NextGen MilSpouse is going beyond traditional career tips and tricks for military spouses! We are sharing the real stories of working military spouses (just like you!) and their professional success stories on Wednesdays.
Name: Amanda Anderson
Years as a military spouse:
Tell us your job title/profession:
Program Director for the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation
Is this full-time, part-time, hourly, contract or freelance work?
How long have you been working in this career field?
I’ve been with CKFF for less than a year but in the nonprofit field for about 5 years.
Do you work in an office, telecommute from home (or Starbucks), or a little bit of both?
I work from home!
Tell us one thing you love about your job.
The work I get to do with the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation is truly some of the most rewarding work I’ve ever done. We all know a service marriage is tough! I get to help people reconnect and rediscover why they love each other, empower spouses or provide a night of fun through our different programs.
How did you get this position? Was it a resume, referral, job fair? Spill your magic.
A soft hand off of my resume by a friend and former colleague to a person on the CKFF hiring committee who she already had a relationship established with.
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What is your No. 1 tip for a military spouse on the hunt for a job?
Tell people you are looking. Talk with your friends, neighbors, people at your kid’s soccer practice. You never know who will be the one to connect you with your next job.
How do you feel about failure?
HATE IT. I take failure very personally. But I know it happens. You just have to keep moving forward and not dwell on it. Which is something I’m still working on.
What’s the biggest challenge you’ve faced while trying to maintain a career while living the military lifestyle?
Starting over at each place. Networks don’t travel with you and the job market at the next duty station is going to be different than where you are currently stationed.
What is the best piece of career advice you’ve ever received?
Best: “Things always work out if you stay centered on your intentions.”
Who is in your support squad (i.e. spouse, neighbor, bff) and what role do they play in supporting your career?
My husband is my biggest supporter. Whether I want to work or stay home. He knows a happy wife equals a happy life.
Military spouse friend/former colleague. She is the one that handed off my resume for my current job at CKFF. If I need advice, she is the first one I call.
Non-military BFF. We became friends when my husband and I were just dating. This girl is my ride or die. It’s nice having someone outside of the military community to talk with and give you a different perspective.
Do you and your spouse or partner split household tasks?
No. We just can’t. He is gone before we get up and works until 7 p.m. most nights when not in the field. He does what he can but he just can’t be there as much as I am right now. He is a tremendous help on the weekends though!
Share your best life-hack for saving time or sanity during the work week:
Food prep! I prep most of my food on Sunday and then throw it together during the week. I also use a grocery pick-up service during extremely busy weeks.
Tell us one piece of tech you couldn’t live without that isn’t your phone:
My MAC. It took me a while to get used to but now I love it!
What’s your favorite app for making the most of your day?
Amazon. I absolutely love Amazon Prime.
Must-have song on your productivity playlist?
Beautiful Day by U2. It just puts me in a good mood.
If you had an extra hour in your day, what would you do with it?
Exercise! Before having my daughter I exercised everyday but it’s fallen by the wayside since she’s arrived. I know I feel better when I do it.
If you were a superhero, what would be your super power?
Telepathy. How awesome would it be to cut the crap and just know what people are thinking?
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