Reserves and Finding a Civilian Job

USN16x

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Hello all!
A little bit about me; I'm currently a junior in AROTC and a nursing major. Over Christmas break I would like to start to plan out my next few steps after graduation/comissioning. I plan on choosing "Reserves" as my component, and am looking into "New grad ICU residency programs" along the east coast. Does anyone have any advice on how to land a job (non-nursing advice is welcomed) with the commitments being an officer in the Army Reserves i.e. BOLC (2 weeks), drill, and AT. I'm aware that employers have to allow you to honor your military obligations. My concern is as a new grad I won't be bringing much to the table and will be a burden to schedule for reasons listed above. Thanks in advance!
 

Capt MJ

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Each state has resources to support Guard and Reserves with employment issues. Your Reserve unit and fellow Reserve members will be a great help to you in understanding how it all works. None of this is new ground.

Don't ever think of yourself as a burden or let yourself be treated that way. You have chosen to serve, and employers have obligations under law. Deliver performance and flexibility from the get-go, and gain leverage. You won't be a rookie forever.

Look for vet/Reserve/Guard friendly employers. They will often have people in their HR Dept who specialize in recruiting and accommodating vet/Guard/Reserve. Google military and veteran recruiters with the company name.

There are also staffing firms such as this:
https://www.fsrpeople.com
The CEO is a nurse; her dad was career Navy. They would understand you.

Many Reserve/Guard work for state and Federal govt. Complete understanding of your training commitments. In the Fed, look at military hospitals and VA hospitals. Many of the civil service and contract nurses at WRNMMC Bethesda were also Reserve and Guard; I met them as a patient.

Another resource:
http://militaryfriendly.com/employers/

There are dozens of organizations and websites geared toward military/veterans and employment. Start poking around those, and that may lead to finding sites geared toward healthcare providers. Companies who participate in those groups as sponsoring employers know who they are talking to.
Military MoJo
Recruit Military
Hiring Our Heroes
MOAA Careers


Assume you may have researched:
https://www.armypays.com/MOBILE/PaYSmobile.html

And, specifically for Army Reserve:
http://m.goarmy.com/reserve/jobs/friendly-companies.m.html

More at:
https://www.google.com/amp/www.forb...00-military-friendly-employers/?client=safari

Finally, to get smart on employer roles:
http://www.esgr.mil/portals/0/nop/erg_updated1.pdf


There is a lot of info and resources out there. Over to you.
 
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AROTC Parent

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Hello all!
A little bit about me; I'm currently a junior in AROTC and a nursing major. Over Christmas break I would like to start to plan out my next few steps after graduation/comissioning. I plan on choosing "Reserves" as my component, and am looking into "New grad ICU residency programs" along the east coast. Does anyone have any advice on how to land a job (non-nursing advice is welcomed) with the commitments being an officer in the Army Reserves i.e. BOLC (2 weeks), drill, and AT. I'm aware that employers have to allow you to honor your military obligations. My concern is as a new grad I won't be bringing much to the table and will be a burden to schedule for reasons listed above. Thanks in advance!
USN16X - You might want to check with your Nurse contacts but your total time at BOLC is not likely 2 weeks. I believe you have to take the AMEDD BOLC (Basic) prior to BOLC 2 for Nurses. The AMEDD BOLC Basic could be distributed learning for reservists then the 3 week 4 day AMEDD class for reservists at Sam Houston followed by BOLC 2 for Nurses (total 5+ weeks AD). Or, the 7 week 3 day AMEDD BOLC followed by BOLC 2 for Nurses (total 9+ weeks AD). In both cases, and you likely already know this, they won't even schedule you for BOLC until you have passed your boards.

Let us know if my numbers are incorrect.
 
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