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VA Expands Agent Orange Claim Eligibility

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Children of Women Vietnam Veterans Health Care Benefits Program

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Fisher House celebrates second anniversary

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From golf courses to commissaries: More details about access to new military benefits for 4.1 million extra people

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New for 2020: Commissary, exchanges opening up to 4 million more people

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The Space Force is officially the sixth military branch. Here’s what that means.

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Congress Overrides Pentagon on GI Bill Transfer Rules

Date Posted:12/24/19
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Date Posted:12/19/19
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Military spouses will get reimbursed up to $1,000 for professional relicensing costs

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Defense bill requires local JROTC programs to admit homeschooled students

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10 Military Discounts for Spouses

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Scholarship Application for Military Children Program Now Open

Date Posted:12/16/19
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Eligible Commissary and Exchange Shoppers

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VA nursing homes, assisted living, and home health care

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9 Great Freebies for Military and Their Families

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National Desert Storm War Memorial approved concept unveiled

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Air Force Guard and Reserve Members Can Now Check Retirement Status Online

Date Posted:12/12/19
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Veterans with Base Access Still Face Delays on New Commissary Benefit

Date Posted:12/12/19
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Military families in line for tens of thousands in benefits under plan to dump the ‘widows tax’

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More retirees, family members to be booted from military hospitals under Pentagon reform plans

Date Posted:12/09/19
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2020 Military Pay Dates

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Air Force to drop below the zone promotions for officers

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Here’s when your military 2019 tax statement will be ready

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Military Members, DoD Civilians Are Eligible for Free TSA Precheck

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These States Will Be the Most Popular for Veterans in the Next 25 Years

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TRICARE Open Season

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Veteran & Survivor Pension Rates Increase For 2020

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Disabled Veterans Can Now Fly Space A

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Veterans Can Now Learn About Their Toxic Exposure Risks with New VA App

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January’s new military shopping benefit delayed for tens of thousands of veterans

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Everything You Need to Know About Vets' and Caregivers' New Base Access

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Here’s how veterans stack up financially, compared to their non veteran peers

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How to use your GI Bill benefits at a foreign university

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Military Exchange Extends Return Policy for Holiday Shopping

Date Posted:11/07/19
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Companies that Recruit Veterans Often Fail to Hire Them, Data Shows

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Here's a New, Fast Way for Veterans to See Their Health Records

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VA Plans to Resolve all 'Legacy Appeals' by the End of 2022

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New Study Supports Using Shot to Treat PTSD

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Veterans database launching to link veterans with entertainment industry employers

Date Posted:10/22/19
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More questions answered as installations get ready for the potential 3 million extra shoppers

Date Posted:10/11/19
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Latest Update Tricare Drug Costs to Increase More Than 40% in 2020

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Disney Renews Armed Forces Salute for Another Year

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VA Releases Survivors Quick Start Guide

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Free flu shots for Veterans at your local Walgreens

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Tools for Building a Great Resume
Posted on: 04/09/19
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Almetta Parker, a military spouse for more than 25 years, comments that she has always been hesitant about updating her resume because of a fragmented work history. She says, "I just didn't feel confident about sharing my experiences, because they weren't relevant." Whether a military spouse is changing careers or getting ready for his/her next job search, updating a resume is at the top of their to-do list.

The resume is a seemingly simple document that is meant to share relevant skills and experiences with prospective employers and network contacts. Although each of you will determine individually exactly how to tackle your resume, here are some tips to make the experience of drafting your disjointed work history a more positive experience for you. Dottie Frazier, a military spouse for 9 years, says, "Even though I don't like it, I know that a well written resume can increase my salary potential."

 

Related: Does your resume pass the 6-second test? Get a FREE assessment.

Recognize Your Attributes

First and foremost, recognize that you are a crucial asset in today's labor force. Military spouses have all of those indispensable "soft skills" on which the market is thriving. A military spouse can be expected to jump right into a position and land on his/her feet. They also have a variety of experiences they can draw from which increases their success in the workplace. Because of the many moves a transitioning spouse experiences, you can expect a military spouse to have excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to problem-solve individually and work in teams. As counterparts to active duty soldiers, military spouses have the same values that their counterparts vow to serve. This is also a valued asset to employers.

Don't Forget the Inventory

Before we begin to pack, often we either make a mental or formal note of our belongings, so that we will be able to make a correct claim should anything become broken or lost. You can apply the same principle to your work related experiences. "Work History" or "Relevant Experience" means any experience. Volunteering counts. Document the experience. Self-employment and part-time positions are also relevant.

Related: The Military Spouse Employment Manual

Emphasize Key Qualifications

A short four to six point key summary can help you highlight your key qualifications and make you stand out from the crowd. Summaries can be in a paragraph or bullet list format. They give you the opportunity to tailor your resume to fit the employer's search. Technology and language proficiency are key skills that fit perfectly in the summary section of your resume.

Stay Focused

Leaving out an objective statement at the beginning of your resume is a common mistake that many job seekers make. An objective statement makes the job of matching candidates with positions much easier for recruiters and human resources personnel. With the current trend in the workforce of changing jobs every 3-5 years, companies are becoming more aware of broadcast resumes that cry out, "Hire Me! I can do anything!" A focused job objective is relatively simple, and is as easy as a few keystrokes. Name the field or job and the company specifically.

Choose the Right Format

Another marketing strategy that can hold true to the masses of military spouses seeking to establish themselves in their current market of choice is to choose the right format for their resume.

There are two basic formats, the chronological and the combination resume. Chronological resumes are the most traditional, listing your current or most recent job first, working backwards for an average of ten years or less. They are also a military spouse's worst enemy.

A combination resume, on the other hand, can help you make a fragmented career history into a work of art. The trick to the combination resume is that the attention is drawn to your accomplishments and skills and not previous job titles. Combination resumes are versatile and the magic answer to the many issues that career spouses often have. When thinking about your skills, focus on those that draw the most attention to your job objective.

Research to Make the Match

 

The final key to success, whether you are diving feet-first into a new career field or just adjusting to a new market, is to take the extra effort to match your skills and experience to the job for which you are searching. Take advantage of the many reference tools that are available online, such as the Occupational Outlook Handbook and the many gateway sites that help you find specific information that is related to your current duty station.

By Vivian Carrasco                                    



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