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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: Mark Halsey
Years as a military spouse: 21+
Tell us your job title/profession: Real Estate Agent
Is this full-time, part-time, hourly, contract or freelance work?
How long have you been working in this career field?
13 years in real estate/mortgage
Do you work in an office, telecommute from home (or Starbucks), or a little bit of both?
I work in my office at home and go to our office
How did you get this position? Was it a resume, referral, job fair? Spill your magic.
Had to go to real estate school. Pass State and National Real Estate exams to get licensed.
What’s the biggest challenge you’ve faced while trying to maintain a career while living the military lifestyle?
My wife’s job comes first and we have 3 children so my job has to be flexible enough for me to be able to take the kids to school and pick them up from school, take them to sports practices after school, make lunches, cook breakfast, get them all ready for school and help with homework. Throughout the years I’ve even coached many of my kids’ sports teams.
Tell us one thing you love about your job.
I love working with people, especially other military families.
Over the past 20+ years we’ve moved over 10 times so I know what they are going through, so helping them find the perfect house in a timely fashion and save them money doing it is a real pleasure for me.
I work with a lender that will get veterans 100 percent financing and pay all of their closing costs. We even get a free 1-year home warranty thrown in. It’s a fantastic deal! I’m getting veterans into beautiful homes for as little as $500 up-front.
Share your best life-hack for saving time or sanity during the work week:
Do you and your spouse or partner split household tasks? How do you do it?
Yes, I do most of the cooking, cleaning and all of the bill paying.
She helps with homework (she’s a lot smarter than I am, lol). She’s a wonderful wife and mother!
If you have children, how do you and your spouse or partner split parenting responsibilities?
My wife and I communicate real well with this. We plan ahead to make sure that the kids’ needs are met.
It isn’t easy but we’re proud of how we’ve raised our 3 children. Military life is not easy on them. Having to move every 2 to 3 years can be difficult on children but ours have handled it extremely well. They adapt very well and make friends easily.
Tell us one piece of tech you couldn’t live without:
Favorite app for making the most of your day?
Ruzzle. Keeps my mind moving and relaxes me.
Must-have song on your productivity playlist:
Eye of the Tiger
What is your No. 1 tip for a military spouse on the hunt for a job?
Use all the resources available to you. Go to the nearest base and get help if needed, there are great resources on most bases for helping spouses find local jobs. I’ve found some great jobs through these resources. Also local job fairs are very helpful.