Some ways for military spouses to find local jobs include searching on community job listing sites for short-term employment positions, visiting the base's Family Center to find local opportunities and contacting national employers for transferable work. It may also be possible for spouses to start a home-based business or find work at local medical centers, qualifications permitting.
Many job hunting sites offer sections for short-term employment, which allows military spouses to find work that only lasts for a portion of the time in that city. Craiglist.org features a Gigs section, which includes opportunities for labor, creative, technical and writing opportunities according to region. Many military bases may also operate family centers or similar units that help spouses acclimate to the new city, including finding employment or volunteer opportunities. These centers may also maintain partnerships with local businesses to recommend military spouses for jobs or work with other entities that offer similar services.
Another option is to apply for a job within a national retail chain, such as a department store or coffee shop, as these businesses maintain multiple locations across the country and offer programs that allow employees to stay with the company while moving. Some military spouses may be able to start home businesses, such as independent consulting forms or at-home day cares.