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5 Things Businesses May Not Know About Military Spouse Employees

The Huffington Post The Huffington Post 30/10/2015 Leigh Searl
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I recently participated in the Department of Defense sponsored annual meeting for the Military Spouse Employment Partnership (MSEP) in the greater Washington, D.C. area. The MSEP mission is to connect military spouses with employment opportunities through their network of employer partners. The MSEP partners truly value military spouses as a stalwart asset not to be overlooked.
My company, America's Career Force, provides remote employment opportunities to military spouses. I was thrilled to speak with so many companies that embrace remote employment opportunities and want military spouses to fill these roles.
I talked with incredible companies like Kaplan and Synchrony Financial who are actively hiring military spouse talent. Kaplan was recently rated as one of America's top 100 businesses to work for and is committed to hiring military spouses. Similarly, Synchrony Financial, a company creating financial flexibility for today's customer needs, boasts a 90% retention rate because of their loyalty to employees. Kaplan and Synchrony Financial provide an excellent snapshot of the companies dedicated to hiring military spouses.
On behalf of military spouses, I'd like to thank the American companies currently employing military spouses. We thank you for your unwavering commitment in helping us achieve our career goals and your understanding of our mobile lifestyle. For those companies who have not yet hired a military spouse, I'd like to take a moment to introduce you to the incredibly talented men and women of our military's "Silent Ranks."
When compared to our civilian counterparts military spouses have a higher level of education. In fact, 84% of all military spouses have some college, 25% have a bachelor's degree and 10% have an advanced degree.
We encounter and overcome unique challenges our civilian counterparts do not face. Military spouses are uniquely prepared to navigate change in a dynamic environment, providing businesses with stability and strength.
Military spouses generate opportunity for personal and professional growth with every move. We strive to make each experience optimal for our families and ourselves.
We have committed our lives to a mobile military lifestyle. We believe in the importance of the sacrifices our spouses make. Our unwavering support to our Nation requires us to remain flexible yet utterly dedicated. This is a delicate balance military spouses have mastered.
We are champion networkers, using social media and global relationships to gather resources and information for success. We continually volunteer in leadership roles shaping the community on military installations, providing stability and strength to our future.
America's military is the most experienced and elite the world has seen. America has also "trained" military spouses to be the most adept leaders, visionaries and innovators. I encourage you to "Hire Just One" military spouse and you will benefit from the specialized skillsets military spouses will provide your business.

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