Interviewing as a Military Spouse
Military-required relocations, commonly known as a “PCS” or Permanent Change of Station, result in an uprooting of the entire family.
With a PCS comes a new home, new city, new friends and school(s), a new command for the service member, new doctors and dentists, finding a new routine, and hopefully, a new job for the military spouse.
As spouses, we tend to put our families’ needs before our own when it comes to military life. Our spouse doesn’t have the choice of when they have to leave, where they have to go, or how long it will be for. We feel responsible for making these moves/trips/deployments/separations as, “normal” as possible for our children, so we, again, put our goals on the back-burner. Once we settle into a new duty station, it has been about 6-months and we are now beginning the daunting task of job-hunting or following up on prior interviews.
Some spouses begin the job search before they move and try to work around the issue of still living in another state or country. With this, comes the fear of orders changing or the moving date changing (the military can change your new move location or tell you to move at any time).
While juggling everything that comes with an upcoming move, spouses begin to consider if applying for a job at their next location will be worth their effort (will it pay what we need, is it going to benefit me professionally, will it be fulfilling, do the hours/flexibility work with my spouses’ and, sometimes, children’s schedules). When we finally settle in and begin interviewing, we are commonly met with negative comments about being military spouses. Our team has experienced this first-hand prior to working with Squared Away.