Job Search Tips for Military Spouses
Securing employment in a new environment and location can be tough on anyone—especially a military spouses for a variety of reasons. A few suggestions to assist in making the transition as smooth as possible, www.military.com/spouse advises the following:
Update your resume
Keeping your resume as current eliminates the hassle of having to update the document during the transition process.
Sign up with a temporary staffing agency
The advantage of seeking out a temporary staffing agency, or a staffing agency, is that you are able to meet as well as garner experience with potential employers. In addition, opportunities with temporary staffing agencies provide greater flexibility with employment, which can prove very beneficial to accommodating the demands of a military spouse.
Consider working from home (childcare, home sales, housecleaning, etc.)
As an entrepreneur, you are able to establish working hours as best for your family needs and demands. Make sure to learn and familiarize yourself with all state and legal requirements before starting the business to avoid the consequences for not abiding by them.
Building Your Resume:
The days of updating a resume and going to see a hiring manager are borderline extinct. To get the attention of the recruiter who refers you to a potential employer, requires a little research on the part of the job seeker, as well as some creativity. Three of several tips suggested by the Huffington Post are:
On average recruiters spend approximately six seconds looking at a resume before deciding whether to continue (or end) a
Yes; you want your resume to stand out, but not negatively. Avoid using fonts that are hard to read or understand. An employer would rather ignore the document as it requires too much of their very sparse time.For more tips and advice, visit the article posted on the website by clicking here.
Military Spouse Friendly Employers:
Believe it or not, there are employers that are favorable towards hiring military spouses. A great resource that will aid in the locating of those employers is www.Military.com/spouse. The site contains a listing of all employers with favorable disposition towards employing military spouses. Listed among those employers are companies such as:
Fort Bragg Federal Credit Union
Bank of America
Using Social Media:
LinkedIn is a professional online networking site on which users create professional profiles with the option to make them private (limited only to those they know and are connected to) or public, which makes the profile searchable by employers. The site also provides profile owners with job search tips, job listings, and other resources for securing professional employment.
For more information, click the link to go to the LinkedIn website.
The site suggests that even if you are content with your current employment position to continue to listen to for employment opportunities. Life is full of change, so when change has to happen, it helps to have an alternative plan in mind.