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: Melissa Clampitt
Years as a military spouse:
Tell us your job title/profession:
Marketing Coach at Germono Advertising Company
Is this full-time, part-time, hourly, contract or freelance work?
How long have you been working in this career field?
Been in marketing and public relations since my first internship in 2009
Do you work in an office, telecommute from home (or Starbucks), or a little bit of both?
Remotely, mostly from home.
Tell us one thing you love about your job.
Watching a client take my advice and then watch them flourish.
How did you get this position? Was it a resume, referral, job fair? Spill your magic.
I found a post about the position on the Military Spouse Corporate Career Network and went to the Germono Advertising Company website to check out the description.
When I started going through the company’s website, I was so inspired by the work Lindsey (the owner) was doing for military spouses and veteran-owned business, I knew I not only had to apply, but also personally thank her in my e-mail with my resume for supporting this community. Finally, a company that supported my milspo lifestyle.
Perhaps, it was my resume or maybe she could tell that the position and community she supports meant a lot to me.
What is your No. 1 tip for a military spouse on the hunt for a job?
For your interview, get your power suit on, make some powerful notes for how you can help the company (which means research it beforehand) as well as notes about yourself, and go in with confidence.
How do you feel about failure?
It’s not fun, but once you have taken a minute to mourn your failure, pull your head up and move on to the next. Failure is so important. It is what makes you to grow stronger and learn to make better decisions.
What’s the biggest challenge you’ve faced while trying to maintain a career while living the military lifestyle?
The challenge of being a working military spouse and mother is daunting.
Many military spouses with children can probably relate that you frequently feel like a single parent. All the times your spouse is in the field or training or deployed plus every day he/she leaves for PT before everyone wakes up and comes home after dark.
All that means you are the main caregiver for your children.
Add in the fact that you’re most likely not living anywhere near family, and you quickly learn that when your have to do something for your children, you are SOL on anything else.
I couldn’t tell you the number of times that I had something work or career-related planned and had to cancel because I had a sick child. Or the number of times I wanted to participate in something, but had no child care. It makes maintaining a career very difficult.
What is the best piece of career advice you’ve ever received? Tell us the worst too, while you’re at it.
Best – When someone asks you if you can handle something or know how to do something, but you don’t know how…just say yes and figure it out as you go. “You can’t learn how to swim without getting in the pool.”
Worst – Just go with it and it will all work out.
Who is in your support squad and what role do they play in supporting your career?
My mother is my career advice and career support leader. I go to her to share all my career news and business questions.
My BFF is my personal life support and sound board. Everything personal that I am struggling with I call her to talk it out or just vet.
Do you and your spouse or partner split household tasks?
Yes, but it’s probably a 80/20 split. He has a couple tasks that are “supposed” to be his responsibility such as taking out the trash. I pretty much do the rest and he tries to step in when he can tell I am losing my mind. He also occasionally gets a “honey-do list.” It’s OK though because I do a better job at cleaning.
Share your best life-hack for saving time or sanity during the work week.
For my own sanity, I have to keep the house semi-clean and orderly. I struggle to sit down and work unless my workspace is clean.
Since I mostly work from home, that means my house or at the room I am working in needs to feel comfortable and organized, not chaotic.
I think it promotes more organized thoughts as you are working.
Favorite app for making the most of your day?
Must-have song on your productivity playlist?
I can actually be productive with some Disney princess tunes.
If you had an extra hour in your day, what would you do with it?
I could use it getting more work done in the evening or spending quality time with my spouse.
If you were a superhero, what would be your super power?
Teleportation. I could easily get from place to place and be able to travel the world in a blink of an eye!