The resume isn’t the military spouse, meet Peggy de Villiers.

Totally ignore the resume of a military spouse. Military spouses come in all forms. You may see a hot off the press 18 year old newlywed who has never had a "real job", all the way through industry leading professionals who've been in the workforce for several...

Military Spouses are Agile, Meet Emerald Trejo

Being a "dependent" is the worst. Military spouses get a bad rap for being "dependas" and mooching off their service member. I am a fiercely independent woman and being called a "dependent" makes me vomit in my mouth every time I hear the word. This week, I discovered...

Military Spouses are Determined and Passionate, Meet Deidre McVay-Schulmeister

A little bit of grit, and a whole lotta love. Military spouses are just that... spouses. Military spouses all have something in common, they married a service member. Many people say, "You knew what you were getting into when you married a soldier." HECK NO! Not true....

Milspouses Adjust Quickly, Meet Shirley Walker-King

Over 90% of military spouses are women. According to the White House's Military Spouse Demographics and Employment Information publication, "92% of Active Duty spouses are female". This publication also states that: "Female military spouses earn, on average, 25% less...

Military Spouses Move Mountains, Meet Ciara Skiles

Military spouses will figure it out. I have always heard the saying "if you want to get something done, ask a busy mom." Military spouses are possibly the busiest human beings on the planet, whether kids are in the picture or not. Milspouses run the show.  The service...

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MilSpouse Diversity at it’s Finest, Meet Maralis Self

MilSpouse Diversity at it’s Finest, Meet Maralis Self

Diversity makes people better. I discovered Maralis through the Military Spouse of the Year program. As a fellow Army spouse and MSOY, I found Maralis to radiate positivity in all things, all the time, rain or shine. Just speaking with Maralis makes me a better...

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Is Your DIY Resume REALLY Saving You Money?

Is Your DIY Resume REALLY Saving You Money?

   The DIY resume process -- creating tricky documents for applicants to write with outdated rumors about style and page length that clash with modern-day technology. If you’ve been spending hours scouring LinkedIn, Monster, Glassdoor and Indeed searching for...

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Making a Great First Impression

Making a Great First Impression

Did you know that a first impression is made in the first seven seconds of meeting someone? Making a good first impression is critical in having a successful interview, but everything you do or say after those initial seven seconds will make your lasting impression....

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Military Spouses Move Mountains, Meet Ciara Skiles

Military Spouses Move Mountains, Meet Ciara Skiles

Military spouses will figure it out. I have always heard the saying "if you want to get something done, ask a busy mom." Military spouses are possibly the busiest human beings on the planet, whether kids are in the picture or not. Milspouses run the show.  The service...

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Career

Look Good on Your Army AIM 2.0 Resume

Look Good on Your Army AIM 2.0 Resume

AIM 2.0 The Army has released AIM (Assignment Interactive Module) 2.0 as a new way of managing its number one asset…people. AIM is a new Talent Management system that brings the Army’s talent management into the technology age and allows a soldier-centric selection...

Military Spouses Showcase Diversity, Meet Angela Kelly

Military Spouses Showcase Diversity, Meet Angela Kelly

Military spouses are one of the most diverse groups of people I've been involved with. I grew up in rural Oklahoma and admittedly was not exposed to a lot of "diversity" growing up. In my graduating high school class, there were under five people of color of a group...

Military Spouse “Careers” NOT “Jobs”

Military Spouse “Careers” NOT “Jobs”

MilSpouse "Careers" not "Jobs" Begin Within places U.S. military spouses in careers… not jobs. We work tirelessly to provide employers the tools and strategies required to attract milspouse talent. We believe military spouse career success requires three key elements:...

2020 Career on the Move Guide Military Edition

2020 Career on the Move Guide Military Edition

Military on the Move Military community members move a lot. When a service member relocates, they have job security built in. Military spouses and dependents on the other hand don’t have the same peace of mind, every relocation brings starting over in a new community,...

Self Care

A Crash Course to a Capsule Wardrobe

A Crash Course to a Capsule Wardrobe

Capsule Wardrobe: A term coined by Susie Faux, referring to a collection of a few essential items of clothing that don't go out of fashion, such as skirts, trousers, and coats, which can then be augmented with seasonal pieces. I was watching the documentary “The...

Coping in Corporate

Coping in Corporate

6:00 am.  The sound of a morning radio show abruptly cuts into the still silence of your peaceful slumber. You’re jarred awake by the immediate interruption of the local weather report. Reluctantly, you rise up and sit for what seems like several minutes on the side...

Leadership

Are YOU a High Performer? 🕵🏽

Are YOU a High Performer? 🕵🏽

Begin Within provides career coaching for high performers in the workplace. If you’re anything like me, you’re probably asking yourself, “How do I know if I’m a high performer?” or even, “What if I’m not a high performer? Can I work with Begin Within?”  Never fear my...

How to Introduce Yourself

How to Introduce Yourself

Introductions make or break your first impression with others. Introductions are one of the most important interactions in business. Most people do not consider how to properly introduce themselves and say their name and job title. This post discusses two impactful...

Accountability is a Hallmark of Successful People

Accountability is a Hallmark of Successful People

Accountability: Acknowledgement and assumption of responsibility for actions. Accountability has been heavy on my heart lately. My preference is to keep a small circle of intimate friends and family. I am fantastic at holding myself accountable for my actions but have...

Be Reliable: It Makes You Feel Good

Be Reliable: It Makes You Feel Good

Reliability: The quality of being trustworthy or performing consistently well. I value reliable people to the extreme because they are so hard to find. Comparing cultures 100 years ago versus now, a trait that has diminished in popularity is ‘being there’ when family...

Growth

Big Change Ahead!

Big Change Ahead!

Be on the lookout, big changes are coming soon at Begin Within! Be on the lookout for big changes in the next few weeks! If you have been following Begin Within for a while, you know we do ALL the things! We have provided career coaching and resume writing services...

December Guests for Begin Within L&L Sessions

December Guests for Begin Within L&L Sessions

Tune in every Wednesday our Facebook page, as Jaime Chapman, CEO and Founder of Begin Within, interviews industry leaders. Our December guests are as follows: • December 4, 2019: Nikki James Zellner - Tell Your Story, The Time is Now • December 11, 2019: Charity...

Begin Within Win at Military & Veteran Choice Awards

Begin Within Win at Military & Veteran Choice Awards

Jaime Chapman, Founder, and CEO of Begin Within For immediate release:September 12, 2019 Press Contact: jchapman@beginwithin.careers (855) 855-8511 Ext. 1 Washington, DC - In May 2019, Begin Within was nominated for Best Military Spouse Owned Business for...

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Begin Within places U.S. military spouses in “careers” and not “jobs”. We provide staffing services to employers who want to hire military spouses to join their team. We also provide consulting services to companies who want to learn how to hire, retain, and promote military spouses without reliance on external staffing agencies. We were proudly voted the “#1 Military Spouse Owned Business Overall” in 2019, and we work tirelessly to help milspouses attain long-term careers.