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"Military Spouse Employment Summit"

One of my favorite topics to write about is how to help the military community with employment! The next level up is how to help military spouses with employment! They sacrifice much during each PCS for their military member’s career while frequently placing theirs on the back burner. In today’s economic environment it is even harder so MilitaryAvenue wants to provide resources for the military community in the form of blogs, contacts, articles and news information! So tune up your social media for this one to the Military Spouse Employment Summit being held in Fairfax Virginia on November 3rd and 4th!

 MilAve_Deborah talking to an Army spouse at an AWN Field Exercise
With challenge comes opportunity! Today I joined Sue Hoppin, the founder of the National Military Spouse Network in a blogger roundtable to discuss the coming event.  I thought it would be interesting to hear what the Summit will include and why you should be there (virtually or in person). The Summit is a great way to learn networking among military spouses! For those hidden opportunities that we all know about or can learn to watch for (to help a fellow military spouse): the jobs that are opening due to PCS or retirement for example. Sue has put together a group of experts to panel and talk about social media, volunteering, military spouse friendly employers, entrepreneurship, re-entering the work force and much more! We just posted an article for you about the conference on MilitaryAvenue with details, 2011 Military Spouse Employment Summit.

So how much is $73 worth to you? A lot, many will say! How about connecting and learning how to find that job you need or how to help fellow military spouses! The best part it covers an evening social, breakfast, lunch, dessert social and all the panels! That is the best price for a one day + conference in the DC area that we have heard of since about 1938!  Not born that long ago? Neither were we, and neither was the internet, read on for more!



So, not in DC area, or do not have the funds right now, before you get that next job! Remember, the social media panel mentioned earlier? You can follow the Summit on Twitter with the hashtag #NMSNevents. They plan to “hot tweet” so you can follow from wherever you are. Do you blog? Want to bring a laptop? They are going to have a “blogger” section available with outlets but you should coordinate in advance! They plan to video the sessions and make them available as webinars in the future for even more of an online availability.

Want to be prepared? Ask the smart questions? Here is some great information to read ahead on MilitaryAvenue from resources such as USAA, the Department of Defense, Military One Source, etc.: Military Spouse Employment.  We also have a section in our Reading Room for learning about potential Employment Opportunities!

PS:  Veterans Day is coming!  Be sure to follow along on 101 Ways to Thank a Veteran!  The hashtag on twitter is #101Thanks2Vets.

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