I was recently contacted by a fellow blogger, Emma, who offered to write an article providing information about military spouse employment. This topic has so much importance, as me and many of my spouse-friends have committed to going wherever our spouses go. And seeking jobs can be tough, especially in some of the smaller towns where we may be (and currently are) stationed. Thanks so much, Emma, for offering to provide us with some good information!!
The Challenge of Military Spouse Employment
It is no secret that our military personnel are the bravest and hardest working people in the country. However, behind the soldier is someone just as important—a spouse that holds everything together when the soldier is away fighting. A military spouse is expected to be strong for the family, keep the day-to-day household together, and find employment as well. The following are some common myths about military spouse employment, by learning the truth behind these myths you will be better prepared to tackle the task of finding your dream job.
Myth #1: I will have a hard time competing for jobs because of the time I’ve given up being a military spouse.
Truth: Although you have probably had to put your career on hold, that doesn’t mean you won’t be able to find your way back into the workforce. There are a wide variety of websites, such as Sarges List, that will help military spouses find work. This site works just like the classifieds and only serves military families. You can filter you search by location and even target jobs that are close to specific bases.
Myth #2: Applying to jobs is hard and time consuming.
Truth: Time is something that is probably in short supply for most military spouses. Nowadays, most companies understand the need for a speedy and hassle-free application process. There are many companies that now use mobile recruiting services, like JIBE, that allow you to upload your resume to their site via your smartphone. This means that applicants can apply for work on the go without having to sit in front of their computer.
Myth #3: When military families begin the transition to civilian life, there isn’t any job support for them.
Truth: There are entire organizations out there whose main purpose is to assist veterans and their families in finding non-military employment opportunities. Hire Heroes USA is dedicated to helping both military veterans and their spouses find work so that they can be successful after civilian life begins. The organization was founded by veterans with combat and business experience and is focused on helping job seekers develop their self-marketing and networking skills.
Myth #4: Employers will only grant you an interview between the hours of 9 and 5.
Truth: Most employers will understand that you have other responsibilities, especially if you are a military spouse. They will more than likely be extremely open to working around your schedule if you appear to be a good fit for the job. Keep in mind, too that employers have less distractions if they are performing the interview after business hours, which gives you their undivided attention and hopefully an edge on other candidates.
Emma is a mid 20-something year old with a passion for life, love, fitness, and helping others. She loves to be active and get involved in as many sport and community activities as possible. Emma is currently studying to become a Career & Life Coach, and loves to network with people from around the world! Check out Emma’s blog at http://smileasithappens.blogspot.com/!