The Force Behind the Force: Military Spouses Make Great Employees

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Adecco and our clients understand the value that veterans and military spouses bring to the workplace. That’s why Adecco has partnered with groups like the Military Spouse Employment Partnership, which helps us connect to military spouses. We’ve also developed the Adecco Military Alliance, a partnership between Adecco, military affiliate groups, and military installations around the country to recruit and hire veterans, wounded warriors, and military spouses. Through this program, we’ve established a specific military families hiring initiative that includes recruiting from military job fairs, through military job boards and from military bases in the United Sates.

Military life may not be easy, but it can help military spouses to develop unique qualifications and traits that many employers find valuable, such as:

  • Organizational skills
  • Resilience
  • Flexibility
  • Adaptability
  • Multi-tasking abilities
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Cultural awareness
  • Networking
  • Communication skills
  • Leadership skills
  • Work ethic

Bethany’s Story

Bethany, an HR Coordinator for Adecco, is one of the many military spouses across the country who have benefitted from the Adecco Military Alliance. She and her military husband met in high school, got married in college, and have lived in a number of different cities together. Since she knew it would be difficult to overcome the frequent gaps and job changes on her resume, Bethany made it a goal to find meaningful work in every place they lived, so that she could make the most of the short tenure.

“It’s difficult to build a strong resume when you move around a lot. Under the best circumstance, you look like a job-hopper. In the worst circumstance, you look like someone with frequent gaps in your employment history,” says Bethany.

For the last few years, Bethany and her husband have been permanently stationed in Rapid City, SD. Soon after their relocation, Bethany attended a local job fair and got a job as an Adecco Associate at an insurance agency. She fell in love with the job and the company, but her contract ended after a year and a half. At that time, a recruiter approached Bethany about an open position within Adecco, as an HR Coordinator. She jumped at the opportunity and has been working for Adecco ever since. “Being able to coach other military spouses in my community is really cool. I get to help them build a strong resume and gain confidence if they’ve been out of work for a while. I also get to encourage hiring managers to give them a second look, explaining that their role as military spouse gives them unique qualifications, despite having a few gaps on their resume,” says Bethany.