The struggle is real for military spouses looking for quality jobs: stats show that about 25 percent (or 150,000) of active duty military spouses face challenges finding those jobs. And despite being highly educated, 40 percent holding college degrees versus 30 percent for the general population, military spouses face twice the unemployment rate.
That’s why you’ll find some people who say things like, “It’s really hard to find a career you love as an active duty military spouse.”
But does that really have to be true?
We don’t think so!
In fact, we believe military spouses are actually among the most talented and valuable employees on the planet. And there are so many companies looking for you! (Hint: we’re one of them.)
So if you’re looking to land an ideal military spouse job, you’re in the right place. In this post you’ll learn how to find a career that moves with you, never makes you start the job searching process over, and puts your years of experience and specific skills to use in fulfilling, remote-first work.
What Makes Military Spouses So Great?
First of all, though, let’s cut to the chase: what makes military spouses so great in the eyes of companies that appreciate you? When asked why she loves hiring military spouses, Boldly’s CEO Sandra Lewis says:
“Military spouses are hands down our best candidates. They’re resourceful, adaptable, disciplined, quick to learn, dedicated, loyal, grounded, and savvy. I don’t know why any company would hesitate in bringing on a candidate with those types of soft skills.”
Military spouses are highly adaptable, able to take in stride whatever challenges are thrown their way, staying calm and grounded in the process. This is proven through the lifestyle of surprise PCS orders and needing to quickly acclimate to new places.
Oh, and did you know that military spouses are also more educated on average than the general population? With 89 percent who have some college education (or higher) compared to just 59 percent outside of the military.
Military spouses are used to taking charge and doing whatever needs to be done. This kind of self-leadership is an absolute key in the world of remote work–and military spouses have mastered it.
Running a household alone for extended periods, managing kids’ schedules, appointments, dog walking and more, military spouses are accustomed to managing their schedule like clockwork.
Boldly’s administrative manager and team leader, Cat Caraway, an active duty spouse with three young boys aged 2-6, and dog Phoebe, has got it down to a science, applying those same organization skills to managing Boldly’s business management systems.
The New Way To Work For Military Spouses
Whether you’re living on base or off, some of the best military spouse jobs will be remote — but we’re not talking about finding gigs and one-off projects. Instead, we’re talking about fulfilling, challenging long-term careers.
The old way of working was at a brick-and-mortar location with long morning and evening commutes. And when you moved, your job didn’t. This left military spouses especially in a constant scramble to find work and financial stability with every PCS.
Now there’s a new way to work, made possible by a change in the way that companies are hiring employees: premium subscription staffing.
Today, businesses are used to subscribing to pretty much everything – from Amazon Prime to enterprise software. Instead of one-off transactions, the economy runs on subscriptions to key products and services. Instead of hiring directly, businesses are using services like Boldly who employ and manage their team for them.
For us at Boldly, this change means we can be a remote-first, employee-focused company. Our team gets the freedom to build their own schedules, work remotely, and contribute to amazing businesses. This means they are building a fulfilling career that goes wherever they do.
The benefit to military spouses like Stephanie who just moved from California to North Dakota, is not just the financial stability though. Arriving in a completely new location with so many things to adapt to, she still has a constant: all the work relationships she has built and the career she has developed are still intact, giving her a stability that smoothes the process of moving to no end.
This model is so ideal for military spouses, we often hear them wondering if it’s “too good to be true.” But here’s what it looks like in action for Stephanie.
3 Best Remote Military Spouse Jobs (Plus A Bonus!)
Let’s jump into the best military spouse jobs (we’re hiring for) and help you find the career you never thought possible. These are W-2 positions where you’ll work with world-class clients (yes, we’re talking executives at Apple, Facebook, Grammarly, Asana and many other dynamic, growing businesses that you may not have heard of) directly in their businesses.
#1. Remote Executive Assistant
Let’s face it, the best executive assistants (EAs) are people who make things happen. As the CEOs (Chief Efficiency Officers) for bustling executives, EAs touch almost all facets of a business.
It’s rewarding and exciting long-term work with top execs and successful business owners. Their companies are growing and they’re making an impact worldwide, but they need your abilities to scale.
The most successful EAs are learners. They love challenges and opportunities to acquire new skills. They’re hyper organized, with a knack for coordinating schedules and in helping execs operate like a well-oiled machine. They’re experts at managing time and love finding new ways to be efficient. And last, they’re amazing communicators, who can seamlessly communicate with clients, executives, and other members of the team.
If this sounds like you, take the next step, apply to become a remote Executive Assistant now.
*Bonus: if you have experience with paralegal work, we have special opportunities just for you here!
#2. Remote Marketing & Social Media Specialist
Today, social media is so much more than a hobby, and marketing goes way beyond creative catch phrases.
The world of marketing and social media is about moving key metrics for business growth. It’s about drawing insights from data analysis, spotting trends, and creating persuasive campaigns in a variety of media.
Today, the best marketers and social media specialists understand the fundamentals of copywriting, strategic messaging, email marketing, community building, and growing engagement pipelines. They’re fluent in the best-practices for every platform and understand what makes a brand’s audience tick.
If you’re excited about driving results with marketing and social media, apply to become a remote Marketing & Social Media Specialist now.
#3. Remote Project Manager
Project management is the force that moves an organization forward. And the best project managers know how to organize people, tasks, and resources to get things done on time and on budget.
Working as a remote project manager means your communication skills are phenomenal. You can manage admin functions to support everyone on the project, coordinate schedules and travel, and help move a diverse array of projects forward. This means everything from event planning to working with vendors to working with design teams for on-site collateral.
The best remote project managers come wrapped in a bow with proactivity, flexibility, and comfort with managing change!
Up to the challenge? Start managing key projects from anywhere in the world, apply to become a remote project manager now.
Get Your Dream Job
Contrary to past experiences or hearsay, fulfilling military spouse jobs are more available than ever!
If you’re ready to stop worrying about finding a new job with every PCS or settling for less-than-fulfilling work, you’ve found your match.
We love working with military spouses. And you have the opportunity to work flexibly, part-time to full-time and earn between $1,800 and $3,500 per month plus benefits depending on your experience and availability.
If you’re ready to ditch the old way to work and embrace a dream career that goes with you, let’s talk about how you can get started now.
Updated on December 13th, 2022