5 Reasons Working Military Spouses Should Network IN PERSON (Even if you love your current job)

Keeping your career on track as a Military Spouse is no easy feat! Working Military Spouses are constantly job hunting, career-building, and resume writing, but did you know that networking in person is where the true career connections happen? Here are 5 reasons working military spouses need to network in person, even if you love your current job.

5 Reasons Working Military Spouses Should Network in Person

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Networking event with In Gear Career for Military Spouses in Tampa, FL

1. LinkedIn is genuinely AWESOME, but not everyone you need to know locally may be using it.

Although some could argue that savvy employers are using LinkedIn and other social media tools, that does not mean YOUR future employer is using it. Face-to-face meetings also offer the opportunity for a conversation that leads you to talk up a long forgotten skill set that you didn’t think to put on your social media profile—you may have generally impressed the employer and then the discovery of that one skill may be exactly what they were looking to find.

2. Networking will not just help you find A job, but THAT job.

Let me be clear: if any job is what you’re after, that is perfectly fine and I wish you well, honestly. However, if you’re looking for something specific—even if you don’t know exactly what that is—then networking is for you. The conversation that may lead to the discovery of a new career path you may not have previously considered, or a job you didn’t know existed.

3. Your resume does not represent you as well as YOU do.

You can’t possibly put all of your skills on one piece of paper, and you shouldn’t try. Your LinkedIn profile, if used to its full potential, offers more room for expansion, but even that can’t truly represent the full value you can bring to an organization. Perhaps you’re shy and think that networking in person sounds intimidating; not every position or employer will require a super gregarious and outgoing person, but if you’re able to show a passion for your chosen career path, that will make an impression!

Face-to-face beats face-to-screen any time! Photo courtesy of In Gear Career for Military Spouses.
Face-to-face beats face-to-screen any time! Photo courtesy of In Gear Career for Military Spouses.

 

4. You never know when your next job search will occur

At our last duty station, I was laid off unexpectedly in the middle of a PCS cycle. I did have a little notice, but not enough time to prevent myself from being unemployed for a time. Add to that the fact that we were waiting on orders and it was nightmarish. The professional connections I had made in my last position were integral in my finding part-time work that I was lucky enough to do from home and bring with me through a PCS. Although you may be very happy in your current job, the world is always changing; be sure you’re keeping connections alive in the case that you need them before you think.

5. There are other people out there like you

Although the primary reason for networking may be professional, it is equally important to find a sense of community and support (especially if you are unemployed). The struggle to balance a professional career with the difficulties of military life often leaves Military Spouse Professionals feeling like a ship out of water (can you tell I’m a Navy wife?), but I promise you there are others out there like you!

The bottom line is this: social media is great, but it is not the magic answer for everything! How many times have you said, “If I could just get in the door I know I could convince them I’m right for the job”? In person networking is exactly that chance, so get out there and show them you’re the whole package!

In Gear Career for Military Spouses Makes In-Person Networking Made Easy for Working Military Spouses

The bottom line is this: social media is great, but it is not the magic answer for everything! How many times have you said, “If I could just get in the door I know I could convince them I’m right for the job”? In person networking is exactly that chance, so get out there and show them you’re the whole package!

Don’t know where to start when it comes to professional networking for working military spouses? Check out our favorite Military Spouse professional network at In Gear Career for Military Spouses! In Gear Career has in-person networking chapters that connect working Military Spouses with each other and local professional networks. Find a local chapter near you or request to join their virtual chapter on Facebook!

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