Career Gold That Military Spouses Don’t Realize They Have
Story by Kellie Gunderman | BSF Staff
As a community, we talk a lot of about military spouse unemployment and underemployment. We have a lot to offer the working world, but many of us never get the opportunity. We move… a lot. Childcare is either too expensive or not available. Our service members come and go far too often. We’re isolated from our friends and families who live states away. The fact of the matter is: Being a military spouse is the definition of a full-time job all on its own. But we want more.
We are proud to support our service members and serve our country, but we need something that is our own. We want to find success and feel the same pride within ourselves that we feel for our country. We deserve that because we have earned it. So how do we make it happen? It’s time to talk about all of the skillsets you have acquired over the years; skillsets you never realized you had, that will make you employable.
YOU ARE BEYOND ADAPTABLE
Telling an interviewer that you are adaptable does not even begin to explain how versatile and resilient the military life has made you. You are like a ninja. You can drop into any position without making a sound, get right to work and make everyone around you believe you were there all along. Hiring a military spouse means not having to worry about how the “new girl” is doing. She’s doing fine. Trust me.
YOU ARE THE QUEEN OF MULTITASKING
We jump through more hoops on a daily basis than a circus lion and even though the life of a military spouse may appear to be chaotic, there is always a method to our madness. In one single day, a military spouse can be a wife, mother, dog walker, culinary artist, nurse, volunteer, household engineer, cycling enthusiast, accountant, mechanic, telephone operator, soccer coach, electrician, homework specialist, bathtime coordinator, bedtime police… and still look fabulous for her late-night Skype date with the man she loves all the way across the ocean. Now, tell me that’s not multi-tasking royalty!
YOU ARE A CRITICAL THINKING GURU
Hello, information overload. Have you ever met an individual who can find a solution to a problem faster and more efficiently than a military spouse? Our lives are constantly presenting new challenges and we are always right there, waiting, to handle it. Why? We don’t have a choice.
YOU MIGHT AS WELL HAVE A PH.D. IN STRESS MANAGEMENT
Any military spouse will tell you that communication is the key to a successful military marriage. Did you know that good communication skills are also vital to managing stress? Don’t’ get me wrong, we definitely have our days when we want to throw something (or someone) through a window, but we tend to get ourselves under control before anyone realizes we’re having a moment. Once you’ve been through eight deployments and eleven cross-country moves, the idea of the workplace stressing a military spouse out is pretty funny.
Did you know that joining a support network of professionals just like you can be helpful in managing stress? Get connected and get involved with a local Blue Star Families community here.
YOU ARE THE MASTER OF CREATIVITY
When you move every 2-3 years, you learn to get creative because if you didn’t, you’d always be living in a beige living room with white tile flooring and nothing to look at but hundreds of spackled holes in the walls. Right? You also learn how to have fun and keep life interesting for the kids on a very tight budget. There is no doubt that creativity is lives at the soul of every, single military spouse out there.
YOU ALWAYS TAKE THE INITIATIVE. ALWAYS.
There is never time to stop when you’re a military spouse. You know selfish people get called out for thinking they are the “center of the universe?” Well, military spouses really are. Every time we move, begin a deployment, end a deployment or have any type of emergency we become the center of the universe because we handle it all… and we do it like a boss.
YOU DOMINATE WHAT IT MEANS TO BE DIVERSE
We live all over. We meet people from all different backgrounds, cultures, religions, colors, shapes, and sizes. Military spouses do not discriminate. We have learned that if you’re nice to us, we are nice to you. End of story.
YOU ARE THE DEFINITION OF DEPENDABLE
There is no denying this. If a military spouse says she’ll be somewhere or do something, consider it done.