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    Job Resources to Help Military Families Succeed


    “My spouse is in the military.  We move around every one to three years, and it is tough getting a job, much less advancing my career. What resources are available to help me?” — Lisa from Ft. Knox, KY


    Dear Lisa,

    Let me first off say thank you to both you and your spouse for your service to our country.  The sacrifices our service members and their families make in support of our country are truly humbling.

    Early this year, First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden launched Joining Forces for just this very reason – to draw our nation’s attention to the needs of military families and our responsibility as a country to support them just as we do active-duty service members.

    To get a job and launch your career, I would start by checking out the Joining Forces website and exploring the resources listed there. You will find a number of businesses and other organizations linked there that have services available specifically for military families, many of which focus on the very issue you’ve identified – finding work and building a career.

    To support Joining Forces, we at Goodwill® launched our own initiative called Goodwill for America Heroes and Their Families. We are supporting military family members in two primary ways: hiring them for open Goodwill positions and providing services that lead to jobs and careers.

    Goodwill serves tens of thousands of individuals connected to our nation’s military every year – and have hired over 600 military family members and veterans since April alone.  You can connect to services and employment opportunities at the Goodwill nearest to you by using our locator at http://locator.goodwill.org.

    Finally, I would invite you to connect to the Military Spouse Employment Partnership. The MSEP is a Department of Defense effort to connects spouses from all military services – Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard- with Fortune 500 and other companies who are seeking the essential job skills and positive attributes that military family members like you possess.

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    Brad Turner-Little
    GII Director of Mission Strategy
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    • Damion Bell
      November 10th, 2011 at 11:14 pm

      I want help work job clear help thing goodwill

    • Marylu
      November 18th, 2011 at 7:19 pm

      Your prices are too high. Those who are poor can’t afford the items that goodwill gets for free. It’s really sad.

    • Muhammad
      September 27th, 2012 at 7:15 pm

      First, contact the hsiuong assistance office at the closest military base. They should be able to help you find another military family who is looking for a place in your area. When I was in the military, there was a card catalog (I know, I’m dating myself) that contained all of the owners in the area who were looking for military personnel to rent their property. They gave me a bunch of prospective places to check out which, unfortunately, I didn’t care for. I just ended up getting an apartment in what I knew was a nice part of town.If they can’t help you out, contact property management companies (note that most major real estate companies do property management). They may charge a fee to find and screen tenants, and then charge about 8% of the rent payment a month for their management fees. They should also have a time limit where, if the tenant is a good one and you don’t want to use the management service any more, you can back out and receive the full rent payment.Whatever you do, don’t just put an ad out and try to find your own tenant. Especially if you’re moving out of the area. You’ll want to have someone local to pick up the rents, make small repairs, do required maintenance, and just have someone local that the tenant can call to handle whatever might come up. That 8% is very much worth the peace of mind.

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