May 31, 2012 12:35 AM by Jacqui Heinrich

Just short of a PhD and jobless

We continue to profile the Hiring Our Heroes program in the Pikes Peak region. Last night we focused on a military spouse who has been without a job for two years, trying to support her family while her husband serves in Afghanistan. Tonight we followed her at the Hiring Our Heroes Military Spouse Job Fair.

"Let me just highlight my list," she says, flipping through a stack of job listings. Nicole Harrison Inabinet has three masters degrees in toxicology. After leaving her job of more than a decade and moving to Colorado Springs with her husband-- now deployed in Afghanistan-- she's spend two years job searching with no luck. "That can really be frustrating and daunting, especially if you've got qualifications and experience and you know you can do the job but no one will give you that opportunity," she says.

Now, Inabinet is taking a fresh look at her resume to land a position in a new field: one with opportunities in Colorado. "Rebranding is challenging because it says change but its not impossible...extract those portable or transferrable skills."

She says her circumstances are shared by many military spouses who move to a new area, only to find their specialty isn't needed. She's thrown herself into volunteer work in hopes of finding a job. I've strategically embedded myself in the Colorado Springs community. It's been exciting but it's also been challenging because I've had to step out of my comfort zone and embrace new areas," she says.

Inabinet seeks an answer at the Hiring Our Heroes Military Spouse Job Fair, hoping someone will reward her family's sacrifices for this country with work. For now, she's keeping her sights and hopes high, saying, "Always let your reach exceed your grasp because else, what's the heavens for?"



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