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ClearedJobs.Net Extends Military Spouse Appreciation Effort

 (May 28, 2009) Falls Church, Virginia —ClearedJobs.Net’s effort to publicly recognize military spouses on Military Spouse Appreciation Day — a yearly event held on the Friday before Mother’s Day — has since evolved from a one-day act of outreach into an ongoing effort well beyond May 8, 2009.

The objective behind the original military spouse outreach effort was to highlight the commitment and dedication of military spouses who often must endure months apart from their loved ones. Many such spouses stay behind here at home, keeping their families going as their husbands or wives serve overseas or at locations far from home. As the leading security cleared job board with a very active pool of military-to-civilian employment job seekers, ClearedJobs.Net believed recognizing the many sacrifices of military spouses was a worthy cause to engage in.

@MarryMeMilitary from our family to yours. though for all you do and sacrifice, daily Cleared Jobs Net MILITARY SPOUSE APPRECIATION DAY

The original concept was to seek out military spouses on the popular social media tool Twitter and, upon finding them, publicly recognize each one individually for their support and dedication to our military men and women. The security cleared job board also sought folks online wanting to make a personal dedication to a specific military spouse.

This positive outreach endeavor dedicated towards military spouses was executed exclusively by ClearedJobs.Net using social networking tools including:

  • Twitter
    A new Twitter profile was created — @milspouseday — for this specific outreach effort. This Twitter profile was created separately of ClearedJobs.Net’s main Twitter feed@ClearedJobsNet.

 

  • TwitPic
    A Twitter add-on photo sharing tool, TwitPic was used to upload the individual military spouse dedications. Once a photo was uploaded to TwitPic, the military spouse being honored or thanked would be automatically notified that a “tweet” or a message on Twitter has been posted about them.

  • Flickr
    For added visibility and exposure, ClearedJobs.Net used its Flickr (photo sharing) account to post all the military spouse dedications along with a personalized note for each.

  • LinkedIn
    ClearedJobs.Net used its own LinkedIn group, and its affiliation with other military-related groups on LinkedIn, to get the word out about this positive initiative.

  • Facebook
    The security cleared job board additionally plugged many of the individual military spouse dedications on its own Facebook group page.

Right from the start, feedback collected from folks online was that this military spouse outreach effort was too good to last just one day. As a result, ClearedJobs.Net has since decided to continue the military spouse appreciation effort well beyond its original one-day intention. “We have received a lot of positive feedback from our online community of followers and friends as well as many folks supportive of military families,” says Kathleen Smith, Chief Marketing Officer for ClearedJobs.Net. “It was and continues to be a privilege to be part of something that, even if only for a moment, that can bring a smile or a small feeling of appreciation to our military spouses who, day in and day out, make sacrifices most of us wouldn’t want or have to. Our military spouse appreciation effort is a small token of how much we value what these families often have to go through as a result of long overseas deployments or moving around from base to base. We are thankful for the spirit and dedication of military spouses and will continue to seek them out online and highlight as many as we can find.”

63-year old Army veteran William (Bill) Littlehales agrees that ClearedJobs.Net’s military spouse appreciation efforts are sentimental and worthwhile. “I take every opportunity to support today’s troops and their families. They are way more important to this country’s future than we were perceived to be back then.” Littlehales, who had submitted his own personal dedication to recognize Army spouse and mom of four Dawn Louderbough, was touched by the posting of his dedication to Louderbough on TwitPic and Twitter. “Truth be told, I have never met Dawn Louderbough, her soldier husband nor their beautiful children,” says Littlehales. “I was befriended by her Aunt (now deceased) and her Mom and Dad back in the ’90s. She was a troubled young lady then, and we were connected only by email messages. She has made such a success of her life that her parents and this old boy are mighty proud of her. Thank you so much for including her in your Military Spouse Appreciation *Every* Day gallery.”

To date, more than 50 military spouses have been sent a special thank you message by ClearedJobs.Net and the search for more tweeting military spouses continues. Personal dedications for any military spouse are welcome by sending an email to[email protected] or leaving a comment on the blog post about the military spouse outreach effort at http://cli.gs/aBGqvZ.

About ClearedJobs.Net

ClearedJobs.Net located in Falls Church, Virginia provides services and products to the security cleared community. Founded in 2001, the company supports security cleared professionals in their career searches by producing Cleared Job Fairs, posting on-line security cleared jobs and industry information to assist security cleared job seekers in their career transitions.  For more information about ClearedJobs.Net, please visitwww.ClearedJobs.Net.



May 28 2009

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