Pre-, During, and Post-PCS To-Do List For Your Portable Career
While I’m making a to-do list to PCS our life in 3 weeks, I am also making a PCS list for my portable career plan at the next station! Here are some tips of what to do pre-PCS, during the PCS, and post-PCS to ensure that you have everything you need for a successful portable career plan.
1. Identify your objectives
I accomplished this step over the past few months while receiving career counseling from coach Stacy Swearengen http://www.portablecareerplanning.com/
Through coaching, we identified that my ultimate goal is to be a Marketing Manager. Now that I have narrowed my career focus, I will apply to entry-level marketing jobs and eventually work my way to this goal.
2. Identify your “No-Go’s”
What is it that you want in a job? What is the most important thing to you? If the company you are looking into doesn’t fit with your top priorities, it is a no-go. Ultimately, I want to work for a company I am passionate about and have a job that makes me happy and makes me want to wake up in the morning and do my best.
3. Research companies of interest at the new station
-What is their mission statement?
-What do current employees say about the company?
-How will you fit into the company?
-Does it fit in with your “no-go’s?”
-Who should you contact?
4. Revamp your resume
You will need to update your resume to reflect what you have done at your current station. Even though I was technically “unemployed” at our last two units, I was self-employed with Hero On My Arm as a marketing specialist, marketed myself as a dog caretaker, volunteered for American Military Family online through social media marketing, and am almost finished with my Certificate in Marketing. All of these accomplishments are valuable and show that I have initiative to take charge, even when the environment I am in does not come right out an offer me the opportunity.
1. Stay Organized
There are so many things to keep track of during a PCS. Your career materials are one of them. I have a folder dedicated to my career coaching work for my job search, all of the necessary writing samples I may want to present to a potential employer, and my up-to-date resume.
2. Network, fill out applications, schedule interviews
Search for the places you would like to work and fill out every application you can! Join Facebook groups of military spouses for your next unit and ask around about potential job opportunities. Today, it is all about “who you know” that will lead you in the right direction to achieving your dream job. Once your application is accepted, schedule your interview based on when you will arrive at your new unit.
1. Educate yourself about companies
-Once you have an interview, educate yourself and learn everything you can about the company. The more you know, the more desirable of a candidate you will be to hire.
-Have a list of questions to ask them. Interviews are not a one-way street. You are interviewing them as much as they are interviewing you. Accepting a job is like being in a relationship. It only works if both parties are interested in each other.
2. Look classy and dress the part!
Find those clothes your movers packed away! Better yet, pack some professional-looking clothes with you so they are readily available to you when you get to your unit. Who knows when a job interview may pop up!
3. Be confident
As a military wife, you obviously know how to be resilient and adapt easily to ever-changing situations. Apply this same confidence you had during your PCS for your job interview! You got this! Go get ‘em, you amazing milspouse, and make us proud!