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: Beth Paschos
Years as a military spouse:
Tell us your profession:
Senior Recruiter/Human Resources
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?
Telecommute for now
Tell us one thing you love about your job.
I love helping candidates find jobs that they love AND I love helping our clients find great talented professionals.
How did you get this position? Was it a resume, referral, job fair? Spill your magic.
I was working in this field before I became a military spouse, but I have had to tweak my career goals to fit military life. I found my current role as a virtual recruiter through networking on LinkedIn.
What’s the biggest challenge you’ve faced while trying to maintain a career while living the military lifestyle?
The biggest challenge has been that we move a lot, so being in a role that is not virtual is not much of an option for me. But my company always has great opportunities for me and I am constantly challenged.
How do you feel about failure?
I don’t see failure as a negative thing because that is where you learn and grow.
What is the best piece of career advice you’ve ever received?
Focus on where you are now and do your best in that role. I think too many times people want to rush to the next step. Leadership opportunities will come, but for now I am focusing on doing my best in this season.
Who is in your support squad?
My husband, #1. He has always supported my career ambitions. My best friend is also a military spouse with a career, so we talk about that a lot!
And of course, my mom. She has always told me I could do it.
Do you and your spouse or partner split household tasks? How do you do it?
Yes when he is here! I also hire a housekeeper. With kids, full-time job and my husband’s crazy schedule, I have recognized that I am not super woman. So I do have cleaners come every other week.
Share your best life-hack for saving time or sanity during the work week.
Meal prepping on Sundays! I cook up my food that I eat during the day to save time and make sure my diet is healthy.
Also, I do one thing a week for myself, whether it’s hanging out with my friends, mani/pedi or just a bath.
Tell us one piece of tech you couldn’t live without that isn’t your phone.
Alexa! I’m always having her add things to my shopping list!
What’s your favorite app for making the most of your day?
The Weather Channel, so I know what to wear and how to dress the kids, if we can play outside after I pick them up, things like that.
Must-have song on your productivity playlist?
Run the World (Girls) by Beyonce
If you had an extra hour in your day, what would you do?
I would take a nap!
If you were a superhero, what would be your super power?
I would love to be able to fly. Then I could go visit my friends and family more, and get errands done quicker.
What is your No. 1 tip for a military spouse on the hunt for a job?
Network!!!! Go to meet ups, get on LinkedIn and stay as connected as possible to professionals in your field.