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SEP 2018

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NETWORK AND RUB SHOULDERS Access a LinkedIn professional network- ing group, exclusively for military spouses, potential employers and recruiters. "Military spouses can support each other and crowdsource their questions," Savage says, but notes that this group provides op- portunities for much more. "I always think about the military spouse as the project manager of the family. There's a sense of grit." Potential employers and recruiters come to the group looking for the quali- ties and skills that military spouses are known to bring to the workplace. When you participate in the group, you'll have a unique opportunity to distinguish yourself, as if you were in an informal interview. The connections you make could help you get your foot in the door at your next place of employment, creating a seam- less transition from one job to another. H G E T HE L P R E G IS T E R IN G SECO coaches will help you register for the upgrade and understand its tools. Mentzer explained the three-step process: Create a SECO account at. militaryonesource.mil and register for the Premium upgrade. Be sure to indicate your PCS, separation or retirement status. Take the "Leveraging LinkedIn Pre- mium for Military Spouses" training. You can complete the training through a one-on-one session with a SECO career coach or a live webinar offered bi-weekly. Later this year, a self-paced online training will be available. Confirm your eligibility and accept the terms and condi- tions. Trained SECO counselors will be available to assist military spouses throughout the process. USE LINKEDIN LIKE A PRO AND MAKE YOUR PROFILE STAND OUT 1) Use a professional photo If you can't afford a photogra- pher, a simple photo in front of a clean background will do. 2) Complete a detailed profile List up to 50 skills. Those are "50 ways a recruiter might find you," Dan says. 3) Form connections Increasing your connec- tions also increases the likelihood of finding a job. 4) Be active Post articles, make com- ments and respond quickly to messages. You'll be flagged as active, which distin- guishes your profile. 5) Follow the pages of your dream employers Employers will notice that you follow them (and you'll also gain insight on company activity). 6) Signal your availability In "career preferences," select "open to new oppor- tunities," so recruiters know you're looking for work. Photo by Jessica Klein • Illustration by Jackie Stranathan SEPTEMBER 2018 / MILITARYSPOUSE.COM 25

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