that are looking to scale. The CEO Circle is a monthly program designed for company executives.

The CEO Circle allows founders and executives to ask questions about elevating their companies to a higher level. In 2021, there were 43 participants who’s companies averaged nearly $14 million in revenue. There are no limits to industry for those involved.

Ambassador Program

The Ambassador Program is designed for volunteers who want to help small business owners by connecting them to resources they may need.

Local Communities

Currently, there are Bunker Lab Communities in 37 cities around the country. The communities are in major metropolitan areas, and depending on where you are, there’s likely a community a short drive away.

Check out these localities and get plugged in for support as you prepare to launch your business. These communities are composed of other veterans and military spouses who are on the same adventure as you.

Bunker Lab Online Courses

If you don’t know anything about entrepreneurship, then these classes are greatly beneficial. If you don’t know if you have a scalable business idea, then these classes are the way to go.

Launch Lab Online

This is an interactive course that lays the knowledge foundation for starting your own business. These are considered introductory courses and apply to a wide audience of learners.

Finances for Military Founders & Families by USAA

This course covers the basics of money in business. Learn how to set goals and manage the challenges that face entrepreneurs from the military community.

Business Basics Series

This course brings knowledge and tools that help you launch the operations of your business as you engage with your first customers.

Breaking Barriers in Entrepreneurship Workshops

These workshops are designed to assist people in under served communities to launch, grow, and support their businesses.

Raul Deju Institute Program

This program teaches what it takes to succeed as an entrepreneur. Over the course of eight lectures, students will gain a deeper

Bunker Labs Partnerships

Evidently, this organization hasn’t just been growing since its inception, it has expanded to partner with major players in the business world. This growth only means that there are more opportunities, more resources, and more learning available for entrepreneurs in the military community.

Some of these partners are:

  • USAA
  • JP Morgan Chase
  • Macy’s
  • WeWork
  • Ford
  • MetLife Foundation
  • Intuit
  • Gannett Foundation
  • Google for Startups
  • LinkedIn
  • PWC Charitable Foundation, Inc.
  • Robert R. McCormick Foundation

With such heavy-hitting partners, Veterans and military spouses have a ton of support to help them launch their small businesses.

Personal Testament and Conclusion

For instance, I launched my own freelance writing business over a year ago, and Bunker Labs was one of the resources I leaned on to better understand entrepreneurship. While I knew how to write and understood my “business idea”, I had little to no understanding of the business behind the business.

I registered for the online courses where I gained a better understanding of what it takes to run a business. The courses helped me see the other aspects of a writing business that are needed beyond just performing the services I offer.

If you are a veteran or military spouse and you’re thinking about starting a business, I encourage you to check out Bunker Labs. Not only will you learn business fundamentals, but you will learn how to properly refine your business idea.

So, don’t let a lack of knowledge or understanding prevent you from launching your business. Check out Bunker Labs today!

 

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Nation’s Finest: Veteran Support Program

Nation’s Finest is a non-profit organization whose mission it is to support veterans and their families by providing a number of targeted services. Nation’s Finest operates 31 facilities in California, Arizona, and Nevada.

The Nation’s Finest Program

Each year, Nation’s Finest offers veteran support with services tailored to their needs. Some of these programs are:

  • Transitional Housing
  • Case Management
  • Mental Health
  • Employment Services
  • Permanent Housing
  • Mobile Service Units
  • Behavioral Health

These services are designed to meet the needs of as many veterans as possible. Caring and respectful counselors are professionals who are trained to handle every imaginable challenge.

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Transitional Housing

These housing facilities are for homeless veterans who struggle with mental health disorders. Veterans can reside in transitional housing for up to two years.

While in residence, veterans receive employment and training programs, legal assistance, and onsite clinical services as needed.

Case Management

With the assistance of a case manager, veterans in their care develop important and necessary skills to live independently. The case manager is the initial point of contact upon a veteran’s arrival. They will conduct an initial assessment of the veteran’s needs and then help develop a plan.

Each plan depends on the needs of the Veteran, but all of them covers similar areas, such as:

  • Housing needs
  • Employment
  • Substance abuse
  • Mental health
  • Medical care
  • Finances
  • Education

The case manager will regularly meet with the veteran to assess any progress made.

Mental Health

The veteran community has endured tremendous trials and stress during their service. It is not uncommon for veterans to struggle with things like depression, PTSD, and traumatic brain injuries (TBI).

Nation’s Finest offers individual and group counseling sessions with licensed therapists at their residential facilities. The clinical approach to mental health care ensures each individual receives the care they need to succeed.

Employment Services

Through partnerships with temp agencies, Nation’s Finest is able to place veterans into jobs that are suited to their goals and qualifications. They then conduct follow-ups with the local employers to ensure the veterans have transitioned successfully.

The case managers are also involved in the employment process, as they assess the issues that may hinder successful employment. Through counseling and mentorship, the case manager seeks to land long-term jobs for veterans in need.

Permanent Housing

Through a subsidiary company, Veterans Housing Development Corporation, Nation’s Finest has more than 300 housing units specifically designed for veterans and their families. This unique approach to veteran support promotes independence and restores dignity for those in great need.

Mobile Service Units

Right now, Nation’s Finest only operates two Mobile Service Units, one in Redding, California and the other in Carson City, Nevada. These units provide services to veterans who live in rural areas, or those who have difficulty traveling to the actual service centers.

These mobile units are basically an office on wheels. They have certified counselors and case managers who can bring a variety of services to these rural veterans.

Behavioral Health

Nation’s Finest operates Behavioral Health Centers (BHCs) that offer a full range of drug and alcohol treatment services. They also have mental health counseling services. Overall, the goal of the BHCs is to provide the coping skills necessary for residents to live sober lives.

Contacting Nation’s Finest

The easiest way to contact them about their services is through one of the two methods:

Nation’s Finest is Headquartered in California at the following address if you’d prefer to write them:

            Nation’s Finest

            2455 Bennett Valley Rd., C105

            Santa Rosa, CA 95404

Furthermore, you can use the contact methods above to donate to Nation’s Finest. Veteran support is not cheap, so monetary gifts are always welcome. They also have a Donation Web Form if you’d prefer that approach.

Our veterans have selflessly served and protected us. I am happy to promote organizations like Nation’s Finest who are proactively helping my veteran family.

 

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Wells Fargo Glide-Relaunch: Military Spouse Internship Program

The military spouse is an oft-overlooked piece of the military puzzle. Every day, thousands of spouses raise families and manage the homefront while their service members defend our great nation. Because of this, many spouses are “unemployed” for many years, which makes reentry into the workforce challenging.

Wells Fargo Glide-Relaunch Program

However, there are some companies who have noticed the plight of the military spouse and have taken steps to help. One such company is Wells Fargo.

The Glide-Relaunch Program is a paid internship-to-full-time program that assists spouses in returning to the workforce after taking a break of at least two years. Participants of this program are granted a significant string of benefits related to well being, financial security, retirement, and work-life balance.

Program Details

This is an 8-week program that offers support, training, and the resources needed to launch a career with Wells Fargo. 

Through structured training given by senior Wells Fargo employees, participants will network with peers and other employees, all while developing skills and knowledge related to financial products and services. 

After the initial training, mentorship and development continue through on-the-job training covering the following areas:

  • Teamwork – participants are exposed to various areas of operations that serve internal and external customers.
  • Professional Support – paired with an experienced Wells Fargo employee, challenging situations will prompt feedback and coaching.
  • Leadership – bank leadership offer insights into industry trends and business objectives.
  • Networking– formal events will be offered periodically, sometime remotely, that will offer great opportunities to network.

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Locations

There are many locations across the nation participating in the Glide program. Offers of internship are specific to locations, the candidate’s interests and experiences.

Upon program completion, the goal of the Glide program is to hire participants who have met the performance expectations into full-time roles with Wells Fargo.

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Qualifications

Qualified applicants must have:

  • BS/BA degree or higher
  • 7+ years of experience
  • Endured a break from employment of over 2 years

If you are selected as a final candidate, there will be a mandatory final round hiring event on July 21-23, 2021. Additionally, you must be able to participate in the full internship from September 13 – November 5, 2021 to be considered for the program.

The application process for the 2021 Glide – Relaunch Program opens on June 9, 2021.

Submit your Intent to Apply to get the ball rolling.

Conclusion

If you are a military spouse and you’re looking to reenter the workforce, this may just be the opportunity that launches your next career. Don’t pass it up!

(Image courtesy of ARTYOORAN via Shutterstock)

 

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Remote Jobs Program For Military Spouses Is Back!

Learn More About the MilSpouse Remote Telework Grant Program

Are you a military spouse working remotely for a small business? Or are you seeking a remote job? Are you a small business that has employees who are military spouses?

If so, this program by the MOAA Foundation, Microsoft, and Hiring Our Heroes, is for you.

The MilSpouse Remote Telework Grant Program is now back, after a pause during 2020. The program is for remote jobs for military spouses.  It’s goal is to help military spouses keep their employment during and after a PCS. 

Oftentimes, military spouses will have to give up a job they love when they PCS. The company they work for might not have the resources for them to work remotely, and this program can help with that. 

The program can take away some of the stress that falls on military spouses during a military move by offering them a workstation that is solely for remote working military spouses. To add to that, this program will also be able to help small businesses that employ military spouses. 

Who can apply for The MilSpouse Remote Telework Grant Program?

This program is open to active duty spouses that are currently employed full-time with a small business. They are also open to small businesses who are looking to retain these spouses on their staff but don’t have the resources or expertise to implement a remote work program or policy. 

It is important to note that this program is for those working CONUS only. 

What is included with the grant?

If you are approved for this grant, you would receive remote work templates, a Microsoft Surface Pro, a docking station with a keyboard and mouse, and antivirus/malware protection. 

The length of the program is one year, but after that year you won’t need to give back the equipment. 

What is required of the military spouse and small business during the one-year period?

  • Will need to show proof of military relationship.
  • Both parties will need to agree to the terms of the agreement. 
  • The grantor will be contacting both parties every three months for a progress report. Both parties will need to respond to surveys and provide progress reports as requested. 
  • The small business will be required to provide tech support.
  • Both parties will make sure that they have secure internet. 
  • Both parties will be responsible for ensuring that the devices that have been provided because of the grant will have antivirus/malware protection and that the software is being updated regularly. 

What happens if a military spouse quits their job or is terminated during the year?

If a military spouse leaves their job or is terminated, all equipment will need to be returned and any change of employment will need to be reported within 30 days. 

How do you apply?

You would need to fill out an application. You can do so here

What if I have more questions?

If you have more questions about this program, head on over to the MOAA website or email, moaaspouse@moaa.org

If you are an active duty military spouse wanting to work remotely, talk to your small business about this program. It can be what is needed to allow you to keep your job across the miles.

 

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5 Military Spouse-Owned Businesses

On Friday, May 7th, 2021, we celebrate Military Spouse Appreciation Day. We honor the sacrifices and contributions made by military spouses as they support our servicemembers. Moreover, the military spouse plays an integral role during deployments, ship duty, and training exercises, while they manage the homefront in their servicemember’s absence. 

To take this a step further, there are spouses who, in addition to their roles as spouses and parents, they also work and contribute to their household income. As a military spouse, I can attest to the difficulty that comes with managing the home, raising the kids, and still trying to work while my soldier is away.

On this Military Spouse Appreciation Day, we celebrate all military spouses and we honor their sacrifices. Additionally, we highlight five businesses that are owned and operated by a military spouse.

5 Businesses Owned by a Military Spouse

 

Spouse-ly

Monica Fullerton Spouse-ly – Air Force Spouse

An online marketplace to shop a wide variety of handmade products and services created by military spouse & veteran-owned businesses. Think Etsy meets Angie’s List but with all military family-owned businesses.

 

Simply Enchanted Travel

Heather KonigsbauerTravel Consultant – Air Force Spouse

I help busy professionals discover their vacation dreams and turn them into reality with thoughtfully crafted, personalized vacation experiences. It’s all about extraordinary adventures without the stress  and hassle of planning.

Martine a la mode

Martine LeveilleeCloset Stylist – Air Force Spouse

More style, Less waste? It’s possible!  Martine helps women get control of closet clutter, create outfits to find our style, and ensure we are being, and looking, our best everyday while promoting sustainable values.

 

Emily Wish

Crystal KirschmanEmily Wish – Air Force Spouse

Created from tragedy as a beacon of hope, Emily Wish, LLC promises dedication, commitment, and compassionate strength in the healing and recovery from any and all eating disorders.

 

Soldier’s Wife, Crazy Life

Julie ProvostSoldier’s Wife, Crazy Life – Army National Guard Spouse

Julie Provost is the owner of Soldier’s Wife, Crazy Life, a blog and social media community encouraging military spouses through the more difficult parts of military life, from deployments to anything military life brings.

 

Support Our Military Spouses

These businesses are owned and operated by military spouses from across our armed forces. They not only work hard to keep these businesses running, they also create jobs for others, and support their service members. 

There are hundreds, if not thousands, of businesses owned and operated by a military spouse. They are all worthy of your consideration and support. 

So on this Military Spouse Appreciation Day, check out these businesses, or any of the others around you. Here’s a good start:

If you are a Military Spouse, thank you for all that you do. Without your dedication and support, our military would not be as great as it is today.

If you are a Service Member, please take a moment and thank your spouse for their support. There are a number of ways to show your gratitude, and it only takes a moment.

 

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