5 Job Seeking Tips for Military Spouses

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Revamp Your Resume

Milspouses should consider using a resume format that isn’t chronological. While free templates seem like a good idea, they can be very basic and hard to individualize. Try using a functional resume or a combination resume instead of a chronological format, since you’re promoting your skills first. If you’ve had lapses in employment, a functional resume is your best best because it focuses on your skills and experience first, de-emphasizing the dates in which you have worked. Be sure to include any volunteer work you may have done, as that also counts as experience.

Don’t Use Military Acronyms

Spell all the words all the way out at least once, since you might be interviewed by a civilian. Be prepared to translate anything you don’t spell out.

Filling In The Gaps

If your struggle is in the frequent moves and job changes, it’s best to be up front with your employer if they ask. You can avoid looking like a short-timer by not listing the months on your work history and this can keep you from being tempted not to stretch the truth.

Consider Online School or Training

If you can’t find anything that might be helpful around your area, consider going back to school online or taking some in-person training for an extra certificate. Today’s tech environment means that you can start, continue, and finish a college degree without having to set foot in a classroom. Many state and private colleges offer entirely online degrees.

Consider Contract Work

Contract work can be long-term temporary or go permanent, depending on what you and the company are looking for, and it’s a great way to try a new position out without having to commit to anything long-term. We have a wide variety of positions open across country, are military friendly, and open to having a discussion. Preview our openings at https://jobs.uspro.net/#/jobs

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