About the author: Kelsey Ghering is a senior English major at Gannon University in Erie, Pa. She is the editor-in-chief of Gannon’s student newspaper and engaged to a Marine stationed at Camp Lejeune.
How do you search for a job if you don’t know where the next duty station is? The real answer is, you get creative and utilize all the resources you can find. It’s not impossible to get an idea of where your Permanent Change of Station (PCS) orders might take you, but it’s certainly not easy.
The one thing I fear almost as much as deployment is becoming idle. I refuse to live a stagnant life, and my student loans are not going to pay themselves, so I started to prep for a job search. I reviewed and updated my resume, gathered contact information for those that I would use as references, and researched possible opportunities in the different areas of our potential assignment.
Once I knew we had PCS orders to Camp Lejeune, I had a minute to breathe. At least I knew where to start looking, geographically speaking. The four steps to keep in mind while job searching are:
Are you looking for more employment assistance? Check out your local Family Member Employment Assistance Program for a variety of workshops such as resume writing and skills assessments. All of these opportunities are free of charge and can make any PCS a little less complicated - giving you the confidence to apply for the position you’ve earned.
As a Marine spouse looking for employment, start with the network you already have, continue to cultivate it, and grow your professional network. The Family Readiness Team has put together some resources to help you on your employment journey.
Learn more about what the Family Member Employment Assistance Program and Spouse Education & Career Opportunities can offer you as a Marine Corps spouse.
When it comes to being a Marine spouse, moving every few years is just one of many obstacles you face. Finding a new job each time you relocate is another challenge.