Operation Opportunity: Here’s What Military Spouses Need to Know When Job Hunting
Top 10 Tips for Finding Work
Hilton is on a mission to hire 30,000 veterans, spouses and caregivers by the end of 2020. During National Veterans and Military Families Month, we’re speaking with some of our military spouses about their experiences and today we hear from Rosa, a Corporate Procurement Manager at Hilton. Rosa met her husband, who is a pilot, in San Diego before moving to the Washington DC area when he was relocated. It was Rosa’s first move as a military spouse and she wanted to continue to develop her procurement career, though admits she didn’t know where to start. Here are ten tips she learnt through the process:
- Don't feel that you need to hide that you're a military spouse when job hunting. This is something to be proud of! It will likely be apparent when a recruiter looks at your resume and sees regular moves or gaps in your employment history. Military spouses have immensely valuable skills that are an asset to any company, but be sure to make a list of these unique talents so you can use them to your advantage during an interview. Military spouses have different perspectives when they work within a company. For example – spouses have insights into unique institutional knowledge from talking and sharing ideas with their spouses. This may provide companies a different way of problem solving/critical thinking.
- There are a lot of resources available for military spouses looking for professional work if you know where to look. Find out what resources are available to you and make use of them. One way to start is to reach out to your partner’s unit and ask if they have a military spouse group.
- Make a network wherever you are and tap into local military spouse groups. Start your search at the local Chamber of Commerce or search for the Military Spouse Professional Network: Hiring our Heroes. The relationships you build can really help open doors.
- Do an online search for military friendly companies and find their military recruiting website – most companies that have military hiring initiatives will have a specific job site such as https://jobs.hilton.com/military.
- Alternatively, research the companies in the area where you’re relocating and reach out to see if they have a military recruiting team.
- Think ahead to your next move and search for companies where there could be options to transfer – maybe they have a large global footprint, strong U.S. presence or options for remote work.
- Update your resume before you relocate – you will have enough to think about when settling into a new home without having to work on your resume.
- Once you do start your new role, network, network, network within the company. Even if your current role isn’t transferable, making yourself an invaluable part of the broader team will make it easier to be considered for remote-positions when it comes time to relocate.
- Consider your options for housing. Living on base may not always be the best option if it’s not close to many companies. If you’re moving before you find a job, you may want to consider a short-term rental so you can move to a better location when you’ve secured a job. My husband and I found a home in the middle of our two workplaces so we can have a similar commute.
- This may seem obvious but have a conversation with your spouse and talk about your priorities before it comes time to relocate. If continuing your professional career is important this can be taken into consideration when deciding the next location.
Learn about the experiences of another Hilton Military Spouse, Ashley Zimmerman.
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