There are a lot of resources helping veterans find a job after the miltiary. But did you know that there are a number of those same organizations that are also working to help military spouses find careers too. Military spouses face a lot of transitions with the military moving their spouse and family to different locations throughout the world. And leaving the military and finding a new career after the military can be challenging. But there are organizations out there ensuring military spouses are not forgotten and working to help spouses find their next career opportunity. This article highlights five great military organizations that are doing this work.
Lindsey Helm saw a problem. Companies want to hire veterans and military spouses but because of software companies use to filter out resumes. Many veteran and military spouse resumes were not making it to these companies. She created Empower Employ with the idea of using information technology to connect civilian employers with the military community. And as both a military spouse and a veteran she knows the unique challenges military spouses face when trying to continue their career and support their service members. She is working to change how the military community is hired, bringing the applicants straight to the job opening while also providing training for both employers in spouses when it comes to finding a job.
Vets to Industry was created by Brian Arrington. Originally, he wanted to create a space where veterans could connect with industries looking to hire veterans. And he did that. But he quickly saw a need to include military spouses in the conversation. Hearing about the challenges military spouses face led him to create military spouse focused networking events bringing in speakers that were military spouses and were able to share how they were overcoming the challenge military spouses face, such as, moving, lack of childcare, managing a family while a spouse is gone for trainings or a deployment, and more. Vets to Industry offers virtual networking opportunities and includes speakers specifically to cover topics veterans and military spouses face.
Hiring Our Heroes knows that military spouses' careers are impacted by their service members’ service. That is why they provide resources for spouses of both veterans and service members, along with caregivers. Besides offering education and training resources on their website. They also offer two day events both virtual and in person that allow spouses to get an updated resume, headshot, polished LinkedIn profile, along with connecting you to a professional network of military spouses and employers.
If you are considering starting your own business IVMF has a number of resources and in person training options to help you get your business off the ground. They have a number of great programs to help you get your business started. Their Veteran Women Inspiring the Spirit of Entrepreneurs (VWISE) program was originally created for women veterans but they found that military spouses were also facing challenges in starting their own business. But they have a number of other programs for all stages of business development. They also have resources to help you find your next career.
Looking to talk to someone who has done it before. Veterarti is a great platform to connect with veterans and military spouses through one hour mentorship time blocks. You can talk to people who have gone through similar situations or are working in an industry you are considering. The one hour call can help connect you with resources within the industry or connect you to people who may be able to help you in finding your next career.
There are so many resources out there to help military spouses in finding their next career. And these are just a few of the resources available to help military spouses find their next career. What resources have you used in your career journey?