Military service members are not the only ones who may struggle to find employment after serving. Military spouses face challenges with employers as well. Given the potential for instability regarding duty location, deployments, temporary assignments and other challenges, military spouses may not be able to establish a steady job or education path to build or spruce up a resume.
While spouses may not easily develop a career-based resume, they can create a skill set for future career endeavors. Here are ways to develop and apply employer-desired skills:
Adapting to the military lifestyle helps you create a unique skill set.
New environments, changing circumstances, enduring hardships, taking on multiple roles—they are all opportunities for growth. Here are some skills to consider for you resume:
When a service member is called away for duty, military spouses might have to learn new tasks to manage the home, kids, pets and other responsibilities. They must be able to respond to plans that get extended or changed at the last minute. Employers appreciate an employee that is able to adapt quickly and be willing to take on new challenges.
With the potential of living in multiple locations, spouses may encounter multiple cultures, climates, high and low populated areas, fast and slow paced environments and more. Employees can benefit from the various perspectives spouses can offer to generate ideas, strategies and new practices.
The military offers quite a few opportunities for stressful situations. If a service member is away, spouses may have to parent children alone, manage the finances, prepare for relocation, maintain the home and car and other duties. Spouses may develop skills as they endure emotional stressors in which they must learn to cope with anxiety and uncertainty.
Rather than look for a new job in new locations or give up jobs when circumstances involving children or other responsibilities change, military spouses can look for programs or work that is flexible and can travel.
There are volunteer opportunities wherever you go. If you have the time to spare, you can volunteer and simultaneously develop resume material. You can apply leadership by coaching a team, guiding a scout troop or tutoring children. Other volunteer opportunities can expand more skills such as organization, time management and communication and written skills.
If you’ve got the entrepreneurial spirit, you can develop managerial skills by starting your own business. Military spouses can turn their favorite hobby into a profitable business or utilize another virtual work-from-home job. Skills developed may include self-management, task management, networking, communication and more.
The military offers opportunities for spouses to participate in educational courses that include computer technology, foreign languages, leadership, health and wellness, finances, relationships and more.