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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: Suzy Leanos
Years as a military spouse: 14
Tell us your job title/profession:
Communications Coordinator for a community services organization
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?
How did you get this position? Was it a resume, referral, job fair? Spill your magic.
Good old fashion job hunting. We had a PCS move and for 6 months I submitted my resume online to over 50 companies and had 5 interviews, until one was the right fit. Patience paid off.
What’s the biggest challenge you’ve faced while trying to maintain a career while living the military lifestyle?
My biggest challenge is trying to balance military life with civilian life. One example is medical appointments. The hard part is trying to schedule and plan medical appointments that are on the military base. We live 20 miles from the base. I have to take the day off work and make sure I get both kids in to see the doctor. We have to make the trip in to the military base worth it and shop at the military exchange or visit dad at his shop.
Tell us one thing you love about your job:
I love that I work 1 mile from my house. I also love that the community I work for is developing and growing every day. There is always a fun and new project around the corner.
Share your best life-hack for saving time or sanity during the work week:
One life-hack that makes my morning start on the right foot is that I get the kids ready and out the door first. Once the kids are at school I come back home and get ready for work alone. When I would try to get kids and myself ready it was always an obstacle to try to get out the door and not forget anything.
Do you and your spouse or partner split household tasks? How do you do it?
Yes. He takes care of all the outside tasks, trash, heavy stuff, and the most important…the math homework.
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If you have children, how do you and your spouse or partner split parenting responsibilities?
It is very hard to split the parenting responsibilities with his military schedule. He can’t drop them off at school because he leaves in the early morning and he can’t pick them up because he never gets out of work at the same time. He gets to do all the fun stuff and is responsible for the homework and bedtime routine. I do all the rest.
Tell us one piece of tech you couldn’t live without:
I can’t live without my iPhone. It keeps me organized.
Favorite app for making the most of your day?
Instagram. It gives me mental break from the everyday. I get to connect with people and look at amazing pictures.
Must-have song on your productivity playlist?
Anything by Kanye West, if I have to get something done on a deadline and on a regular day, I listen to Morrissey.
What is your No. 1 tip for a military spouse on the hunt for a job?
Don’t fall in love with a job posting. If they don’t call you after an interview it’s not the end of the world, just keep looking. Don’t give up, the right job is out there for you.