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Military soldiers are highly recognized and celebrated for their sacrifices for our country. And rightfully so! They are on call 24 hours a day and have tremendous physical and mental demands placed on them. However, a lot of times the soldier’s spouse is overlooked for their strenuous work at home, and the many skills sets they possess when it comes to being hired. Hiring managers should be aware of the different talents and insights that a military spouse has learned over the years.
When it’s time to job search you may create many accounts with different companies, giving them your information and allowing yourself and your information to be more easily viewed by people searching for you. For example, on LinkedIn and Indeed you keep your profile open for people to look you up for possible new job opportunities. While these websites and job search functions were created with the best of intentions, you should remember that not everyone who has access to your information may not have your best interests at heart.
Networking is crucial to your employment now. It’s all about who you know to land these beginning roles in your new careers. Being a military spouse can isolate you (a lot of times) from creating a social atmosphere that helps a lot of people network into careers. LinkedIn is your professional networking site. While you are completing your degree or certifications you can begin your job search by creating your LinkedIn profile. Check out the site and navigate around.
Starting a MyCAA course while overseas or out of country isn’t usually an option, but continuing certifications or courses that don’t require on-the-job training is allowed. If you want to look into a certification course before you head overseas check out MilCareerEd. If you are already enrolled at a college or university, it may be possible to continue on your educational journey while OCONUS.
Being a military spouse isn’t always easy. You deal with uncertainties and the responsibilities of keeping the household running when your soldier is deployed or tied up with work. That is why the military rewards spouses with awesome benefits! Because you deserve it.
Below are some of the best educational and career benefits provided to military spouses.
Did you know that as a military spouse you may be entitled to a government grant of up to $4,000 for career training through MyCAA? Military Spouse Career Education (MilCareerEd) and Ed4Career help military spouses to get into the career program of their choice! Thinking about going back to school? Choose a career that is in a growing field.
Military spouses face many obstacles when building a career or looking for employment, such as PCS-ing, deployments, TDY stations, NTC or training that takes their soldier away from home for long periods of time. As a spouse sometimes your primary job is keeping the household running. While the hurdles of being a military spouse cannot be avoided, learning how to account for them on your resume is important. Say you’ve had to take time off for a year because of deployment; that year should be accounted for when you go to apply for your next job.
Military spouse’s goals, careers, and dreams can often be cast aside during their soldier’s military career. With constant moves, deployments and being away from family, many spouses settle into the role of stay-at-home parents. The fact of the matter is that before you know it, it has been three years and you are still in the middle of your Associate Degree or haven’t even gotten the chance to register for courses to train for your dream career.
Another year has flown by. Time can move fast, especially when you are a military spouse. If you’ve had resolutions for completing a certification or a degree for multiple years, and it seems you’re at a snail’s pace for completing them, don’t let another year go by. You may be eligible for a grant of up to $4,000 dollars from the government to complete your career training!
Whether you’re a new military spouse or a seasoned spouse, it can be extremely intimidating moving from home with everyone you know and starting over. Making friends in a new city feels like starting high school all over again. It’s just you and your spouse (maybe kids too), and a lot of times your partner is gone for a large portion of the day. Loneliness can set in very quickly and phone calls sometimes just don’t do it. If you’re a homebody you may enjoy your own company for a while but let me tell you, it doesn’t hold up for long.