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MCRD, Parris Island Information and Referral, Relocation LibGuide

Resources to help service members and their families.

Books Available Through the Library

Military spouses serve their country in various capacities that are seldom fully appreciated or rewarded. Struggling to raise families and facing the ever-present financial realities of military life, many military spouses sacrifice their personal career goals by accepting low-paying jobs, often unrelated to their interests and skills. But being married to the military no longer means working beneath one's value and capabilities. Indeed, more and more military spouses are finding rewarding jobs and pursuing productive careers. With the availability of the Internet and numerous military support programs, the employment landscape for military spouses has changed significantly in recent years. Yet, many questions remain on what they should do, where they should go to find new opportunities, and how they can become more positive and proactive in finding rewarding jobs and careen. This guide provides practical answers to many employment-related questions for mobile military spouses. Filled with principles and tips, it shows how military spouses can take responsibility for their own employment situations and go on to find satisfying jobs and careers. It outlines how to: Create a career success plan; Establish a great network no matter where you are; Take advantage of available educational opportunities; Use the vast resources of military support programs; Write a winning resume and letters; Answer common interview questions with finesse; Evaluate and negotiate job offers; Develop a "sales sound bite" to market yourself during your job search; Manage your career for long-term success. The book also discusses various employment alternatives, such as entrepreneurship, federal employment, private industry, nonprofits and volunteering, and more. A virtual job search tool for military spouses, this unique and inspiring book is jam-packed with skills assessment activities, job search planning strategies, interview questions and answers, examples of CVs and cover letters, a job offer evaluation checklist, a salary calculation chart, and much more. It is the guide every military spouse will find useful in navigating the ups and downs of military life.

This book is designed to help military spouses find employment despite facing many obstacles related to their mobile lifestyles. It includes expert advice on developing a successful career, networking, financing higher education, using effective job search techniques, handling employer objections, being overqualified, writing resumes and letters, handling job interviews, working for the federal government, and much more.

Military Spouse Journey will help you craft your best life possible! The unique components of military life can make it challenging for military spouses to pursue careers and other personal dreams. This encouraging book, written by two experienced military spouses, shares lessons learned, success stories of fellow military spouses, life exploration exercises, and research-based ideas that can be applied to any stage of life's journey. Although this book shares examples specific to military life, the information and approach can be used by anyone to pursue your life dreams. Ready to follow your dreams? This book will help you: · Learn five keys to happiness you can apply every day, anywhere. · Explore your passions, strengths, and goals. · Discover possibilities for the life you want to live. · Create an action plan to move forward, even when you think it's impossible. · Build valuable friendships and support systems along the way. · Enjoy the journey!

Life as a military spouse is especially tough these days, and information is not easy to find. Today's military has changed dramatically in just the last four years. For example, the introduction of Individual Augmentation (taking a service member from his or her current job and sending him or her to Iraq or Afghanistan for a year, usually with very little notice) has dramatically changed the level of preparedness expected of families. Shore duty no longer means a spouse will not end up deploying-something spouses need to be prepared for.

The author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Life as a Military Spouse is a military spouse herself, and in her book readers will find-

  • How to enrol your child in the Child Development Homes program.
  • What you need to do before a permanent change of station (PCS) move.
  • How to prepare for deployment and the return of a spouse.
  • Little-known but important information such as the fact that a spouse can use his or her spouse's GI bill to further his or her education if they are stationed overseas.
  • Easy ways to calculate benefits, allowances, and special pays.

Summer Wilson was always taught that you go to school, you get an education and you get a good job to live the American dream. After she graduated from college, she had no idea that once she said “I do” to an active duty service member, she would transition into a world where education did not matter. This is the story of her perseverance to overcome the inequalities concerning employment opportunities for military spouses. Summer’s story provides one explanation for the troop shortage in today’s Army. She also provides insight to the projected civil service employment shortage in the next five years. As someone living the inefficiencies of the personnel system at the grassroots level, she is qualified to tell other military spouses how to avoid and overcome the inefficiencies. 

Written for the new military spouse and for the longer-term spouse frustated by the challenges of the military lifestyle, this title talks about creatively taking advantage of the military life's opportunities to fulfill one's own dreams. Including practical tips, it also shows how to tap into the possibilities of a life with the military.

A Family's Guide to the Military For Dummies is for themillions of military dependents, family members, and friends whoare looking for straightforward guidance to take advantage of thebenefits and overcome the challenges unique to life in themilitary. This comprehensive guide covers such key topics asintroducing military life to readers new to the armed forces,financial planning, relocation, deployment, raising kids alonewhile a partner is away, and taking advantage of the availablebenefits. It offers tips and advice for dealing with emotions thatsurround events like deployments, deciphering the acronyms used indaily military life, forming support groups, keeping track of 


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