Quote from suzi_h
I am a military wife/nursing student. I have been looking online for jobs in Germany, Japan, England and Italy for after I graduate and get some experience. We were stationed at Ramstein from Aug 02 to Aug 05. From what I can tell, it is best to go to work in a hospital stateside and then transfer overseas. They generally do not hire through resumes and the traditional route. We are planning on heading back overseas in a few years. I am going to try to get hired here first and then transfer. It has to be a military hospital though, not the VA. Most positions, if not all, at the VA specify that they can not transfer.
I do know of people who have gotten jobs through volunteering at Landstuhl Army Hospital while there, but I also know that RN's that head overseas with their husbands/wives get stuck and find it very difficult to get a job in a US hospital. Good luck in your search and if you do find a job over there, please post. Like I said, I am also hpping to do this eventually.
I just looked at the CHRA-E website and I wanted to add that I did see many vacancies. However, keep in mind that there is preference given to retirees, former military, and spouses for hiring purposes. So, if your have no military affiliation you are put behind these people automatically. Good luck anyways, I hope this works out for you!
Hello. You are absolutely correct in regards to giving preference to former military, spouse perference, and civil service employees who may have been displaced and/or caught in a reduction in force. But, when you graduate, you will have to apply the same way that any prospective employee would have do. Make sure you have at least one year of specialized experience in the unit that you may be working on, then you can apply. You can apply whether it would be the Army's resumix website, Air Force or Navy. Medcell is taking applications...they need nurses terribly, just as the poster mentioned abover regarding military nurses. Susie, when you graduate, make sure when you are claiming Military Spouse perference, applicants must clearly show an entitlement to such perference on the resume/supplemental data that is submitted via your resume or if you are applying through the cpol's website (Army), it would be called a resumix. I know these things because I was former civil service, but worked in a different profession.
Good Luck. Oh, I worked & volunteered at a few Army bases. Some of the bases where my husband was employeed (contractor), they only had military nurses, no civilians, so I volunteered.
Ramstein is beautiful! It certainly looks like a Hallmark Christamas card in the winter. What a quaint town. Loved the food & the wine Hubby enjoyed the beer in Germany! Sitll communicate with good friends of mine who work at Ramstein via the Air Force.
Susie, you shouldn't have any problems at all being a military spouse, providing there is a vacancy at the installation wherever your spouse will be transferring to. Just get your 1 year of experience in nursing, then you will be okay. The more schooling you have, the higher GS grade you will be able to obtain regarding your salary. Often overseas COLA may be added to the base salary for overseas locations. But, you probably are already familiar with that. Anyway, good luck. Go to the websites that I mentioned above, especially the cpol website. You can click on various countries that you are interested in & it will mentioned the military installation and what type of vacancies are opened/available etc..