Post # 1
Im starting to become depressed. My DH is military and we recently moved to a new duty station, and Im having a hard time finding a job. Being a military spouse you move every so often so there are gaps in your employment or your never at a job for more than a few years.
I have been putting in applications since last week, sent out my resume 22 times and still nothing, not even a single call back. I did explain in my resume the reason for leaving jobs is because we are military and we transfer every few years. I did manage to go to an open interview where they interviewed you on the spot with your resume and thought I did really well, but still no call back.
DH is very understanding, he knows its going to take time but its also cutting into our savings. DH hasnt been able to put anything into his savings since he is paying my car payment cell phone bill and such. Usually we split the bills. He pays the house payment, insurances on the cars and house, and the dogs health insurance. I generally pay the utilities and buy the groceries. Now he is paying for it all.
He says he knows I will get a job but Im getting frustrated and depressed that it isnt happening.
Post # 3
Try your local temporary job recruiters….they will take your resume, and use it where applicable.
Most places that take temps, temp to hire…which means if you’re great, theres a great possibility that you can get a job out of it!
It’s definitely something to consider…i’ve done it when I was inbetween jobs, and got offered full-time after my month stint!
Post # 4
So sorry. Hang in there!
When I graduated, it took me months to find a job. I kept submitting applications and worked with a couple of temp agencies until I found a permanent job.
Post # 5
Hi there, from another military almost-spouse! This is really hard, and it sounds like you’ve been through it before, which is probably making it feel even worse. I’m not sure what type of jobs you’ve been applying for, but I have found it most useful to use my cover letter pitch my perhaps disjointed resume as a positive – due to obligations as a military spouse, I have acquired a range of experience in different places around the country, which makes me a more well-rounded candidate, things like that. Keep your chin up, it’ll get better!
Post # 6
@BellaDee: Unfortunately there are no temp services here. Its a really really small military installation. We dont even have a national bank here. I have drive 50 miles just to get to a city.
@wubewe: I did the cover letter because the Veterans Rep said I should promote that being a military spouse gives me unique experiences and the ability to learn things quickly. Im also a veteran, and usually veterans get preference but Im not getting anything.
Post # 7
Unfortunately, it’s only been a week — there are people out there who have been searching for months and months. I don’t want to be the bearer of bad news, but a week is nothing when it comes to waiting to hear back.
Check out temp agencies, any resources that may be available at your husband’s base, and just apply everywhere. Something is bound to come up!
I would also address gaps in your resume in the cover letter somehow, so employers are aware. Something simple like, “Being the spouse of an active duty solider (airman/sailor/marine), I have learned how to manage complicated and chaotic situations with ease, which will be an asset to your company by…” If you gloss over that reason, they will get the hint and won’t hold gaps against you as much.
Post # 8
@TexasSpringBride: sorry about your situation. 🙁 I am an air force brat and watched my mom job hop a lot as well… it was definitely tough on her and she didn’t really become settled until she ended up in real estate. She got her real estate license and could do that anywhere.
Also- for a temporary fix– have you considered joining one of those companies where you’re a consultant/sales lady– like jewelry (Lia Sophia/Silpada) or makeup (Rodan Fields/Avon)? I sold Lia Sophia jewelry for two years while in grad school and made a decent amount of spending cash… It wasn’t even really like working– just went to a bunch of parties and got a lot of jewelry in the end! Hah!
Anyway, best of luck! FX for you!
Post # 9
A week isn’t that long to not have heard back from anyone. I’ve waited 2+ months after applications to get an interview. Other times people have called me a week or two later. But I’ve never gotten a call the same week. Maybe it’s the type of job I’m applying for, but still, I wouldn’t panic too much just yet!
Post # 10
@TexasSpringBride: I drive 50 miles one way to get to work, and still come out of it with more than I would make back home.
I would consider a job outside of where you live, don’t limit yourself.
Post # 11
I know a week isnt long, I just hate sitting around. I have redone my resume and redone the cover letter. I have been in touch with Veterans Services and have even applied with the federal government through their website. I know i have to be patient, but I dont have patience.
Im going stir crazy sitting at home.
Post # 12
Definitely keep applying and don’t wait around for employers to call! In this economy, it can take hundreds of applications to get a job (sorry).
Have you thought about volunteering? It will keep you busy and help fill in that pesky resume gap.
I feel you. Job-searching sucks!
Post # 13
99% of employers are not going to call you back after just one week! I’ve been looking for months at this point.
Post # 14
- Wedding: September 2015 - Ketchum, ID
@TexasSpringBride: Just out of curiosity, was the on the spot interview from Carter’s?
Post # 15
@mrspinesol: no it was a local sign company here
Post # 16
@TexasSpringBride: Best of luck! I know it’s hard waiting, even though it’s only been a week.
I work at a big university and I know that hiring here takes FOREVER so please don’t get discouraged yet! Many times it takes 2-4 weeks for HR where I work to schedule the interviews while a position sits vacant.
You’ll find something!