VirtForce Launching Virtual Careers

Oct 22 2020 21 mins 11

This is the VirtForce podcast, intentionally created to bring Active Duty Military Spouses and the extended Military Community access to virtual, remote, and location flexible career opportunities. VirtForce is a global online community of Active Duty Milspouses advocating for Virtual Employment. In this Podcast, we interview military friendly Career Providers, Military Influencers, and Resource Junkies to turn you on to the career advancement strategies you need to go remote. Use our resources to pursue a fully virtual career while following your service member around the world. Want more details? Email [email protected]





84. Get to Know the USO
Oct 22 2020 39 mins  
Show Notes | October 22, 2020 | Episode 84 As a relatively new Navy spouse, VirtForce founder Kimber Hill didn’t know all the USO had to offer until about two years ago. She always thought of them as a morale booster organization. But turns out, the USO is much more than entertainment for the troops or a place to take a nap at the airport. After Kimber started VirtForce, she realized there are many organizations out there supporting military spouses and the USO is one of the best. If you thought the USO is just entertainment and airport perks, think again. In this episode, we’re uncovering USO secrets to career readiness for milspouses and military service members. Much like VirtForce, the USO is connecting military spouses and service members to careers, and they do it through professional development services like their USO Pathfinder Transition Program. In a recent Facebook Live session, Kimber discussed how the Pathfinder program helps military spouses and transitioning service members navigate the education and career resources available to them with two guests from the USO. Guest Lauren Kovaleski was living and working in the fine art industry in New York before she married her high school sweetheart and became an Army wife living in Kansas. It was a big transition. There wasn’t a lot of fine art in Kansas. Lauren had to reinvent herself. She started working for the USO a month after becoming a military spouse. She has learned about being a military spouse herself while assisting the military community in her role as the USO Pathfinder operations site manager at Fort Campbell. The USO Pathfinder program is designed to be a one-stop shop to help navigate a career journey, like Lauren’s, or military life in general, says USO Pathfinder program development specialist and veteran spouse Danielle Haro. There are so many resources out there it can get overwhelming, so the USO pairs you with a transition specialist who works as a resource navigator, or critical connector, with a highly personalized approach. The transition specialists map out a personalized Action Plan that is customized to each military spouse or service member. The Action Plan is an accessible and user-friendly feature that can be added to the USO mobile app. It keeps you on track and connects you to the right resources as identified by your transition specialist. The USO Pathfinder program is focused on resources related to: EmploymentEducationFinancial wellnessMentorship You don’t know how important a personalized conversation with a transition specialist, or a mentor, can be until you have it. Example: A few weeks ago, a VirtForce member asked, “When do I turn in my two weeks’ notice if I’m moving overseas?” It wasn’t until she had a one-on-one conversation with Kimber, she realized she could instead pitch herself as a remote employee. A recent survey found a major move is one of the most stressful times in a person’s life, imagine moving many times over throughout the course of your career. Military spouses can forget just how resilient they are. It’s nice to connect with others who know what you are going through. That’s why the USO wants to invite you to the next Coffee Connection Live, a virtual conversation for military spouses to connect around the world, on Friday, Oct. 23 at 1 pm EST. (Link in the show notes below.) Don’t say you’re just a military spouse.


83. #Hired: Closing Employment Gaps
Oct 20 2020 14 mins  
Show Notes | October 20, 2020 | Episode 83 Amanda Showers has been a stay-at-home mom for the past seven years. During that time, she earned her undergraduate degree and went on to earn an MBA. Since being OCONUS since 2016, she put in countless hours looking for employment and always ended up feeling completely defeated. Her husband's job involves a lot of travel and the stress of figuring out how to work outside of the home was completely overwhelming. So like many military spouses and moms, she put that idea on the back burner. Discovering VirtForce and the possibility of finding real, remote work reignited Amanda's fire to start looking for jobs. Stationed in Hawaii, it has been challenging for Amanda to find work. After sending resume after resume, she was disappointed when her MBA did not stand out because of her lack of work experience. This June, VirtForce helped Amanda close that seven-year employment gap as a customer service expert with SimplrFlex. She has the flexibility to work part-time or full-time from the comfort of her home office. She is still 100% available to her kids at home, while still working, bringing in income and building her professional self again.The day before VirtForce shared the position with SimplrFlex, Amanda had received two rejection letters for jobs she was really excited about. She had been searching for more than a year and had a bit of a breakdown. The very next day, she saw the job posting, applied and was extended a job offer that same day. While she felt silly for coming undone the day before, it made her recognize the importance of being patient and staying persistent. Right when you feel like it's the end, the job just might come and your patience will pay off. Tune in to hear what Amanda likes best about all-digital, remote work. If you are a new listener to VirtForce podcast, we would love to hear from you. Please email [email protected] and let us know how we can help you today! Links and Resources VirtForce Facebook Group VirtForce Job Board Kimber Hill LinkedIn Amanda Showers LinkedIn Resume Boot CampFreemium Course (Episodes 47-60) – https://bit.ly/RBCEp47Premium Course – http://bit.ly/vf-bc Join the Conversation Our favorite part of recording a live podcast each week is participating in the great conversations that happen on our live chat, on social media, and in our comments section. VirtForce on Facebook VirtForce on LinkedIn VirtForce on Instagram Check Out Recent Podcast Episodes 82. Live Resume Critique81. #Hired: Never Settle for Less80. Resume Gap Refresher79. #Hired: Focus on the Now78. Speak Up ― Write it Right Part 277. #Hired: Be Clear About Your Hard-Lines



82. Live Resume Critique
Oct 15 2020 20 mins  
Show Notes | October 15, 2020 | Episode 82 When you send a company your resume, you want to look like you were molded and cutout specifically for that job. And you want to make it as easy on the hiring manager as possible to decide that they have to call you for an interview. In this unique episode, VirtForce founder and CEO Kimber Hill critiques a resume in front of a live audience. During the critique, the audience asks questions about the resume in real time. Kimber goes over the proper length of a resume, how to tweak it for the job you want and how many past positions you should include on your resume. Right off the bat, Kimber notices the resume she is critiquing is a functional resume, not a chronological resume, meaning it is categorized by experiences and skills relevant to the job the candidate is applying for. Functional resumes can be used to conceal periods of unemployment, otherwise known as resume gaps. They can also show that you read the job description and took the time to tailor your resume, highlighting how your skills match with the job qualifications. Pro tip: Keep it on one page! The next thing Kimber notes is the length of the resume. It's three pages. If you can, it is recommended to shortly and concisely communicate your work history on a single page. Pro tip: Narrow down your work history! The resume also includes too many positions for the job the applicant is applying for. If you are sharing your resume in hopes of landing a fitness instructor job, you don't want to include former positions that would be irrelevant. When a hiring manager sees a long list of different positions, they think, "Wow, this person doesn't stick around long." You don't want to give that impression. You want to be smart enough and selective enough to only list the positions that apply to the one you're applying for. Example: Being a team member at Pizza Hut for four months in 2015, is not relevant to being a fitness instructor today. Pro tip: Start sentences with verbs! The writer of the resume being critiqued did a great job using bullet points beginning with action verbs to describe their work experience. Example: Proficiently managed customer expectations among demographics including the FBI, military and government. Pro tip: Quantify, quantify, quantify! Numbers attract eyeballs and they help detract the hiring manager from the dates that show how long you worked former jobs. Example: Oversaw 12 consecutive projects copy writing response letters for 365 people. Put some juicy concrete data in your resume. If you don't have enough work experience and you are getting rejected from job after job, go out and volunteer, get an internship or take on a project that you can quantify on your resume. Don't forget your objective statement where you clearly state the job you are seeking. If you know the exact position and company name, you should include that too. The bottom line is, when hiring managers read your resume, they not only want to know what you did, but how what you did impacted the company. Tune in to hear what questions our live audience had. If you are a new listener to VirtForce podcast, we would love to hear from you. Please email [email protected] and let us know how we can help you today.


81. #Hired: Never Settle for Less
Oct 14 2020 12 mins  
Show Notes | October 14, 2020 | Episode 81 For those who are hurting for money and need to find their next job ASAP, rushing into the first opportunity that comes along could hurt you.That's what happened to Ryleigh Sims when she took the first job that fell in her lap.Ryleigh was treated like a number or someone the management could talk down to. She was told she could be replaced at anytime. Eventually, Ryleigh had to say enough is enough, and she was followed by more than a dozen other team members.The few times Ryleigh had to walk away from a job were scary. At times, she went up to three months without one, but it ultimately changed the company for the better and Ryleigh ultimately found a better job.There are plenty of jobs out there. You have to be able to find one that works for you. Don't let money hold you down. There is money elsewhere. You just have to find it. There is no reason for you to go to work everyday miserable. Employers need to understand that keeping employees happy will result in better retention. If you make them miserable, they might just walk. Applicants have to find something that works for them, for their family and for their lifestyle. Through the experience Ryleigh had at her previous job, she learned a valuable lesson. As she was reading job descriptions, she tried to mold herself each time into the perfect applicant. In actuality, there is no such thing. VirtForce helped Ryleigh realize, she needed to break the mold and just be herself. Instead of trying to be something she wasn't, Ryleigh said enough is enough. I'm tired of being something they want me to be. I'm going to be me for a change. When VirtForce posted an opportunity with Sutherland on its job board, Ryleigh thought back on a time she applied with them years earlier, and did not get the job. Regardless, she decided to apply. A few days later, she received an email from Indeed about Sutherland conducting virtual interviews. She participated in a virtual interview, making an effort to just be herself, which she admits at times is quirky, and it paid off. Ryleigh impressed the hiring manager enough that she got #hired as a full-time customer support representative. Sutherland treats her like a person. They check up on her and sincerely ask how she is doing. They treat her like a human being - not a number. Graduating in May, the job with Sutherland was an opportunity for Ryleigh to get her foot in the door, so she has the potential to climb the career ladder when she and her husband move to California next year. Ryleigh's ultimate goal at Sutherland is to get to a position where she can move around with her husband in the US Navy and not be affected by state laws that may be prohibitive to remote work. Juggling college and a full-time job is going to be a balance for Ryleigh, but she wanted a full-time position for the paid time off and benefits she wasn't getting in a part-time role. Ryleigh encourages current applicants looking for remote work to not give up and take opportunities that are unpaid or underpaid to build experience.Last year, she had an internship that gave her the confidence and the courage to go after the position she has now. Ryleigh knew she had to take the time to find a position that was perfect for her. She encourages others to never settle for less. Tune in to hear how Ryleigh's position as a customer support representative could transition into an opportunity she's passionate about - IT.If you are a new listener to VirtForce podcast, we would love to hear from you. Please email [email protected] and let us know how we can help you today! Links and Resources VirtForce Facebook Group VirtForce Job Board Kimber Hill LinkedIn Ryleigh Sims LinkedIn


80. Resume Gap Refresher
Oct 08 2020 23 mins  
Show Notes | October 8, 2020 | Episode 80 Today, we're going to take a personal dive into what having resume gaps can feel like, how to get out of your own head, and how to stop holding yourself back. There are many reasons why you might have gaps in your resume. A career pivotConstant PCSingTime off to have kidsGoing back to school Just graduated Lost a job Health issuesNeeded time to explore We have all been in one of these situations at one time or another in our careers. You are not alone. You are not the only military spouse, veteran or mom/dad to have this issue and you can overcome. You've got this. The fact is, resume gaps are not a big deal, so stop stressing. Before you pick the strategy that works best for you ask yourself these two questions: Are you trying to overcome lack of experience?Are you trying to overcome time gaps? Whatever your scenario, there are four simple strategies to overcome resume gaps: 1. If you have not worked in six or more months, create an activity for the next 8-12 weeks that you can put on your resume and talk about in your job interview. Example: Get a certification, launch a project, volunteer or pick up an unpaid internship. The goal is to flex your work muscles again. 2. Close the door on scrutiny. Example: If you have a resume with specific dates next to every job, you are inviting scrutiny in. Eliminate some of your time gaps by just including years. Nix the months. 3. Switch to a functional resume and ditch the dates altogether. Example: If a job description says, "We are looking for a marketing manager who has great leadership, marketing and customer service skills," you can take your resume, get rid of the chronological order and simply list your top three skills with a header for leadership, marketing and customer service where you discuss multiple jobs and experiences that demonstrate those skills. 4. Keep it short and tailored like a great pair of shorts. Example: When VirtForce CEO Kimber Hill was searching for a job, she had a resume crafted for each type of job she was looking for - either a film or marketing position or a communications position. She had two distinct resumes for those two distinct opportunities. The goal is to hook the viewer. Give them just enough information to get them on the line. Make your resume look like you were personally crafted for this job. If you are a new listener to VirtForce podcast, we would love to hear from you. Please email [email protected] and let us know how we can help you today. Links and Resources Kimber Hill LinkedIn MilSpouse CoffeeHouse Podcast In this episode, we mentioned the following resources: Resume Boot CampFreemium Course (Episodes 47-60): https://bit.ly/RBCEp47Premium: http://bit.ly/vf-bc Join the Conversation Our favorite part of recording a live podcast each week is participating in the great conversations that happen on our live chat, on social media, and in our comments section. VirtForce on Facebook VirtForce on LinkedIn VirtForce on Instagram Check Out Recent Podcast Episodes: VirtForce Podcast on Apple Podcasts


79. #Hired: Focus on the Now
Oct 06 2020 7 mins  
Show Notes | October 6, 2020 | Episode 79 Amanda Mitchell has been at home since her children were born, so when she returned to full-time work last year it was very hard on them.She ended up resigning due to the lack of childcare available to her at her family's current duty station in Germany.In 2019, Amanda received a military spouse scholarship from FINRA to become a certified financial counselor. Finishing her certification helped Amanda realize her end goal was to go back to work. Amanda has been looking for remote work since arriving in Germany two years ago.Amanda discovered VirtForce through a friend on Facebook. When she realized VirtForce was exclusively focused on remote work, she was really excited and dove into its podcasts, blogs and resume tips. Amanda identified jobs that were relevant to her by keeping a close eye on VirtForce emails about new job postings. Seeing the frequency of remote job postings helped Amanda realize she could actually have an online job. She had looked for so long, a completely remote, digital job seemed out of reach. VirtForce helped Amanda see that working from home could be her reality. Working to finish her master's degree in accounting, when a part-time bookkeeping job at BMC Accounting was posted, Amanda jumped at the opportunity to use her degree.She loves how her new job fits into her crazy schedule, and allows her to work from home so she can be there for her kids.The owner of BMC Accounting is a veteran himself who serves many veteran-owned business, so he understands the lifestyle and the struggles that come with military life. When Amanda graduates this month, she plans on becoming an Enrolled Agent to help with tax returns. Her ultimate goal is to be a CPA when her family returns to the United States. Here's Amanda's advice to those who are still looking for remote work: Just because what you are looking for isn't available right now, doesn't mean it will not be available in a few months.So focus on what you can do now. Don't stop learning and improving yourself because all of those months waiting are an opportunity to make yourself even more marketable. Read the VirtForce blogs, polish your resume and eventually, someone will see how hard you've been working and how much potential you have. Tune in to hear how Amanda stayed busy with professional development while waiting on the right job to come along. If you are a new listener to VirtForce podcast, we would love to hear from you. Please email [email protected] and let us know how we can help you today! Links and Resources VirtForce Facebook Group VirtForce Job Board Kimber Hill LinkedIn Amanda Mitchell LinkedIn FINRA Foundation Military Spouse Fellowship Resume Boot CampFreemium Course (Episodes 47-60) – https://bit.ly/RBCEp47Premium Course – http://bit.ly/vf-bc Join the Conversation Our favorite part of recording a live podcast each week is participating in the great conversations that happen on our live chat, on social media, and in our comments section. VirtForce on Facebook VirtForce on LinkedIn VirtForce on Instagram Check Out Recent Podcast Episodes 78. Speak Up ― Write it Right Part 277. #Hired: Be Clear About Your Hard-Lines76. Stop Apologizing ― Write it Right Part 175. #Hired: Just Go For It74. Or Should I Go? ― Resigning Part 273. #Hired: Stand Out with Video ---


78. Speak Up ― Write it Right Part 2
Oct 01 2020 19 mins  
Show Notes | October 1, 2020 | Episode 78 There is a bad four-letter word plaguing your workplace emails and chats that you didn’t even realize was bad. And he has a five-letter friend he likes to hang out with. Last week, we talked about words you are using in work emails and chats that are sabotaging your career like the overuse of, “I’m sorry,” and how cutting it out of your vocabulary can put you on more equal footing with your colleagues. In the second half of this two-part series, we’re going over a few more words, starting with the ugly four-letter word, “just.” It usually shows up in phrases like, “I just wanted to follow up on …” or “I just wanted to send you a friendly reminder.” Using words like “just” are a way to tiptoe into chats and emails you subconsciously feel should be softened. The problem with softening is that you might have a great idea or leadership skill that is too subdued. You can’t truly be taken seriously if you are constantly undermining yourself with saboteur language. Getting more visibility starts with effective communication and eliminating, “I just …” will help you get there. Using soft language can be otherwise said as using fear language. Fear that you may have gone too far or that you might step on someone’s toes, but the good news is, that is 100% in your head. You want to project the presence of a capable and qualified team member. Here are some ways to break the habit of softening your sentences with “just”: 1. First, allow yourself to write exactly what you are thinking whether it has “just” in it or not. Just get it down. Example: “I just wanted to reach out to give you a heads up that I’m off work tomorrow.” 2. Then, go back and rewrite the sentence in a way that takes out the fear language. Example: “I’m reaching out to remind you I’m off work tomorrow. Hope you have a great day.” The tone, or underlying message, implies that your coworker may have forgotten you’re not going to be available. The new sentence makes no assumptions that you may have forgotten or not. It’s showing you’re doing your due diligence as a team member to remind your coworker and extending good will for the next day. Using “just” can make your sentence sound like a rushed afterthought. Cutting it out makes the message more intentional. Now, for the five-letter friend who likes to hang out with “just.” We’re talking about “think.” It most often appears as, “I just think …” which for all the previously discussed reasons, you already know is a phrase you want to avoid. So, instead we’re going to talk about the connotation of “think” and how you can make a selection that will sound more professional. At work you are going to be asked about your opinions, plans and ideas a lot. Much of that will be over Zoom meetings, email and chat. Here’s why you should avoid the word “think” when delivering those thoughts -- “think” means you have not quite decided. When your boss asks, “Which one?” and you say, “I think the second one,” you’re leaving a level of uncertainty in the decision, and managers want team members who put weight and muscle behind their recommendations. An even worse answer would be, “I think the second choice, but that’s just my opinion.” That’s when you see those two nasty words – “think” and “just” – come together, resulting in a huge self-inflicted blow to your own credibility.


77. #Hired: Be Clear About Your Hard-Lines
Sep 29 2020 12 mins  
Show Notes | September 29, 2020 | Episode 77 As a military spouse with a toddler at home, Hannah Ledford knew she wanted a job she could take with her to the next duty station and allow her to work from home when needed. With a PhD in physiology, at first Hannah was set on going the academic route ⁠— becoming a professor and doing research at a university. When the timing did not work out due to an upcoming PCS combined with COVID, Hannah began looking into other career fields. With its resources and vast network, VirtForce demonstrated that remote work was a viable option, so in her cover letter Hannah communicated she was solely looking for remote positions. Hannah is now a regulatory medical writer for a California-based agency focused on medical and technical writing for large pharmaceutical and tech companies. Hannah writes the documentation that is produced during a clinical trial including protocols and clinical study reports. Since it is primarily a writing job that can be done from anywhere, Hannah was able to negotiate for a full-time position with remote, part-time flexibility. When she first started interviewing for the job, Hannah was sure to communicate that she is a military spouse whose husband’s job requires frequent flying, so at times, she would need to work remotely. Hannah works on-site part of the time and remotely part of the time. Since she has to commute on the on-site days, negotiating the ability to work remotely on the days she needs to be at home with her toddler was really important to her. With an undergrad in English and a PhD in physiology, Hannah is enjoying being able to write all day and keep up with the latest scientific literature and cutting edge medications and technologies. Hannah's advice to other candidates currently applying for remote jobs is to be really clear with yourself about your hard-lines — know where are you willing to comprise and where you need to be unwavering. Hannah was clear about her own needs as a candidate. She did not want to be in a position where the employer thought she would be remote temporarily, and eventually come into the office every day, and she had the expectation of eventually working from home full-time. Tune in to hear more about how long Hannah looked for remote work and how the COVID-19 pandemic both hurt and helped during her job search. If you are a new listener to VirtForce podcast, we would love to hear from you. Please email [email protected] and let us know how we can help you today! Links and Resources VirtForce Facebook Group VirtForce Job Board Kimber Hill LinkedIn Resume Boot CampFreemium Course (Episodes 47-60) – https://bit.ly/RBCEp47Premium Course – http://bit.ly/vf-bc Join the Conversation Our favorite part of recording a live podcast each week is participating in the great conversations that happen on our live chat, on social media, and in our comments section. VirtForce on Facebook VirtForce on LinkedIn VirtForce on Instagram Check Out Recent Podcast Episodes 76. Stop Apologizing ― Write it Right Part 175. #Hired: Just Go For It74. Or Should I Go? ― Resigning Part 273. #Hired: Stand Out with Video72. Should I Stay? — Resigning Part 171. #Hired: Work Social Media


76. Stop Apologizing ― Write it Right Part 1
Sep 24 2020 16 mins  
Show Notes | September 24, 2020 | Episode 76 There are some words in your email and chat vocabulary you should NEVER use at work. No. We're not talking about LOL and JK. These words are much sneakier and are covertly sabotaging your career. One of the biggest tools you'll use in the remote and virtual workplace is email and chat. In this two-part series, we'll identify words you should be eliminating in your day-to-day communications with your remote team. Hot words people use a lot that intentionally, or unintentionally, communicate their emotions or incompetencies include: Sorry FineJustI think We're going to point out some of the worst of the worst and explain which words are truly sabotaging your career. First of all, stop apologizing. Often, when someone sends a chat and you're away at lunch you can be tempted to say, "Sorry, I was at lunch," or if your calendars don't align, "I'm sorry, I can't seem to make it that day." The true meaning of an apology should be realized when you've actually done something wrong. If you owe someone an apology, you should pick up the phone and make a personal call to apologize. When we throw around apologies and the words, "I'm sorry" in casual chat, we are devaluing the meaning of a true apology. But that's not even the worst part. Every time you slide "sorry" into a sentence, you're submitting that the situation is somehow your fault. Next time you are tempted to use "sorry" in an email or chat, try swapping it for a different phrase like, "Thank you for [fill in the blank]." Instead of, "I'm sorry I'm not available. How about Thursday?" Try, "Thank you for taking the time to schedule this meeting. I'm not available at that time. How about Thursday?" You will notice a world of difference in the way you see yourself and the way you present yourself to your remote coworkers. A key factor of effective communication is to extract sabotaging language and replace it with architect language. For a refresher on architect language, listen to episode 11 of the VirtForce podcast "You are what you speak" with Mark England, linked in the show notes below. Why do we accidentally overuse "I'm sorry?" It is our intent to take responsibility of the situation and that misplaced intent sends us down the wrong path. For workplace relationships, you have to learn to interpret whether it was meant to be your responsibility or not. In most cases, it's not. Some would say the overuse of "sorry" is a people pleasing tendency, but it can also be a sign of wanting to take ownership in the workplace. So, what is the difference between responsibility and ownership? In the workplace, responsibility is defined by tasks, objectives and activities that are assigned to you as part of your job that will not get done without you. Ownership is an expression of leadership. It is achievable when you have reached a level of excellence in your own work, so you can then develop and lead others. Knowing how your work impacts the whole organization helps you develop vision and the ability to guide and advise your colleagues. The bottom line is, don't dump needless apologies into every sentence. Break that habit! Pull "I'm sorry" out of your emails, chats and text vocabulary, and start communicating at a higher level. Once you eliminate this saboteur from your email and ...


75. #Hired: Just Go for It 
Sep 22 2020 6 mins  
Show Notes | September 22, 2020 | Episode 75 The military lifestyle can be frustrating when you have to pick a job you may not necessarily love, but it fits where you are at the time. As a mom and step parent, Leila Hoy wanted a remote job she could do from home, so she could spend holidays and summers bonding with her blended family. Leila heard about VirtForce through some milspouse friends in Jacksonville, Florida when looking to connect with more people like herself ― stay-at-home parents who move around a lot and have spouses who deploy. For a long time, Leila struggled with feeling like she is good enough, and that she can succeed and balance it all. Leila read motivational books and listened to podcasts like VirtForce just to keep chugging along, but somewhere along the way that led her to start believing in herself again. Now, Leila is head of graphic design for GFI Apparel, a California-based apparel company whose name stands for "Go For It." Ironically, Leila got on the VirtForce Facebook Group and typed in "graphic designer" and the GFI post came up, and she said to herself, "I'm just going to go for it." She messaged the employee who posted the job opening. They asked Leila to create some test graphics and within a few days, she had an interview. She had no idea GFI was an acronym for "go for it" when she first saw the post. As a graphic designer, Leila is loving her new role that enables her to practice her passion for art on a daily basis. Leila has a lot of creative freedom in her role as head of graphic design. It's not just a job where she's told what to do. She's given a project where she can demonstrate her skills. Her team consists of a strong group of military spouses, stay-at-home moms and blended families who have a lot to balance, but work together to get the job done. For those who are still looking for a job that fits their lifestyle, Leila encourages you to keep looking. Don't give up. Believe in yourself. Serendipitously, Leila followed the GFI model ― she just went for it, and got #hired. Tune in to hear more about how Leila went from freelancing to finding a remote career opportunity. If you are a new listener to VirtForce podcast, we would love to hear from you. Please email [email protected] and let us know how we can help you today! Links and Resources VirtForce Facebook Group VirtForce Job Board Kimber Hill LinkedIn Leila Hoy LinkedIn Resume Boot CampFreemium Course (Episodes 47-60) – https://bit.ly/RBCEp47Premium Course – http://bit.ly/vf-bc Join the Conversation Our favorite part of recording a live podcast each week is participating in the great conversations that happen on our live chat, on social media, and in our comments section. VirtForce on Facebook VirtForce on LinkedIn VirtForce on Instagram Check Out Recent Podcast Episodes 74. Or Should I Go? ― Resigning Part 273. #Hired: Stand Out with Video72. Should I Stay? — Resigning Part 171. #Hired: Work Social Media70. VA Certified in 5 Weeks69. #Hired: Finding a Job that will PCS with Me



74. Or Should I Go? ― Resigning Part 2  
Sep 17 2020 29 mins  
Show Notes | September 17, 2020 | Episode 74 It can be tempting to keep your head down, keep a smile on your face and keep working until you're totally burnt out in a role, but if you do, and especially if you are working remotely, how could you expect your management team to know how you feel? It's kind of like a relationship, your manager can't read your mind. They look at your face and your work performance and hope those two things match up. When you're clear about what you want (even if that changes) then the management team can clearly see how to keep you, or how to prepare for your eventual exit. Last week, in our episode "Should I Stay" we discussed reasons why you may want to reconsider submitting your resignation notice. This week, we're talking about how to really know when it's time to leave and how to appropriately step away from a position. As I mentioned last week, when my friend got an offer for another job she felt guilty about completely blindsiding her boss and her team. Just a few months earlier, she was so happy in her role and had no plans on leaving. I wanted to know what happened? Turns out, the job really went in a different direction and it pushed her out of her comfort zone. When asked if she had talked to her boss, she said she hadn't. What she didn't know is being open with your management team can do two things: 1. Set your manager's expectations of how you can grow in a position that works for you. 2. Can help set the tone for your exit if the job is ultimately not working out. Since my friend's boss had no idea she was dissatisfied or planned to leave, the best thing she could do is stop sitting on her secret and tell her boss during the next virtual face-to-face opportunity that she was leaving and they needed to work on a transition plan that would not leave the team high and dry. She salvaged the situation and relationship with her boss before it went sour, but making the decision to leave is not always so black and white. There are a few red flags that should definitely make you leave your job: 1. You feel stressed. 2. You feel dissatisfied with the way you are managed. 3. A toxic work environment. 4. No growth track. Regardless of which of these red flags you're experiencing, there is an appropriate way to leave. While two weeks is the accepted industry standard, some of the most seamless transitions require a little more time, but they can happen in as little as one hour. Your goal as an exiting employee is to ensure everything you've worked on is traceable, processed and ready for the next team member. Generally new positions come with a desired start date, but before you accept all the new terms ensure that there are at least two weeks between the day you submit your notice and the day you start your new job. Don't feel pressure by the phrase, "How soon can you start?" If a company is going to hire you, they are going to hire you just as much in two weeks as they would in four weeks. When you explain you are leaving, you don't have to give a reason for your departure. For the love of the military, do not use these excuses: 1. I'm PCSing. 2. I'm pregnant. 3. Military life is just too much to hold down a job right now. While on the surface these sound like good excuses to you,


73. #Hired: Stand Out with Video
Sep 15 2020 10 mins  
Show Notes | September 15, 2020 | Episode 73 As an Air Force spouse moving across the country with her husband, Emily Snyder had to shift her career goals and expectations. After taking some job opportunities that weren't the right fit, she took some time to self reflect. She narrowed down what she needed in a job and set out to find remote work. That's when Emily discovered VirtForce, and landed a job with Sitka, a health care technology company that has been 100% virtual since day one, enabling Emily to work from anywhere. Emily looked for virtual work for nearly a year before finding the right employer, so she advises listeners to stay true to themselves, set expectations and get creative. Emily did her research to understand the company she was applying to and their product. She tailored her work experience and got creative with her application. Applying to a company that connects patients, physicians and specialists through video calls, Emily made a video cover letter that really impressed the hiring manager and made her stand out from the other 200 applicants. Really do your due diligence, she says. Don't just slap your resume in an email and send it off. Get creative, so your resume will shine through. Since Sitka is growing so quickly, Emily has taken on projects outside of her role on the clinical operations team. She's excited about the opportunity to wear multiple hats and help the company grow. VirtForce helped Emily in so many other ways than just its job board. She regularly listens to the podcast because its resources are multidimensional and not focused on a particular job or title. When she was #hired at Sitka, Emily went back and listened to the episode on how to set up a work-from-home office to make sure she had everything she needed for her new remote role. Tune in to hear more about what Emily thinks of startup culture and how she stays connected to her coworkers without ever leaving the house. If you are a new listener to VirtForce podcast, we would love to hear from you. Please email [email protected] and let us know how we can help you today! Links and Resources VirtForce Facebook Group VirtForce Job Board 38. Your Work From Home Office Kimber Hill LinkedIn Emily Snyder LinkedIn Resume Boot CampFreemium Course (Episodes 47-60) – https://bit.ly/RBCEp47Premium Course – http://bit.ly/vf-bc Join the Conversation Our favorite part of recording a live podcast each week is participating in the great conversations that happen on our live chat, on social media, and in our comments section. VirtForce on Facebook VirtForce on LinkedIn VirtForce on Instagram Check Out Recent Podcast Episodes 72. Should I Stay? — Resigning Part 171. #Hired: Work Social Media70. VA Certified in 5 Weeks69. #Hired: Finding a Job that will PCS with Me68. Transition & Remote Work67. #Hired: Don't Wait to Apply


72. Should I Stay? — Resigning Part 1
Sep 10 2020 17 mins  
Show Notes | September 10, 2020 | Episode 72 When you get an offer for a promotion or higher-paying job, it can be tempting to immediately turn in a resignation letter. However, there are several reasons why you should stop and think it over first. When a great coworker leaves, you wonder, "Why didn't the company make a counteroffer?" You'd be surprised to learn it's often because the employee never asked! In one case, the employee assumed if the company wanted them to stay or was willing to pay them more, the boss would have said so. On the other hand, when the company received the employee's resignation letter, they understood it to mean, "I quit!" A leadership team and an employee can be on completely different pages about what giving notice means. Tune in to the first episode of this two-part series that will help you decide if leaving is right for you, and if it is, the most amicable ways to let your employer know. Resigning from a position is a major decision that will ultimately leave your personal character on display. The pressure is real when the offer is better for you and your family, but you don't want to let your current boss and coworkers down. If you do decide to leave, timing is everything, and while the pay might be better, there's always risk when taking a new job — Will you get along with the new team? Will you live up to the pay scale and performance expectations? Before you accept an offer: 1: Do your research on the company and set clear expectations 2: Talk to your current employer You must advocate for yourself. Management is not always going to do it for you. A conversation with your employer can often lead to a better position within the company. It's important to state your goals early and often. Let your company know about your changing lifestyle needs and that they might lose you. The employer will likely see your initiative as an asset, and you will know by their reaction if staying is an option for you or not. Remember, the first offer that comes along may not be the best and showing loyalty can ensure your next job comes with a better title and salary. Your 3 and 5-year marks of employment are when your value goes up as well as benefits such as hourly wage, salary, PTO and 401k, which can all be part of the negotiation when you're ready to move into a new role. In reality, it's not always about a higher salary, new title or climbing the career ladder. Sometimes, leaving is about finding a better fit for the lifestyle you want. Tune in to this week's episode to learn more. If you are a new listener to VirtForce podcast, we would love to hear from you. Please email [email protected] and let us know how we can help you today. Links and Resources Kimber Hill LinkedIn MilSpouse CoffeeHouse Podcast In this episode, we mentioned the following resources: Resume Boot CampFreemium Course (Episodes 47-60): https://bit.ly/RBCEp47Premium: http://bit.ly/vf-bc Join the Conversation Our favorite part of recording a live podcast each week is participating in the great conversations that happen on our live chat, on social media, and in our comments section. VirtForce on Facebook VirtForce on LinkedIn VirtForce on Instagram


71. #Hired: Work Social Media
Sep 08 2020 4 mins  
Show Notes | September 8, 2020 | Episode 71 As a working mom of three and a PhD candidate, Lantisha Scott overcame COVID-19 quarantine layoffs with a flexible opportunity that supports her busy lifestyle. Lantisha discovered VirtForce through a Facebook Group for military spouses with advanced degrees. Lantisha is currently pursuing a doctorate degree in clinical psychology. With the COVID-19 pandemic, the school where Lantisha was working as a substitute teacher transitioned to online learning, leaving her without a job. After a month of searching, Lantisha landed a job as a customer service expert with SimplrFlex. Through VirtForce, Lantisha found a job she could do from home while OCONUS. She loves the opportunity to work from home, help other people and earn an income on her terms. She can adjust her workweek to full-time or part-time depending on what works best for her schedule. Lantisha encourages other job seekers to engage with the VirtForce community on Facebook, and plans to continue in her role as she finishes her degree. Tune in to hear more about how VirtForce and SimplrFlex help Lantisha balance her busy lifestyle. If you are a new listener to VirtForce podcast, we would love to hear from you. Please email [email protected] and let us know how we can help you today! Links and Resources VirtForce Facebook Group Military Spouses with Advanced Degrees VirtForce Job Board SimplrFlex Kimber Hill LinkedIn Lantisha Scott LinkedIn Resume Boot CampFreemium Course (Episodes 47-60) – https://bit.ly/RBCEp47Premium Course – http://bit.ly/vf-bc Join the Conversation Our favorite part of recording a live podcast each week is participating in the great conversations that happen on our live chat, on social media, and in our comments section. VirtForce on Facebook VirtForce on LinkedIn VirtForce on Instagram Check Out Recent Podcast Episodes 70. VA Certified in 5 Weeks69. #Hired: Finding a Job that will PCS with Me68. Transition & Remote Work67. #Hired: Don't Wait to Apply66. Army Wife Network65. #Hired: Know What Your Skills Are Worth


70. VA Certified in 5 Weeks
Sep 03 2020 38 mins  
Show Notes | September 3, 2020 | Episode 70 April Wilhelm built a successful remote career all while taking care of her premature newborn daughter in the NICU and living from hotel to hotel. Now, she's created a course so other spouses can take care of their families and have a career by becoming a Certified Remote Virtual Assistant. April and her husband, who is active duty Navy, are both military brats and wanted to create something that would affect others and make a difference in the military community. They each saw their fathers have great careers in the military, and that their mothers could have used something to help support them make a bigger impact for their families. April was a single mom before she reconnected with her middle school sweetheart and followed in her mother's footsteps, becoming a military spouse stationed in Japan. A year and a half later, April was expecting her second child. She had gone home to visit family, and en route to LAX to go back to Japan, April went into preterm labor. She was only 26 weeks. April gave birth to her daughter Annabelle at an unfamiliar hospital in Pasadena. She was a world away from the base and her family and friends. She and her husband were unable to stay at the hospital, and ended up paying $3,000 over the course of 90 days just to find a hotel to go to at the end of the night. As a self described workaholic with a need to support others by nature, April needed to regain control and give back, so she poured herself into the remote digital marketing business she had at the time. It saved her life. She regained her identity. She built up her confidence, and the work gave her the control she didn't have in her personal life. It was also flexible enough for April to provide an income, while being there for her family. Thanks to technology, employment has changed. The workforce has changed. Being a virtual assistant allows you to have a career you can mold into any lifestyle. Tune in to this week's episode to learn more about the VA industry, the types of people who typically thrive in this role and what April's course has to offer. If you are a new listener to VirtForce podcast, we would love to hear from you. Please email [email protected] and let us know how we can help you today. Links and Resources Remote Virtual Assistant Course aprilwilhelm.com Stay At Home Profit: The VA HUB MilSpouse CoffeeHouse Podcast April Wilhelm LinkedIn Kimber Hill LinkedIn In this episode, we mentioned the following resources: Resume Boot CampFreemium Course (Episodes 47-60): https://bit.ly/RBCEp47Premium: http://bit.ly/vf-bc Join the Conversation Our favorite part of recording a live podcast each week is participating in the great conversations that happen on our live chat, on social media, and in our comments section. VirtForce on Facebook VirtForce on LinkedIn VirtForce on Instagram Check Out Recent Podcast Episodes: VirtForce Podcast on Apple Podcasts VirtForce Podcast on Spotify VirtForce Linktree


69. #Hired: Finding a Job that will PCS with Me
Sep 01 2020 10 mins  
Show Notes | September 1, 2020 | Episode 069 As a milspouse, Megan Wollenberg got tired of getting hired, working for a year or two, then leaving for the next duty station and having to do it all over again. So she set out to find a job that would move around the country (or even the world) with her. That's how she discovered VirtForce. Although not directly hired through VirtForce, Megan used its resources to set up her resume, get advice on interview questions, figure out who to talk to and where to look for remote jobs. Now, she's a contractor for the US Department of Veterans Affairs. Currently at their last duty station in Honolulu, Hawaii, Megan and her husband plan to move to Kansas in a few years when he retires. With her new remote job, Megan will be able to pause work during the PCS and pick up with the same job once they get settled. Megan was previously a GS employee. Moving every few years made it difficult for her to climb the ladder. Knowing she will be able to take her job with her wherever she goes is a huge relief. Megan encourages job seekers to set time aside when looking for a job. Otherwise, they could be up all night looking at job postings and networking on LinkedIn. Don't give up. Don't just take anything, and ask questions, she says. Many jobs come through connections and oftentimes, military spouses don't know where or when they'll be moving, so take the time to network. Tune in to hear more about Megan's new way of life - from changing jobs at each duty station to now having a job that will move with her. If you are a new listener to VirtForce podcast, we would love to hear from you. Please email [email protected] and let us know how we can help you today! Links and Resources VirtForce Job Board VirtForce Facebook Group Kimber Hill LinkedIn Megan Wollenberg LinkedIn Resume Boot CampFreemium Course (Episodes 47-60) – https://bit.ly/RBCEp47Premium Course – http://bit.ly/vf-bc Join the Conversation Our favorite part of recording a live podcast each week is participating in the great conversations that happen on our live chat, on social media, and in our comments section. VirtForce on Facebook VirtForce on LinkedIn VirtForce on Instagram Check Out Recent Podcast Episodes 68. Transition & Remote Work67. #Hired: Don't Wait to Apply66. Army Wife Network65. #Hired: Know What Your Skills Are Worth64. VirtForce Candidate Profiles63. #Hired: New Remote Career + New Friend


68. Transition & Remote Work
Aug 26 2020 21 mins  
Show Notes | August 27, 2020 | Episode 68 This episode is sponsored by our military spouse employment partners at Instant Teams. In this episode, Kimber talks with Jen Amos of US VetWealth about military transition and how remote work can support. We also learn from Jen how suicide is a very present danger in transitioning service members. We explore some of the causes and potential solutions to overcoming this issue in the transitioning community. Jen lost her dad while he was on active duty in the US Navy. The death certificate said his death was unknown or that he may have drowned at sea. As Jen and her sister learn more about his story, they’ve discovered he may have committed suicide, but the Navy classified his death that way so his family could still receive their military benefits. Jen recognizes there are many reasons why a veteran could commit suicide. One way she and her husband Scott are combating the trend is by giving veterans a sense of purpose after they transition out. Military members always know what’s coming next for their career. When they transition out they have to make those decisions on their own. Through US VetWealth, Jen and Scott are helping veterans figure out their purpose and how to align their finances to support it. Members of the US military are unique. When they retire, they are young and still have several more decades before they can officially retire. The internet has been a common theme throughout Jen Amos’ life. Jen started building an online community beginning with MSN chat rooms in the 5th grade. After being fired from several jobs after college, she then went into sales, which led to running her own social media and marketing agency. Today, she is the director of community relations at US VetWealth. She is also the producer of the Wealth and Liberty podcast and the producer and host of the podcast Holding Down the Fort. Jen started Holding Down the Fort about a year ago to better understand the current needs of active duty military spouses. She’s found that military spouses don’t always need help because they are so resilient and resourceful, but she hopes the podcast provides additional stories and resources that validate where military spouses are on their journey. The podcast covers financial benefits, specifically for spouses who might not be receiving the information first hand, entrepreneurship and mental health. Links and Resources US VetWealth (Contact: [email protected]) The Transition Savings Plan In this episode, we mentioned the following resources: Resume Boot CampFreemium Course (Episodes 47-60): https://bit.ly/RBCEp47Premium: http://bit.ly/vf-bc Join the Instant Teams Workforce Instant Teams LinkedIn Join the Conversation Our favorite part of recording a live podcast each week is participating in the great conversations that happen on our live chat, on social media, and in our comments section. VirtForce on Facebook VirtForce on LinkedIn VirtForce on Instagram Check Out Recent Podcast Episodes: VirtForce Podcast on Apple Podcasts VirtForce Podcast on Spotify VirtForce Linktree


67. #Hired: Don’t Wait to Apply
Aug 25 2020 5 mins  
Show Notes | August 25, 2020 | Episode 067 Considered a nonessential employee, Elizabeth Raines was laid off from her tutoring job at a local elementary school during the COVID-19 pandemic. After joining VirtForce, she quickly turned her situation around and got a remote job with e-commerce giant Amazon. Elizabeth discovered VirtForce a year ago when she met founder Kimber Hill through the Spouses of Student Aviators group while their husbands were going through the same training in Florida. Since she came across VirtForce, Elizabeth had been looking for jobs casually, unsure if she wanted to work from home. Elizabeth enjoys working with others and wasn't sure if remote work would be her ideal job. Given the current situation with COVID, she was forced into it. So far, she likes it a lot. With a team group chat, she still gets the social interaction she needs from her coworkers without being face to face. Elizabeth's biggest piece of advice? Be proactive! Don't wait to apply. Once Elizabeth stopped waiting a few days to apply, she got a call back. Literally the same day Elizabeth received the news that she would not be returning to her tutoring job, VirtForce posted an opportunity with Amazon. Elizabeth jumped on it, applying within a few hours. Tune in to hear more about how Elizabeth bounced back after being laid off and kicked her job search into high gear! If you are a new listener to VirtForce podcast, we would love to hear from you. Please email [email protected] and let us know how we can help you today! Links and Resources VirtForce Facebook Group Spouses of Student Aviators Facebook Group Kimber Hill LinkedIn Elizabeth Raines LinkedIn Resume Boot CampFreemium Course (Episodes 47-60) – https://bit.ly/RBCEp47Premium Course – http://bit.ly/vf-bc Join the Conversation Our favorite part of recording a live podcast each week is participating in the great conversations that happen on our live chat, on social media, and in our comments section. VirtForce on Facebook VirtForce on LinkedIn VirtForce on Instagram Check Out Recent Podcast Episodes 66. Army Wife Network65. #Hired: Know What Your Skills Are Worth64. VirtForce Candidate Profiles63. #Hired: New Remote Career + New Friend62. Digital Skill Readiness61. #Hired: Don’t Rely on Online Applications



66. Army Wife Network
Aug 19 2020 25 mins  
Show Notes | August 20, 2020 | Episode 66 This episode is sponsored by our military spouse employment partners at Instant Teams. In this episode, Kimber talks with Army Wife Network Owner and "Commander" Sharita Knobloch. Sharita refers to the events that led to her current job as "one big no-plan plan." First of all, she didn't expect to fall in love with a soldier, and she never could have imagined volunteer blogging in 2014 would lead to her role today. Army Wife Network is a source for all things military life. The network's mission is to engage, educate, encourage and empower its members through resources, podcasts, blogs and more. Even though Army is in the title, the network's resources apply to all branches of the military, and not just spouses, but also friends, parents, siblings and even business owners. When a military family gets PCS orders, they have questions: What's the best school district? Restaurant? Dentist? What's the weather like? Which makes Post with the Most, a detailed guide of 45 Army-specific duty stations around the globe, one of Army Wife Network's most popular resources. Most of the network's content is generated by an army of volunteers spread across the globe, writing about their experiences ranging from PCSing and how to embrace the suck, to parenting and infertility. Milspouse life is an adventure and Sharita wants other spouses to know they are not alone in this journey thanks to resources like Army Wife Network and VirtForce. Tune in to this week's episode to hear what's next for Army Wife Network and how you can get involved. If you are a new listener to VirtForce podcast, we would love to hear from you. Please email [email protected] and let us know how we can help you today. Links and Resources Army Wife Network (contact: [email protected]) Army Wife Network Podcast Army Wife Talk Radio Show #742: VirtForce Post with the Most In this episode, we mentioned the following resources: Resume Boot CampFreemium Course (Episodes 47-60): https://bit.ly/RBCEp47Premium: http://bit.ly/vf-bc Join the Instant Teams Workforce Instant Teams LinkedIn Join the Conversation Our favorite part of recording a live podcast each week is participating in the great conversations that happen on our live chat, on social media, and in our comments section. VirtForce on Facebook VirtForce on LinkedIn VirtForce on Instagram Check Out Recent Podcast Episodes: VirtForce Podcast on Apple Podcasts VirtForce Podcast on Spotify VirtForce Linktree About Our Sponsor Instant Teams serves professionals across the military-connected community whose lifestyles demand communication and flexibility. Their automated remote team innovation software, Arti, uniquely positions Instant Teams to serve a high growth customer base, and improve the employment prospects of military spouses and other military-connected individuals. Join the Instant Teams workforce today at this link: bit.ly/InstantTeams


65. #Hired: Know What Your Skills are Worth
Aug 18 2020 9 mins  
Show Notes | August 18, 2020 | Episode 065 Jeannine Ricker heard about VirtForce by accident. She was perusing through a couple of other military affiliated and spouse employment opportunity websites when she just happened to stumble upon the VirtForce podcast. Through the podcast Jeannine was able to improve her LinkedIn profile and virtual interview skills to get #hired. After a PCS, Jeannine explored virtual employment for about four to six months before she solidified the direction she wanted for her remote career. With a master's degree, Jeannine was overqualified for many part-time remote positions, but found an opportunity where she can prove her worth. She is now a remote administrative assistant for a small medical practice focused in infectious disease. She works about three hours a day, or 15 hours a week, in her part-time role. Jeannine landed the job after learning remote interview tactics through VirtForce's free course How to Ace Your Virtual Interview. It gave her a window into what the hiring manager would see during her virtual job interview. Jeannine's advice for listeners? Perfect your elevator pitch and know what your skills are worth. Even if a salary is posted and you are overqualified, Jeannine advises to at least give the opportunity a shot to show what you are really worth. Knowing what you have and what you can do to help build your career is going to make employers more willing to pay you what you should be getting paid, she says. As a military spouse, Jeannine finds remote work - or as she puts it, the opportunity to do what she can whenever she can - very helpful. Tune in to hear more about why you should do your research on skills and salary. If you are a new listener to VirtForce podcast, we would love to hear from you. Please email [email protected] and let us know how we can help you today! Links and Resources How to Ace Your Virtual Interview How to Negotiate Like a Pro Jeannine Ricker LinkedIn Kimber Hill LinkedIn Resume Boot CampFreemium Course (Episodes 47-60) – https://bit.ly/RBCEp47Premium Course – http://bit.ly/vf-bc Join the Conversation Our favorite part of recording a live podcast each week is participating in the great conversations that happen on our live chat, on social media, and in our comments section. VirtForce on Facebook VirtForce on LinkedIn VirtForce on Instagram Check Out Recent Podcast Episodes: 64. VirtForce Candidate Profiles63. #Hired: New Remote Career + New Friend62. Digital Skill Readiness61. #Hired: Don't Rely on Online Applications60. Apply with Confidence59. Cover Letters & Design: Your Secret Weapons


64. VirtForce Candidate Profiles
Aug 12 2020 12 mins  
Show Notes | August 13, 2020 | Episode 64 This episode is sponsored by our military spouse employment partners at Instant Teams. In this episode, we're walking you through the ins and outs of your VirtForce candidate profile, including how to complete a profile of your own and why it's important. Your candidate profile is a way for us at VirtForce to track what you're interested in and what kinds of jobs you're looking for. It's going to help you get contacted when opportunities in areas you're interested in arise. Start your profile: https://cpr.members-only.online/ Step 1: Share contact info including your name, email, LinkedIn, Facebook, (Definitely share! Sometimes we like to see what you look like professionally when considering you for a job) and education details, including certifications, software/tech, skills and licenses.Step 2: Overview the info you entered and review it for accuracy. Next, you will be prompted to take qualification questionnaires that apply to the industry you are interested in working in such as tax and finance, medical and health care, real estate and customer service. We want you to know any and all information included in your candidate profile is secure and can be updated at anytime. It's recommended to check your candidate profile every 90 days. Request to update your profile: https://cp.update.members-only.online/ Tune in for a step-by-step guide to creating and updating a VirtForce candidate profile. This episode was created after a Facebook Live demonstration on how to complete a candidate profile. If you are a new listener to VirtForce Podcast, we would love to hear from you. Please email [email protected] and let us know how we can help you today! Links and Resources Join the Instant Teams Workforce Instant Teams LinkedIn Kimber Hill LinkedIn In this episode, we mentioned the following resources: Start your profile - https://cpr.members-only.online/ Request to update your profile - https://cp.update.members-only.online/ Resume Boot CampFreemium Course (Episodes 47-60) - https://bit.ly/RBCEp47Premium Course - http://bit.ly/vf-bc Join the Conversation Our favorite part of recording a live podcast each week is participating in the great conversations that happen on our live chat, on social media, and in our comments section. VirtForce on Facebook VirtForce on LinkedIn VirtForce on Instagram Check Out Recent Podcast Episodes: VirtForce Podcast on Apple Podcasts VirtForce Podcast on Spotify VirtForce Linktree About Our Sponsor Instant Teams serves professionals across the military-connected community whose lifestyles demand communication and flexibility. Their automated remote team innovation software, Arti, uniquely positions Instant Teams to serve a high growth customer base, and improve the employment prospects of military spouses and other military-connected individuals. Join the Instant Teams workforce today at this link: bit.ly/InstantTeams


63. #Hired: New Remote Career + New Friend
Aug 10 2020 5 mins  
Show Notes | August 11, 2020 | Episode 063 After joining VirtForce, Alicia Emmel found two surprises – a killer new remote career AND a new friend. She researched different companies by combing through the VirtForce Facebook Group's posts and comments, and found an opportunity to become a revenue cycle analyst at Ensemble Health Partners. Alicia also met amazing Army wife Kristy Stearnes (not pictured) through the group who sent her job postings and positive vibes through her entire job search process. As a piece of advice, Alicia (pictured above with her wife Tiff) would encourage you to do your research and put in the time. A job is NOT going to fall in your lap! She admits, while it is easy to get discouraged, if you put in the time and effort, you will get a call. Every time a hiring manager asked, “Alicia, how did you hear about this job?” She said, “VirtForce!” Nine times out of 10, HR recruiters were interested in the group. Not only did they ask Alicia more about it, but they became members to see who is out there looking for jobs. So, keep in mind, there could be HR recruiters among us checking out the group. Hi recruiters. Welcome! 😉 If you are a new listener to VirtForce podcast, we would love to hear from you. Please email [email protected] and let us know how we can help you today! Links and Resources VirtForce Facebook Group Kimber Hill LinkedIn Join the Conversation Our favorite part of recording a live podcast each week is participating in the great conversations that happen on our live chat, on social media, and in our comments section. VirtForce on Facebook VirtForce on LinkedIn VirtForce on Instagram Check Out Recent Podcast Episodes: 62. Digital Skill Readiness61. #Hired: Don't Rely on Online Applications60. Apply with Confidence59. Cover Letters & Design: Your Secret Weapons58. Federal Resumes57. Overcome Lack of Experience & Defeat Resume Gaps


62. Digital Skill Readiness
Aug 05 2020 34 mins  
Show Notes | August 6, 2020 | Episode 62 This episode is sponsored by our military spouse employment partners at Instant Teams. It comes with a Free Download: Remote Tools by Instant Teams. Just knowing how to use the Internet does not prepare you for a remote job. That’s why learning digital office communication and collaboration tools now, will give you a leg up when the right opportunity comes along. Whether the company you work for prefers to manage projects through an app or simply keeps a running spreadsheet, once you become familiar with the functions and purpose, you can apply those skills to any platform. Think of a new or beginner piano player. At first, they are concentrated on which keys their fingers should be hitting. Once they’ve mastered the keys, that's when they really start making music. In this episode, we’re taking you beyond digital literacy. We’re making sure you take the next step towards digital readiness. If you are a new listener to VirtForce Podcast, we would love to hear from you. Please email [email protected] and let us know how we can help you today! Links and ResourcesTake the Digital Skills Readiness QuizJoin the Instant Teams WorkforceInstant Teams LinkedInAnne Schons LinkedInKimber Hill LinkedIn In this episode, we mentioned the following resources: Remote Tools by Instant Teams Digital Skills Readiness Quiz Join the Conversation Our favorite part of recording a live podcast each week is participating in the great conversations that happen on our live chat, on social media, and in our comments section. VirtForce on Facebook VirtForce on LinkedIn VirtForce on Instagram Check Out Recent Podcast Episodes: VirtForce Podcast on Apple Podcasts VirtForce Podcast on Spotify VirtForce Linktree About Our Sponsor Instant Teams serves professionals across the military-connected community whose lifestyles demand communication and flexibility. Their automated remote team innovation software, Arti, uniquely positions Instant Teams to serve a high growth customer base, and improve the employment prospects of military spouses and other military-connected individuals. Join the Instant Teams workforce today at this link: bit.ly/InstantTeams


61. #Hired: Don’t Rely On Online Applications
Aug 03 2020 10 mins  
Show Notes | August 4, 2020 | Episode 061 What’s the one piece of job search advice Laura would get tattooed across her forehead if she could? "Don’t solely rely on online applications!" After taking a few months off after having her daughter and moving back to the US from overseas, Laura landed her dream job as a part-time, remote career coach. Laura is certain she would NOT have the job she has today if she just applied online. It was an informational interview that led to Laura getting #hired. Laura will be the first to admit, it is intimidating to network. It’s hard to build a network, especially when you’re looking for a remote job because it all must be done virtually. But, informational interviews, which is simply talking to people who have the job you want, can help determine if you are even searching in the right career field. You can also get special access to opportunities that might not be posted yet because you took the time and effort to build up your network. Tune in to hear more about how Laura balanced devoting time to her job search with a new baby. If you are a new listener to VirtForce podcast, we would love to hear from you. Please email [email protected] and let us know how we can help you today! Links and Resources Kimber Hill LinkedIn Laura McClernon LinkedIn Join the Conversation Our favorite part of recording a live podcast each week is participating in the great conversations that happen on our live chat, on social media, and in our comments section. VirtForce on Facebook VirtForce on LinkedIn VirtForce on Instagram Check Out Recent Podcast Episodes: 60. Apply with Confidence59. Cover Letters & Design: Your Secret Weapons58. Federal Resumes57. Overcome Lack of Experience & Defeat Resume Gaps56. Frame for Career Pivot55. Sculpt Work Experience




59. Cover Letters & Design: Your Secret Weapons
Jun 28 2020 22 mins  
Show Notes | June 29, 2020 | Episode 059 Cover letters. Phew. Okay. Let's take a deep breath. We know these are often an applicant's least favorite thing. Want to know a secret? The trick to cover letters is not to skimp or provide the minimal amount of effort. Your cover letter is not just an extra chore, rather it is an opportunity to show off experiences that are not easily verbalized in a resume. In this episode, we talk about how cover letters (both written and video) and design are your secret weapons when applying for a job. If you are a new listener to VirtForce podcast, we would love to hear from you. Please email [email protected] and let us know how we can help you today! Resume Boot Camp Sign Up for Boot Camp Resume Boot Camp Private Facebook Group Join the Conversation Our favorite part of recording a live podcast each week is participating in the great conversations that happen on our live chat, on social media, and in our comments section. VirtForce on Facebook VirtForce on LinkedIn VirtForce on Instagram Check Out Other Resume Boot Camp Episodes47. Resume Real Estate48. Resume Format & Content49. Strategy for Targeted Resumes50. Strategy for Keywords51. Strategy for Quantifying Resumes52. Featuring Education53. Hard & Soft Skills54. Transferable Skills & Work Experience55. Sculpt Work Experience56. Frame for Career Pivot57. Overcome Lack of Experience & Defeat Resume Gaps58. Federal Resumes59. Cover Letters & Design: Your Secret Weapons60. Apply with Confidence



58. Federal Resumes
Jun 28 2020 17 mins  
Show Notes | June 29, 2020 | Episode 058 If you’re writing a federal resume, you’ve got to follow a considerable set of standards which detail your full work experience. When you’re applying for federal jobs, your resume is considered your job application form and not just an overview of your skills and work history. In this episode, we walk through what makes a federal resume different, how to format a federal resume, and how to sculpt your work experience specifically for a federal resume. Don't get overwhelmed by the idea of a federal resume. Tune in now to break it down. If you are a new listener to VirtForce podcast, we would love to hear from you. Please email [email protected] and let us know how we can help you today! Resume Boot Camp Sign Up for Boot Camp Resume Boot Camp Private Facebook Group Join the Conversation Our favorite part of recording a live podcast each week is participating in the great conversations that happen on our live chat, on social media, and in our comments section. VirtForce on Facebook VirtForce on LinkedIn VirtForce on Instagram Check Out Other Resume Boot Camp Episodes47. Resume Real Estate48. Resume Format & Content49. Strategy for Targeted Resumes50. Strategy for Keywords51. Strategy for Quantifying Resumes52. Featuring Education53. Hard & Soft Skills54. Transferable Skills & Work Experience55. Sculpt Work Experience56. Frame for Career Pivot57. Overcome Lack of Experience & Defeat Resume Gaps58. Federal Resumes59. Cover Letters & Design: Your Secret Weapons60. Apply with Confidence


57. Overcome Lack of Experience & Defeat Resume Gaps
Jun 28 2020 19 mins  
Show Notes | June 29, 2020 | Episode 057 Lack of experience and resume gaps are oftentimes something we dread. But guess what? There are many ways to overcome these issues. In this episode, we recommend focusing on 2 areas over the course of the next 12 weeks: 1) Volunteer Work and Internships 2) Pursuing a new certification. We also cover one of the best ways to overcome the resume gap or to avoid looking like you have arbitrarily hopped from job to job. Did you ever realize you can totally ditch specific dates? You can also pursue organizing your work experience functionally instead of chronologically. Let's dive in. If you are a new listener to VirtForce podcast, we would love to hear from you. Please email [email protected] and let us know how we can help you today! Resume Boot Camp Sign Up for Boot Camp Resume Boot Camp Private Facebook Group Join the Conversation Our favorite part of recording a live podcast each week is participating in the great conversations that happen on our live chat, on social media, and in our comments section. VirtForce on Facebook VirtForce on LinkedIn VirtForce on Instagram Check Out Other Resume Boot Camp Episodes47. Resume Real Estate48. Resume Format & Content49. Strategy for Targeted Resumes50. Strategy for Keywords51. Strategy for Quantifying Resumes52. Featuring Education53. Hard & Soft Skills54. Transferable Skills & Work Experience55. Sculpt Work Experience56. Frame for Career Pivot57. Overcome Lack of Experience & Defeat Resume Gaps58. Federal Resumes59. Cover Letters & Design: Your Secret Weapons60. Apply with Confidence


56. Frame for Career Pivot
Jun 28 2020 13 mins  
Show Notes | June 29, 2020 | Episode 056 So, you’re in a career field that you’re tired of and you want to pivot. Maybe you’re good at more than one thing, like Digital Marketing and Sales. You’d like to explore both career avenues while you’re applying rather than limiting yourself to one industry. In this episode, we introduce you to a magical strategy to help you create a resume that speaks to the career you want, not the one you have. Tune in to see how this strategy can revolutionize your job search process. If you are a new listener to VirtForce podcast, we would love to hear from you. Please email [email protected] and let us know how we can help you today! Resume Boot Camp Sign Up for Boot Camp Resume Boot Camp Private Facebook Group Join the Conversation Our favorite part of recording a live podcast each week is participating in the great conversations that happen on our live chat, on social media, and in our comments section. VirtForce on Facebook VirtForce on LinkedIn VirtForce on Instagram Check Out Other Resume Boot Camp Episodes47. Resume Real Estate48. Resume Format & Content49. Strategy for Targeted Resumes50. Strategy for Keywords51. Strategy for Quantifying Resumes52. Featuring Education53. Hard & Soft Skills54. Transferable Skills & Work Experience55. Sculpt Work Experience56. Frame for Career Pivot57. Overcome Lack of Experience & Defeat Resume Gaps58. Federal Resumes59. Cover Letters & Design: Your Secret Weapons60. Apply with Confidence




54. Transferable Skills & Work Experience
Jun 28 2020 15 mins  
Show Notes | June 29, 2020 | Episode 054 Many military spouses and transitioning service members ask, “How do you take your military job and put it into civilian terms?” The answer is that you have to learn to recognize the skills you developed, verbalize them, and highlight them. One of the easiest ways to do this is to add your experiences to your resume as work experience. In this episode of Resume Boot Camp, we cover transferable skills and how you might write about them in the work experience section of your resume. If you are a new listener to VirtForce podcast, we would love to hear from you. Please email [email protected] and let us know how we can help you today! Resume Boot Camp Sign Up for Boot Camp Resume Boot Camp Private Facebook Group Join the Conversation Our favorite part of recording a live podcast each week is participating in the great conversations that happen on our live chat, on social media, and in our comments section. VirtForce on Facebook VirtForce on LinkedIn VirtForce on Instagram Check Out Other Resume Boot Camp Episodes47. Resume Real Estate48. Resume Format & Content49. Strategy for Targeted Resumes50. Strategy for Keywords51. Strategy for Quantifying Resumes52. Featuring Education53. Hard & Soft Skills54. Transferable Skills & Work Experience55. Sculpt Work Experience56. Frame for Career Pivot57. Overcome Lack of Experience & Defeat Resume Gaps58. Federal Resumes59. Cover Letters & Design: Your Secret Weapons60. Apply with Confidence


53. Hard & Soft Skills
Jun 28 2020 11 mins  
Show Notes | June 29, 2020 | Episode 053 Your skills appear in every section of your resume and cover letter, not just your skills section. There are two types of skills that are important to know and represent: Hard and Soft Skills. You might be asking yourself,"What’s more important for the skills section of my resume: Hard or Soft Skills?" In the remote work force, your ability to harness technology and hard skills is arguably more important to demonstrate on your resume than soft skills; however, we should not neglect soft skills altogether. Tune in to this episode of Resume Boot Camp to learn our favorite strategy for integrating both hard and soft skills into your resume. If you are a new listener to VirtForce podcast, we would love to hear from you. Please email [email protected] and let us know how we can help you today!Resume Boot Camp Sign Up for Boot Camp Resume Boot Camp Private Facebook Group Join the Conversation Our favorite part of recording a live podcast each week is participating in the great conversations that happen on our live chat, on social media, and in our comments section. VirtForce on Facebook VirtForce on LinkedIn VirtForce on Instagram Check Out Other Resume Boot Camp Episodes47. Resume Real Estate48. Resume Format & Content49. Strategy for Targeted Resumes50. Strategy for Keywords51. Strategy for Quantifying Resumes52. Featuring Education53. Hard & Soft Skills54. Transferable Skills & Work Experience55. Sculpt Work Experience56. Frame for Career Pivot57. Overcome Lack of Experience & Defeat Resume Gaps58. Federal Resumes59. Cover Letters & Design: Your Secret Weapons60. Apply with Confidence


52. Featuring Education
Jun 28 2020 16 mins  
Show Notes | June 29, 2020 | Episode 052 One of the first things people wonder when tackling their resume is, "How and when should I highlight my education?" In this episode of Resume Boot Camp, we walk through how to feature education on your resume whether you have Completed or In-Progress Degrees, Incomplete Degrees, High School Diplomas or GEDs, and/or Certificates, Licenses, and Professional Development. Regardless of the level of your educational attainment, we have a strategy for you. If you are a new listener to VirtForce podcast, we would love to hear from you. Please email [email protected] and let us know how we can help you today! Resume Boot Camp Sign Up for Boot Camp Resume Boot Camp Private Facebook Group Join the Conversation Our favorite part of recording a live podcast each week is participating in the great conversations that happen on our live chat, on social media, and in our comments section. VirtForce on Facebook VirtForce on LinkedIn VirtForce on Instagram Check Out Other Resume Boot Camp Episodes47. Resume Real Estate48. Resume Format & Content49. Strategy for Targeted Resumes50. Strategy for Keywords51. Strategy for Quantifying Resumes52. Featuring Education53. Hard & Soft Skills54. Transferable Skills & Work Experience55. Sculpt Work Experience56. Frame for Career Pivot57. Overcome Lack of Experience & Defeat Resume Gaps58. Federal Resumes59. Cover Letters & Design: Your Secret Weapons60. Apply with Confidence


51. Strategy for Quantifying Resumes
Jun 28 2020 10 mins  
Show Notes | June 29, 2020 | Episode 051 One of our favorite strategies for developing an outstanding resume is QUANTIFYING the content in your work experience. Quantifying means to express the quantity or to measure your work in some way. We love this strategy because using it is easier than you might think. We encourage you to try to quantify as many work experience bullet points as possible and associate numerical digits with your work experience because it stands out! In a sea of words, numerical digits pop! If you are a new listener to VirtForce podcast, we would love to hear from you. Please email [email protected] and let us know how we can help you today! Resume Boot Camp Sign Up for Boot Camp Resume Boot Camp Private Facebook Group Join the Conversation Our favorite part of recording a live podcast each week is participating in the great conversations that happen on our live chat, on social media, and in our comments section. VirtForce on Facebook VirtForce on LinkedIn VirtForce on Instagram Check Out Other Resume Boot Camp Episodes47. Resume Real Estate48. Resume Format & Content49. Strategy for Targeted Resumes50. Strategy for Keywords51. Strategy for Quantifying Resumes52. Featuring Education53. Hard & Soft Skills54. Transferable Skills & Work Experience55. Sculpt Work Experience56. Frame for Career Pivot57. Overcome Lack of Experience & Defeat Resume Gaps58. Federal Resumes59. Cover Letters & Design: Your Secret Weapons60. Apply with Confidence



50. Strategy for Keywords
Jun 28 2020 15 mins  
Show Notes | June 29, 2020 | Episode 050 Don’t let the term “keyword” mystify you. Keywords are nothing more than basic search terms. For example, if you’re looking for someone to remodel your house, you may search the internet for the following keywords: general contractor, home remodel, or construction services. Similarly, when a company is looking for the right candidate, they may search your resume for keywords that are relevant to the position they want to fill. What does this mean for you? You need to pick the right keywords for your resume and stash them like buried treasure throughout the document! If you are a new listener to VirtForce podcast, we would love to hear from you. Please email [email protected] and let us know how we can help you today! Resume Boot Camp Sign Up for Boot Camp Resume Boot Camp Private Facebook Group Join the Conversation Our favorite part of recording a live podcast each week is participating in the great conversations that happen on our live chat, on social media, and in our comments section. VirtForce on Facebook VirtForce on LinkedIn VirtForce on Instagram Check Out Other Resume Boot Camp Episodes47. Resume Real Estate48. Resume Format & Content49. Strategy for Targeted Resumes50. Strategy for Keywords51. Strategy for Quantifying Resumes52. Featuring Education53. Hard & Soft Skills54. Transferable Skills & Work Experience55. Sculpt Work Experience56. Frame for Career Pivot57. Overcome Lack of Experience & Defeat Resume Gaps58. Federal Resumes59. Cover Letters & Design: Your Secret Weapons60. Apply with Confidence




48. Resume Format & Content
Jun 28 2020 14 mins  
Show Notes | June 29, 2020 | Episode 048 Have you struggled with wondering where to even start on your resume? How to format it and what in the world even goes in it? There are many ways to format your resume, and some are more creative than others; however, we want you to master the foundation of the VirtForce Standard Resume Format before we embark into a colorful resume. In this episode, we break down not only the Standard Resume Format but also the sections that go into creating your resume content. Pull out your resume and let's get to work. If you are a new listener to VirtForce podcast, we would love to hear from you. Please email [email protected] and let us know how we can help you today! Resume Boot Camp Sign Up for Boot Camp Resume Boot Camp Private Facebook Group Join the Conversation Our favorite part of recording a live podcast each week is participating in the great conversations that happen on our live chat, on social media, and in our comments section. VirtForce on Facebook VirtForce on LinkedIn VirtForce on Instagram Check Out Other Resume Boot Camp Episodes Check Out Other Resume Boot Camp Episodes47. Resume Real Estate48. Resume Format & Content49. Strategy for Targeted Resumes50. Strategy for Keywords51. Strategy for Quantifying Resumes52. Featuring Education53. Hard & Soft Skills54. Transferable Skills & Work Experience55. Sculpt Work Experience56. Frame for Career Pivot57. Overcome Lack of Experience & Defeat Resume Gaps58. Federal Resumes59. Cover Letters & Design: Your Secret Weapons60. Apply with Confidence




46. Work From Home Parents
Jun 24 2020 26 mins  
Show Notes | June 25, 2020 | Episode 46 This episode is sponsored by our military spouse employment partners at Instant Teams. We are thrilled to sit down with Ben Killoy from Military Veteran Dad. After his position was eliminated at a traditional brick-and-mortar, Ben was able to transition his "side hustle" into his purpose. He created his business entirely from home and is able to virtually serve dads worldwide while still being the best parent he can be. If you are asking yourself, "How can I work from home and be a great parents?" this episode is for you. It's all about achieving balance and letting everything fall under one job title: parent. If you are a new listener to VirtForce podcast, we would love to hear from you. Please email [email protected] and let us know how we can help you today. Links and Resources Join the Instant Teams Workforce Kimber Hill LinkedIn Ben Killoy LinkedIn Explore these Resources In this episode, we mentioned the following resources: Military Veteran Dad Free Course: How To Create More Friendships Join the Conversation Our favorite part of recording a live podcast each week is participating in the great conversations that happen on our live chat, on social media, and in our comments section. VirtForce on Facebook VirtForce on LinkedIn VirtForce on Instagram Check Out Recent Podcast Episodes: 45. #Hired: Don't Let Job Descriptions Get You Down 44. Top 5 Strategies for Protecting Yourself From Scams 43. #Hired: Networking Works 42. Top 5 Red Flags For Spotting Scams 41. #Hired: Invest In Yourself 40. How to Negotiate Like A Pro About Our Sponsor Instant Teams serves professionals across the military-connected community whose lifestyles demand communication and flexibility. Their automated remote team innovation software, Arti, uniquely positions Instant Teams to serve a high growth customer base, and improve the employment prospects of military spouses and other military-connected individuals. Join the Instant Teams workforce today at this link: bit.ly/InstantTeams Blog In today's episode, we are thrilled to sit down with Ben Killoy from Military Veteran Dad. Through his podcast, Ben is teaching dads to ignite passion for fatherhood and creating an environment to help male veterans come home physically and mentally. There is a joke in the military, "if the military wanted you to have something, they would have issued it." There are no orders or issued resources that teach you how to process a feeling or how to deal with that feeling in reality. While service members spend months training to go to war, they spend mere days training to come home. Ben launched his business, while being a stay-at-home dad, to raise the bar on the fatherhood journey and to help dads realize that they can step powerfully into this journey and be present with the gift that is your family. After his position was eliminated, Ben was able to transition his "side hustle" and the podcast he had on his heart into his purpose. He has created his business entirely from home. Military Veteran Dad is a 100% virtual organization that is able to serve fathers all over the work. By doing this without a brick-and-mortar,


45. ​​​​​​​#Hired: Don’t Let Job Descriptions Get You Down
Jun 22 2020 11 mins  
Show Notes | June 23, 2020 | Episode 045 How many of you have passed up the opportunity to apply for a job because you disqualified yourself after reading the job description? We have all done it at some point. We read the job description and think there is no way they would consider us for this position. We come up with excuse after excuse (usually all made up in our head). But here’s the truth: you are what you speak. If you feel like you qualify for a job but are unsure because of the description, reach out and ask for clarification. You never know, it could help you get #hired! In this episode, Samantha talks about how she inquired after a position that she wasn’t too confident about securing due to her location and ended up landing it. If you are a new listener to VirtForce podcast, we would love to hear from you. Please email [email protected] and let us know how we can help you today! Links and Resources Kimber Hill LinkedIn Samantha Bordiuk LinkedIn Join the Conversation Our favorite part of recording a live podcast each week is participating in the great conversations that happen on our live chat, on social media, and in our comments section. VirtForce on Facebook VirtForce on LinkedIn VirtForce on Instagram Check Out Recent Podcast Episodes 44. Top 5 Strategies for Protecting Yourself From Scams 43. #Hired: Networking Works 42. Top 5 Red Flags For Spotting Scams 41. #Hired: Invest In Yourself 40. How to Negotiate Like A Pro 39. #Hired: You Gotta Put In The Work


44. Top 5 Strategies for Protecting Yourself From Scams
Jun 17 2020 13 mins  
Show Notes | June 18, 2020 | Episode 044 Last week, we talked about how sophisticated scams are becoming. This week, we're giving you all the tools you need to protect yourself. From reminders on when (if ever) to provide sensitive information to leveraging your network, we've got you covered. After listening to our mini-series on Scams, our VirtForce community will know what to watch for and how to protect themselves. If you are a new listener to VirtForce Podcast, we would love to hear from you. Please email [email protected] and let us know how we can help you today! Links and Resources Kimber Hill LinkedIn In this episode, we mentioned the following resources: Better Business Bureau VirtForce Job Board GlassDoor Rip Off Report Join the Conversation Our favorite part of recording a live podcast each week is participating in the great conversations that happen on our live chat, on social media, and in our comments section. VirtForce on Facebook VirtForce on LinkedIn VirtForce on Instagram Check Out Recent Podcast Episodes: 43. #Hired: Networking Works 42. Top 5 Red Flags For Spotting Scams 41. #Hired: Invest In Yourself 40. How to Negotiate Like A Pro 39. #Hired: You Gotta Put In The Work 38. Your Work From Home Office About Our Sponsor Instant Teams serves professionals across the military-connected community whose lifestyles demand communication and flexibility. Their automated remote team innovation software, Arti, uniquely positions Instant Teams to serve a high growth customer base, and improve the employment prospects of military spouses and other military-connected individuals. Join the Instant Teams workforce today at this link: bit.ly/InstantTeams Blog Last week, we talked about how good scammers are getting. They are copying everything from the company logo to the Hiring Manager's name - anything and everything to make you believe this is a legitimate opportunity. But you know better, right? We all know that scams are getting sophisticated. They can be hard to spot and are easier than ever to get caught up in. That is why we want to focus on the Top 5 Strategies to Protect Yourself From Scams. Our 5 Strategies to Protect Yourself include: Leverage your network and ask around.Do your homework - research the opportunity.Wire Transfers = An Absolute No Go To hear the other two strategies, tune in to this week's episode. Make sure to tune in and subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts (Apple Podcasts, Spotify). About Our Sponsor Instant Teams serves professionals across the military-connected community whose lifestyles demand communication and flexibility. Their automated remote team innovation software, Arti, uniquely positions Instant Teams to serve a high growth customer base, and improve the employment prospects of military spouses and other military-connected individuals. Join the Instant Teams workforce today at this link: bit.ly/InstantTeams





42. Top 5 Red Flags For Spotting Scams
Jun 10 2020 27 mins  
Show Notes | June 11, 2020 | Episode 042 Scammers are getting incredibly good at scamming you and it's terrifying. "Hiring managers" are copying the company logo from LinkedIn, the HR director's photo and name, and even setting up an email with the HR director's name. Offer letters are being send by these scammers. We want to make sure the VirtForce community knows what to watch for and how to protect themselves. In Part 1 of our mini-series on Scams, we are covering 5 Red Flags you should be looking for. If you are a new listener to VirtForce Podcast, we would love to hear from you. Please email [email protected] and let us know how we can help you today! Links and Resources Kimber Hill LinkedIn In this episode, we mentioned the following resources: Better Business Bureau VirtForce Job Board Join the Conversation Our favorite part of recording a live podcast each week is participating in the great conversations that happen on our live chat, on social media, and in our comments section. VirtForce on Facebook VirtForce on LinkedIn VirtForce on Instagram Check Out Recent Podcast Episodes: 41. #Hired: Invest In Yourself 40. How to Negotiate Like A Pro 39. #Hired: You Gotta Put In The Work 38. Your Work From Home Office About Our Sponsor Instant Teams serves professionals across the military-connected community whose lifestyles demand communication and flexibility. Their automated remote team innovation software, Arti, uniquely positions Instant Teams to serve a high growth customer base, and improve the employment prospects of military spouses and other military-connected individuals. Join the Instant Teams workforce today at this link: bit.ly/InstantTeams




40. How To Negotiate Like A Pro
May 27 2020 29 mins  
Show Notes | May 28, 2020 | Episode 040 Time for a truth bomb: women are far less likely to negotiate their job offer than men. Crazy, we know. Since our VirtForce community is primarily women (92% women, 8% men), we want to take the time to teach you how to develop your negotiation skills. Remember: once you receive that offer letter, you could be negotiating for a variety of things. You could be negotiating for higher pay, more paid vacation time, fully-remote work, or a guarantee that your job will be secure through a PCS. In this episode, Kimber walks listeners through specific scenarios and gives you the tips and tricks to navigate each one (hint: not everything is negotiable). If you are a new listener to VirtForce Podcast, we would love to hear from you. Please email [email protected] and let us know how we can help you today! Links and Resources Kimber Hill LinkedIn In this episode, we mentioned the following resources: VirtForce Career Coaches How to Ace Your Virtual Interview VirtForce Job Board Join the Conversation Our favorite part of recording a live podcast each week is participating in the great conversations that happen on our live chat, on social media, and in our comments section. VirtForce on Facebook VirtForce on LinkedIn VirtForce on Instagram Check Out Recent Podcast Episodes: 39. #Hired: You Gotta Put In The Work 38. Your Work From Home Office 37. BONUS: Distance, Direction, and Description 36. #Hired: Negotiate or Bust 35. 3 Tips for Reframing Your Work From Home Mindset About Our Sponsor Instant Teams serves professionals across the military-connected community whose lifestyles demand communication and flexibility. Their automated remote team innovation software, Arti, uniquely positions Instant Teams to serve a high growth customer base, and improve the employment prospects of military spouses and other military-connected individuals. Join the Instant Teams workforce today at this link: bit.ly/InstantTeams Blog Time for a truth bomb: women are far less likely to negotiate their job offer than men. Crazy, we know. Since our VirtForce community is primarily women (92% women, 8% men), we want to take the time to teach you how to develop your negotiation skills. Remember: once you receive that offer letter, you could be negotiating for a variety of things. You could be negotiating for higher pay, more paid vacation time, fully-remote work, or a guarantee that your job will be secure through a PCS. Let’s go back and reread that last paragraph. Did you notice we said “once you receive that offer letter”? This is such an important part of negotiating - knowing the right time to bring up money and the strategies you can use to be successful. One of the most important things to understand is that not everything is negotiable. You have to learn to use your best judgment and know when negotiation is and isn’t on the table. Once you understand that (don’t worry, we’ll tell you what to look for), you’ll start to see where there is room to negotiate. This episode is bursting at the seams with specific scenarios, strategies to use, and fully-laid out timelines to support you as you negotiate your way through your career.




38. Your Work From Home Office
May 20 2020 36 mins  
Show Notes | May 22, 2020 | Episode 038 This episode is sponsored by our military spouse employment partners at Instant Teams. Remote work is amazing and rewarding (yes, we're biased) but it can be so hard if you don't have a great Work From Home set-up. In this episode, Kimber breaks down everything you need to have a productive and relaxing home office (even if that office is at your kitchen table). To get VirtForce's recommendations for everything from desks to surge protectors to ring lights, tune in. If you are a new listener to VirtForce podcast, we would love to hear from you. Please email [email protected] and let us know how we can help you today. Links and Resources Join the Instant Teams Workforce VirtForce Podcast on Apple Podcasts VirtForce Podcast on Spotify VirtForce Linktree Kimber Hill LinkedIn About Our Sponsor Instant Teams serves professionals across the military-connected community whose lifestyles demand communication and flexibility. Their automated remote team innovation software, Arti, uniquely positions Instant Teams to serve a high growth customer base, and improve the employment prospects of military spouses and other military-connected individuals. Join the Instant Teams workforce today at this link: bit.ly/InstantTeams Ring Light Your ring light is completely optional, but here are three reasons why you should invest:Your ring light makes your lovely face appear much brighter and clearer which can help interviewers remember you and can help your coworkers feel more of a connection with you.Your ring light doubles as a Seasonal Affective Disorder device, meaning if you don’t get a lot of sunlight, your Ring Light LED function can help boost your mood!Your ring light can help wake you up. If you’re feeling dull or draggy, turn on your ring light and get an extra boost of energy! Headphones For your video and audio meetings, you need great headphones. When purchasing, remember that bluetooth is not always reliable so purchase headphones that are bluetooth capable and will plug into your computer. Low cost over the ear options include Plantronix and SkullCandy.If you have loud neighbors or distractions at home, consider noise cancelling headphones. I personally use the Bose Noise Cancelling 700, but the older mode, Bose Quiet Comfort, is also a wonderful more cost effective option. If you need more motivation to choose Bose, their products come with unparalleled customer support and warranty protection. If you have to replace a product, your warranty starts all over brand new with your replacement product. Ethernet Cable & Dongle An ethernet cable runs from your internet router directly into your computer providing you uninterrupted cable access to consistent internet. When you’re on calls and video meetings, you should always be connected to ethernet for best quality.An Ethernet Dongle is an adapter that will convert that big bulky ethernet head to a USB port if your computer does not have an ethernet port. You may or may not need this dongle, but if your computer is newer, it is essentially a requirement these days. Additional Monitors Every work from home PRO will tell you that adding a monitor is a complete GAME CHANGER for productivity. You can add 2 additional monitors to supplement your primary screen comfortably. You can even purchase an extra large gamin monitor or gaming TV screen to support the visual real estate you may need for your role. Outlet Organizer and Surge Protector In a home office, or in any office, cord management can be the thorn in your side. The most useful desktop gadget to eliminate this problem is a surge protector that organizes your devices.This is one I personally own and I love it because it has 12 outlets included USB outlets.Worth every penny!


37. BONUS: Distance, Direction, and Description
May 20 2020 11 mins  
Show Notes | May 20, 2020 |Episode 037 We are so excited to release this bonus episode where we sit down with Melissa, a military spouse and Aira Agent. In this jam packed conversation, Melissa and Kimber break down the tips we need to hear as applicants. Melissa, who has two years of experience with Aira, really digs into how you communicate with an Explorer. If you are considering applying with Aira and are nervous about completing the aptitude test where you do a trial run of working with an Explorer , this is a "don't miss" episode. Links and Resources Join the Instant Teams Workforce VirtForce Podcast on Apple Podcasts VirtForce Podcast on Spotify VirtForce Linktree Kimber Hill LinkedIn Melissa Nunley Facebook Explore These Resources In this episode, we mentioned the following resources: Aira Agent on VirtForce Job Board Aira Agent Interest Form Google Maps 101 Here are the important things to learn and minute markers where you can find them. 1:00 interchanging google maps view vs google earth view2:16 Distinguishing alternate routes2:20 Determining your mode of transportation2:50 Route Options3:10 Departure and Arrival Times3:35 Adding more than 1 destination4:40 Street View (north, south, east, west)5:40 Traffic and terrain 6:35 the Nearby feature Google Maps Public Transit Here are the important things to learn and minute markers where you can find them. 1:14 -3:30 Public Transit3:40 - 4:45 schedule explorer Join the Conversation Our favorite part of recording a live podcast each week is participating in the great conversations that happen on our live chat, on social media, and in our comments section. VirtForce on Facebook VirtForce on LinkedIn VirtForce on Instagram Check Out Recent Podcast Episodes: 29. Applying with Aira? What You Should (And Shouldn't) Say To Blind People 5. Milspouses: The Perfect Fit For Aira


36. #Hired: Negotiate or Bust
May 19 2020 7 mins  
Show Notes | May 19, 2020 | Episode 036Negotiation takes a lot of patience and persistence. It can be challenging to push through the application process and to keep the momentum going. Often we find ourselves taking the first offer that’s extended to us just so that we can get back into the workforce. VirtForce member Laura joins us to share her #hired story. She is here to encourage, inspire, and remind you that patience is critical when looking for your next #remote opportunity. Laura talks about how difficult it was to make it to the last round of an interview process and then not be selected. However, not getting selected for that position allowed her to become the top candidate for another fantastic job. Laura was able to not only negotiate her salary but also negotiate a partially remote position into a fully remote opportunity. Tune in now to hear how VirtForce founder and podcast host Kimber helped Laura negotiate the role of a lifetime! If you are a new listener to the VirtForce podcast, we would love to hear from you. Please email [email protected] and let us know how we can help you today! Links and Resources VirtForce Podcast on Apple Podcasts VirtForce Podcast on Spotify VirtForce Linktree Kimber Hill LinkedIn Laura Briggs LinkedIn Explore These Resources In this episode, we mentioned the following resources: Career Coaches Join the Conversation Our favorite part of recording a live podcast each week is participating in the great conversations that happen on our live chat, on social media, and in our comments section. VirtForce on Facebook VirtForce on LinkedIn VirtForce on Instagram Check Out Recent Podcast Episodes 31. 3 Tips for Reframing Your Work From Home Mindset 30. How to Be A Pro Virtual Assistant 29. Applying to Aira? What You Should (And Shouldn’t) Say To Blind People 28. How to Get Security Clearance


35. 3 Tips for Reframing Your Work From Home Mindset
May 13 2020 26 mins  
Show Notes | May 14, 2020 | Episode 035 This episode is sponsored by our military spouse employment partners at Instant Teams. Hear us out on this: the job market does not have to be a scary place right now. There are amazing opportunities out there, from open jobs to volunteer work to courses designed to develop new skills. This strange time is also a great time to learn how to engage as part of a remote team and how to be successful while working from home. In this episode, career coach Kristen Earp gives us tools and strategies to reframe our mindset while working from home during a global pandemic. If you are a new listener to VirtForce podcast, we would love to hear from you. Please email [email protected] and let us know how we can help you today. Links and Resources Join the Instant Teams Workforce VirtForce Podcast on Apple Podcasts VirtForce Podcast on Spotify VirtForce Linktree Kimber Hill LinkedIn Kristen Earp LinkedIn Explore these Resources In this episode, we mentioned the following resources: 15-Minute Power Session with Kristen Earp Join the Conversation Our favorite part of recording a live podcast each week is participating in the great conversations that happen on our live chat, on social media, and in our comments section. VirtForce on Facebook VirtForce on LinkedIn VirtForce on Instagram Check Out Recent Podcast Episodes: 30. How to Be A Pro Virtual Assistant 29. Applying to Aira? What You Should (And Shouldn’t) Say To Blind People 28. How to Get Security Clearance 27. Is Volunteer Work Hurting You? 26. How to Freelance with Laura Briggs About Our Sponsor Instant Teams serves professionals across the military-connected community whose lifestyles demand communication and flexibility. Their automated remote team innovation software, Arti, uniquely positions Instant Teams to serve a high growth customer base, and improve the employment prospects of military spouses and other military-connected individuals. Join the Instant Teams workforce today at this link: bit.ly/InstantTeams Blog In this episode, we are thrilled to welcome back to the podcast our friend Kristen Earp. You may recognize her from the VirtForce community. She is one of our fantastic vetted career coaches. It’s no secret we are living in strange times right now. As milspouses, we are definitely used to a certain amount of uncertainty and, let’s call it what it is, weirdness in our lives. However, this is magnified and is unlike anything we’ve dealt with before. We are going to break down Kristen’s 3 Tips to Navigating Remote Work and Social Distancing. Stop calling it social distancing. Reframe it in your mind as physical distancing.Think about where you can make an impact.Know that eventually this will pass. Hear us out on this: the job market does not have to be a scary place right now. There are amazing opportunities out there, from open jobs to volunteer work to courses designed to develop new skills. This strange time is also a great time to learn how to engage as part of a remote team and how to be successful while working from home.



34. BONUS: Happy Milspouse Appreciation Day
May 08 2020 7 mins  
Show Notes | May 8, 2020 | Episode 034 This episode is sponsored by our military spouse employment partners at Instant Teams. Today is Military Spouse Appreciation Day and we want to take a minute to thank all of the amazing military spouses that are part of the VirtForce community. From our fearless leader Kimber Hill, to our staff, to our amazing volunteer Brand Ambassadors, to the men and women that make up this incredible community. From the bottoms of our hearts: thank you. If you are a new listener to VirtForce podcast, we would love to hear from you. Please email [email protected] and let us know how we can help you today! Links and Resources Join the Instant Teams Workforce VirtForce in The Huffington Post VirtForce Podcast on Apple Podcasts VirtForce Podcast on Spotify VirtForce Linktree Kimber Hill LinkedIn Join the Conversation Our favorite part of recording a live podcast each week is participating in the great conversations that happen on our live chat, on social media, and in our comments section. VirtForce on Facebook VirtForce on LinkedIn VirtForce on Instagram Check Out Recent Podcast Episodes: 30. How to Be A Pro Virtual Assistant 29. Applying to Aira? What You Should (And Shouldn’t) Say To Blind People 28. How to Get Security Clearance 27. Is Volunteer Work Hurting You? 26. How to Freelance with Laura Briggs About Our Sponsor Instant Teams serves professionals across the military-connected community whose lifestyles demand communication and flexibility. Their automated remote team innovation software, Arti, uniquely positions Instant Teams to serve a high growth customer base, and improve the employment prospects of military spouses and other military-connected individuals. Join the Instant Teams workforce today at this link: bit.ly/InstantTeams


33. How to Be A Pro Virtual Assistant
May 07 2020 24 mins  
Show Notes | May 7, 2020 | Episode 033 This episode is sponsored by our military spouse employment partners at Instant Teams. Have you ever dreamed of running your own empire? Setting your own hours? Choosing the clients that you want to work with? Then scrolling and click play. Kimber sits down with six-figure Virtual Assistant pace setter, April Wilhelm. Through April’s company, Stay At Home Profit, you can learn VA work from a true pro. If you’ve ever asked yourself, “why can’t I have my cake and eat it too?” this is the episode for you. If you are a new listener to VirtForce podcast, we would love to hear from you. Please email [email protected] and let us know how we can help you today! Links and Resources Join the Instant Teams Workforce VirtForce Podcast on Apple Podcasts VirtForce Podcast on Spotify VirtForce Linktree Kimber Hill LinkedIn April Wilhelm LinkedIn Explore these Resources In this episode, we mentioned the following resources: Stay At Home ProfitStay At Home Profit Podcast Join the Conversation Our favorite part of recording a live podcast each week is participating in the great conversations that happen on our live chat, on social media, and in our comments section. VirtForce on Facebook VirtForce on LinkedIn VirtForce on Instagram Check Out Recent Podcast Episodes: 29. Applying to Aira? What You Should (And Shouldn't) Say To Blind People 28. How to Get Security Clearance 27. Is Volunteer Work Hurting You? 26. How to Freelance with Laura Briggs About Our Sponsor Instant Teams serves professionals across the military-connected community whose lifestyles demand communication and flexibility. Their automated remote team innovation software, Arti, uniquely positions Instant Teams to serve a high growth customer base, and improve the employment prospects of military spouses and other military-connected individuals. Join the Instant Teams workforce today at this link: bit.ly/InstantTeams Blog Have you ever dreamed of running your own empire? Setting your own hours? Choosing the clients that you want to work with? Then quit scrolling and click play. In this episode, Kimber sits down with six-figure Virtual Assistant pace setter, April Wilhelm. Through April’s company, Stay At Home Profit, you can learn VA work from a true pro. If you’ve ever asked yourself, “why can’t I have my cake and eat it too?” this is the episode for you. Kimber and April talk all about how you can be there for your kids/spouse/family/dog/etc while still working and pursuing your own at-home career. April built her business from the NICU after her daughter was born premature at only 26 weeks. She was surrounded by circumstances she had no control over. She needed to feel in control of something and she threw herself into building her business from the ground up. She knew that working would not only give her control over at least part of her life, but it gave her back her self-identity and a sense of fulfillment. Stay At Home Profit is focused on digital marketing strategy. In the training they offer, soon-to-be Virtual Assistants not only identify their personality type and skillset,


32. Applying with Aira? What You Should (And Shouldn’t) Say to Blind People
Apr 29 2020 37 mins  
Show Notes | April 30, 2020 | Episode 032 This episode is sponsored by our military spouse employment partners at Instant Teams. The opportunity to apply to be an Aira Agent will open again soon, so buckle up for a crash course in “blind people for dummies.” Our team recently traveled to Military Creator Con and Podfest 2020 in Orlando, FL where Kimber was lucky enough to meet David Goldstein of the iCantCU podcast. David has been visually impaired his entire life. In this episode, Kimber and David sit down to chat about what it was like for him to navigate a huge conference like Podfest, how he uses Aira (shout-out to one of our favorite employment partners!), and the things you should (and shouldn’t) say when talking to or guiding a visually impaired individual. If you are a new listener to VirtForce podcast, we would love to hear from you. Please email [email protected] and let us know how we can help you today! Links and Resources Join the Instant Teams Workforce VirtForce Podcast on Apple Podcasts VirtForce Podcast on Spotify VirtForce Linktree Kimber Hill LinkedIn iCantCU Explore these Resources In this episode, we mentioned the following resources: Aira Join the Conversation Our favorite part of recording a live podcast each week is participating in the great conversations that happen on our live chat, on social media, and in our comments section. VirtForce on Facebook VirtForce on LinkedIn VirtForce on Instagram Check Out Recent Podcast Episodes: 28. How to Get Security Clearance 27. Is Volunteer Work Hurting You? 26. How to Freelance with Laura Briggs Blog The opportunity to apply to be an Aira Agent will open again soon, so take a minute to think about this: how would you give directions to a visually impaired individual that would allow them to cross a street safely and without running into anything? How would you explain where the restroom is in a giant conference center? If you’ve ever looked into the VirtForce partnership with Aira, you may have asked yourself these questions. In this episode, Kimber sits down with David Goldstein of the iCantCU podcast. The two met while attending Military Creator Con and Podfest in Orlando, FL. David, a lifelong entrepreneur and podcaster, has been visually impaired for his entire life. He says that the iCantCU podcast is “blind people for dummies.” In this episode, Kimber and David sit down to chat about what it was like for him to navigate Podfest, how he uses Aira (shout-out to one of our favorite partners!), and the things you should (and shouldn’t) say when talking to or guiding a visually impaired individual. Not only is this episode a great resource for anyone interested in working with Aira and their worldwide community of explorers like David, but it is also a great resource for us as community members and human beings. Make sure to tune in and subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts (Apple Podcasts, Spotify). We want to give a special thanks to our military spouse employment partners at Instant Teams for sponsoring this episode! About Our Sponsor


31. How to Get Security Clearance
Apr 23 2020 26 mins  
Show Notes | April 23, 2020 | Episode 031 We know security clearances can be tricky, especially when navigating life after service and telework. In this episode, we break down how to put your security clearance to use, how to maintain your clearance, and how to obtain security clearance. Kimber sits down with Jeff Bennett of DoD Secure and Red Bike Publishing to answer all of our questions about security clearances and gives us hope that, yes, you can work from home in a job that requires security clearance. If you are a new listener to VirtForce podcast, we would love to hear from you. Please email [email protected] and let us know how we can help you today! Links and Resources VirtForce Podcast on Apple Podcasts VirtForce Podcast on Spotify Kimber Hill LinkedIn Jeff Bennett LinkedIn In this episode, we discussed the following resources: Red Bike Publishing Insider’s Guide to Security Clearance DoD Secure Podcast Security Clearance Application Join the Conversation Our favorite part of recording a live podcast each week is participating in the great conversations that happen on our live chat, on social media, and in our comments section. VirtForce on Facebook VirtForce on LinkedIn VirtForce on Instagram Check Out Recent Podcast Episodes 26. How to Freelance with Laura Briggs 25. Tiger King Video Chat Do’s & Don’ts 24. Famous Remote Workers from Cavemen to Walt Disney 22. Telework in the Time of Corona Blog We know security clearances can be tricky, especially when navigating life after service and telework. In this episode, Kimber sits down with Jeff Bennett of DoD Secureand Red Bike Publishing to answer all of our questions about security clearances and gives us hope that, yes, you can work from home in a job that requires security clearance. Jeff is a veteran and security clearance guru. Together, he and Kimber break down the following questions: How do I put my security clearance to use after the service? How do I maintain my clearance? How do I even start the process to obtain security clearance? If you are transitioning out of the service, or are already considering what life after the service may look like for you, rest assured that any clearance you may have when you exit the service can easily be transitioned to a new job. But here’s the catch – you must transition your clearance to a new role within 24 months. If you don’t, you will need to restart the process to get re-cleared. So, if you’ve got your eye on a job with a government entity or government contractor that requires a clearance, we’re going to cover what that means. Here is a pro-tip from Jeff: if you know you want to do work that will require a security clearance, go online and download a form (SF-86 or the Security Clearance Application). Start by gathering your addresses for the last 7-10 years, the places you’ve worked, the people you’ve known, etc. Having this list ready is something you can control and a great way to prepare. What is a security clearance? To break it down simply, there are three levels of clearance: 1) Confidential (lowest level),


30. BONUS: How One Veteran Reinvented Himself After Trauma
Apr 23 2020 32 mins  
Show Notes | April 23, 2020 | Episode 030 Warning: This episode covers potentially triggering topics including suicide, substance abuse, and sexual assault. In this episode, we are sharing a raw conversation with entrepreneur and veteran John Krotec of GreenZone Hero. John is using his experiences, including a traumatic brain injury and childhood sexual assault, to bring what he has learned from them to the military community. We are proud to share John’s story during Sexual Assault Awareness Month and to shine light on a conversation that is often times hard to have. If you are a new listener to VirtForce podcast, we would love to hear from you. Please email [email protected] and let us know how we can help you today! Links and Resources VirtForce Podcast on Apple Podcasts VirtForce Podcast on Spotify Kimber Hill LinkedIn John Krotec LinkedIn Explore These Resources If you or someone you know is struggling, please consider these resources: The National Resource Directory Veterans Crisis Line Vet Call Center 1-877-WAR-VETS National Sexual Assault Telephone Hotline 800-656-HOPE National Sexual Violence Resource Center In this episode, we discussed the following resources: GreenZone Hero Straight Outta Combat Task Force Zen Fractals Poetry Join the Conversation Our favorite part of recording a live podcast each week is participating in the great conversations that happen on our live chat, on social media, and in our comments section. VirtForce on Facebook VirtForce on LinkedIn VirtForce on Instagram Check Out Recent Podcast Episodes 26. How to Freelance with Laura Briggs 25. Tiger King Video Chat Do’s & Don’ts 24. Famous Remote Workers from Cavemen to Walt Disney 22. Telework in the Time of Corona Blog In this episode, we are sharing a raw conversation with entrepreneur and veteran John Krotec of GreenZone Hero. John is a firm believer that, “living is people.” It is people who create our experience and our existence here. He is using his experiences and what he has learned through them, including a traumatic brain injury and childhood sexual assault, to pour back into the military community. GreenZone Hero is an online directory of businesses (both veteran and non-veteran owned) that support freedom in one way or another. This includes giving special pricing to veterans and active duty, employing veterans, or supporting the military community in some other way. John is also the mind behind Straight Outta Combat Radio and Task Force Zen Radio, podcasts that tell the stories of our combat veterans so we can change the negative stereotypes surrounding veterans and have an open conversation. It is clear through spending even just 5 minutes with John that he has a powerful mindset and is a necessary voice for combat veterans whose stories need to be told. Everything he does is with the goal of benefitting our military community. This includes staffing GreenZone Hero with milspouses. Through his work, John is unveiling what it’s like to be a veteran and what it’s like in the life of a servic...


29. Resume Bootcamp Teaser: Is Volunteer Work Hurting You?
Apr 16 2020 16 mins  
Show Notes | April 16, 2020 | Episode 029 Volunteer work may be hurting you and may be leading you to self-sabotage your job prospects. In this Resume Bootcamp Teaser episode, we offer some ideas for how to take advantage of #stayinghome to volunteer and bolster your resume. Right now, it feels like a lot of things are out of our control, but something we can control is how shape our volunteer experiences to help us in our job search rather than hurt us. Learn how by listening now. If you are a new listener to VirtForce podcast, we would love to hear from you. Please email [email protected] and let us know how we can help you today! Links and Resources VirtForce Podcast on Apple Podcasts VirtForce Podcast on Spotify Kimber Hill LinkedIn VolunteerMatch.org Explore these Resources In this episode, we mentioned the following resources: Resume Bootcamp Wait List 10. “You are what you speak” with Mark England Join the Conversation Our favorite part of recording a live podcast each week is participating in the great conversations that happen on our live chat, on social media, and in our comments section. VirtForce on Facebook VirtForce on LinkedIn VirtForce on Instagram Check Out Recent Podcast Episodes 26. How to Freelance with Laura Briggs 25. Tiger King Video Chat Do’s & Don’ts 24. Famous Remote Workers from Cavemen to Walt Disney 22. Telework in the Time of Corona Blog In these chaotic and uncertain times, when unemployment is skyrocketing and quarantine has become the norm, it is daunting to think about our resumes, our work experience, and what our future in the workforce might look like. Here at VirtForce, our hearts go out to everyone experience economic hardship. One of our core values is servant leadership - our team is always working to give back to our community. Because of that, we want to share this teaser for an upcoming resource called Resume Bootcamp. In this episode, we talk about how you can frame volunteer experience to your advantage, both on your resume and in interviews. So why are we talking about this now? If you are able, you can take this time to support your community and volunteer. We found over 120,000 virtual volunteer opportunities using VolunteerMatch.org. Why not use your skills and time to not only bolster your resume and LinkedIn, but also contribute to the greater good while we all find our way through this #pandemic. As you look to bolster your work experience with volunteering, make sure you are considering how you may be using your volunteer work to self-sabotage your job prospects. Yes, your volunteer work can actually hurt you on your resume, LinkedIn, and in interviews. This is the bottom line: volunteer work may not be exchanging your time for pay but it is exchanging your time for experience. Because of this, volunteer positions should be listed with formal titles (not just “Volunteer”) and should be treated like any other job on your resume and LinkedIn. Kimber walks you through exactly how you should be listing your volunteer work, how to ride the confidence wave, and how to check yourself to make sure you are using architect language.


28. How to Freelance with Laura Briggs
Apr 08 2020 32 mins  
Show Notes | April 9, 2020 | Episode 028 Solopreneur. Milpreneur. Mompreneur. Do any of these words resonate with you? Good, because this episode is full of advice for anyone considering freelance or contractor work. Kimber sits down with VirtForce family member and wildly successful freelance coach Laura Briggs. They chat about everything from the differences in remote and freelance work to facing the fears that come along with being your own boss. If you are a new listener to VirtForce podcast, we would love to hear from you. Please email [email protected] and let us know how we can help you today! Links and Resources VirtForce Podcast on Apple Podcasts VirtForce Podcast on Spotify VirtForce Linktree Kimber Hill LinkedIn Laura Briggs LinkedIn Advanced Freelancing Podcast Explore these Resources In this episode, we mentioned the following resources: Xero Accounting Software GoDaddy Online Bookkeeping Laura’s Books: How To Start Your Own Freelance Writing Business The Top 24 Most Profitable Freelance Side Hustles Join the Conversation Our favorite part of recording a live podcast each week is participating in the great conversations that happen on our live chat, on social media, and in our comments section. VirtForce on Facebook VirtForce on LinkedIn VirtForce on Instagram Check Out Recent Podcast Episodes Tiger King Video Chat Do’s & Don’ts Famous Remote Workers from Cavemen to Walt Disney Telework in the Time of Corona Blog Thinking about a stronger financial future for your family? Have you ever wondered if you can have a job and a freelance side gig? This episode focuses not only on how to become a freelancer, but really on how to create a business (or job) that brings you joy and allows you to take some much-needed time for yourself. Kimber sat down with Laura Briggs, a VirtForce family member, milspouse, and wildly successful freelance coach. Laura has trained over 5,000 freelancers, has published several books on the topic of freelancing, and has her own podcast. She really is an example of being able to do it all. In this amazing episode, Kimber and Laura chat about everything from the difference between remote and freelance work to facing the fears that come along with being your own boss. Make sure to tune in and subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts (Apple Podcasts, Spotify).


27. Tiger King Video Chat Do’s & Don’ts
Apr 02 2020 45 mins  
Show Notes | April 2, 2020 | Episode 027 Hear us out: The Tiger King teaches us how to be our best on video chats like Zoom. We know, that sounds about as far-fetched as believing Carole didn’t kill her husband. On this week's episode, we use hilarious memes and lessons learned from the Tiger King to share with you VirtForce’s 15 Must-Know Zoom Tips. We’re going to prove that you can learn how to be a better remote employee, interviewee, and Zoom video participant just by watching Joe Exotic. Join us for a live Zoom social, where milspouses across the country got together to share not only their best Zoom tips and tricks but also their Tiger King theories (spoiler alert: we all think Carole did it). If you are a new listener to VirtForce Podcast, we would love to hear from you. Please email [email protected] and let us know how we can help you today! Links and Resources VirtForce Podcast on Apple Podcasts VirtForce Podcast on Spotify VirtForce Linktree Kimber Hill LinkedIn Explore These Resources How to Ace Your Virtual Interview Join the Conversation Our favorite part of recording a live podcast each week is participating in the great conversations that happen on our live chat, on social media, and in our comments section. VirtForce on Facebook VirtForce on LinkedIn VirtForce on Instagram Check Out Recent Podcast Episodes Famous Remote Workers from Cavemen to Walt DisneyTelework in the Time of Corona Nonprofit Megaphone Partnership Reveal Free Mentorship Program with ACP Go Remote by Landing Virtual Opportunities Ace Your Virtual Interview Blog Hey all you cool cats and kittens. If you’ve been on the internet lately, you’ve likely seen the Tiger King on Netflix as well as the amazing memes this show has inspired. This week, we use fresh memes and lessons learned from the Tiger King to share with you VirtForce’s 15 Must-Know Zoom Tips. We’re going to prove that you can learn how to be a better remote employee, interviewee, and Zoom video participant just by watching Joe Exotic. In this crazy time of social distancing and quarantine, Zoom is the place to be. This episode is not only full of helpful tips and tricks for looking your best on Zoom, but it’s also filled with hilarious conversations between milspouses swapping Tiger King theories. Did Carole do it? How does Joe Exotic maintain his signature hairstyle? Where can I get a sequin leopard print blouse? Here’s one of our favorite tips from the discussion: don’t get poorly framed like Joe (sound off in the comments if you think he was set up). Your face should be appropriately framed in the video chat. You should be about two feet away from your device and we should be able to see from your shoulders to the top of your head. If you’re ready to laugh, get Joe Exotic’s hit country tunes stuck in your head, and learn how you can become a Zoom rock star during #socialdistancing, don’t miss this episode. To follow along with the memes discussed in this episode, head over to VirtForce’s Instagram. Make sure to tune in and subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts (Apple Podcasts, Spotify).



26. Famous Remote Workers from Cavemen to Walt Disney
Mar 26 2020 30 mins  
Show Notes | March 26, 2020 | Episode 026 Disney. Calculus. Gravity. Macbeth. The Declaration of Independence. Can you guess what all of these things have in common? They were all born out of a home office. That’s right, remote work isn’t some new trend. It has been around for over 1.4 million years. In this episode, we take a break from all of the noise surrounding our current pandemic and celebrate the amazing innovations, creations, and leaps forward that have been made while working from home or during times of economic and social crisis. Tune in now to hear Kimber share a whole episode of one of her favorite things: factoids. If you are a new listener to VirtForce Podcast, we would love to hear from you. Please email [email protected] and let us know how we can help you today! Links and Resources VirtForce Podcast on Apple Podcasts VirtForce Podcast on Spotify VirtForce Linktree Kimber Hill LinkedIn Sources for This Episode Wikipedia Science20 Science Direct Fast Company Business Insider Forbes The Atlantic Saint Albans Messenger National Park Service LA Mag DC Writers Homes History FlexJobs Join the Conversation Our favorite part of recording a live podcast each week is participating in the great conversations that happen on our live chat, on social media, and in our comments section. VirtForce on Facebook VirtForce on LinkedIn VirtForce on Instagram Check Out Recent Podcast Episodes Telework in the Time of Corona Nonprofit Megaphone Partnership Reveal Free Mentorship Program with ACP Go Remote by Landing Virtual Opportunities Discover Your Purpose with Brian Mohr Ace Your Virtual Interview Blog Did you know that remote work, or working from home, has been around for 1.4 million years? From cavemen to Shakespeare to Disney to those of you listening to this while you work from home during the coronavirus pandemic. History shows us that amazing things have come from both working from home and times of crisis. This episode is filled with one of host Kimber’s favorite things: factoids. She gives you a crash course on remote work history, from the time of the cavemen (yes, there is evidence to support this) to today. So let’s talk about a few things that came out of either working from home (do you really think people were going outside during the Bubonic Plague?) or dealing with major world crises like World War I. When theaters were forced to shut down due to the Black Death, Shakespeare wrote some of his most famous plays, including Macbeth and Antony and Cleopatra.While quarantined at home during the Bubonic Plague, Sir Isaac Newton discovered gravity.While working in an office in his Airbnb, Thomas Jefferson wrote The Declaration of Independence. These are just a few of the major contributions that have been made to civilization from the comfort of a home office. Look around you. Are you sitting in your office? At home?


25. Nonprofit Megaphone Partnership Reveal
Mar 25 2020 30 mins  
Show Notes | March 19, 2020 | Episode 025 If someone asked you if you wanted to make a difference in the world, would you say yes? If so, tune in. This episode delves into amazing opportunities with Nonprofit Megaphone, a company helping nonprofits acquire and manage the Google Ads Grant. Kimber sits down with fellow milspouse and NPM employee, Heidi, to talk about the 7 positions they are currently hiring for and what it is about NPM that makes it such an amazing place for milspouses looking to go remote and make a difference. If you are a new listener to VirtForce podcast, we would love to hear from you. Please email [email protected] and let us know how we can help you today! Links and Resources VirtForce Podcast on Apple Podcasts VirtForce Podcast on Spotify VirtForce Linktree Kimber Hill LinkedIn Nonprofit Megaphone Explore These Resources In this episode, we mentioned the following resources: How to Ace Your Virtual Interview VirtForce Job Board Join the Conversation Our favorite part of recording a live podcast each week is participating in the great conversations that happen on our live chat, on social media, and in our comments section. VirtForce on Facebook VirtForce on LinkedIn VirtForce on Instagram Check Out Recent Podcast Episodes: Corona Coaching Pt. 1 Free Mentorship Program with American Corporate Partners Proximity Learning Partnership Reveal Go Remote by Landing Virtual Opportunities Blog This episode takes a deep dive into amazing opportunities with Nonprofit Megaphone, a company helping nonprofits acquire and manage the Google Ads Grant. Our guest, Heidi, is an amazing advocate for the military spouse community and is a fantastic example of going after what you want. We are so lucky to sit down with her in this episode. So what does NPM do? They help nonprofits acquire and manage the Google Ads Grant, which is $10,000/month in Google Search Ads. They make sure the organizations are staying compliant with all necessary policies laid out in their grant. This fantastic company is supporting organizations such as animal shelters and adoption agencies. As NPM is a small organization, employees get the opportunity to be cross-trained and wear several different hats. They are currently hiring for three different positions: Client Happiness Manager, Google Ads Manager, and Website Analytics Specialist. You can apply on the VirtForce Job Board for any of these positions. Responsibilities within these positions include being the face of NPM that the clients get to know and interact with, working directly with the Google Ads account, and providing an easy to understand explanation of the client’s Return on Investment. Experience is not required for these positions and NPM offers a very robust training program. However, a Bachelor’s degree is required. Other exciting things about NPM include: You have the opportunity to move from a 1099 to a W2 employee after a set period of time. This allows both you and the company the time to really understand if this is the right fit for you.NPM goes on a yearly annual retreat. Yes, in person! Even though they are a fully remote team,


24. Telework in the Time of Corona
Mar 17 2020 16 mins  
Show Notes | March 17, 2020 | Episode 024 Working remotely in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic? One of the biggest changes, for a lot of employees and companies, has been a sudden shift to remote work. As a subject matter expert in the virtual workforce as well as in business processes, host Kimber is sharing her 8 Strategies to Mitigate Risks for your business and your team. These strategies apply to businesses, business owners, employees, and anyone else who currently finds themselves working remotely (either by choice or by necessity). Tune in to hear how you can make remote work work for you in this season of unknowns. If you are a new listener to VirtForce Podcast, we would love to hear from you. Please email [email protected] and let us know how we can help you today! Links and Resources VirtForce Podcast on Apple Podcasts VirtForce Podcast on Spotify VirtForce Linktree Kimber Hill LinkedIn Join the Conversation Our favorite part of recording a live podcast each week is participating in the great conversations that happen on our live chat, on social media, and in our comments section. VirtForce on Facebook VirtForce on LinkedIn VirtForce on Instagram Check Out Recent Podcast Episodes: Go Remote by Landing Virtual Opportunities Discover Your Purpose with Brian Mohr Ace Your Virtual Interview Intuit Partnership Reveal Blog We’ve all been reading or watching the news. We know that in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, life is changing drastically. One of the biggest changes, for a lot of employees and companies, has been a sudden shift to remote work. Kimber Hill, VirtForce founder and podcast host, is a subject matter expert in the virtual workforce as well as in business processes. Kimber is sharing her 8 Risk Mitigation Strategies to support remote work for your business and your team. These strategies apply to businesses, business owners, employees, and anyone else who currently finds themselves working remotely (either by choice or by necessity). Make sure to tune in and subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts (Apple Podcasts, Spotify). These 8 strategies are easy to implement and will benefit everyone as we navigate a world that is currently filled with a lot more remote teams. Kimber’s suggestions center around the need to have a remote flexible business plan in place so you are prepared for the unexpected. In this brief 20 minute episode, Kimber will cover the following 8 strategies in detail, supporting how they can keep you and your colleagues in business during quarantine. 1 Practice Remote Flexibility 2 Maintain a data back-up 3 Establish a Call Tree 4 Create a recent travel list 5 Support working parents 6 Agree on a communication plan 7 Set communication ground rules 8 Manage Client Expectations Listen to the full episode to hear our tips and tricks for not only succeeding as a remote team, but also communicating with clients and supporting your employees. Make sure to tune in and subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts (Apple Podcasts, Spotify).


23. Free Mentorship Program with American Corporate Partners
Mar 11 2020 27 mins  
Show Notes | March 12, 2020 | Episode 023 Free Mentorship Program with American Corporate Partners We all know the story - finding meaningful careers while living this crazy milspouse life is challenging to say the least. None of us will be surprised to learn that 70% of military spouses do not believe their education or work experience is being fully utilized in their current job while 56% of working spouses reported they were underemployed. If you’re part of our VirtForce family, then you’re likely struggling with these very things or know someone who is. Luckily, American Corporate Partners is here to help. In this episode, Kimber sits down with both the Manager and the Operations Associate and Outreach Specialist of ACP’s Active Duty Spouse Mentoring Program. In this amazing program, ACP hand-selects a Mentor for each spouse Protégé for year-long, customized, one-on-one mentorship. The best part? It is totally free! Tune in to learn more about how to take advantage of this incredible opportunity. If you are a new listener to VirtForce Podcast, we would love to hear from you. Please email [email protected] and let us know how we can help you today! Links and Resources VirtForce Podcast on Apple Podcasts VirtForce Podcast on Spotify VirtForce Linktree Kimber Hill LinkedIn American Corporate Partners Explore these Resources In this episode, we mentioned the following resources: ACP Spouse Program ACP Spouse Application ACP Veteran Application How to Ace Your Virtual Interview VirtForce Job Board Join the Conversation Our favorite part of recording a live podcast each week is participating in the great conversations that happen on our live chat, on social media, and in our comments section. VirtForce on Facebook VirtForce on LinkedIn VirtForce on Instagram Check Out Recent Podcast Episodes: Proximity Learning Partner Reveal Go Remote by Landing Virtual Opportunities Discover Your Purpose with Brian Mohr Ace Your Virtual Interview Intuit Partnership Reveal Blog We all know the story - finding meaningful careers while living this crazy milspouse life is challenging to say the least. Between frequent moves, dealing with deployments, and everything in between, it’s easy to become frustrated. None of us will be surprised to learn that 70% of military spouses do not believe their education or work experience is being fully utilized in their current job while 56% of working spouses reported they were underemployed. If you’re part of our VirtForce family, then you’re likely struggling with these very things or know someone who is. Luckily, American Corporate Partners is here to help. In this episode, Kimber sits down with both the Manager and the Operations Associate and Outreach Specialist of ACP’s Active Duty Spouse Mentoring Program. In this amazing program, ACP hand-selects a Mentor for each spouse Protégé for year-long, customized, one-on-one mentorship. The best part? It is totally free! Whether you are considering a new career, are an entrepreneur looking to start your own business, or have recently done a PCS, ACP has mentors who can help.


22. Proximity Learning Partnership Reveal
Mar 05 2020 25 mins  
Show Notes | March 5, 2020 | Episode 022 Calling all educators! We are thrilled to reveal our Partner for the Virtual High School Teacher role. Proximity Learning is offering a fantastic High School Teacher W2 position where you can teach in a live classroom. This amazing company is bringing education to students who are underserved, whether it is a rural area or an area where there aren’t a lot of teachers. In this episode, Kimber talks with Hiring Managers from Proximity Learning to answer all of your questions (we know our teachers have a lot!) We cover everything from the application process to curriculum to teaching multiple subjects to opportunities for professional development. If you are a new listener to VirtForce Podcast, we would love to hear from you. Please email [email protected] and let us know how we can help you today! Links and Resources VirtForce Podcast on Apple Podcasts VirtForce Podcast on Spotify VirtForce Linktree Kimber Hill LinkedIn Proximity Learning Explore these Resources In this episode, we mentioned the following resources: Apply to Proximity Learning How to Ace Your Virtual Interview VirtForce Job Board Join the Conversation Our favorite part of recording a live podcast each week is participating in the great conversations that happen on our live chat, on social media, and in our comments section. VirtForce on Facebook VirtForce on LinkedIn VirtForce on Instagram Check Out Recent Podcast Episodes: Go Remote by Landing Virtual Opportunities Discover Your Purpose with Brian Mohr Ace Your Virtual Interview Intuit Partnership Reveal Blog Calling all educators! We are thrilled to reveal our Partner for the Virtual High School Teacher role. Proximity Learning is offering a fantastic High School Teacher W2 position where you can teach in a live classroom. One of the coolest parts of this opportunity is that it offers you the chance to teach in the subject that you want to teach. They are currently focused on hiring math, science, and physics teachers. In this episode, Kimber talks with Hiring Managers from Proximity Learning to answer all of your questions (we know our teachers have a lot!) We cover everything from the application process to curriculum to teaching multiple subjects to opportunities for professional development. So what makes teaching with Proximity Learning such a fantastic opportunity? They are focused on making education equitable for everyone. They are bringing education to students who are underserved, whether it is a rural area or an area where there aren’t a lot of teachers. This company is truly developing and innovating in order to reach students where they are. If working for a company where you are actively making a difference in the world aligns with your core values, this could be the place for you. Think about your own core values. Do you value positivity? Do you value growth? We think you’ll find that Proximity aligns with both of these things. So not only will you be actively making a difference in student’s lives each day, you’ll be working for a company that has a culture of support and positivity.


21. How to Land Virtual Work
Feb 27 2020 32 mins  
Show Notes | February 27, 2020 | Episode 021 We know there is a love-hate relationship with working remotely. Most of us love the idea of working from home, yet we fear if it will be the right fit for us. What if we told you we have come up with the 5 easy steps to landing a virtual job? Although it may seem like an easy world to get into, that’s not always the case. In this competitive remote workspace, you have to narrow down your job search to focus on positions that truly speak to you. In this episode, we discuss securing a virtual job in just 5 easy steps. We’ll share tips on how to brand yourself as a professional by targeting your resume, fixing up your LinkedIn, and narrowing your focus to positions that speak to you. If you are a new listener to VirtForce Podcast, we would love to hear from you. Please email [email protected] and let us know how we can help you today! Links and Resources VirtForce Podcast Kimber Hill LinkedIn Explore these Resources In this episode, we mentioned the following resources: VirtForce Career Coach How to Ace Your Virtual Interview VirtForce Job Board Join the Conversation Our favorite part of recording a live podcast each week is participating in the great conversations that happen on our live chat, on social media, and in our comments section. VirtForce on Facebook VirtForce on LinkedIn Check Out More VirtForce Programming Intuit Partnership Reveal Military Creator Con and Podfest 2020 Stand United, addressing NS Pearl Harbor and NAS Pensacola Flexible, PCS Friendly #JobOpp with Tiny Troops Soccer Blog Post The struggle is real when it comes to finding the perfect work-life balance. We know that finding a remote job is the ideal opportunity for our military spouses so they can optimize their time at home. However, we also understand the application and interview process can be tricky to navigate. Many members of our VirtForce community want to know, “how do you successfully land a virtual job?” Well, we got you covered! In this episode, our host Kimber gives FREE career coaching that will help you get #hired as we dive into how to find virtual opportunities and what you can do to secure the virtual position that’s right for you! We discuss “5 Steps to a Virtual Job” and what it means to network and brand yourself as a professional looking for a job rather than an applicant who is looking to take any position out of desperation. Real talk: At some point, we have all been there. We have all been stuck exactly where you are right now but you got this. We’re here to give you some tough love to help you, “get your rear in gear.” It’s important to understand the different types of remote opportunities available so that you can apply accordingly. Remote opportunities are competitive and we know you have what it takes to land a position that is just right for you. Think about how you can narrow down your focus to help you decide what you want to do based on what you’re good at and your core values. This will better align you with positions that interest you while allowing you to be intentional about the application process. Consider how branding yourself as a professional doing your favorite hobby will help you when applying for a remote position. It shows the employer that you have taken the time out to target your resume for the position and s...


20. Discover Your Purpose with Brian Mohr
Feb 19 2020 49 mins  
Show Notes | February 20, 2020 | Episode 020 Discover Your Purpose / Igniting your Purpose VirtForce founder Kimber and Brian Mohr, Operations Manager at Yelp and Life Coach, sit down to talk about igniting our purpose. Discovering your purpose is finding the one thing you can do excitingly, the gift no one else can do or take away from you. It’s fine to not know your purpose, you can start with your vision. Make it a goal. Start ugly and just do it because finding our purpose is all about inspiration and action. If you are a new listener to VirtForce Podcast, we would love to hear from you. Please email [email protected] and let us know how we can help you today! Links and Resources VirtForce Podcast Kimber Hill LinkedIn Brian Mohr LinkedIn Explore these ResourcesIn this episode, we mentioned the following resources: Brian Mohr Masterclass Join the ConversationOur favorite part of recording a live podcast each week is participating in the great conversations that happen on our live chat, on social media, and in our comments section. VirtForce on Facebook VirtForce on LinkedIn Check Out More VirtForce Programming TCDI, A Path for Milspouses into Legal and Cyber Services Let’s Talk Military Taxes with Brandyn Cox You are what you speak – with Mark England Instantly create a profile with Kara of Instant Teams Blog Post Often times, we put ourselves in a box by placing a limit on what we are capable of doing, based on our beliefs (or lack thereof). The best way to discover your purpose starts with the belief that you can do it! Kimber and Brian Mohr, Operations Manager at Yelp and Life Coach sit down to discuss igniting your purpose and what you can do right now to get you on the right path of discovering your purpose. Recently, Brian Mohr expressed that he envisioned being a life coach in 2005 but didn’t live in the moment that would allow him to take advantage of pursuing his purpose. Although he didn’t take advantage of the moment, he always knew he would be helping people discover their greatness. This really inspired him to take baby steps to find the path of his purpose. When you think about a goal or a vision for your life, do you feel like it aligns with your purpose in life? Do you know what your purpose is? If not, that’s not a problem because this episode is just for you. Kimber and Brian Mohr talk about living in the moment and what steps you can take to find your purpose. Think about a time when you felt like, “Wow, I really am good at this.” Can you name something you’re really good at? If so, you just might be on the path of discovering your purpose simply because discovering that purpose requires us to own our gifts. Many of us struggle to say, “I’m really good at this,” because we take our talents for granted and don’t realize the superpower that’s within us. If you are ready to ignite your purpose and tap into your inner strength you need to download this episode to listen to all of the gems that Brian Mohr shares with us.


19. Ace Your Virtual Interview
Feb 12 2020 37 mins  
Show Notes | February 13, 2020 | Episode 020 Ace Your Virtual Interview You asked and we listened! VirtForce is here to help you ace that virtual interview. Host Kimber gives us pointers not only on how to stick out during your virtual interview but also how to strategically answer common interview questions. If you find yourself struggling with what questions are truly asking, technical issues, or simply preparing for an interview, we’ve got you. This episode is packed with so much knowledge that will help you go from an interview to an offer. Listen and subscribe now! If you are a new listener to VirtForce Podcast, we would love to hear from you. Please visit our Contact Page and let us know how we can help you today! Links and Resources VirtForce Podcast Kimber Hill LinkedIn Explore these Resources In this episode, we mentioned the following resources: VirtForce Career Coach How to Ace Your Virtual Interview VirtForce Job Board Join the Conversation Our favorite part of recording a live podcast each week is participating in the great conversations that happen on our live chat, on social media, and in our comments section. VirtForce on Facebook VirtForce on LinkedIn Check Out More VirtForce Programming Intuit Partnership Reveal Military Creator Con and Podfest 2020 Flexible, PCS Friendly #JobOpp with Tiny Troops Soccer Blog Post You asked and we listened! So many of our spouses have expressed the “interview struggle” and we are here to help you ace your next virtual interview. Let’s face it, interviews bring out the jitters in everyone. Virtual interviews are a completely different situation that many of us aren’t prepared for because this is not your typical interview setting. In this episode, we want to give you a few gems that will help you with your next interview, but most importantly, your next virtual interview. The tips shared in this episode will help you stand out from other candidates and make you more competitive by doing just a few simple tasks before interviewing. Often times, we get so excited about the opportunity to finally land the interview, we tend to forget that we have to prepare for a virtual interview just as we would an in-person interview. Although many of the questions in interviews are the same, there is so much more that goes into the preparation process. On average, how much time are you spending researching this company and their culture? This is something that so many of us don’t spend enough time doing. When you take the time to really research the company, it makes answering some of those really tough questions a little bit easier. We also touch on a few technical tricks that will help you “Glow Up” so that you’re able to stand out on your screen. We want to help you prepare for your next virtual interview and Ace it! It’s so hard to not spill all of the beans, just go ahead and download this episode now! We also have a phenomenal 30-minute course that gives you a visual of what we discuss during this episode. Tune in now to hear questions from our community answered by podcast host Kimber Hill. We take a deep dive into a few common interview questions including, “Why do you want to leave your current job?” “Why do you think you’re a good fit?” and,



18. Intuit® Partnership Reveal
Jan 30 2020 29 mins  
Show Notes | January 30, 2020 | Episode 018 Partner Reveal: Intuit Are you ready to officially meet our new partner, who is not only providing amazing opportunities for milspouses to start a virtual career but has also been voted one of Fortune 100’s Best Places to Work? Meet Intuit! In this episode, Kimber chats with Intuit Hiring Manager Karina Decker. They take questions from our community, talk about why Intuit truly is such an amazing place to work, and share all the details on two positions Intuit is currently hiring for: QuickBooks Live Expert Bookkeeper and TurboTax Live Tax Expert. If you are looking to put your bookkeeping or tax knowledge to use in a flexible, work from home environment, this is an episode you won’t want to miss. If you are a new listener to VirtForce Podcast, we would love to hear from you. Please visit our Contact Page and let us know how we can help you today! Links and Resources VirtForce Podcast Kimber Hill LinkedIn About Intuit Explore these Resources In this episode, we mentioned the following resources: TurboTax Live Tax Expert - Book Phone Interview QuickBooks Live Bookkeeper - Book Phone Interview Ace Your Virtual Interview Join the Conversation Our favorite part of recording a live podcast each week is participating in the great conversations that happen on our live chat, on social media, and in our comments section. VirtForce on Facebook VirtForce on LinkedIn Check Out More VirtForce Programming Military Creator Con and Podfest 2020 Stand United, addressing NS Pearl Harbor and NAS Pensacola Flexible, PCS Friendly #JobOpp with Tiny Troops Soccer™ Jobisode #1: QuickBooks and TurboTax Live by Intuit Blog Post Alright VirtForce family - are you ready to officially meet our new partner, who is not only providing amazing opportunities for milspouses to start a virtual career but has also been voted one of Fortune 100’s Best Places to Work? Meet Intuit! If you’re familiar with products like TurboTax, QuickBooks, or Mint, then you already know them. Intuit doesn’t just claim to be a fantastic place to work. They have the evidence to back it up. In this episode, Kimber talks with Intuit Hiring Manager Karina Decker. Karina has been crushing hiring goals season after season for TTL, building bi-lingual Spanish recruiting function, has gone from hiring a few hundred agents to when she started to a few thousand agents now. Karina shared that at Intuit, “You are not just a number. Everything you say matters. You have a say in providing your feedback and your voice is heard. They are really big on the voice of the customer.” Intuit is giving back, creating opportunity, and is not going to treat you like a number - what more can you ask for? So are you looking to put your bookkeeping or tax knowledge to use in a flexible, work from home environment? Intuit is currently hiring for two positions: QuickBooks Live Expert Bookkeeper and TurboTax Live Tax Expert. What do you need to know about the QuickBooks Live Expert Bookkeeper position? This is the perfect platform for bookkeepers looking for a part-time gig (year-round, 20-29 hours per week). The goal is to support small business owners so they can focus on actually running thei...


15. MCC and Podfest
Jan 22 2020 23 mins  
Show Notes | January 21, 2020 | Episode 015 Military Creator Con + Podfest Do you have a passion for content creation and development? Do you love connecting with others in the military community, to grow and learn together? Then this is the episode for you. Join us as Kimber and James van Prooyen (founder of the Military Podcast Network) share all the exciting details of Military Creator Con and Podfest 2020, including how VirtForce is helping YOU get there. If you are a new listener to VirtForce Podcast, we would love to hear from you. Please visit our Contact Page and let us know how we can help you today! Links and Resources VirtForce Podcast Kimber Hill LinkedIn James van Prooyen VirtForce Ticket GiveawayCoupon Code: wesaluteyou Explore these Resources In this episode, we mentioned the following resources: Military Creator Con Podfest Avery Skipalis (Speaker) Austen Alexander (Keynote Speaker) MCC Facebook Group Purchase Tickets (For a limited time, use discount code “wesaluteyou” for 50% off!) Join the Conversation Our favorite part of recording a live podcast each week is participating in the great conversations that happen on our live chat, on social media, and in our comments section. VirtForce on Facebook VirtForce on LinkedIn Check Out More VirtForce Programming TCDI, A Path for Milspouses into Legal and Cyber Services Let’s Talk Military Taxes with Brandyn Cox You are what you speak – with Mark England Instantly create a profile with Kara of Instant Teams


16. Stand United: Addressing NS Pearl Harbor and NAS Pensacola
Jan 15 2020 38 mins  
Show Notes | January 16, 2020 | Episode 016 Stand United In December 2019, the military community was rocked by two shootings, just days apart, at NS Pearl Harbor and NAS Pensacola. Like many of you, the VirtForce team struggled to process the events and figure out how to move forward as a community. In an effort to support our community and provide a resource, as well as create a safe space to heal, host Kimber talks with Tesa Saulmon about the psychological impacts of an event like this, as well as how they personally felt in the aftermath of the events. We also speak with Melinda from GFI Apparel to share all the details on their Stand United fundraiser and how you can help support the families of the fallen. If you are a new listener to VirtForce Podcast, we would love to hear from you. Please visit our Contact Page and let us know how we can help you today! Links and Resources VirtForce Podcast Kimber Hill LinkedIn Tesa Saulmon GFI Apparel ABC News Explore these Resources In this episode, we mentioned the following resources: My Abundant Life: Secondary Trauma Stand United Fundraiser (Purchase you shirt here) Join the Conversation Our favorite part of recording a live podcast each week is participating in the great conversations that happen on our live chat, on social media, and in our comments section. VirtForce on Facebook VirtForce on LinkedIn Check Out More VirtForce Programming TCDI, A Path for Milspouses into Legal and Cyber Services Let’s Talk Military Taxes with Brandyn Cox You are what you speak – with Mark England Instantly create a profile with Kara of Instant Teams Blog Post In December 2019, the military community was rocked by shootings at NS Pearl Harbor in Hawaii and NAS Pensacola in Florida. The shootings occurred just two days apart, on opposite sides of the country. If you are interested in learning more about the events that transpired, we encourage you to read the above articles and to talk to those around you who may have been impacted. One of VirtForce’s core values is that we believe in the power of true community and advocacy. We wanted to provide a resource to our military community where they can process, speak openly, begin to heal, and hear how they can support our community moving forward. In this two-part conversation, we cover how we respond to tragedies such as this, what it feels like to be a part of the military community at this time, and what you can do moving forward. In Part 1, host Kimber talks with Tesa Saulmon about the psychological impacts an event like this can have on a community. They discuss secondary post-traumatic stress as well as what it feels like for them personally to have significant others who have gone through the aviation pipeline. In Part 2, Kimber speaks with Melinda from GFI Apparel to share all the details on their Stand United fundraiser and how you can help support the families of those who lost their lives at NS Pearl Harbor and NAS Pensacola. As always, VirtForce is here to Stand United with our fellow military spouses, veterans, reservists, and active duty military brothers and sisters.


15. Flexible, PCS Friendly #JobOpp with Tiny Troops Soccer™
Jan 09 2020 26 mins  
Show Notes | January 9, 2020 | Episode 015 Flexible, PCS Friendly #JobOpp with Tiny Troops Soccer Have you struggled since joining this crazy #milspouse life to find flexible employment that you enjoy? Your VirtForce fam has all been there, including Tiny Troops Soccer founder and coach Amy Schweizer. Her desire to find flexible work that could fit into her military lifestyle is what inspired her to create TTS. She chats with VirtForce podcast host Kimber all about flexible work, why Tiny Troops Soccer is such an amazing opportunity for both milspouses and military kiddos, and why you should apply. If you are a new listener to VirtForce Podcast, we would love to hear from you. Please visit our Contact Page and let us know how we can help you today! Links and Resources VirtForce Podcast Kimber Hill LinkedIn Tiny Troops Facebook Explore these Resources In this episode, we mentioned the following resources: Tiny Troops Application Join the Conversation Our favorite part of recording a live podcast each week is participating in the great conversations that happen on our live chat, on social media, and in our comments section. VirtForce on Facebook VirtForce on LinkedIn Check Out More VirtForce Programming TCDI, A Path for Milspouses into Legal and Cyber Services Let’s Talk Military Taxes with Brandyn Cox You are what you speak – with Mark England Instantly create a profile with Kara of Instant Teams Blog Post Have you struggled since joining this crazy #milspouse life to find flexible employment that you enjoy? Your VirtForce fam has all been there, including Tiny Troops Soccer founder and coach Amy Schweizer. Her desire to find flexible work that could fit into her military lifestyle is what inspired her to create TTS. Tiny Troops Soccer is a year-round, developmental soccer program that focuses on teaching the fundamentals of the game as well as developing gross motor and social skills, body and spatial awareness, and the ability to thrive within a group setting. This is accomplished through fun games and activities that are specifically designed to support proper early childhood development. TTS is inspired by military families, with the goal of not only providing flexible employment opportunities for military spouses, but also providing flexible sports for military kiddos. In this episode, Amy shares with Kimber how she went from a position working for the Jacksonville Jaguars to moving across the country and coming up with the idea for Tiny Troops Soccer. Like many of us, Amy knew that she needed flexible opportunities while she balanced frequent PCSs, being mother to three boys, and the general craziness of military spouse life. So who is Tiny Troops Soccer looking for? Unfortunately for some of us, they do require that you have some soccer experience. They have what Amy calls, “Soccer Integrity,” and want to make sure that their coaches have at least a basic understanding of the game so they can best support and coach their troop. However, it’s okay if you haven’t played in awhile! Most importantly, they are looking for coaches who are fun, silly, and willing to put themselves out there. If you think this describes you, it’s very likely that you have a place on Soccer Island.




13. TCDI: A Path for Milspouses into Legal and Cyber Services
Dec 26 2019 18 mins  
Show Notes | December 26, 2019 | Episode 013 TCDI: A Path for Milspouses into Legal and Cyber Services VirtForce founder Kimber and Caragh Landry, President of Litigation Services at TCDI, sit down to talk about what exactly it is that TCDI provides to their clients and how their commitment to hiring military spouses happened after they accidentally hired a milspouse and started to learn what a powerful community they could tap into. If you are interested in legal or cyber services, this is the episode for you. If you are a new listener to VirtForce Podcast, we would love to hear from you. Please visit our Contact Page and let us know how we can help you today! Links and Resources VirtForce Podcast Kimber Hill LinkedIn Caragh Landry LinkedIn Explore these Resources In this episode, we mentioned the following resources: TCDI TCDI Careers Military Spouse Managed Review (MSMR) Join the Conversation Our favorite part of recording a live podcast each week is participating in the great conversations that happen on our live chat, on social media, and in our comments section. VirtForce on Facebook VirtForce on LinkedIn Check Out More VirtForce Programming Live Q&A With Career Coach, Kristen Earp How MilSpouses Can Take A Step into Remote Work Launching a Career in IT When You Do Not Have A Degree How VetForce Can Help Military Spouses Launch A Career in Tech Blog Post Are you interested in legal or cyber services? TCDI could be the place for you. Kimber and Caragh Landry, President of Litigation Services at TCDI, sit down to talk about what exactly it is that TCDI provides to their clients and how their commitment to hiring military spouses happened after they accidentally hired a milspouse and started to learn what a powerful community they could tap into. TCDI (Technology Concepts & Design) has been helping corporate and law firm clients with legal and cyber services for the past 30 years. They provide a wide range of litigation support services, including outsourced services such as document review, litigation coding, data entry, marketing, and finance opportunities. They focus on helping legal departments function. While they are part of the virtual workforce, they also have offices in Greensboro, NC and Cleveland, OH. Recently, TCDI launched Military Spouse Managed Review (MSMR). This program offers reliable and flexible career opportunities for milspouses while also creating a diverse pool of qualified, adaptable and experienced reviewers for TCDI clients. One skill you may not even realize you have as a milspouse, that will definitely come in handy if applying to TCDI, is familiarity with information security. Because of our military lifestyle, we are used to dealing with and managing sensitive information (#OPSEC). Kara points out that milspouses tend to show a much higher commitment to data security. It is almost innate to us and is a soft skill that TCDI doesn’t have to work to explain or train. The only way to hear all of the tips for applying that Caragh has to offer, as well as how VirtForce is helping our community find opportunities with TCDI, is to listen to the full episode! Subscribe and listen below.


12. Let’s Talk Military Taxes with Brandyn Cox
Dec 19 2019 30 mins  
Show Notes | December 19, 2019 | Episode 012 Let’s Talk Taxes Understanding taxes is a foreign concept to most of us. Host Kimber sat down with taxation expert Brandyn Cox from BMC Accounting LLC to discuss 1099 contractors, W2 employees, the Military Spouse Residency Relief Act, and so much more! Brandyn dives into understanding the difference between a W2 wage employee and a 1099 Independent Contractor as well as what you need to know about the two when it comes to filing your taxes. If you are a new listener to VirtForce Podcast, we would love to hear from you. Please visit our Contact Page and let us know how we can help you today! Links and Resources VirtForce Podcast Kimber Hill LinkedIn Brandyn Cox LinkedIn Taxes for Independent Contractors and Businesses Master Class Book a Consultation with Brandyn - Free if you click the VirtForce Block Explore these Resources In this episode, we mentioned the following resources: Military OneSource Join the Conversation Our favorite part of recording a live podcast each week is participating in the great conversations that happen on our live chat, on social media, and in our comments section. VirtForce on Facebook VirtForce on LinkedIn Check Out More VirtForce Programming Portable & Fulfilling Work in Your Field with Freedom Learning Group LinkedIn Hot Tips from Jaime Chapman Scott Tucker on Finding Purpose & Unlocking Financial Wellness Milspouses: The Perfect Fit for Aira Live Q&A With Career Coach, Kristen Earp How MilSpouses Can Take A Step into Remote Work Launching a Career in IT When You Do Not Have A Degree How VetForce Can Help Military Spouses Launch A Career in Tech Blog Post As virtual positions begin to grow, so many of us have questions about what it means to work in a virtual workspace. What does it mean to work remotely? Will I have to commute to an office? What is the difference between a 1099 contract and a W2 position? Quite frankly, these questions will scare you out of the opportunity to work in a virtual environment if you don’t have the resources that can properly answer your questions. Today’s episode will provide helpful insight on what it means to be a W2 employee, 1099 Independent Contractor, and most importantly the tools needed to help you prepare for filing. VirtForce founder and podcast host Kimber sat down to talk with Army veteran and amazing accounting professional Brandyn Cox of BMC Accounting LLC, to talk all things taxes. Don’t worry, we made sure to leave out all of the things that make you cringe when you hear taxes. Instead we are talking Military Spouse Residency Relief Act, an exciting educational master class available to our VirtForce members, LLC versus S-Corporation for your business, and so much more. Brandyn was a military police officer in the U.S. Army before he developed an interest in accounting.In 2017 BMC Accounting LLC was born. Brandyn wanted to focus on convenience, value, and affordability for small business owners, not knowing this would turn into a national business with clients in 40 states. Since 2017, Brandyn has helped countless service members and milspouses wit...


11. “You are what you speak” with Mark England
Dec 11 2019 57 mins  
Show Notes | December 12, 2019 | Episode 011 You Are What You Speak We all struggle with self-doubt. This week’s episode provides us with the tools and resources needed on how we can reprogram our mind to have architect vocabulary instead of conflict vocabulary. We have all been in a situation where we have talked ourselves out of an opportunity or have experienced self sabotage. TEDx speaker Mark England discusses procabulary and the impact it can have on us when we take away conflict words and replace them with architect words instead. If you are a new listener to VirtForce Podcast, we would love to hear from you. Please visit our Contact Page and let us know how we can help you today! Links and Resources VirtForce Podcast Kimber Hill LinkedIn Mark England Instagram Procabulary Explore these Resources In this episode, we mentioned the following resources: Mark England TED Talk Scott Tucker on Finding Purpose & Unlocking Financial Wellness Join the ConversationOur favorite part of recording a live podcast each week is participating in the great conversations that happen on our live chat, on social media, and in our comments section. VirtForce on Facebook VirtForce on LinkedIn Check Out More VirtForce Programming Portable & Fulfilling Work in Your Field with Freedom Learning Group LinkedIn Hot Tips from Jaime Chapman Milspouses: The Perfect Fit for Aira Live Q&A With Career Coach, Kristen Earp How MilSpouses Can Take A Step into Remote Work Launching a Career in IT When You Do Not Have A Degree How VetForce Can Help Military Spouses Launch A Career in Tech Blog Post Finding the right way to verbalize our emotions and feelings can be tricky, often leaving us to feel as if we simply can’t find the words we need in order to say something so simple. Our vocabulary is such a big part of who we are and has a big impact on how we view our life and what’s happening around us. So much so, that we are what we speak. What if I told you there was a way that we can change our vocabulary to help us change our mindset? In today’s episode, that is exactly what we are talking about. We discuss conflict vs. architect vocabulary, the kind of impact those words have on our daily life, and most importantly how we can change our vocabulary to Procabulary. VirtForce had the amazing opportunity to shine this week’s spotlight on Mark England. Podcast host Kimber sat down with Mark to discuss procabulary and how we can transform our mindset to talk like a professional. Mark is a TEDx speaker, with a background of business and international education where he uses his skills to help others. He has professionally coached thousands and transforming the lives of so many with the strategy he uses in his courses. As we get ready to close out this year, this decade, listen closely as Mark shares a few gems with our VirtForce community. We want you to use these gems and apply them to your goals for 2020. May they be big or small, there is no right or wrong. Change your perspective on how you view your life, by changing the way you talk to yourself. We want you to use your words to not only influence yourself but those who are around you.



10. Instantly create a profile with Kara of Instant Teams
Dec 05 2019 20 mins  
Show Notes | December 5, 2019 | Episode 010 Instantly create a profile with Kara of Instant Teams If you are looking for inspiration, or for something to light a fire in you to finally make that leap into remote work, this is the episode for you. We are diving into a deep discussion with VirtForce Power Partner, Instant Teams! Kimber talks with Kara Smith, who is the Director of Customer Operations for Instant Teams. As an Army spouse and seven year remote career veteran, Kara is a subject matter expert on remote work and personal life balance. If you are a new listener to VirtForce Podcast, we would love to hear from you. Please visit our Contact Page and let us know how we can help you today! Links and Resources VirtForce Podcast Kimber Hill LinkedIn Kara Smith LinkedIn Explore these Resources In this episode, we mentioned the following resources: Instant Teams Profile: Click Join As Talent Join the Conversation Our favorite part of recording a live podcast each week is participating in the great conversations that happen on our live chat, on social media, and in our comments section. VirtForce on Facebook VirtForce on LinkedIn Check Out More VirtForce Programming Live Q&A With Career Coach, Kristen Earp How MilSpouses Can Take A Step into Remote Work Launching a Career in IT When You Do Not Have A Degree How VetForce Can Help Military Spouses Launch A Career in Tech Blog Post We’ve all been at the point where we didn’t realize that virtual work was an option or a possibility for us. On top of that, as military spouses our community is often times overlooked because employers think we don’t have the necessary skills because we move so often. If you are looking for inspiration, or for something to light a fire in you to finally make that leap into remote work, this is the episode for you. We are diving into a deep discussion with VirtForce Power Partner, Instant Teams! Kimber talks with Kara Smith, Director of Customer Operations for Instant Teams (previously MadSkills). As an Army spouse and seven year remote career veteran, Kara is a subject matter expert on remote work and personal life balance. As active duty milspouses, we need portable jobs in order to maintain careers. We want to PCS and know that our professional life is one thing that will remain constant. There is so much out of your control not only with virtual careers, but in the military lifestyle. It is incredibly easy to get into a negative mindset and think things like “I’m not worthy of this position” or “they’re going to judge me for being a milspouse.” Kara recommends owning what your life is. Do you like your life? Show that! Be honest with your potential employer and talk about your journey and what has brought you to remote work. “If there’s one thing I can say to anyone applying for remote positions: Don’t have the mindset that I did. Think like you’re going to get it and let the person on the other end know that you want it. It’s definitely possible,” says Kara. Basically, you should be treating every opportunity like it is the opportunity you are going to get. So what is Instant Teams? They build remote teams for their customers, who may have never worked with a virtual team before. They also focus on building up the culture of a remote workspace.


9. Portable & Fulfilling Work in Your Field with Freedom Learning Group
Nov 21 2019 18 mins  
Show Notes | 11.21.2019 | Episode 009 Freedom Learning Group: Portable & Fulfilling Work in Your Field Finding fulfilling work in your field sometimes seems impossible with virtual employment. Host Kimber sat down with Kristin Arkema from Freedom Learning Group to learn more about what it really means to develop educational content, how Freedom Learning Group is helping military spouses and veterans, and why this is the ideal role to both enhance and develop professional skills in your field. If you are a new listener to VirtForce Podcast, we would love to hear from you. Please visit our Contact Page and let us know how we can help you today! Links and Resources VirtForce Podcast Kimber Hill LinkedIn Kristin Arkema LinkedIn Explore these Resources In this episode, we mentioned the following resources: Kristin Arkema Email FLG Career Opportunities FLG Subject Matter Expert Profile Join the Conversation Our favorite part of recording a live podcast each week is participating in the great conversations that happen on our live chat, on social media, and in our comments section. VirtForce on Facebook VirtForce on LinkedIn Check Out More VirtForce Programming Live Q&A With Career Coach, Kristen Earp How MilSpouses Can Take A Step into Remote Work Launching a Career in IT When You Do Not Have A Degree How VetForce Can Help Military Spouses Launch A Career in Tech Blog Post Freedom Learning Group: Portable & Fulfilling Work in Your Field Finding fulfilling work in your field with the opportunity to learn, grow, and develop new skills while using your professional background sometimes seems impossible with virtual employment. Today’s episode will not only show you that, yes, this opportunity does exist but also give you the tools necessary to apply. VirtForce is putting our virtual employer spotlight on Freedom Learning Group. They focus on educational content development. VirtForce founder and podcast host Kimber sat down with Kristin Arkema to learn more about what it really means to develop educational content, how Freedom Learning Group is helping military spouses and veterans, and why this is the ideal role to both enhance and develop professional skills. Kristin has been a military spouse for the past 14 years. She has PCS’d nine times (make sure to listen to the episode for a pro packing tip) and has mothered three boys, all at different duty stations. She is a project manager and attorney while also controlling recruiting at Freedom Learning Group. She has been with the company since Summer 2017 and has filled several roles - subject matter expert, project manager, and now staffing. So what exactly are you doing when creating educational content? You might be developing supplemental resources to go with textbooks (i.e. exam banks, quiz questions) or creating a curriculum for specific courses. Other projects Freedom Learning Group tackles include accuracy reviews and accessibility work. Freedom Learning Group helps milspouses stay in their own field, work virtually, and try new things. What could be better than that? The company was founded on the idea of giving opportunities to unemployed and underemployed military spouses and veterans.


8. LinkedIn Hot Tips from Jaime Chapman
Nov 14 2019 28 mins  
Show Notes | November 14, 2019 | Episode 008 LinkedIn: Engage, Engage, Engage In this Do’s and Don’ts episode, Kimber talks with LinkedIn evangelist and military spouse Jaime Chapman about how to set yourself up with a killer LinkedIn profile. Not only do you have to make sure you have great photos (that’s right, photos, plural) and content, but you also have to make sure you are engaging with the community. It’s not enough to make your profile and leave it. You have to be active, current, and engaged. Jaime walks us through her top three tips for LinkedIn. With over 3,500 hours of experience in the military community, Jaime is an incredible resource for the VirtForce family. If you are a new listener to VirtForce Podcast, we would love to hear from you. Please visit our Contact Page and let us know how we can help you today! Links and Resources LinkedIn Do’s and Don’ts Master Class VirtForce Podcast Kimber Hill LinkedIn Jaime Chapman LinkedIn Jaime Chapman Consultation Explore these Resources In this episode, we mentioned the following resources: Military Spouse Advocacy Network Begin Within Join the Conversation Our favorite part of recording a live podcast each week is participating in the great conversations that happen on our live chat, on social media, and in our comments section. VirtForce on Facebook VirtForce on LinkedIn Check Out More VirtForce Programming Scott Tucker on Finding Purpose & Unlocking Financial Wellness Live Q&A With Career Coach, Kristen Earp How MilSpouses Can Take A Step into Remote Work Launching a Career in IT When You Do Not Have A Degree How VetForce Can Help Military Spouses Launch A Career in Tech Blog Post So what’s the big deal with LinkedIn? Do I need to be that active? Is it enough to just make my profile and let people come to me? If you are asking yourself questions like this, this is the episode for you. Military spouse, Army veteran, and LinkedIn evangelist Jaime Chapman shares her tips and tricks for standing out among the crowd and outsmarting the algorithms. As a military spouse employment advocate, Jaime has helped over 1,000 veterans and has advocated for over 10,000 military spouses in the Military Spouse Advocacy Network. Jaime is a VirtForce vetted career coach and we are thrilled to continue to grow our relationship with her. According to Jaime, we should start thinking about LinkedIn as our living, breathing personal websites. We would never put the time and energy into building a beautiful website and then never think about someone looking at it! No, we would want to drive traffic, post updates, interact with viewers, and make sure we were presenting ourselves in the best way possible. In this episode, Jaime shares her top three tips (really six tips) to turn your LinkedIn profile around. Above all else, she says you have to, “engage, engage, engage.” Whether you are liking other people’s posts, sharing content, commenting, or writing your own posts, engagement is key. Jaime and Kimber cover everything from headshots (spoiler alert: all you need is a friend and a phone with Portrait mode) to bullet versus block formatting.


7. Scott Tucker on Finding Purpose & Unlocking Financial Wellness
Nov 07 2019 49 mins  
Show Notes | November 7, 2019 | Episode 007 Finding Your Purpose & Unlocking Financial Wellness Kimber sits down with US VetLife founder Scott Tucker to cover everything from strategizing financial solutions for your family to overcoming depression and finding your purpose. USVetLife is an amazing company that is innovating both the financial and employment spaces for military families. This episode focuses on personal development and finding ways to align your passions to income. As an added bonus, Scott and Kimber come up with a pretty fantastic reading list. If you're interested in applying to work with USVL (as mentioned in the Podcast Episode) Click Here. If you are a new listener to VirtForce Podcast, we would love to hear from you. Please visit our Contact Page and let us know how we can help you today! Links and Resources VirtForce Podcast Kimber Hill LinkedIn Scott Tucker LinkedIn Explore these Resources In this episode, we mentioned the following resources: US VetLife (Contact: [email protected]) The Transition Savings Plan The Rosie Network VetForce FourBlock The Veteran's Guide to Life, Liberty, and Purpose by Scott Tucker Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki The 4-Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz Tribe by Sebastian Junger Join the Conversation Our favorite part of recording a live podcast each week is participating in the great conversations that happen on our live chat, on social media, and in our comments section. VirtForce on Facebook VirtForce on LinkedIn Check Out More VirtForce Programming Live Q&A With Career Coach, Kristen Earp How MilSpouses Can Take A Step into Remote Work Launching a Career in IT When You Do Not Have A Degree How VetForce Can Help Military Spouses Launch A Career in Tech Blog Post Purpose. It’s something we all want, but how many of us have actually found it? And if we’ve been lucky enough to find it, have we found a way to make a career out of it? US VetLife founder and Army veteran Scott Tucker has not only found his passion and purpose but he is out there every day sharing it with the world. USVetLife is an amazing company that is innovating both the financial and employment spaces for military families. Scott is all about financial wellness. There is a shocking statistic out there that the average military family gets out of the service with only $5,000 to their name. We are so used to benefits taking care of us and, honestly, our financial education isn’t working. Here is the goal: learn how to use our money. We should be positioning ourselves financially for the eventual transition out of the military. There has never been a time like this in the history of the world, where so much information and access is available to us. But here is the catch - you have to want to go out and find the information and opportunities. Then, once you find it, you have to ask. Ask for help, ask for explanations. So how do we tackle this? Scott suggests a modern, proactive approach. “Do we want to leave it to the government?


6. MilSpouses: The Perfect Fit for Aira
Oct 31 2019 39 mins  
Show Notes | October 31, 2019 | Episode 006 Discussing How MilSpouses Can Grow In The Agent Role In this episode, Aira Agent Hiring Manager Kyle Kozlowski sits down with Kimber to talk about why the Agent role is such an exciting opportunity and why Aira has made the commitment to hiring military spouse. This one-of-a-kind company works to enhance the way low-vision people experience and interact with the world. The mission of Aira is truly about the people. They put their Explorers, the people who you are serving as an Agent, front and center. Aira is all about empowering people to live life on their own terms. Kyle shares everything from his favorite moments working with Explorers to tips for prepping for your interview (hint: don’t do it in the back of a van). If you are a new listener to VirtForce Podcast, we would love to hear from you. Please visit our Contact Page and let us know how we can help you today! Links and Resources Apply with Aira Through VirtForce at this Link VirtForce Podcast Kimber Hill LinkedIn Aira Explore these Resources In this episode, we mentioned the following resources: VirtForce + Aira Application Aira Commitment to Hiring Military Spouses Join the Conversation Our favorite part of recording a live podcast each week is participating in the great conversations that happen on our live chat, on social media, and in our comments section. VirtForce on Facebook VirtForce on LinkedIn Check Out More VirtForce Programming Live Q&A With Career Coach, Kristen Earp How MilSpouses Can Take A Step into Remote Work Launching a Career in IT When You Do Not Have A Degree How VetForce Can Help Military Spouses Launch A Career in Tech Blog Post VirtForce is thrilled to have Aira as an employment partner. So what do they do? Aira transforms lives every day by providing objective visual information that enhances the way low-vision people experience and interact with the world. Agents (that could be you!) guide Explorers through things like visiting museums, vacationing on a beach in Hawaii, or making sure their kid is actually doing their homework. Kyle Kozlowski is the Agent Hiring Manager at Aira. He is a graduate of The Ohio State University with a degree in public health, is a two-year remote work veteran, is an avid outdoorsman, and is dad to goldendoodle Ellie. Kyle sat down with us to talk about why the Agent role is such an exciting opportunity and why Aira has made the commitment to hiring military spouses. As an added bonus, the Agent role at Aira is both CONUS and OCONUS friendly. The mission of Aira is truly about the people. They put their Explorers, the people who you are serving as an Agent, front and center. Aira is all about empowering people to live life on their own terms. Aira is looking for candidates who are determined, have well-developed problem-solving skills, and have a service mindset. Here is where the exciting news for the VirtForce family comes in: Aira is committed to hiring 100 military spouses, which is why they have partnered with us.


5. Live Q&A With Career Coach Kristen Earp
Oct 24 2019 60 mins  
Show Notes | October 22, 2019 | Episode 005 Just Start. Start Messy. Start Ugly. Just Start. In this episode of the VirtForce Podcast, personal development coach and military spouse Kristen Earp and host Kimber take questions live from the VirtForce community. Topics include reentering the workforce, getting résumé ready, creating a flexible career plan, and avoiding getting discouraged while job hunting. Kristen also asks listeners to consider what values they can’t live without in a job and how you can find alignment through understanding those values. If you are a new listener to VirtForce Podcast, we would love to hear from you. Please visit our Contact Page and let us know how we can help you today! Register for Kristen & Kimber’s Master Class Finding Your Clarity and Confidence Master Class Links and Resources VirtForce Podcast Kimber Hill LinkedIn Kristen Earp Explore these Resources In this episode, we mentioned the following resources: Military Spouses with Advanced Degrees Facebook Group Flawless Consulting by Peter Block Institute of Management Consultants Rebecca Okamoto on Elevator Pitches Eventbrite MeetUp Join the Conversation Our favorite part of recording a live podcast each week is participating in the great conversations that happen on our live chat, on social media, and in our comments section. VirtForce on Facebook VirtForce on LinkedIn Check Out More VirtForce Programming How MilSpouses Can Take A Step into Remote Work Launching a Career in IT When You Do Not Have A Degree How VetForce Can Help Military Spouses Launch A Career in Tech Blog Post Kristen Earp goes by many titles. These include seasoned consultant, certified leadership and development coach, and like many of us in the VirtForce community: military spouse. Kristen is a virtual career veteran, having worked virtually for over ten years. Through her experience as both a working professional and a military spouse, Kristen has learned the importance of being able to identify what values you cannot live without in a job. For Kristen, these are service, connection, and growth. Her passion for training, consulting, and coaching combined with these values drives her to succeed in her role as personal development coach. Kristen, along with VirtForce founder and show host Kimber tackle questions from the VirtForce community, such as “How do I reenter the workforce?” “How do we find alignment with our values?” and what career happiness really means. This episode will give you the tools to needed to start building your network and developing meaningful connections. You will learn how to dust off your résumé, get pointers on interview techniques, and get access to a long list of resources to help you connect with your community. Most importantly, Kristen wants to help you find clarity around what it is you want out of a job.


4. Working Boldly with Audrey Fairbrother
Oct 17 2019 20 mins  
How MilSpouses Can Take A Step into Remote Work Show Notes | October 17, 2019 | Episode 004 In this episode of the VirtForce Podcast, we discuss how BOLD it is for Military Spouses to work from home. We explore the company Boldly through the eyes of their Marketing Manager and former Military Spouse, Audrey Fairbrother. Audrey discusses WHY Boldly loves hiring Military Spouses for virtual jobs. She also reveals some of the positions they are currently looking for: Paralegal, Project Manager, Executive Assistant, Accountant, and Paralegal. If you are a new listener to VirtForce Podcast, we would love to hear from you. Please visit our Contact Page and let us know how we can help you today! Links and Resources VirtForce Podcast Kimber Hill LinkedIn Audrey Fairbrother Explore these Resources In this episode, we mentioned the following resources: Boldy Jobs for Milspouses (recently Worldwide101) American Corporate Partners (ACP) Military Spouse Employment Initiative Join the Conversation Our favorite part of recording a live podcast each week is participating in the great conversations that happen on our live chat, on social media, and in our comments section. VirtForce on FacebookVirtForce on Linked Check Out More VirtForce Programming Launching a Career in IT When You Do Not Have A DegreeHow VetForce Can Help Military Spouses Launch A Career in Tech Blog Post about this week’s episode Image from Boldly.com Have you ever been in the position where you don’t know what might happen next? Do you feel like there is one foot planted and one ready to take a leap as far as life plans go? Are you a milspouse who wants to sustain their career? Audrey Fairbrother, Marketing Director of Boldy and former milspouse, understands theses questions very well and wants military spouses to be BOLD and bring work-life balance into your life by working remotely. “Everyone can benefit from remote work. It just allows for a better work-life balance. It gives you that extra time with your family. Everyone has important priorities going on, so I think remote work helps even all out,” said Audrey. Audrey has been working for Boldy for more than five years and has been able to sustain her career with them through multiple military moves and transitions. If you haven’t heard of Boldy, they are a 100% remote premium business staffing company that provides executives a highly-skilled remote staff to help represent their business and carry out responsible tasks. Boldly currently provides its clients with a staff of executive assistants, marketing/social media experts, project managers, accountants, and paralegals. Boldly is also made up of several military spouses. They have a dedicated milspouse page! “Military spouses make some of our best candidates. They are naturally adaptable, which is great for this type of position with different clients and industries. They are resourceful and independent. Military spouses have amazing soft skills, “ said Audrey. If you have over 7 years of experience as an executive assistant, marketing/social media experts, project managers, accountants, or paralegals - Boldy is looking for you. If you don’t have the required 7 years of experience, don’t get discouraged.


3. Launching a Career in IT When You Do Not Have A Degree
Oct 10 2019 27 mins  
A conversation with Salesforce Experts Mike Wheeler and Brooke Bracy Show Notes | October 10, 2019 | Episode 003 In this episode of the VirtForce Podcast, Kimber talks with Mike Wheeler of Mike Wheeler Media and Brook Bracy, Certified Salesforce Administrator and Bilingual Hiring Expert, on how Salesforce can impact the careers of virtual job seekers. We EXPLORE how Vetforce, an online military community for the Salesforce platform, can catapult military spouses into a virtual career. The panel discusses WHY learning about Salesforce can help those without college degrees work in the tech industry. They share how you can future-proof your skillset in a career and gain more relevancy. If you are a new listener to VirtForce Podcast, we would love to hear from you. Please visit our Contact Page and let us know how we can help you today! Links and Resources VirtForce Podcast Kimber Hill LinkedIn Mike Wheeler Media Brooke Bracy Join the Conversation Our favorite part of recording a live podcast each week is participating in the great conversations that happen on our live chat, on social media, and in our comments section. VirtForce on Facebook VirtForce on Linked Check Out More VirtForce Programming How VetForce Can Help Military Spouses Launch A Career in Tech Blog Post about this week's episode Are you a Military Spouse that hasn’t finished your degree? Are you a Military Spouse who wants to gain job experience while working on a degree? Do you have a graduate degree, but still having a hard time finding a job? Would you like to break into the tech industry? We had the opportunity to talk to Mike Wheeler of Mike Wheeler Media and Brook Bracy, Certified Salesforce Administrator and Bilingual Hiring Expert, on how Salesforce can help military spouses catapult their careers. First, what is Salesforce? Salesforce is a customer relationship management (CMS) software that helps companies and customers combine into one integrated platform. The web platform helps a companies' departments such as marketing, sales, commerce, and services combine into one platform online (also known as the cloud). “Why Salesforce matters in terms of a virtual career? There is an extreme shortage of Salesforce talent and Salesforce professionals? So, the supply versus demand equation is in your favor, “ said Mike Wheeler. You saw the words “cloud” “computing” and “software” and want to run. Keep reading. You do not need to learn to code or understand development to work on the Salesforce platform. Salesforce has created an educational community for the military community called VetForce that teaches participants how to use the platform by earning badges and a unique gamification process. “Learning about Salesforce has given me more job security. It’s made me more hopeful about my career progress. Vetforce gives the military community an opportunity to earn certifications that can cost hundreds to a thousand dollars,” said Brooke Bracy. The military community can join the Vetforce platform for absolutely FREE and earn industry certifications for FREE while launching a career at the same time. Salesforce provides job security for those who do not have a college degree. The skills are in high demand and can provide a sustainable and an increase in salary in the long term.



2. How VetForce Can Help Military Spouses Launch A Career in Tech
Oct 03 2019 18 mins  
The one about VetForce with David Nava Show Notes | October 3, 2019 | Episode 002 In this episode of the VirtForce Podcast, we talk to Salesforce Lightning Champion, David Scott Nava, about Vetforce. We explore how Vetforce helped him learn to love cloud computing and how the program helped launched his career into technology. David provides steps on how to start with VetForce and REVEALS how Military Spouses can utilize the free industry certifications (worth thousands) and jump into a career in technology. If you are a new listener to VirtForce Podcast, we would love to hear from you. Please visit our Contact Page and let us know how we can help you today! Links and Resources VirtForce Podcast Kimber Hill LinkedInDavid Scott Nava SalesforceVetforce Join the Conversation Our favorite part of recording a live podcast each week is participating in the great conversations that happen on our live chat, on social media, and in our comments section. VirtForce on FacebookVirtForce on Linked Check Out More VirtForce Programming Launching a Career in IT When You Do Not Have a Degree Blog Post about this week's episode Are you recently transitioning from a stay at home parent into a career? Are you tired of starting entry-level over again? Do you want a career in technology? Are you unsure of how to jump into tech without spending more money on schooling? If you’ve answered yes to all these questions. We want to talk Vetforce with you. Vetforce is a free education based platform provided through Salesforce in upskilling the military community with high demand technology skills and providing partners with a diverse and trained talent pipeline. To talk more about the platform, we had the honor to talk to veteran David Scott Nava about his journey with the platform and how Vetforce launched his career into technology within months. David used Vetforce while transitioning from active duty service into a civilian career role. After getting his MBA and project management certifications, David was unsure of what industry to apply his skills. He utilized his LinkedIn and heard about VetForce. He signed up and started training immediately. Through the module and gamification of the Vetforce training, David was able to earn 413 badges through the process and explained, “It’s such an awesome way to learn Salesforce, and it was completely free. I did a couple of badges and found out that I loved it. And very quickly found out that I do have a love for Information Systems. And began my journey down that path.” (David Nava is in the middle, image from https://veterans.force.com/s/) David was able to continue his learning and free education through Vetforce and earn free industry certifications (which can be valued in the thousands). David is a currently a Salesforce Lightning Champion and 6x Trailhead Ranger. If you don’t know what that means, he’s pretty much the big deal in Salesforce terms. In our interview, David also provided some incredible insight into how military spouses can take advantage of Vetorce and how to gain real-life experience while training in VetForce “Salesforce created specific badges for military spouses because they understand the unique challenges military spouses face. “If you do not have experience or a degree, Salesforce is making it easy to bridge the gap for our veterans and military spouses.




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