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Are you considering relocating your federal career - either by your choice or by Uncle Sam? There are practical issues and concerns to think about when deciding whether or not to relocate. Others have done it while still others have not. This forum will allow for all to offer their insight, post their questions, and help each other out.

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Kendris  
#1 Posted : Tuesday, January 02, 2018 6:48:51 AM(UTC)
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I am a military spouse and I work for a federal agency an installation here in GA. I know that my husband will be PSC in approximately a year. I want to know how early should I begin applying for a job in the new? As soon as we find out (which shall be around march/april)? I am not sure how exactly all of this will work when we PSC as this is my first Federal job and it did take awhile (7-8 months) to find employment here (though I have learned about some things since my last move). I just want to be better prepared this time prior to applying.
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#2 Posted : Tuesday, January 02, 2018 10:15:20 AM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Kendris Go to Quoted Post
I am a military spouse and I work for a federal agency an installation here in GA. I know that my husband will be PSC in approximately a year. I want to know how early should I begin applying for a job in the new? As soon as we find out (which shall be around march/april)? I am not sure how exactly all of this will work when we PSC as this is my first Federal job and it did take awhile (7-8 months) to find employment here (though I have learned about some things since my last move). I just want to be better prepared this time prior to applying.
You can apply now...but do you know where your spouse is going to next? As soon as you have that info, that is when I would suggest you start applying.

You should have voted Cthulu...the greatest of all Evils
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#3 Posted : Thursday, January 11, 2018 9:48:47 AM(UTC)

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As the spouse of a retired military officer, who had my own career for 11 years prior to our marriage, I have to tell you it's tough. I was SO LUCKY though... I was able to PCS 5 times on my own orders (and let me tell you, civilian PCS's are much more lucrative than military). You didn't give any information about your grade level or career field but i'll say this: If you are in a "professional" series/career field, start working your contacts as soon as you find out where your spouse is going. That is how I got 100% of my jobs. I NEVER registered w/ the mil spouse preference program. However, I have found that those in the administrative area often do, and have good luck that way. We have many admins in my org now who are military spouses and are doing a great job for us. If you have a college degree but are not currently in a professional series, you might look to see if there are trainee programs where your spouse is going that you could get into (target positions which are often GS 7/9/11). If you would like to provide more info on your situation, or PM me, feel free. Best of luck.
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Annahm8xs on 4/3/2018(UTC)
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