Moving across the country, away from your family to start your life with the military is one thing, moving across the ocean is a whole different ball game. Finding out that you and your family are being stationed in Hawaii is a dream come true, but this dream comes with the stresses of finding housing, doctors, and friends while across the ocean on the mainland. Oahu Spine and Rehab wants to help you make your transition to Hawaii a smooth one; whether it is your first duty station or your last.
The island of Oahu is covered in military bases, making most resources to you pretty close by. OSR is located in Kailua, which is right out of the back gate to MCBH. Most of this guide will be based around experiences on the Marine Corps Base, but are comparable for the other bases. One of the hardest thing to do when you are new to a duty station is to find a job because you’re unfamiliar with the area, possibly have no transportation, and are still trying to get settled into your new home. This installment of our military guide is to help find jobs in your new duty station. This installment is mostly geared towards military spouses and dependents!
MCCS Civilian Careers
MCCS stands for Marine Corps Community Services and most bases have a MCCS or similar program that should be able to help you find resources easily.
The military does its best to provide an easy way for civilians to work for different places on base. The website www.usmc-mccs.org/careers/ offers an easy way to see all of these jobs at once. All you have to do is click “prospective employees” and it will take you to a page of all MCCS job available from every Marine Corps Base in the world. In order to find your base, go to “advanced search” and click your base (or the base where you are going next) and look through the jobs. In order to apply for the jobs you will have to create an account and add your resume and information about your spouse (make sure you know that info before starting) and the process is easy and quick. After you have registered you can apply for any and all jobs that you qualify for.
Once you have applied you can check the status of your application and the person in charge will send you an email notification if you are not qualified for the position or they have found someone else. From the information you provided they will contact you regarding a phone or in person interview.
These jobs can vary from any field to any experience level. Some examples are day care workers, store clerks, life guards, counselors, accounting positions, library workers and labor jobs. There are tons of opportunities on this site so make sure you are checking it a couple of times a week if you’re not finding a job in your field.
Spouse Preference Program
This program was created by the Department of Defense in order to lessen the adverse impact on the career paths of spouses of Active Duty Service members. This gives military spouses a leg up on the application process when it comes to selecting applicants for jobs through the NAF job system. This only applies for hourly paid positions that are hired on a full-time or part-time basis.
According to MCCSHawaii.com:
“There is no limit to the number of times spousal preference may be applied to referral and selection for non-continuing positions. Spouses may be simultaneously referred for continuing and non-continuing positions. Eligibility terminates due to acceptance or declination of an offer of a continuing Full-Time or Part-Time position.
If you are eligible for spouses preference, please fill out this Spouses Preference form and turn it in to the MCCS Human Resources Office.”
There are hundreds of job websites out there that can assist you in finding a job. One main factor in your duty station is to know how hard it is to get into the work force. Here in Hawaii, the unemployment rate is below the national average and there are lots of jobs in many fields. www.Craigslist.com can be a good resource for finding employment, just be on the lookout for scams or sketchy job postings and avoid those. Another good job resource on the island is www.hawaiijobsondemand.com which is a little more professional as well as easily searchable. Remember when you’re looking for jobs that you needs to have an updated and professional resume to give to employers. If you’re not sure how to build a professional resume, check out http://www.resume-help.org/ for some examples and tutorials!
Moving to a new place and finding a job isn’t easy, but it is possible! Make sure you are checking around base and paying attention to online postings so that you are making the most effort to find employment. Don’t forget to let OSR help you with all your chiropractic, massage therapy, acupuncture, weight loss and physical therapy needs, call us at 488-5555!