4. Other military spouse career networks
In addition to the Hiring Our Heroes program mentioned above, there are several other national and global networks for military spouses who want to find jobs, career ideas, and professional networking support. This article in Military Spouse Opens in new window has a comprehensive list of military spouse networks, including the Military Spouse JD Network Opens in new window (for military spouses who are legal professionals), Blue Star Careers Opens in new window (for military spouses who want to run their own businesses), and the Milspo Project Opens in new window (which helps military spouses with “turning our passions into profit").
5. Work with the Association of Military Spouse Entrepreneurs
The Association of Military Spouse Entrepreneurs (ASME) is an exclusive community where military spouse entrepreneurs can learn how to launch, build and scale their own businesses. Utilizing a hands-on peer approach, ASME provides their members with access to an online dashboard, monthly content themes, mentorship, resources and more. The virtual membership grants access regardless of where military spouses may be stationed, and the skills gained from ASME allow military spouses to achieve financial security and take control of their future on their own terms.
6. Be an online freelancer or “gig" worker
What if you don't want a full-time or even a part-time job; what if you want something more flexible, just to make some extra cash? You should try being an online freelancer. With freelancing sites, you can bid on projects and get hired to use your online skills in fields such as graphic design, writing, programming, administrative work, and more.
7. Scholarships and grants from National Military Family Association
The National Military Family Association Opens in new window offers a variety of college scholarships, career advancement grants, and business development funding for military spouses. They have special scholarships focused on helping military spouses who want to pursue a career in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields or in the fields of teaching, nursing, and mental health and social work.
8. Start a business
Military spouses often tend to be entrepreneurial, and they are natural networkers; the life of a military spouse is often great preparation for starting a business, because military spouses tend to be highly motivated self-starters and creative problem solvers who are adaptable to new situations. If you'd like to explore starting your own business as a military spouse, there are entrepreneurship training and resources available via the Small Business Administration's Veterans Business Outreach Center Opens in new window.