Although military life is hectic, there is still the opportunity to work.
Now more than ever before the job market has opened up flexible positions that would enable a military spouse to gain employment. When I was moving from place to place I often found that temporary employment agencies were ideal for me as I could choose the assignments I wanted to work and I was able to work the hours I was available, not taking time away from my family or responsibilities.
There are many temporary agencies that offer part time, full time and seasonal employment. They offer a range of positions from all facets of employment.
Once you are settled and decided this may be for you, I encourage to contact a few temporary employment representatives to see what they have to offer.
Often times, they are conducting job fairs, and that allows you to come for a meet and greet, to see what is available to you.
Today the job market for military spouses has opened up tremendously with remote positions that are available all over the world.
A remote position allows you to work in the home and when the time comes to pick up and move, you simply unplug your computer and take it with you, knowing as soon as you are settled and you are solvent again you can log in and begin to work immediately.
When conducting a job search, you will see that remote or virtual positions are now public on most job boards.
If there is a company you are interested in, I encourage you to research them and check their job board to see if they offer remote positions.
The best way to approach the job market as a military spouse, is to sit down and really think about three things;
- What is your ideal schedule that will accommodate your family and responsibilities?
- What is your skill-set?
- What do you like to do?
It is important to set a realistic schedule for you and your employer, so that everyone is on the same page. It is understandable there are more responsibilities to consider as you are acting as the head of household. Often times, you are also the only parent and must take on both roles as Mom and Dad.
If you set a realistic schedule of what time you can give, it helps alleviate the stress of having to complete your home life tasks in a timely manner.
What is your skill-set? It is important to know your worth. What do you have to offer to an employer? What will make you stand out? It is important to market yourself accordingly utilizing your top skills.
Military Spouses bring many qualities to the job market including
- Time Management
- Mental fortitude
- Highly skilled at multi-tasking
In all honesty, we should be issued a cape when our spouses are issued a uniform.
What do you like to do? This is important, you want to find a place where you fill you are adding to the team and a place where you can excel and enjoy.
Often times, what we like to do, we may not have the skill-set, this is where volunteer work can come in. There are so many organizations that need assistance!
This worked for me, as I did not have very much clerical experience, I volunteered with my local Breast Cancer Charity and I learned on the job supporting a cause that is very dear to my heart. This enabled me to market myself with the skill-set I needed to gain an entry level position.
One of the most important job skills for the military spouse is confidence. This is not something can be taught, only acquired when faced with unforeseen obstacles. We as military spouses are skilled in the unknown and that certainly brings a dynamic to any employer. We have no choice but to acquire this confidence as we are the first line of responsibly at home.
It is important to have something that is yours, something that you do outside the home that makes you feel like you are contributing to something more than your day to day living. It is imperative to find something that gives you that, beginning a career can provide that for you.