Oh my word! I can’t believe it has been 6 months since I’ve written and so much has gone on over the last several months! Boy what a slacker I have been! Well, with so many changes coming up over the next several months (and I’ll have to fill you all in later!), I figured now would be a good time to jump back on the blogging train.
With that being said, a few months ago, I was approached by my guest writer Emma about putting together a piece regarding military spouse employment. This is definitely something I’ve struggled with over the last few years, trying to figure out how to incorporate my career with following J wherever the military sends us. So when Emma mentioned her idea of writing a piece about the topic, I thought it would be a great idea!
So without further ado…. here it is!
The Myths and Facts About Jobs For Military Spouses
“When it comes to finding a job as a military spouse, you have responsibilities that a civilian never has to think about. You support your active duty spouse, manage the household when they are deployed, and help the family transition through multiple PCS moves. It seems that with all these tasks, having a career is impossible. Not so. Here are four myths about finding a job as a military spouse and the truth behind them.
Myth #1: There are no job resources available for military spouses, the programs are only for active duty service members and veterans.
Truth: Most employers are beginning to realize that it takes two people to support a household. The Military Spouse Employment Partnership (MSEP) is a program that helps military spouses search for jobs, write resumes, and train for career advancement. The MSEP also actively works with companies to help fill open positions by connecting them with qualified spouses that are seeking careers.
Myth #2: Applying for jobs is hard and time-consuming.
Truth: Companies realize that people have busy lives. That’s why many provide the option of applying for positions online. Many employers, like Walmart and GM, have started to use mobile recruiting companies like JIBE that allow you to upload your resume and supporting documents through your smartphone. You can apply for jobs while you’re out shopping or waiting to pick the children up from school.
Myth #3: Those job resource organizations don’t really understand my situation.
Truth: It’s easy to think that no one understands. The fact is, a surprising number of those organizations were formed by former military spouses. The Military Spouse Foundation, for instance, offers resources and training to help you begin or change careers, and focuses on providing spouses with portable job skills. This way no matter where your next PCS takes you, you’ll be equipped with the tools you need to land a great job.
Myth #4: I’ve changed jobs multiple times since becoming a military spouse, so no one will hire me.
Truth: People working in one job for 30 years is a thing of the past. Today, most individuals will change careers at least once before they retire. Employers are well aware of this and won’t typically screen out applicants because they’ve switched jobs. With that being said, attempt to stay with each job at least one year and keep your resume updated with skills relevant to the job you are applying for. Additionally, if circumstances prohibit you from being able to find employment or you find a gap between jobs, take the initiative to jump into volunteer opportunities within your community. These opportunities may give you the chance to bolster your skills on your resume and help to fill any gaps!
The life of a military spouse may not be easy, but it can be rewarding. Use the resources in this post to further your job search. You can have a career while still working alongside your active duty spouse in defending our country’s freedom.”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/!