Today at the White House the First Lady, Michelle Obama held a telephone conference with milbloggers and traditional reporters to make an exciting announcement regarding Military Spouse employment as part of the Joining Forces initiative.
Mrs. Obama announced, “11 companies are coming together to pledge more than 15,000 jobs for military spouses — 15,000 jobs. And the vast majority of these jobs are ones that the spouses can do at home from anywhere in the country.”
The jobs will be listed on the Military Spouse Employment Partnership website, which features an easy to use searchable database.
Most of the jobs are customer service, however other positions highlighted included jobs within the telecommunications, health care and service industries.
Joining Mrs. Obama on the call was fellow military spouse, Dawn Schaeffer. Dawn is an Air Force wife who shared her struggle with finding a suitable job after a move from Guam to Missouri. Dawn currently works for Arise Virtual Solutions, one of the 11 companies highlighted in the announcement today. She very candidly shared her story, one that is very familiar to spouses who have had to “start over” after a move. “I was really excited about this opportunity because it allowed me to set my own schedule; it allowed me to stay at home. I get to provide customer service to some of the biggest companies in the world. And I don’t have to worry about making ends meet if we get transferred or have to move to another base. And following the certification process, I began servicing customers of a major telecom company. And I’m a certified professional, and I absolutely love what I do.”
This exciting announcement brings job opportunities to thousands of military spouses wanting to find portable and flexible job options.
I’m looking forward to hearing the success stories that come out of the announcement as spouses apply for and secure these jobs. It’s important to note, for spouses who start out in one of the customer service, call center positions at possibly an entry-level position, there would opportunities to move up in the organization based on their performance. Salary amounts range from $9 to $16 an hour.
Indeed, the Joining Forces initiative has come a long way in its efforts to challenge companies to create credible and desirable job opportunities for spouses. They are tackling the unemployment rate spouses face today head on.
Thank you Mrs. Obama for letting me be part of the extraordinary experience of helping get the word out about this great stepping stone in providing real jobs that meet the unique needs of the job seeking military spouse.
Thank you for opening up the conference call to military spouse bloggers.
Thank you for highlighting one of our own, Dawn Schaeffer.
Thank you also to Dawn Schaeffer for being so candid and willing to sharing your success story of finding a portable, flexible job! You are an inspiration to every job / career seeking military spouse.
A year ago I was honored to attend a similar conference call with Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, as she first announced the Joining Forces initiative. It was such a privilege and an honor to be part of the call today to get to hear first hand how far the Joining Forces initiative has come. This jobs announcement will make a remarkable difference to military families on the homefront.
From the Armed Forces Press Service:
“Companies are not just telling military families we are inspired by them,” Mrs. Obama said, “They’re backing it up with meaningful, concrete action.”
Companies’ key commitments include:
— Alpine Access has pledged to recruit, train and hire more than 3,000 military-connected Americans over the next two years. The company also will launch TalentSprout, an online portal with skill-building and job training curriculum. These career and personal development courses will be offered free-of-charge to qualified members of the armed forces and to their eligible spouses and caregivers.
— Arise Virtual Solutions Inc. plans to add 10,000 new independent business and client services professionals from military families over the next several years. Arise also intends to develop special programs to create awareness among military spouses and veterans.
— DialAmerica aims to increase the number of military-affiliated employees to make up 20 percent of its workforce by 2014.
— Etech Global Services has committed to hiring a minimum of 200 military spouses and veterans in next two years.
— Hilton Hotels employs nearly 800 military-related employees at their hotels and offices around the globe. In partnership with Recruit Military and other community-based organizations, Hilton Worldwide is pledging another 3.5 percent of their Hilton@Home call center positions to military spouses through 2014.
— Prosperity America intends to hire 50 more veterans and military spouses.
— Quality Contact Solutions is creating 150 work-at-home business-to-business marketing and communication jobs for military spouses over the next two years. These jobs will be in the health care and telecommunications industries.
— Agility Marketing is planning to add 100 jobs for military spouses and veterans over the next two years.
— QCSS Inc. will ensure a minimum of 10 percent of the forecasted 200 new hires from now through 2014 will be veterans and their families.
— SP Data intends to add more than 150 jobs for military spouses and veterans over the next two years.
— Veteran Call Center, LLC plans to create an additional 1,000 jobs for military spouses and veterans over the next two years.
I’ll close with Mrs. Obama’s remarks on the military spouse:
“Just to put this in context so that people understand what these spouses go through, these men and women take on so much. Just think of it — every couple of years they are packing up and they’re moving from state to state; oftentimes, they’re doing the work of two parents when their spouse is deployed for months at a time. And like so many civilian families, they’re doing this all while balancing the demands of family, community, and trying to keep their own jobs together, all while hoping and praying that their loved one comes home safe.
These spouses are people who have to know how to do it all. They’re constantly troubleshooting and managing schedules. They’re dealing with changing circumstances and everything else that comes their way. But the beauty of all of this is that it means that our military spouses are often some of the most talented, most resilient and most employable people around.“
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