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: Britni Miltner
Years as a military spouse: 9
Tell us your job title/profession:
Marketing Specialist, Blogger, Social Media Brand Ambassador, Brand Champion, and Scout.
Is this full-time, part-time, hourly, contract or freelance work?
In order of the above: Full time, Full Time/Part Time/When I Can, Freelance, Freelance, Freelance
How long have you been working in this career field?
10 years, 1 year, 6 months, 2 months, 1 year
Do you work in an office, telecommute from home (or Starbucks), or a little bit of both?
Telecommute from home for all positions
How did you get this position? Was it a resume, referral, job fair? Spill your magic.
Marketing Specialist: I actually started with my current company 10 years ago with a different position, and transitioned into my current position.
Long story short: I started working in an office and had to leave after working there for 11 months due to relocation. (I was a military girlfriend when I started the job).
When I left after 11 months, (I became a military fiancee and was moving with my husband), I suggested a remote position. While they weren’t able to accommodate the remote position at the time, I was called back about a year and a half later with a remote position offer.
I did have a job lined up already that was location specific to our new duty station, which was paying more than the remote position, however I decided that a company that allowed me to work from home over the course of the years and build a career was worth more than more pay for a job I would be working for a short time.
Over time, I’ve grown in the company and have been an active team member, even working from a remote office, and have been able to build a career and I continue to grow!
Blogger: I had a light bulb moment overnight and started it on a whim. 1 year later, it is opening some doors that have potential to lead some exciting places! I am certainly meeting and networking with some amazing military spouses.
Social Media Brand Ambassador: Networking with other military spouses! I heard of an opportunity and reached out!
Brand Champion: I saw an ad on Facebook and applied, as it is something I can tie in with my blog.
Scout: Networking with other military spouses! I heard of an opportunity and reached out!
What’s the biggest challenge you’ve faced while trying to maintain a career while living the military lifestyle?
I think that I would have been able to grow faster within my company.
Tell us one thing you love about your job.
Marketing Specialist: I love that I am part of a fantastic work family who appreciates me and trusts my expertise. And the fact that I learn something new everyday.
Blogger/Social Media Brand Ambassador/Brand Champion/Scout: The military spouse network is so fantastic and inspiring! I love being able to connect and interact with this amazing community.
I’m a military spouse’s biggest cheerleader.
Share your best life-hack for saving time or sanity during the work week:
My actual physical planner. I don’t really use electronic calendars, I use a physical planner that sits on my desk that I can touch, smell, and write in.
The only electronic calendar tool that I use are calendar reminders – so if I need to schedule a blog post, I’ll do a simple calendar reminder that will pop up with no specific, or I setup a recurring one so that I have a routine. For example, every Monday: Work on Blog Post Set goals and time limits.
Do you and your spouse or partner split household tasks? How do you do it?
Yes! I HATE doing laundry and vacuuming. My spouse doesn’t mind doing both of these chores. When he’s not here, I have to suck it up and just do it.
If you have children, how do you and your spouse or partner split parenting responsibilities?
Our daughter is in daycare during the work day, which does help for getting household stuff done since I do work from home. I can take a break and load/unload the dishwasher and change bed sheets during the work day.
Our little one is still under 2 so she doesn’t have sports, etc that she has to attend. As she gets older, we will have to work out a way to effectively split parenting responsibilities.
Tell us one piece of tech you couldn’t live without:
My laptop. I’m one of those old school folks who would rather use my laptop than my mobile device or an iPad.
Favorite app for making the most of your day?
Gasp! you’re not going to believe this – I’m a weirdo, but I don’t really use apps! Maybe my Gmail app? Or Google Maps?
Must-have song on your productivity playlist?
Anything John Mayer or 90s music
What is your No. 1 tip for a military spouse on the hunt for a job?
Use your military spouse network! LinkedIn! Update your LinkedIn profile, and connect, connect connect! Endorse others, have them endorse your profile.
We have a fantastic network available to us within our military spouse connections – you never know who you’re going to meet and who they can introduce you to, and what you can learn from them.
My blog MilSpouse Resource, is all about connecting with other military spouses, positivity, and learning from each other. The motto is “Let’s Support and Inspire Each Other.”