Stand Out as a MilSpouse In the Job Market

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Sure, career advice is always nice; but when you’re living the MilSpouse life, you live by a completely different set of rules in which the traditional tips usually don’t apply. And it may sound pretty obvious, but all you really need to do is examine your skillsets and be able to sell them to potential employers.

Here are 3 big ways to help pitch those skills to hiring managers all over the country, and the world, to help you land your dream position no matter where the Military moves you and your MilFam.

Be confident in all you do

In your resume, cover letter and interviews, stand by your selling points. Haven’t held a traditional full or part-time position in the last, let’s say, 5 years? Well then, tell your interviewer what you have been up to and how that will relate to the position at hand.

For example, as a Military Spouse, you adapt quickly to change due to PCSing (among other things).  If you manage your family’s finances, you’re very organized and trustworthy when it comes to money, which is another great selling point. If you’re raising children, you have outstanding patience, the ability to remain calm under pressure, interpersonal skills with all ages, and so on.

Be hungry to succeed

Sure, you’re confident in your skills. Show your future employer that you are also confident that your skills will add a real value to the position, team and company with which you’re applying; so much so, that you’d love to grow within the business. This shows employers that you’re really interested in adding value to their business and that you’re a leader.

Think big

If your family moves with the Military every few years, consider working for an employer that will allow you to transfer or telecommute.  This way, you won’t have to repeat the application and interview process every few years, unless you’re into that sort of thing.  Try to find a large company that will help you help them!

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