Post # 1
Hi ladies! I hope someone can provide some advice on how I should go about this. My husband is active duty military, and is about 6 months away from his separation date. Right now is he is teetering on the idea of reenlisting or getting out, so I am applying for jobs in our home state just in case we end up moving back. My problem is, I don’t want to lose job opportunites that I have where we are now because of reference calls for another job from our home town. The town we are stationed in is TINY (as in EVERYONE knows everyone in my field). I’m worried that if one person gets a phone call for a reference on me, that everyone will find out and I could possibly lose my upcoming position that starts next month (I have been in transition for my new position since last month, and don’t “officially” begin until the middle of May).
Does anyone have any advice on how to go about this? Or any experience with this before? I want to think that everyone will understand because we are military, but I don’t want to lose the position “just in case” I leave.
Any advice would be SO appreciated!
Post # 3
This is just my personal oppinion, but I would definately wait until he knows for sure that he is seperating or not. 6 months out is a LONG time to be applying for a job. Most job postings are open becuase they need someone then and not 6 months from not. Just a thought. You definately have a good idea by looking for jobs now in your home state, but I would wait until your position is secured first and then wait until he know he is leaving for sure.
Post # 4
Thank you! I should add too, that if I get a position in our home state, I will be moving back ASAP, and he will be getting out for sure in 6 months. Separating from the military without me having a full time job is out of the question, so if I don’t get a job we will be staying in, if I do my DH will be getting out.
Post # 5
If you are willing to move now, I would apply now. Just realize that you might burn bridges with the people you are scheduled to start working with soon. This happened to my husband because the big boss wanted him to take an assignment which meant we wouldn’t be moving like we thought that we would.
Is there any way you could have them not call your references? Usually that is later in the application process so you would know if you were close to getting a job. I don’t even include mine until after applying to see if they want them.
Post # 6
I don’t have my references listed on my resume, but generally for the field that I’m in, it’s a government job and refences are part of the application process. Unless I decide to apply for a non-profit job, but those rarely open. I feel like it’s a lose/lose situation.