Military spouses forum

An upcoming webinar will offer career, education and relationship assistance for military spouses.

The “Virtual Military Spouse Symposium” will take place online April 27-29.  It is free but registration is required.

Participation is open to spouses of active duty military, National Guard and Reserves, spouses of those who have been separated from those duties less than 365 days, and the surviving spouses of military members who died while on active duty.

Finding a job can be an especially difficult challenge for a military spouse, said Jeannie Johnston, Army Community Service division chief.

Spreading the word about the resources available is key to their ultimate success, said Johnston, who is also a licensed independent clinical social worker.

The Virtual Military Spouse Symposium will offer sessions on a variety of topics to appeal to job seekers at every level, from those looking for their first opportunities to those who are re-entering the workforce after a period of rearing children or homemaking, to experienced professionals.

Participants will get tips on interviewing, negotiating salary, networking, relationships and more.

Johnston hopes the symposium will introduce invaluable career-building tools to military spouses, such as the “My SECO” (Spouse Education and Career Opportunities) services she often recommends.  

“When active duty spouses go through the website (https://myseco.militaryonesource.mil) or call (1-800-342-9647) they can get a job coach, they can get help with resume writing, they can get help with a job transfer,” she said. “It’s an excellent service. We just need to get the information out.”

More than 4,000 military spouses participated in last year’s virtual symposium, held in April 2020.

Registration for the 2021 symposium is required so participation can be tracked, Johnston said.

To register for the symposium, or for more information on My SECO, visit militaryonesource.mil or call 800-342-9647.  Registration is open until the day before the event. 

To speak to someone at the arsenal about military spouse services, call ACS at 256-876-5397.

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