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: Brian Alvarado
Years as a military spouse:
Tell us your profession:
Vice President, Marketing & Realtor – Dwell Well Realty
Is this full-time, part-time, hourly, contract or freelance work?
How long have you been working in this career field?
Do you work in an office, telecommute from home (or Starbucks), or a little bit of both?
A little bit of both. The nature of my job allows me to work in my office or from home or a lot of times, my car.
Tell us one thing you love about your job.
How did you get this position? Was it a resume, referral, job fair? Spill your magic.
This particular position was a promotion. I started out as a contractor for this company about a decade ago and then grew into my executive role and eventually became a shareholder and a member of the board of directors.
What is your No. 1 tip for a military spouse on the hunt for a job?
Make sure your first impressions are top notch. Have a clean and focused resume, professional headshots and be completely educated about the position, company and interviewer before heading into an interview.
How do you feel about failure?
It is something that everyone experiences. It’s a part of life. We have the power to choose how to deal with it, and I deal with it as an education.
What’s the biggest challenge you’ve faced while trying to maintain a career while living the military lifestyle?
The biggest challenge is learning when to say no. Our time is valuable and we can quickly become pushed to our limits with regards to volunteering in our community. It is my goal to try to never over promise and under deliver.
What is the best piece of career advice you’ve ever received?
The best career advice that I have ever been given is something that took me a very long time to get down, leave your emotions at the door. Everyone is going to have good days and bad days. Ups and downs. Wins and losses. If you let the negative side of those days affect you, it can have a really negative effect on your career.
Who is in your support squad?
Definitely my spouse. He is always so supportive of not only the work I do in my career, but in all of my volunteer efforts as well. He shows up to events and shakes hands and does the networking. He is the guy that goes and gets lunch and delivers it for my team or pops in and surprises everyone with cake pops from Starbucks. Aside from him, I have aligned myself with a boss that truly has my success as a part of her own goals, and an assistant who, when responding to any sort of fire, always says “it’s handled.”
Do you and your spouse or partner split household tasks? How do you do it?
We definitely have a clearly defined list of who is good at what and we sort of just fell into the chore list like that. I am a self-proclaimed kitchen genius so I tend to do most of the cooking. And my spouse has that military consistency drilled into him so laundry day is every Sunday on the dot for him!
Share your best life-hack for saving time or sanity during the work week.
Trashy television and an occasional whiskey. No joke.
Nearly daily, during the week, I take the hour of 10 to 11 p.m. to myself, usually catching up on something like “Shadow Hunters” or “American Housewife” and that just lets me take my mind off the day I just had and the day to come. It keeps me sane
Tell us one piece of tech you couldn’t live without that isn’t your phone:
My GoPro. We have so many adventures and I love capturing it all on video and editing and making little videos of our lives to share with our families.
What’s your favorite app for making the most of your day?
Does Candy Crush Count? Just kidding. Definitely my mail app. Being able to receive and send email from anywhere really makes a huge difference in my work day!
What’s your must-have song on your productivity playlist?
“Tubthumping” by Chumbawamba
If you had an extra hour in your day, what would you do?
I’d love to say something amazing like volunteer more to help our community but in all reality, I’d probably double up on that trashy TV and whiskey hour.
If you were a superhero, what would be your super power?
If I were a superhero, my super power would be the power of influence over others. I’d love the ability to influence people who drive like idiots to get it together. Also, I’d love to be able to influence people into doing more in our world to protect it and each other.