“If You’re Having Trouble Finding a Job, Volunteer at the Place You’re Wanting to Work!”

After moving to South Korea, working military spouse Tiffanie Farleigh volunteered through the American Red Cross at the on-post clinic as a registered nurse.

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After moving to South Korea, working military spouse Tiffanie Farleigh volunteered through the American Red Cross at the on-post clinic as a registered nurse.

Name: Tiffanie Farleigh

Years as a military spouse:

2

Tell us your job title/profession:

Registered Nurse

Is this full-time, part-time, hourly, contract or freelance work?

Full time

How long have you been working in this career field?

2.5 years

Do you work in an office, telecommute from home (or Starbucks), or a little bit of both?

Clinic

How did you get this position? Was it a resume, referral, job fair? Spill your magic.

My husband and I moved to South Korea and I had been told that the only way to get a job on post was to either know someone or volunteer enough to where you began to know people.

We arrived and within a month I had begun volunteering through the American Red Cross at the on-post clinic as a registered nurse. I volunteered 100 hours in a little over a month. During those hours I tried to speak with everyone at the clinic from the janitors to the doctors and let them get to know me and be able to put a face with a name.

I was offered a job 2 months after I began volunteering.

What’s the biggest challenge you’ve faced while trying to maintain a career while living the military lifestyle?

It’s difficult to apply for a job that requires you to have extensive experience when you’re constantly being moved and are only getting 1 to 2 years in a particular area. It’s also difficult to continue schooling when you’re unsure where you’ll be and what your schedule will be like.

Tell us one thing you love about your job.

I love being able to help people not only at the clinic but through volunteering to put my skill set to use around base and out in the community!

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Share your best life-hack for saving time or sanity during the work week:

Exercise! I always make time to blow off some steam at the gym after work before I come home! It puts me in a better mood and allows me to recuperate for the next day!

Do you and your spouse or partner split household tasks? How do you do it?

Yes! I couldn’t manage the house without him! We do this by not specifying jobs for each other. Just because he’s the man doesn’t mean he can’t do the dishes, just because I’m the woman doesn’t mean I can’t take out the trash. We do what we see needs to be done and we help each other out.

Favorite app for making the most of your day?

My Fitbit app!

Must-have song on your productivity playlist?

Light it up – Major Lazer

What is your No. 1 tip for a military spouse on the hunt for a job?

If you’re having trouble finding a job, volunteer at the place you’re wanting to work! It helps get your foot in the door by meeting the right people!

Are you a working military spouse? D you want to share your career tips and tricks? Fill out the MilSpouses Who Work It Q&A today. Click here to complete our form. 

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