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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: Holly Hulse
Years as a military spouse: 14
Tell us your job title/profession:
I am a Realtor in the Fort Bragg area for over 9 years. It is my 3rd job I have had in the area since July 2002.
Moved here right after my husband graduated Flight School and went to Korea for his first assignment from July 2002-July 2003. So very new…didn’t really know much. Job hunted and dealt with a situation that I was almost not hired since I was a military spouse and they were not sure how long I would be around and not sure if it was worth hiring me. I got the job. It was horrible.
The second was worse with being passed over for 2 raises and a promotion because I took my earned vacation time to spend with my husband before his first deployment and that supervisor was prior military.
I took my real estate classes and tests in September 2006 and started working in February 2007. It was the best decision we made for me. I have loved it ever since and work with an amazing company and it allows me now the flexibility to make my schedule and be with my husband.
It is a very demanding career that is worth it after the two bad ones I dealt with in the area. It is not easy to get a job as a spouse since the area has so many looking and not very many good jobs at all without college.
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?
office and field
How did you get this position? Was it a resume, referral, job fair? Spill your magic.
I was hired right after I got my license. Since I was a new agent it was easy to go with the firm I am with since my mentor sold us our house a few years prior. As a military spouse it is a great career since you make your own schedule. I do not work from home since I am supplied an office to work from.
What’s the biggest challenge you’ve faced while trying to maintain a career while living the military lifestyle?
Always thinking that…”OK, will orders fall?” Making sure I still work as hard as I can and stay dedicated.
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Tell us one thing you love about your job:
I love my company. They are so supportive and are always there for me when my husband is away. If it is checking on me, asking how I am doing, going out for dinner with the crew…they are amazing!!
Share your best life-hack for saving time or sanity during the work week:
Working out!! I take a little me time every single day and relax as much as I can when I don’t have clients.
Do you and your spouse or partner split household tasks? How do you do it?
When he is home we split chores. Since I cook, he does the dishes and takes out the trash. I hate both of those chores. We both organize and keep everything in order. He also does his own laundry!! I know right!!
Tell us one piece of tech you couldn’t live without:
Favorite app for making the most of your day?
My calendar. Standard on the phone
Must-have song on your productivity playlist?
Bennie and the Jets
What is your No. 1 tip for a military spouse on the hunt for a job?
Don’t give up! Go to ACS and see what they have available to help with the job hunt. They can help with resumes and things to help make and get you prepared and it is FREE.