As a military spouse, I often get asked by people that I meet along the way what do I do for a living, how I manage, how to get started, and what can they do to find work, too. All these are valid questions that I wish more spouses would explore—because the help and resources are out there. It’s just a matter of knowing where and how to get started. Which is also why in light of Military Appreciation Month, I am doing my due diligence to help out my fellow spouses.
Here’s the cold truth. I often hear from spouses I meet that they can’t seem to find a military spouse-friendly job. They feel like they aren’t viewed in the same way as other candidates do. That mindset and thinking has to stop! We are strong, we are amazing, and we also serve along with our husbands and fellow spouses. Let me tell you now, there are jobs that are military spouse-friendly. In fact, some of them are in the convenience of your own home—like being a blogger, which is what I do for a living. With access to the internet and a home computer, any military spouse can start working from home. Working from home, as your own boss or for a company who supports military spouses can give you the freedom to be available as a military spouse whenever you’re needed and ensures you have a job no matter where you reside.
Today I’m going to feature my top 5 Military Spouse-Friendly Jobs along with some tips.
5 Jobs That are Military Spouse Friendly
Work for a company that supports military spouses
Veterans and military spouses face significant employment challenges. While overall veteran unemployment rates now hover around the national average, nearly 53% of U.S. military experience some period of unemployment within 15 months after leaving the service, according to analysis by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Military spouses have an even harder time landing jobs and growing careers when they may need to pull up and move with a new military deployment. That’s partly why the unemployment rate for spouses of active-duty military is at least 4x the national average.
This is where companies like T-Mobile can make a difference. T-Mobile specifically has long been recognized as a leader in military support and was named a Top 100 Military Friendly Employer by Military Friendly® for the 12th straight year. They are committed to military spouse employees, so that they can prioritize their career, while staying with their partners. If a military relocation is expected in the future, T-Mobile offers a formal process for military spouses in their retail community to request a transfer to another retail store within 50 miles of their new location – and they do their very best to make it happen every time!
Learn more about how the experience you’ve gained as a military spouse matches with careers at T-Mobile here.
Want to venture out and give different work a try?
Check out the following ideas …
You can start working at home on your own personal business. This could be selling crafts or something that you make at home. If you’re a crafty person, Etsy is a great place to start selling items from your own personal craft business without leaving your home.
There are many ways to set up your own online store, thus allowing any military spouse the freedom and comfort to work at home while being their own boss. Shopify is one of the most popular ways many people work to get their own online store created to start working at home.
Working at home as a virtual assistant is for sure a military spouse-friendly job. You could search for opportunities at companies that hire virtual assistants or start your own virtual assistant business. Simply take your administrative skill experience and put them to use from your home office.
Become a Blogger
While you may not make a lot of money at first, being a blogger is a wonderful work-at-home job that is military spouse-friendly. Simply choose what you’ll blog about, decide on a domain name, get your theme set up and installed on your hosting account. Then you’re ready to start writing.
All of the above will require that you manage your own expenses and to help cut down the cost. With that in mind I highly recommend checking out T-Mobile ONE for Military rate plan. The Un-carrier is committed to supporting military and their families – every day!
Each of these 5 employment options are military spouse-friendly BUT they take dedication, self-motivation and a real vision to make it work out for you. If you are on the job hunt, it is important to look for companies that proactively support military and their spouses. At T-Mobile, they have an employee network group specific to supporting and advocating for military and their families – the Veterans and Allies Network. Not only is it a place to share stories across the company, but the network provides feedback on how to make T-Mobile the best place to work for Veterans, Military and their families.
I hope that this information has inspired you to look further into doing what you love, make some extra money, and help your family thrive and make the most of your military lifestyle.