This week we celebrate our country’s military veterans, as we should. At the same time, we cannot forget about the family members that serve by their sides and support military members throughout countless moves and deployments. According to a 2013 study by the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University and the Military Officers Association of America, 90 percent of responding female spouses of active duty service members report being underemployed, which means they possess more education or experience than needed at their current or most recent position. Fifty-five percent of spouses said it was difficult to find their most recent job, and 85 percent said it’s difficult for military spouses to get hired.
As a military spouse, you are an asset to an organization. How can you make employers believe you are the solution versus a problem? Rebrand yourself. Translate what you do every day into terms an employer understands. Your goal is to focus on your energy and what you bring to the table.