Emma from http://smileasithappens.blogspot.com/ contacted me recently to write an entry about military spouses can have careers even with all the moving and I thought that would be a great idea. So, I hope you enjoy the entry and take away some tips!
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Military Spouses Can Have Great Careers, Too
Military spouses know that their lives are dictated by new assignments and world events, and that they very well may receive orders to relocate at any time during their spouse’s military career. They understand that they need to be flexible, adaptable and patient. As a result of marrying into uncertainty and the desire to support their spouse’s service, military husbands and wives often feel that they can’t develop a career of their own. While the job search may seem daunting, by overcoming a few myths that can hinder the process, military spouses have access to resources and networks that can help them land the job of their dreams.
Myth 1: Temporary jobs are a dead end.
Truth: Given the shaky economic conditions over the last few years, many employers are skittish about adding head count to their payroll, even when workloads are heavy. Increasingly, companies are filling temporary or contract positions to gauge if a position is truly necessary for the long term. These positions very often turn into full-time roles, and they can help you get your foot in the door with a particular company should another position become available down the road.
Myth 2: I don’t need to have questions to ask in the interview.
Truth: Asking questions shows that you are truly interested in the position and the company, and that you are eager to learn more. Always go to every interview with a list of well-thought-out questions that you want and need to have answered before you accept a position.
Myth 3: There aren’t any programs out there to help spouses of soldiers find employment.
Truth: Joining Forces is a relatively new program that provides valuable resources for military spouses seeking employment. Companies are committing to hiring military family members and veterans.
Myth 4: Asking someone for a referral is time consuming and annoys them.
Truth: People familiar with your work ethic would be happy to give you a referral for the right position. In today’s economy, not asking people you know for some help with the job search process could be a not smart move. Plus, it’s also faster and easier than ever to ask for a referral nowadays; with tech-savvy companies partnering with JIBE, a mobile recruiting company, that provides social referral programs right through your various social media accounts, asking for a referral has never been easier.
Myth 5: Job seekers who change jobs often are frowned upon by employers.
Truth: Your grandfather may have worked for the same company for his entire career, but times have changed. Companies accept the fact that we are transient people who have to change employers for a variety of reasons, including relocation. Consider reorganizing your resume to focus more on the skill requirement for the position you’re interested in, rather than a chronological employment history.
Sure, military spouses will face some hurdles managing their career, but you’re accustomed to hard work and creativity. By building and maintaining a strong network wherever you’re living, you’ll find people in your field who genuinely want to help. Taking advantage of programs that offer guidance and assistance is also a critical part of landing your next role. There is ample opportunity to have a long, satisfying career while being part of the military family.
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/!