2024 ACTIVE DUTY-MILITARY SPOUSE Application ( not vets.)

IMPORTANT! IMPORTANT! When filling out your application please note that this is how we get to know you, take the time to answer each question thoroughly. Those selected for this program will be chosen based on their thoughtful answers. (Helpful Hint -Type your answers in a word document and copy and paste your answers in the boxes provided below. Also you can make text box larger by dragging the corner of the text box. Please note that questions with a (*) must be completed in order to move on to the next one.

This year's 2024 Veterans "Back to Work" Boot Camp will begin on Wednesday, September 4 and go through November 13. We will be meeting in person on Wednesday evenings for 2 hours in Des Plaines. We are looking for 5 LOCAL - ACTIVE DUTY - Military SPOUSES who need help with their careers to apply for this opportunity. At the end of our program each particapant that meets the requirements will receive career coaching, mentoring & a gift package valued over $10,000 (includes Personal Laptop computer with Microsoft Office software, Woodfield Mall & ACE HARDWARE Gift Cards, Resume Package including printing with business cards, & other career enhancing gifts to help you find the job you have been looking for.

Questions? Email Des Plaines Chamber of Commerce's Executive Director at: abiwer@dpchamber.com.

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* 1. Contact Information

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* 2. Do you have a LinkedIn profile?

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* 3. What military branch or branch is your SPOUSE currently serving in?

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* 4. Where is your spouse serving ? What is his current rank?  If selected will you be able to provide a "dependant ID" and a copy of your spouses current orders?

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* 5. Are you currently employed,  ( if so where and discribe your current position)?  If you are not working discribe your current situation.

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* 6. What is the biggest challange you face in seeking employment while being married to a member of the military?

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* 7. While being a spouse is an important role, what does outside employment do for your self-esteem and family dynamic? 

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* 8. What are your long term career goals / future aspirations?

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* 9. Are you currently enrolled in school or taking any continuing education classes with your current job or while your spouse is serving? If so, what is your field of study?

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* 10. Looking at your spouses  military career, what lasting impact is it having on you and your family? ( Please answer thoughtfully).

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* 11. In 2 - 3 paragraphs, please tell us about your current situation in life and why we should select you for this amazing program & opportunity?

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* 12. How did you hear about this Back To Work Boot Camp (NEW SPOUSES of active duty members )opportunity  (social media, past boot camp graduate, paper,  ad, college, veteran organization, Des Plaines Chamber etc.)?

Please email Andrea Biwer at abiwer@dpchamber.com if you would like to send further information about you for us to consider for this opportunity. (Example: Current Resume, Awards, Volunteer Activities etc). Once your package is received, HR Directors and community Veteran spouses & leaders from across the region will be selecting the 20 applicants for this program. The Veterans/ Military spouse selected will be notified in early August. The program will begin on Wednesday, September 6 for an orientation meeting and will meet in person for 2-3 hours per week on Wednesday's at 5:30 p.m. for a fun interactive work shop (or Virtually via zoom if we are unable to meet in person) through early November. Throughout the program you will have opportunities to attend networking & professional development events to practice your skills at as well as participate in a Veterans Community Service project. On November 13 we will be awarding each Veteran their GIFT PACKAGE at our graduation celebration party at the American Legion in Des Plaines . All Veterans & Military spouses that apply will be invited to a job fair in November where they will have the opportunity to meet HR professionals from across the region to talk about job opportunities available. For more information on the Veterans Boot Camp program visit the Des Plaines Chamber of Commerce and Industry website at: www.desplaineschamber.com- click on the Veterans Tab.

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