Recently, there have been some great blog posts by military spouses regarding their quest for employment (Nancy Lavallee, DCMilitary Family Life and Corporate Gray Blog, Military Spouse Employment-Advice to Use Now). With the unemployment rate for military spouses hovering at 26% (compared to the nations average of roughly eight percent), it’s a hard statistic to overlook. In most cases, military veterans and their families have sacrificed their personal livelihood for the greater good of others.
Nancy Lavallee writes “Employers are often reluctant to hire a military spouse when they can hire a candidate who is more likely to stay put. Those spouses who do find jobs are usually forced to leave when it is time for the next PCS.” She goes on to write something pretty profound when it comes to hiring military and retiree spouses. “It’s time for all employers to understand that military and retiree spouses can be valuable employees not in spite of our backgrounds, but because of them.”
Organizations and such as the Military Spouse Employment Partnership (MSEP), Military.com, and Hiring Our Heroes offer a wide range of tools and resources to assist spouses in their job search, as well as up-to-date job fairs happening all over the country. Due to the rise of technology and corporate initiatives of work/life balance, military spouses can now take these careers with them; telecommuting has become a great option. According to teleworkresearchnetwork.com, regular telecommuters will total 4.9 million by 2016, a 69% increase from the current level.
While the thought of hiring someone living a military lifestyle may be difficult for some employers to fathom, UnitedHealth Group embraces it. Offering over 80 telecommuting careers, spouses and retirees can choose from a careers such as a registered nurse case manager, clinical operations manager, or sales operations consultant to name a few - all while supporting our commitment of helping to improve the lives of those who have served, and their loved ones.