Military spouse employment and education resources
I cannot stress enough that in addition to the resources listed below, if you are near a military installation, USE their services for finding employment. For example, the Army Community Services (ACS) has an Employment Readiness Office with amazing tools and resources that you should take advantage of. Some of their services (which are free) may include:
- Career Center, internet access, fax, phone, photocopier
- FREE self-paced MS Office Suite computer training
- Job bank and employer referrals
- Employment resource library
- Work-from-home opportunities
- Family member scholarship websites
- Teen employment resources
Your local public library is another valuable resource in your job search. Some local libraries have career counselors as well as workshops to enhance your computer skills and job search strategies. Some libraries have a partnership with Lynda.com which gives you free access to many professional online training videos.
2017 Military Spouse Friendly Employers List
AMVETS Career Centers
The AMVETS Career Centers powered by Call of Duty Endowment provides free of charge career training and employment assistance for veterans, active duty service members, national guard and reserve plus spouses.
Blue Star Careers Center
Blue Star Families’ mission is to help military families with challenging hurdles—both during and after active service. Our military spouse employment and education programs support military family members through their entire career path through education, connection, and support services.
Blue Star Entrepreneurs
Blue Star Entrepreneurs is a place for all military spouse business owners to share professional information and network. The Blue Star Spouse Networks will work in conjunction with the private sector, the Department of Defense, and state and regional stakeholders to shape the future of professional military spouses.
Business and Professional Women's Foundation
Mentoring, jobs, and resources for women veterans and military spouses
Need a mentor to give your career a boost? BPW Foundation’s Joining Forces Mentoring Plus provides free resources, including mentors, subject matter experts (SMEs), and online connections for women veterans and military spouses to assist them in successfully obtaining meaningful employment and a successful career.
Career One Stop
Career One Stop is your pathway to career success. Tools to help job seekers, students, businesses, and career professionals. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes program, Toyota, and Blue Star Families introduced Career Spark, a first-of-its-kind online tool that gives military spouses the resume they need to start and maintain a meaningful career. Career Spark walks military spouses through developing a resume based on their unique skills. Once completed, spouses have the option to make their resumes searchable to thousands of employers nationwide looking for qualified veteran and military spouse candidates.
Congressional Military Family Caucus
The Congressional Military Family Caucus seeks to educate Members of Congress and their staff on resources the military has for families. Specifically, the Congressional Military Family Caucus focuses on issues such as education, childcare, healthcare, spousal employment, and the effects of multiple deployments. Through educating Member of Congress, it is our hope that the Congressional Military Family Caucus will be able to develop legislation to better support our nation's military families.
eKnowledge free SAT/ACT PowerPrep
eKnowledge, a group of NFL players, and the Department of Defense have teamed up to distribute more than $16,500,000 of eKnowledge's SAT/ACT PowerPrep™ Programs to military service members and their families.
Employer Partnership of the Armed Forces
The Employer Partnership (EP) was created as a way to provide America’s employers with a direct link to some of America’s finest employees – Service members and their families. Through the partnership, service members can leverage their military training and experience for career opportunities in today’s civilian job market with national, regional and local Employer Partners.
Empower Employ is dedicated to enabling military veterans and their spouses to obtain meaningful and valuable employment. Empower Employ brings them together through our secure, web-based applicant tracking system (M-Power) & talent community to match job seekers have served our nation with the companies and corporations who have supported them.
FINRA Foundation Military Spouse Fellowship Program
The FINRA Foundation Military Spouse Fellowship Program gives military spouses the opportunity to earn a career-enhancing credential—the Accredited Financial Counselor® certificate—while providing financial counseling to the military community. The fellowship covers the costs associated with completing the AFC® training and testing.
Created in 2006, the program is administered in partnership with the Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education® (AFCPE®) and the National Military Family Association (NMFA). To date, the FINRA Foundation has awarded nearly 1,200 Military Spouse Fellowships—and participants have logged more than 279,500 hours of service back to the military community.
Hire Heroes USA
Hire Heroes USA is dedicated to creating job opportunities for US military veterans and their spouses through personalized employment training and corporate engagement.
Hire the Homefront
Hire the Homefront is a non-profit platform connecting employers with military spouses seeking freelance opportunities.
Hiring our Heroes (U.S. Chamber of Commerce)
Hiring Our Heroes is a nationwide initiative to help veterans, transitioning service members, and military spouses find meaningful employment opportunities.
Inc. Military Entrepreneurs
Inc. launched the Military Entrepreneur’s Program to educate, mentor, and inform service members and their families about entrepreneurship.
The demands on modern military spouses often make it difficult for these individuals to seek, obtain, and sustain professional careers commensurate with their level of education and experience. Existing family support systems have done an outstanding job assisting spouses with finding entry-level positions and traditionally "pink-collar" jobs. In Gear seeks to expand the impact of these existing programs by addressing specific needs of spouses whose professional career trajectories are interrupted by frequent moves and deployments.
We will provide a forum for community support, information-sharing, and mentoring that addresses the unique challenges and strengths of the career-minded military spouse.
IVMF – Institute of Veteran and Military Families - Syracuse University
The IVMF and its staff of more than 70 professionals deliver class-leading programs in career, vocational and entrepreneurship education and training, providing service members, veterans and their families with the skills needed to be successful in education, work and life. The IVMF also coordinates comprehensive collective impact strategies; and works with communities and nonprofits to enhance service delivery for veterans and their families. They provide specific programs for military spouse entrepreneurs occurring at different locations around the country throughout the year. RSVP early for programs- they are extremely popular and fill fast!
MadSkills is a trusted network to outsource your company and workforce needs. MadSkills is fueled by military spouses from across the world. Tap into and leverage our global talent, focus on your core business processes and save costs by outsourcing to military spouses.
Marine Corps Community Services (MCCS) Civilian Careers
We are thrilled that you are contemplating employment with our organization. At installations throughout the country, we are searching for highly-motivated individuals to join us to better serve Marines and families and ensure their personal and family readiness through mission, career, and life events.
Military - Civilian
We offer a unique and personalized service networking your recruitment needs with integrity. Our mission is to bring job-seeking military veterans together with hiring companies to fill open positions worldwide.
We are not merely a job board or a recruiting service: we are dedicated to providing both proactive assistance for veterans and their families with their transition back into the civilian workplace, and assistance for companies with open positions in fulfilling their recruitment needs.
Military.com Military Spouse and Family Educational Assistance Programs
Military Friendly® is part of the ratings division of Victory Media, a service-disabled, veteran-owned business. Military Friendly® rates companies and colleges on their programs to recruit and retain veterans and military spouses. Includes lists for:
- Military friendly employers
- Military friendly schools
- Military spouse friendly employers
- Military spouse friendly schools
- Award categories and levels
Military OneSource Military Spouse Education and Career Opportunities
Do you want a career that you can carry with you the next time you PCS? Whether you are just starting your education, trying to advance in your career, or looking for that next great career opportunity, the Spouse Education and Career Opportunities Program can help you search for information on portable careers, get you started on your education, finalize that perfect resume, or assist you with your career planning. Use these resources, tools, and articles to help you get started!
Military OneSource online libraries
The Military OneSource Online Libraries have something for everyone. From children's audiobooks to career preparation exams, these free resources are available from the comfort of your home computer.
To locate this feature on Military OneSource, log in, locate the Military Life & Deployment tab, the Military Life tab, the Military Family Life tab, then then scroll down to locate the Online Library Resources. Includes:
- NewsBank Military Publications
Military Spouse Business Association
If you've ever asked yourself these questions:
- Can I run a business with the transient military lifestyle?
- How can I start my business on base?
- How can I meet other military spouse business owners?
- How can I make my military spouse owned business more available to the general public?
Then MSBA membership is right for you! (And it's FREE!)
At MSBA, we've tackled the steepest part of the military spouse owned business learning curve. We pioneered the military spouse peer-to-peer mentoring and community based solutions to overcoming the unique challenges of military spouse owned businesses.
From the brainstorming phase, to launching your idea, to navigating the waters of business success through military life, MSBA is honored to provide a forum for information, innovation, and inspiration.
Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts (MyCAA)
The Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts (MyCAA) Program is an employment assistance program that provides up to $4,000 of financial assistance to eligible military spouses who are pursuing a license, certification or Associate’s degree in a portable career field and occupation.
Military Spouse Corporate Career Network
The MSCCN is a nonprofit organization in excellent standing with the IRS. We focus on employment readiness, applicant referral, job training, and job placement assistance for military spouses, transitioning military, veterans, war wounded, and caregivers of war wounded. The MSCCN was founded and created by a Navy spouse in 2004 and is operated and managed by a team of geographically diverse military spouses, veterans, and caregivers of war wounded, working from home offices located near military installations across the country.
Military Spouse JD Network - A Bar Association for Military Spouses
The Military Spouse JD Network supports military spouses who pursue a legal career by:
- Advocating for bar membership without examination,
- Encouraging hiring military spouses, and
- Providing a support network.
MSJDN includes military spouses from all branches of the United States Military: Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines, and Navy as well as spouses of retired service members and legal and military organizations who support our mission.
MilSpouse EMentor Leadership Program
The MilSpouse eMentor Program is a dynamic online community where military spouses can receive personalized career guidance, advice, support and inspiration from more experienced military spouses who share a special bond through their common experience. Representatives of military-spouse friendly firms also participate as "corporate mentors" who can assist spouses seeking stable employment with an opportunity for upward mobility.
MilSpouse eMentor is a partnership of AcademyWomen and the U.S Chamber of Commerce's Hiring Our Heroes.
The MilSpouse eMentor Program:
- Is open to all spouses of military members in uniform or veterans, living or deceased. Divorced spouses are also welcome.
- Representatives of military spouse-friendly firms may participate as "corporate mentors".
National Military Family Association
National Military Family Association is the voice of military families because, for 48 years, we have proven that we stand behind service members, their spouses, and their children. Our Association is the “go to” source for Administration Officials, Members of Congress, and key decision makers when they want to understand the issues facing our families. They know we have “boots on the ground” with military families and understand better than anyone that “military families serve, too.” Through the support and programs we provide, and our respected voice on Capitol Hill, at the Pentagon and Veterans Administration, our Association always looks out for the families who stand behind the uniform and for those who serve.
Navy Civilian Human Resources
Are you ready to make a difference? Then consider working at the Department of the Navy. Here, the Navy and Marine Corps teams offer you the chance to tackle real world challenges; explore alternative energy solutions; perform breakthrough surgeries; troubleshoot radar systems on aircraft carriers … and that’s before lunch.
Explore the possibilities of a civilian career at the Department of the Navy … they are endless and cover virtually every occupation you can imagine. From aircraft mechanic to zoologist, electrician to engineer, pipefitter to physician — there are more than 558 different occupations across the country and the world.
Consider working at the Department of the Navy with talented people around the globe, competitive pay and benefits (health and retirement), and creative and challenging assignments. Most of all, as a civilian employee YOU can serve your nation and support America’s warfighter.
It all comes together here at the Department of the Navy. Make a
Navy Exchange Jobs
The Navy Exchange Service Command (NEXCOM), headquartered in Virginia Beach, Va., oversees five primary business units including Navy Exchange (NEX) retail stores and services, Navy Lodges, the Uniform Program Management Office, the Ship’s Store Program and Telecommunications. Its mission is to provide authorized customers with quality goods and services at a savings and to support quality of life programs for active duty military, retirees, reservists and their families.
The Navy Exchange System employs 14,000 dedicated associates worldwide, 27 percent of whom are military family members. It is also a partner in the Department of Defense Military Spouse Employment Partnership (MSEP) which pledges support to provide career opportunities for military spouses.
Next Step for Vets
Empowering veterans and military spouses with employment and education opportunities.
Oak Tree Network
OakTree was created to encourage military spouse entrepreneurship and to connect local spouses with service talents to share with other nearby military spouses. We already belong to this network – OakTree is simply the marketplace that brings us together and truly allows us to support and inspire each other.
There are online marketplaces available for those who offer products and virtual services, but there aren't many options available for those who have skills for services that require an in-person location.
OakTree Network is the sister site to MilSpouse Resource; the motto is “Let’s Support and Inspire Each Other”.
OakTree Network strives to provide a platform to raise awareness & funds for military affiliated charities and non-profits.
Why an Oak Tree?
The Oak Tree is the official tree of the United States, and it symbolizes strength and endurance. It represents a military spouse as an individual: An oak tree is strong, durable, and stable, just like a military spouse. An oak tree also represents the military spouse network: There are more than 60 species of oaks growing in the United States. Like the variety found in oak trees, the military spouse network is diverse, large, and strong, with many branches.
Patriot Boot Camp
Patriot Boot Camp (PBC) is a nonprofit on a mission to equip active duty military members, veterans, and their spouses with the education, resources, and community needed to be successful technology entrepreneurs.
The objective of PBC is to provide service members, veterans, and spouses with access to mentors and training to help them innovate and build the next generation of high-growth, scaleable and impactful companies. Patriot Boot Camp leverages a nationwide network of business and startup community thought leaders to help entrepreneurs bridge the gap between military service and entrepreneurial life.
Project Return to Work
Project: Return to Work Inc. (R2W) provides employment services to all active duty service members, veterans and their spouses at Military & Veterans Employment Expos (MVEE). R2W also provides vocational rehabilitation services to wounded warriors and disabled citizens. R2W clients receive support from caring professionals and volunteers through an innovative evaluation, training, and placement process. R2W incorporates advanced technologies, methodologies, and a highly accurate online evaluation process to assist clients with finding the jobs they enjoy doing most.
Salute to Spouses
The go-to resource for education and career news for military spouses.
Scholarships - Military.com
Find millions of dollars in scholarships and grants exclusively for the military community!
Scholarships - National Resource Directory
A listing of scholarships and grants available.
SCORE is committed to helping veterans, service members and their families looking to start and grow small businesses with significant, long term success. SCORE provides advice, training programs, and long term mentors for the life of any small business – no matter the stage.
We have an initiative that is targeted to assist members of our military (active duty, reserves, and National Guard) and all veterans and their immediate family members with many unique special offers. This program is called the Veteran Fast Launch Initiative. It provides:
- SCORE’s mentoring program where Veteran Fast Launch participants are assigned a highly experienced mentor to guide them every step of the way.
- Free or significantly discounted resources for starting businesses, such as computer software and business services (provided by major corporate partners)
Support Warrior Project
Our veterans of the armed forces leave the service with exceptional leadership skills, versatility, and creativity. Support Warrior Project helps vetrepreneurs kickstart start their own small businesses and positively impact their communities. They helpveterans, active members and spouses leap into entrepreneurship by providing business startup structures.
The MilSpo Project
The MilSpo Project is a global network of U.S. military spouses who believe entrepreneurship is a unique answer to the military spouse unemployment crisis in our country. Together we are embracing the unpredictability of this beautiful thing we call military life. We're redefining what it means to be a successful milspouse professional in today's world guided by our member-centered mission.
USA 4 Military Families
USA4 Military Families initiative, seeking to engage and educate state policymakers, not-for-profit associations, concerned business interests, and other state leaders about the needs of military members and their families. One of their key issues is to facilitate military spouse transition through licensure portability and eligibility for unemployment compensation.
USAJOBS connects job seekers with federal employment opportunities across the United States and around the world. As the Federal Government’s official employment site, USAJOBS provides resources to help the right people find the right jobs.
Veterati is a digital platform for veterans & military spouses to access mentorship-on-demand from successful professionals across the nation.
VetJobs makes it easy to reach transitioning military, National Guard, Reserve Component Members and veterans that have separated over the last several decades and are now productive members of the civilian work force in all disciplines, and their family members.
VetJobs is available to assist ALL members of "The United States Military Family". This includes Officer and Enlisted, Active Duty, Transitioning Military, Reservists, Veterans, Retirees, of the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, Merchant Marine, National Guard, Navy, NOAA and Public Health Service along with Trailing Spouses, Eligible Former Spouses, Widows, Widowers and Dependents and DOD civilians.
Volt Military Heroes
The Volt Military Heroes Program is designed to provide returning American military service veterans with access to exceptional employment opportunities at some of America’s top corporations. The skills, experience, determination and motivation demonstrated by American service veterans are second to none and represent a natural match for American companies wishing to maintain their competitive edge in global markets.
For veterans returning to civilian life, this program offers a seamless transition back into American businesses. Organizations seeking the most talented, disciplined and productive professional resources will not find a better source for excellence than veteran U.S. servicemen and women.
Hiring veterans offers corporations an opportunity to contribute to America’s global competitiveness and helps strengthen the economic base of our local communities.
V-WISE (Women Veterans Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship)
Veteran Women Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship (V-WISE) trains women veterans and military spouses in entrepreneurship and small business management.
Webucator (free access to self-paced online computer courses)
Webucator offers military veterans and their families free access to all of their online self-paced courses. The courses range from Microsoft Office to customer service, and web design and coding. When veterans and their family members input the coupon code "VETERANS" at checkout, it will deduct the entire price of the course. The coupon never expires!
Additional employment resources
Over the past 20+ years, CareerBuilder has helped millions of people find jobs and has equipped hundreds of thousands of employers with the talent they need.
Glassdoor has millions of jobs plus salary information, company reviews, and interview questions from people on the inside making it easy to find a job that’s right for you.
As the world's #1 job site, with over 200 million unique visitors every month from over 60 different countries, Indeed has become the catalyst for putting the world to work. Indeed is intensely passionate about delivering the right fit for every hire. Indeed helps companies of all sizes hire the best talent and offers the best opportunity for job seekers to get hired.
Use LinkedIn Jobs to harness the power of your network and get hired.
Completely unique in the industry, LinkUp is the only job search engine that indexes jobs exclusively from company websites. Updated daily, the 3+ million jobs in our search engine are always current with no duplicates or job pollution.
Monster is a global online employment solution for people seeking jobs and the employers who need great people.