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It can be tough when you move to a new area and are seeking employment. What’s even more difficult is if you are the spouse of an Airmen in Training (AiT) with a stay in Wichita Falls that is typically less than six months. Couple that with the already high rates of un- and under-employment experienced by military spouses nationwide, the odds seem stacked against you.

But there is always hope! Fortunately for military spouses, our community has so many fantastic programs and resources in place to help you be successful. Let’s talk about them!

If your stay in Wichita Falls is looking to be less than a year, you may benefit from temporary employment. Here are a few options:

  • Join Sheppard MSPN Facebook and LinkedIn groups to connect with local career-minded military spouses and review posted job opportunities.
  • Review and update your resume with the Airman & Family Readiness Center.
  • Connect with Military Family Support Liaison at Workforce Solutions North Texas for free job placement support.
  • Register with MyStaf, Spherion and/or Express Employment to search for temporary job opportunities.
  • Review job opportunities on the Wichita Falls Chamber of Commerce Job Board.

If you need flexible employment opportunities that you can take with you as you PCS, a remote opportunity may be your best fit. Here’s how you can get started:

  • Join Sheppard MSPN Facebook group to connect with local career-minded military spouses and review posted job opportunities and search #remote.
  • Review and update your resume with the Airman & Family Readiness Center.
  • Register with virtual job board, VirtForce.
  • Join the Virtual MSPN Facebook group to connect with nation-wide remote opportunities.

If looking you are looking forward to employment opportunities at your next duty station, you can:

  • Join the location’s MSPN Facebook and LinkedIn groups, if they have one, to connect with local career-minded military spouses and review posted job opportunities. Review MSPN locations here.
  • Review and update your resume with the Airman & Family Readiness Center.
  • Review Federal and NAF job opportunities on USAJobs.
  • Review AAFES job opportunities using ShopMyExchange.
  • Research companies at your next duty station and create of list of organizations you are interested in. If possible, find contact information for someone in a position you would be interested in and request an informational interview. Tip: do not send them your resume during this process.
  • Connect with your personal network to see if they know of any opportunities at the new location.
  • Visit reputable job search engines such as LinkedIn, Indeed, Military OneSource, Glassdoor and Google to begin applying for civilian job opportunities.
  • Register for a career specialist with your gaining city’s local American Job Center.

Lastly, you have the opportunity to be informed during your job search, no matter where it leads you. Here are some resources to consider:

  • Review wage data to know what to expect for salary using Payscale.
  • Visit Vault for a first-hand look at work within industries, companies, or specific professions to determine your best career fit.

No matter the path you take to employment, we’re here to support you. If you have any questions about the above resources, please reach out to Talent Partnership Director & Military Liaison, Taylor Davis, by email at Taylor@wichitafallschamber.com or by phone at (940) 723-2741.