EMPLOYERS: A US military or foreign service spouse resume may be different from what you are used to seeing. There may be employment gaps, multiple moves, and/or a lot of volunteer experience.
"When life gives you lemons, make lemonade" - as spouses, this is what we do. We find ways to maintain our career, volunteer, and upskill to continue learning so that we can find a rewarding job or build a business.
An untraditional resume should not be a barrier to entry for these exceptional spouses. Here's what you can do to lessen unconscious bias and ensure you and your staff are not missing out:
- Take extra time to dissect an untraditional resume
- Recognize that extensive volunteer experience, education, or moves may indicate the person is a spouse (many will not self-identify for fear of discrimination)
If your company would like training on how to recruit US military and foreign service spouses, email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.