We’ve all been there. You’ve perfected your resume and cover letter, sent out countless applications and finally landed an interview. You are face to face with the hiring manager when you are asked the dreaded question “So tell me about yourself”. You wonder if you should disclose that you are a military spouse. It’s a big part of who you are, but will revealing this information help or hinder your employment prospects?
When it comes to being a Marine spouse, moving every few years is just one of many obstacles you face. Finding a new job each time you relocate is another challenge. Nowadays, switching jobs every two or three years isn’t uncommon, so you shouldn’t let that next Permanent Change of Station (PCS) stop you from finding your dream job. If a company asks about why you’ve switched jobs often you should offer an explanation. If they don’t ask there’s no reason for you to disclose your military spouse status. Do your research ahead of time. Knowing the company and their mission statement will help you decide how much personal information you should reveal.
The skills you’ve learned as a military spouse are also skills that are highly sought after in the workplace. You are flexible, adaptable, independent and loyal, all traits that would make you an asset to any organization. Instead of feeling like you need to ‘fess up’ to a potential employer about your military spouse status, focus on marketing the valuable qualities that life in the Marine Corps has taught you.
Every once in a while you may come across an organization that is looking for an employee to stay for the long term. For larger companies, you could suggest transferring to another office should you need to relocate. If that’s not an option, there are plenty of other employment opportunities with companies that would love to have a Marine Corps spouse on their team.
To find jobs at your local installation or with other government agencies that offer Spouse Preference, visit www.USAJobs.gov or the Careers section on this website. For more information on interview techniques and companies that are military spouse friendly, visit the Family Member Employment Assistance page.
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