Virtual Military Spouse Sumposium


Local Goodwill Offering Voucher to Assist Transitioning Veterans

The Goodwill of the Great Plains, which includes the Rapid City Goodwill Store, is offering veterans a $40 voucher towards clothing and accessories to help prepare them for employment. The offer will be from November 9th thru November 22nd, 2014 and you must present a veteran ID card at participating Goodwill stores. Limit one clothing/accessory voucher per person.GoodwillBootsSuits We have confirmed that the Rapid City Goodwill Store is participating.

FREE What Employers Want Seminar

CEC_400The Corporate Education Center from Western Dakota Tech will be offering a What Employers Want Seminar here at the Ellsworth AFB Airman & Family Readiness Center.

Attendance is FREE to all Ellsworth AFB community members.

The seminar consists of three sessions, each lasting three hours. The dates are:

Monday, September 29, 2014 – 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 – 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Friday, October 3, 2014 – 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Visit for more information and to learn how to register.

Deadline for registration is Wednesday, 24 September at 4 PM!

Life Advice for Those Looking for the “Right” Career

If you have ever found yourself saying “I can’t find the right career, then this article is for you. Read the response that, Dirty Jobs star, Mike Rowe, gave to a fan that asked him for advice on finding the “right career”:

mikeroweHey Mike!

I’ve spent this last year trying to figure out the right career for myself and I still can’t figure out what to do. I have always been a hands on kind of guy and a go-getter. I could never be an office worker. I need change, excitement, and adventure in my life, but where the pay is steady. I grew up in construction and my first job was a restoration project. I love everything outdoors. I play music for extra money. I like trying pretty much everything, but get bored very easily. I want a career that will always keep me happy, but can allow me to have a family and get some time to travel. I figure if anyone knows jobs its you so I was wondering your thoughts on this if you ever get the time! Thank you!

– Parker

Read Mike’s response on {Life} by following this link:

Wanted: Polar Bear Spotter – Thinking outside the box in a job search

So you may be separating from the military and wondering where your military career fits in the civilian world. Very often your career doesn’t fit neatly into a civilian career field unless they are working for the military or in another government agency.

In those cases, focus on your skills, see how they fit into other career fields, and think outside the box when looking for jobs. We found this job posting on the Associated Press web site.

800px-Polar_Bear_-_AlaskaWanted: Polar bear spotter on Norwegian islands

OSLO, Norway (AP) — Do you enjoy the outdoors and have strong vocal cords? If so, Norway might have a summer job for you: three weeks in the Arctic wilderness spotting polar bears.

The governor’s office on the remote northern islands of Svalbard is seeking a polar bear spotter to warn researchers doing projects in the region.

The job starts July 8 and also requires previous experience with the outdoors, good polar bear spotting skills and a competence with firearms. But Helge Solli from the governor’s office says the successful candidate likely won’t have to use a gun “just as long as they have a loud voice” to scare off any bears.

There are an estimated 3,000 polar bears in the Svalbard archipelago, which has a human population of about 2,400.

While this job may not be attractive to some, break it down into how your skills fit their required skills. I know as military members we all have competence with firearms. Are you observant? How many times have you had to walk the flight line looking for FOD (Foreign Object Damage)? If you can find can find a rock or bolt on a large cement pad you most likely have the skills to spot a polar bear. Now if you can just sell how much you enjoy the outdoors or have experience in the outdoors, the job could be yours!

Take you military career and break it into your extensive skills you have picked up during your time in service. Make them your strengths and sell yourself to the jobs that are out there. By looking outside the box you may find a career that you desire and actually fit despite your past careers.

Teaching as a Second Career Seminar

Ellsworth AFB - TASC - Ad - MAY2013Thinking about a career in teaching?  Come out and join us for a free lunch and gain valuable insight into a new career.

Searching for a Job as a Military Spouse During Relocation

This webinar will help military spouses plan their job search during a PCS
move.. This one-hour webinar includes a 15-minute question-and-answer period
after the presentation. You may submit your questions to our Presenters before
the webinar by sending an email to
Please click on the link below for more information and to register for this FREE Webinar: