SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo.-- --
As a military spouse, moving every few years can make it difficult to begin or maintain a career.
Fortunately, there are employment workshops in place to assist military spouses in finding a career they can take with them.
The USO is hosting a Military Spouse Employment Workshop with assistance from the Airman and Family Readiness Center 9 – 11 a.m. at the Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, event center Wednesday.
“For this event, we are partnering with the USO Pathfinder Program, that helps veterans and military spouses navigate the job market,” said Kendra Humphrey, work-life specialist with the 50th Force Support Squadron. “The goal is to help spouses plan for the future and to connect them with resources and networking opportunities.”
This is the first Military Spouse Employment Workshop the USO will host at Schriever AFB.
The workshop will feature a discussion panel with employers, mock interviews, resume reviews, and advice from talent acquisition and hiring managers.
Heidi Goodbar, community readiness consultant with the 50th FSS, is looking forward to seeing the workshop come to fruition.
“Every year, feedback we always receive from spouses is the issue of finding employment,” she said. “We are always looking for ways to reach out to spouses and let them know what is available to them. That is why having this employment workshop will only help to increase awareness and provide them with the resources they need to be successful. We are excited to see spouses network and potentially find job opportunities.”
Approximately 25 slots are open for spouses to attend.
Humphrey said holding a workshop such as this is beneficial for the overall Schriever community.
“As a military spouse, I understand the challenges that come with frequently moving and holding a career,” she said. “It can be hard to know what resources are out there. The employment workshop is a great starting point in helping spouses navigate that sector. Many of the employers who will be in attendance are actually looking for positions to fill.
“I would tell spouses to make sure they dress for success, because they can potentially leave with a job that day,” she continued. “We are hoping this is a successful event, because it will only grow from here.”
Ronald Kriete, site manager with the USO Colorado Springs Pathfinder Program, also highlighted the importance of the workshop.
“Military spouses are a very important part of the military family and mission,” he said. “The average military spouse moves more than eight times in the span of a 20-year military career. This often results in starting over in each new location and dealing with the struggle of meeting new people, sustaining meaningful employment and feeling a sense of community where they live.
“We want to do our part in helping spouses build networks,” he continued. “This workshop will have a lot to offer and we are excited to host this and would like to hold more in the future.”
Members with the USO and A&FRC encourage spouses to sign up for the workshop and hope to see a good turn out.
To sign up for the workshop, visit, http://www.cvent.com/d/fgqtgp/4W.
The next event the A&FRC will hold is a How to Tailor Your Resume class scheduled for Sept. 5.
For more information about USO and A&FRC events, call 567-3920.