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Spouse Series: Military Spouse-Friendly Companies

by Janet Farley, Contributing Editor

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Finding a job is so easy… said no military spouse ever. Obstacles to meaningful employment continue to exist, despite great strides made by many to negate them in recent years. Why is this so?


• The community you live in doesn’t have enough jobs to go around.


• You’re way overqualified for the jobs that are out there.


• The competition for jobs is stiff or the application process is too complicated.


• Childcare is too expensive or simply non-existent.


• You don’t have the right degree or certification.


• You’re moving soon. Again.


• You don’t know how to look for a job.


• Your spouse is always deployed and someone has to be home to raise the kids.


• Employers assume that, as a military spouse, you will leave the job when PCS orders come and that, somehow, you won’t have the time to make a meaningful contribution to the organization.


A one size fits all solution to the long-running list of military spouse employment obstacles just doesn’t exist.


Instead, professionally minded spouses have to tap into those powers of resiliency and reinvention each and every time they jump back into the job market.


One smart way to approach your job search is to begin it by targeting employers who appreciate you in the first place.


Believe it or not, they are out there and they want to hire you. Here’s how to find them.

The Military Spouse Employment Partnership (MSEP)


We could create a laundry list of military spouse-friendly companies, but the DoD has already worked very hard to do that for us.


You can check out a list of 300+ military-friendly Fortune 500+ businesses at https://msepjobs.militaryonesource.mil/msep/partners.


A small sample of companies (called partners here) includes such giants as Amazon, Citi, Dell, Hilton Worldwide, Kenneth Cole, Robert Half, Time Warner Cable, Toys R Us and Xerox Services. There are many, many others of all sizes, too.


Eligible military spouses can register to use the site, create a resume using MSEP’s builder and apply actively for jobs.


To date, MSEP has placed more than 80,000 military spouses and has a reported number of 215,005 active jobs available.

The Military Spouse Corporate Career Network (MSCCN)


Founded by amazing military spouse extraordinaire Deb Kloeppel, the MSCCN is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that offers employment readiness program and job placement solutions at no cost to all military-affiliated spouses, retired military spouses and caregivers to war wounded heroes.


You can take advantage of this program by visiting http://msccn.org/JobSeekers and clicking on the “Upload Your Resume Here” button. Soon after you upload your resume, you will be contacted by an MSCCN applicant specialist who will work with you to help you achieve your job search goals and needs.


In addition to being spouse-friendly itself, MSCCN works with many military spouse-friendly businesses such as USAA, Boeing, IBM and Magellan Health.


Free online training and five one-hour sessions with a job search pro are only two reasons of many why you should check out MSCCN today.

Hiring Our Heroes


If anyone is able to connect military spouses with military spouse-friendly companies it is the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and its Hiring Our Heroes Program.


Since 2011, Hiring Our Heroes has hosted worldwide brick and mortar and virtual job fairs assisting veterans, transitioning service members and military spouses in finding meaningful employment.


To locate a Hiring Our Heroes job fair near you, visit https://www.uschamberfoundation.org/events/hiringfairs.

Another Possibility


There is one other potential military spouse-friendly business person to consider here. She’s easy to find, too. Just look in the closest mirror. You could be the boss you’ve been searching for all along.


If the prospect intrigues you, start the exploration and education process through the US Small Business Administration’s website (https://www.sba.gov/starting-business/how-start-business/entrepreneurship-you).

Janet Farley is a workplace and careers strategist and the author of several job search books, including Quick Military Transition Guide: Seven Steps to Landing a Civilian Job (Jist/EMC, 2013). Follow her on Twitter @mil2civguide for news you can use in your own transition.


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