As you are thoroughly prepping yourself to re-enter the workforce with your updated resume and cover letter, or with your new certification, knowledge and skills, it’s also time to start networking and search for your next career or employment opportunity. Networking is an essential piece to this transition; not only does it allow you to connect with others who are in a similar lifestyle situation, but also it allows you to learn of opportunities that you may not hear about otherwise. Being a military caregiver puts you in a unique situation because, somewhere along your military-life journey, you’ve had the opportunity to make new connections and open various doors of opportunity for others—to live by the golden rule of networking to assist others first. Now is the time for you to put yourself out there, to utilize social media such as Facebook, to organize a caregiver event in your community, or use different networking sites like LinkedIn to connect yourself to your next great opportunity.
It’s also important to know what benefits or entitlements you have as a caregiver, such as the federal hiring authority known as veterans’ preference. This preference gives certain spouses and caregivers a distinct preference to federal employment opportunities as opposed to other candidates who have no military affiliation. If you’re looking to be employed in the federal government, there are varying jobs under these specific and special hiring authorities from federal agencies that only want to hire a veteran, spouse, or caregiver.
If you choose to go the private sector route with employment, there are a variety of job boards and job fairs for military caregivers and spouses where you can post your resume, apply for positions specifically posted for this community, or even attend an event in person to speak with recruiters who are looking to employ caregivers.
Depending on the extent of some caregivers duties, the idea of going back into the workforce at a traditional job is entirely too challenging. Every caregiver is different in their own way with their own set of obstacles to overcome. For some caregivers, the opportunity to still participate in the workforce by working from home may provide a greater deal of flexibility.