May is just around the corner, and it’s Military Appreciation Month. We celebrate our country’s military veterans and spouses, who have their own designated day of gratitude on May 12th. It’s no secret that transitioning from the military to the civilian or private sector world is challenging. Everything from job titles to the lingo are entirely different, and it’s a lot of work to position yourself for post-military jobs.
Similarly, as a military spouse, you face challenges finding any kind of employment whether you are searching while your service member is still active or after their transition. As a veteran or spouse, how can you make employers believe in you? Translate what you do every day into terms an employer understands. Focus on your leadership skills, enthusiasm, and the skills you possess.
Many aspects of your military life are unique and the soft skills you have are not easily taught. You’ve lived through difficult situations that prove you can perform above average in fast-paced, constantly changing circumstances. You’re not afraid to take on challenges and will do what it takes to get things done. It’s up to you to educate employers about the innate value you offer.