A Letter From Our Executive Director

 

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I have had the pleasure of serving as the Executive Director of In Gear Career for just over a year now. I have been absolutely mind-blowingly amazed at the talent, creativity and just plain grit I’ve found in this community of career-minded Military Spouses.

Here are a few things I’ve learned on this journey:

  1. For a good number of military spouses, traditional programs aren’t a good fit. Many do great work and serve a wonderful purpose, but with daytime events, career-minded Military Spouses can’t make it work.
  1. Traditional employment services for Military Spouse also leave something to be desired. Again, many do good work, but with a focus on entry-level and hourly positions, Spouses looking to maintain positive career progression aren’t likely to find much benefit from the job boards and “click here” websites most programs encourage.
  1. Networking works. Technology is great, but we really encourage as much in –person networking as you can manage. Haven’t you said a million times, “I know I could get the job if I could just talk to a person!” So talk. Talk to everyone about your professional goals and let your network work for you.

If numbers one and two above speak to you, In Gear Career is what you’re looking for. I don’t have a magic answer that will make appropriate jobs appear in all of your duty stations, and I can’t guarantee you the job search will become easy. What I can offer is a community of career-minded Military Spouses who are willing to fight WITH you and FOR you to make your career goals attainable.

I can promise you that our chapters will work to make connections in your community to create and maintain a living-breathing network of professional contacts that may just lead you to your next employer. A network that will last longer than the tenure of any one Military Spouse.

Looking back now I realize I shouldn’t have been surprised at the talent, creativity and grit I found in the Military Spouse community —why wouldn’t the best and brightest of today’s military marry partners that equal them in intelligence, resiliency and drive?

Keep Fighting,

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Amanda Patterson Crowe

Executive Director

In Gear Career

 

Job Referral: Systems Engineer, Avening Tech

Company: Avening Tech

Position: System Engineer

Location: Honolulu, HI

Job Description:

Performs as Systems Engineer/Systems Administrator of GCCS-J COP and I3 suite for AOC systems. Responsible for overall GCCS-J systems maintenance, troubleshooting and support for engineering solutions.

– Provides Tier 1 IT support and trouble call resolution. Resolves trouble calls; in person, over phone and through email. Maintains operational integrity of GCCS-J COP and GCCS-J I3 systems for AOC. Performs setup of user accounts, perform computer re-imaging, and data backup and restoration. Performs installation of software, software patches, and security updates to client systems. Loads, configures, and optimizes Solaris10 operating systems. Reviews, monitors, and analyzes system logs, and diagnoses and resolves related technical issues and deficiencies. Manages user network shares, permissions, and quotas and manage network printers and scanners. Assists in the accumulation, consolidation and documentation of proposed changes to GCCS-J I3 Support site configuration management activities by maintaining and providing GCCS-J I3 software, hardware, and configuration information

-Performs periodic database backups and database recoveries. Loads new databases reinitialize and reload databases as required. Monitors database performance and database storage allocations and maintains database configuration and parameter tables.

– Plans major server and system upgrades and integration and provides subject matter expertise for server-related issues and identify solutions to complex technical problems and requirements. Supports, configures, optimizes, and resolves issues related to Solaris 10, Sybase, and Web logic servers. Develops, tests, supports, configures, secures, optimizes, and resolves issues related to Server and Client System Loads and Login Scripts. Supports, configures, optimizes, and resolves issues related to Server Backups. Supports, configures, optimizes, and resolves issues related to Storage Area Networks (SANs) and Network Attached Storage (NAS). Supports, configures, optimizes, and resolves issues related to VMware virtual servers and Citrix XenApp and XenServer. Provides integrated solutions using: Microsoft SharePoint, Microsoft Windows and Office software, server platforms, VMware, Citrix XenApp, and Microsoft Exchange Server and researches and provide solutions to complex technical issues

– Ensures servers are in compliance with DOD IA requirements and update servers that are not in compliance and reports suspicious activities identified through monitoring logs and audit files.

Requirements:

Top Secret/SCI Security Clearance

8570 Certification (Security+ or higher)

Degree and 4+ years’ experience

Demonstrated experience with GCCS-J I3 and COP, Unix/Solaris 10 and MS Windows.

Are you a Military Spouse interested in applying?

 

If you’re interested in more information and an direct introduction to the hiring managers, please email us.

Referral Available for Military Spouse Career Opportunity–Can Work Remotely!

In Gear Career is pleased to offer a referral to qualified Military Spouses interested in a position as a Business Development Consultant II for Runzheimer’s Automated Housing Referral Network (AHRN).

Position: Business Development Consultant II 

Description Job Responsibilities:

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CONSULTANT II

The Business Development Consultant II is responsible for the sale of online advertising and sponsorships on Runzheimer’s AHRN.com military housing referral website. Target advertising and/or sponsorship prospects include any company offering products/services to the military community and landlords/property managers, including consumer and education oriented products/services utilized by these audiences.The individual will be responsible for meeting and/or exceeding individual annual revenue targets for sales of online advertising space and sponsorship packages.  A true “hunter,” the successful professional must have strong prospecting and lead generation capabilities with the ability to target potential advertising/sponsorship clients and develop relationships to acquire new accounts. Strong selling execution skills required to advance opportunities from initial prospecting through closure and ongoing contract renewals.  Sales territory consists of entire US. This individual can be located in Waterford or a remote location!

  • Develop sales opportunities through prospecting, cold calling and marketing lead generation
  • Successful experience identifying, qualifying, presenting, negotiating, and closing new online advertising/sponsorship sales
  • Ongoing account relationship and contract renewal management

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Meets and/or exceeds established performance metrics for prospecting, sales proposals and closed business
  • Develops and maintains an effective sales and marketing plan for selling online advertising and sponsorships targeted at both the military community and landlord/property manager audiences
  • Properly forecasts monthly, quarterly and annual revenue
  • Collaborates with Product Manager and AHRN Team members on industry, market and customer insights
  • Prepares and maintains appropriate administrative duties to include CRM, forecasting, pipeline and calendar

Qualifications:

  • 2 -5 years of previous retail experience, customer service experience or in-field consumer marketing experience
  • Previous experience developing and/or managing events
  • Available to work at least 20-25 hours/week part-time, inclusive of some weekends
  • Must reside in a centrally-located area close to the assigned territory. Access to local military base is preferred
  • Independent and self-motivated, but can be an effective part of a team as needed
  • Deadline-oriented time management skills
  • Tech-savvy and enjoy working with interactive technology devices. Comfortable within the PC environment, and knowledgeable about consumer electronics
  • Capable of educating and sharing product feature and benefit information with consumers and retail associates
  • Communicate effectively in group presentations and demonstrations
  • Friendly and Outgoing, well-connected within community, and the ability to network
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Hands-on understanding of social media that must include Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and location-based services (like Foursquare).  Understanding of Pinterest is preferred
  • Regular access to e-mail, internet and digital camera or camera phone
  • Reliable transportation with valid driver’s license
  • Moderate physical activity will be required, e.g. setting up promotional material

Required Skills

  • Highly motivated, self-starter – self accountable for results
  • Persistence and perseverance in the face of multiple rejections
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent organizational and follow-up skills
  • Team skills and positive attitude toward supporting the larger organizational goals
  • Ability to build and maintain trusting relationships with prospective clients and customers
  • Solid business acumen
  • Conveys sense of urgency and drives issues to closure
  • PC proficiency in MS Office

Required Experience

  • Bachelor degree or equivalent experience
  • Proven track record in business to business online advertising sales and/or consultative sales
  • Knowledge of online advertising sales process and support services
  • Successful experience identifying, qualifying and closing new business
  • Strong prospecting skills
  • Experience with telesales/webinar-supported sales models
  • Proven ability to accurately forecast monthly, quarterly and annually
  • Knowledge of online ad management systems (i.e., DFP) a plus
  • Decisive and energetic with professional, enthusiastic attitude
Want to Apply?

If you’re interested in more information and an direct introduction to the hiring managers, please email us.  You can also apply directly with the company here.

Referral Available for Part-Time, Flexible, Military Spouse Career Opportunity via Mosaic Sales Solutions

In Gear Career is pleased to offer a referral to qualified Military Spouses interested in a position as a Brand Ambassador for Dell Products through Mosaic Sales Solutions.

Full-service marketing agency, Mosaic is looking to fill the following position in Lackland AFB, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Ft. Carson and Norfolk Naval Station:

Position: Dell Campus Representative

Description Job Responsibilities:

In this paid part-time position, you will be required to create a dialogue with consumers, generate buzz and in turn support the sustainable development of our client’s technology brand(s).  You will promote the brand by working with local Exchanges and MWRs, attending a variety of social functions and identifying, as well as executing, event programming designed to meet the needs or interests of the surrounding community.  You will also be responsible for improving brand perception, participating in events on and around your community and building relationships in your area.  It is essential you meet all goals as provided, inclusive of sales, demonstrations, interactions and impressions.

Qualifications:

  • 2 -5 years of previous retail experience, customer service experience or in-field consumer marketing experience
  • Previous experience developing and/or managing events
  • Available to work at least 20-25 hours/week part-time, inclusive of some weekends
  • Must reside in a centrally-located area close to the assigned territory. Access to local military base is preferred
  • Independent and self-motivated, but can be an effective part of a team as needed
  • Deadline-oriented time management skills
  • Tech-savvy and enjoy working with interactive technology devices. Comfortable within the PC environment, and knowledgeable about consumer electronics
  • Capable of educating and sharing product feature and benefit information with consumers and retail associates
  • Communicate effectively in group presentations and demonstrations
  • Friendly and Outgoing, well-connected within community, and the ability to network
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Hands-on understanding of social media that must include Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and location-based services (like Foursquare).  Understanding of Pinterest is preferred
  • Regular access to e-mail, internet and digital camera or camera phone
  • Reliable transportation with valid driver’s license
  • Moderate physical activity will be required, e.g. setting up promotional material

Want to Apply?

If you’re interested in more information and an direct introduction to the hiring managers, please email us.

In Gear Career-Spotlight on a Military Spouse Professional

In Gear Career wants to put the spotlight on Military Spouse Professionals! This will be an ongoing feature highlighting the success and struggles experienced by Military Spouse Professionals. Our goal is to be honest about the realities of a military spouse lifestyle, but also show that with grit, determination and most importantly action, success can be achieved (even if it doesn’t look like what you first thought it might).

If you’re willing to let us share your story please email your answers to the following questions, along with a photo of you dressed professionally to info@ingearcareer.org

Military Spouse Professional Questionnaire

 1.    With which branch of service are you affiliated, and where are you currently stationed? If you’re prior service, please feel free to also mention your service here

2.    What is your industry of interest (for those who have attended the “Now to Next” workshop at the Spouse Experience or Spouse Summit, this is your “Now”)?  marketing, finance, education, law, etc

3.    What professional goal are you currently pursuing? (this is your “Next”—a goal for you or your business, or the job you’re hoping to find)

4.    If all conditions were perfect, what would be your dream job? It can be related to what you already do, but be honest!

5.    If you are currently working, what is your job and how did you land this job?  If you’re not working, what was your last job and how did you obtain that position? Online job search and application, friends, networking

6.    Have you attended any networking events in the past 6 months (In Gear Career or otherwise)?

7.    How has In Gear Career helped you move toward achieving your career goals? 

8.    What professional development events would be of most value to you in your current position or job search?

9.    How have you overcome the professional challenges you’ve encountered as a military spouse? 

10.  Do you have a tip or trick that you would like to share with other military spouse professionals?

 

Please email your answers to info@ingearcareer.org and thank you for sharing your story!

If you’re interested in In Gear Career  activities in your area, please look here for a list of our current active and developing chapters.