4 Reasons to Join The Military Spouse Network
Are you a military spouse who has changed jobs several times because of frequent moves? Do you wish you could bring your professional network with you each time you move? The Military Spouse Professional Network might offer the support you need.
Maybe you are new to your post, and have just started a job search. You wish you had just one professional contact to give you some leads or advice, but you don’t know who to call.
Maybe you haven’t moved yet, but as the spouse of a service member, you know that a move is in your future, and you can’t take your job with you. How can you prepare yourself with professional support ahead of future moves?
What is the Military Spouse Professional Network?
The Military Spouse Professional Network (formerly known as In Gear Career) is a major part of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes Military Spouse Program. The Network is both local and virtual, with more than 50 local chapters worldwide, and provides career development and networking opportunities for spouses in military communities around the world.
Why Should You Join?
The Military Spouse Professional Network offers four main benefits to military spouses:
- Serves as a community of like-minded military spouses who are balancing the demands of career and military life
- Hosts networking and career development events for spouses
- Connects spouses with established networks of local business leaders, peers, and mentors
- Provides online career development resources
The Network, through Hiring Our Heroes, offers multiple career development and networking events for military spouses throughout the year, such as:
- Hiring Events
- Employment Forums
- Career Intensives
Additionally, Hiring Our Heroes has established Military Spouse Empowerment Zones in cities across America, as a way to build a strong employment network for military spouses. Hiring Our Heroes also offers online career development resources to military spouses.
Most Jobs Fill By Referral
Because military spouses start over each time they move, they must build new career networks every couple of years. Most jobs (80%) fill by referral, and this fact alone puts job-seeking military spouses at a disadvantage. If you don’t have a network in place, who will refer you for a job?
The Military Spouse Professional Network was created to even the playing field, and to empower military spouses by addressing their unique networking and professional development needs.
How to Connect
Local Military Spouse Professional Network locations exist in the following places:
- Anchorage, AK
- Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ
- Fort Huachuca, AZ
- Luke AFB, AZ
- Camp Pendleton, CA
- San Diego, CA
- San Francisco Bay Area/Silicon Valley, CA
- Ventura County, CA
- Colorado Springs, CO
- Eglin/Hurlburt, FL
- Naval Air Station Jacksonville/Naval Station Mayport, FL
- MacDill AFB/Tampa, FL
- Fort Gordon, GA
- Fort Stewart/Hunter, GA
- Fort Leavenworth, KS
- Fort Campbell, KY
- Barksdale AFB, LA
- Fort Polk, LA
- Bethesda, MD
- Patuxent River, MD
- Gulfport/Biloxi, MS
- Scott AFB, MO
- Cannon AFB, NM
- Holloman AFB, NM
- Kirtland AFB, NM
- Camp LeJeune/MCAS New River, NC
- Fort Bragg/Fayetteville, NC
- University of North Carolina Wilmington, NC
- NSA Mid-South, TN
- Corpus Christi/Kingsville, TX
- Dallas/Fort Worth, TX
- Fort Bliss, TX
- Fort Hood, TX
- Goodfellow AFB, TX
- Joint Base San Antonio, TX
- Laughlin AFB, TX
- Hill AFB, UT
- Hampton Roads, VA
- Quantico, VA
- Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA
- National Capital Region, Washington, DC
- Benelux, Belgium
- Grafenwoehr/Rose Barracks/Vilseck, Germany
- Naples, Italy
- Vicenza, Italy
- Okinawa, Japan
- Yokota, Japan
- South Korea
- Rota, Spain
- Lakenheath/Mildenhall/Feltwell, United Kingdom
Can’t find your location? You can join the virtual Military Spouse Professional Network on Facebook.
Contact information for the Network can be found by clicking here.
As a career-minded military spouse, find your place in the Military Spouse Professional Network today!
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About the author
Julie Provost is a freelance writer, blogger, and owner of Soldier's Wife, Crazy Life, a support blog for military spouses. She lives in Tennessee with her National Guard husband and three boys.