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Military Spouses Stand Out In a Competitive Market!

By LAURA TORRES posted 10-08-2023 11:44 AM

  
Food for Thought - Stand out in a competitive market! 

Military spouses, today’s job market is extremely competitive, and more than ever, highly trained and educated community members face the most challenges when searching for work. In some communities throughout the military lifestyle, the market is more uncertain and can test your motivation. Maintain a positive outlook; you can increase your chances of career success with the right approach and strategies.

Blue Star Careers' recommendations can help you navigate the job market while applying the latest job-searching tips to stand out in today's competitive environment; 

  • Define your goals: Determine the job type you seek, the industry you want to work in, and the skills and qualifications required for those roles. This clarity will help you focus your search and tailor your applications accordingly.

  • Polish your resume and cover letter: Your resume and cover letter are crucial in making a solid first impression. Customize each job application, highlighting your skills and experiences relevant to the position. Please make sure they are well-structured, error-free, and concise. Access the Resource Library and the latest BSF Careers samples and tutorials.

  • Expand your network: Networking is essential in a competitive job market. Connect with professionals in your desired field through networking events, online platforms like LinkedIn, and professional organizations. Attend industry conferences and contact your existing contacts for referrals or informational interviews. Join the next Blue Star Careers RISE Networking event.

  • Utilize online job boards and websites: Explore popular job search websites and platforms specific to your industry. Regularly check for new postings and set up job alerts to receive notifications when relevant positions become available. #RecruitMillitary and Talent Ascend are two of our partner portals, or join Blue Star Careers’ Careerathon every Thursday, showcasing the latest career opportunities!

  • Enhance your online presence: Employers often research candidates online. Make sure your online “presence” is professional and up to date. Clean up your social media profiles, particularly platforms like LinkedIn, which are focused on professional networking. If applicable, showcase your skills, achievements, and relevant work samples on your online portfolio or website. Military spouses qualify for a one-year membership for LinkedIn Premium (find out more here).

  • Leverage recruitment agencies: Consider partnering with Blue Star Careers staffing agencies and partners specializing in your field to land a temporary job. In addition, Blue Star Careers can provide access to job opportunities that might be private, and they can assist with resume writing and interview preparation and send referrals on your behalf.

  • Upskill and stay updated: In a competitive job market, improving your skills and staying updated on industry trends is essential. Use Blue Star Careers’ learning community to identify your courses, workshops, and certifications to enhance your qualifications. Highlight these new skills on your resume and during interviews.

  • Be persistent and proactive: Finding a job can take time, so don't get discouraged by rejections or lack of responses. Follow up on your applications, send thank-you notes after interviews, and continue searching and networking actively. Consider taking on freelance or volunteer work related to your field to gain experience and expand your network — volunteer with a purpose with Blue Star Careers.

  • Prepare for interviews: Thoroughly research the company and position before each discussion. Practice common interview questions and prepare your questions to ask the interviewer. Showcase your skills, experiences, and achievements during the interview, and demonstrate your enthusiasm and motivation for the role.

  • Stay positive and focused: Job searching can be challenging, especially when you are new in a community, but maintaining a positive attitude and staying focused on your goals is essential. Celebrate small victories along the way and learn from any setbacks you encounter. Share your updates and successes in the Blue Star Careers or the Spouseforce community. 

Remember, military spouses, perseverance, and a strategic approach are key when job searching in a competitive market. Stay proactive, continue to improve your skills, and leverage your network to increase your chances of finding the right opportunity. To contact careers, email [email protected] or join our Careers Community in the #BSFNeighborhood. 

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10-08-2023 02:51 PM

What strategy might work for you based on your current goals?