Back to basics, back to work for military spouse

When military spouse and mum of two Sarah decided to return to work after two years, she knew it would be a challenge.

Sarah is married to James, a Staff Sargent in the Yeoman of Signals and the couple has two children. James’ role in the Army and childcare costs made it hard for Sarah to be in continuous employment. After being unemployed for two years, Sarah wanted to go back to work but her CV was out of date and she definitely lacked confidence. She got in touch with the Army Families Federation (AFF), who encouraged her to attend the local job fairs, so she did. This was the first step in getting back to work.

The AFF had recently launched its latest initiative in support of spousal employment in partnership with workforce experts ManpowerGroup, giving Army families in the Salisbury Plain area of Wiltshire the chance to access employability advice and support free of charge. Sarah attended ManpowerGroup’s employability sessions, never missing a session.

Sarah says: “Manpower’s employability sessions gave me a great understanding of what was needed to succeed when applying for jobs and what employers were expecting. I learnt how to portray myself on paper, face to face and during telephone interviews. In one day I had four different companies ringing me up saying they wanted me to work for them. My CV must be really good! Most importantly, I got confidence from each session and the belief that I could get back to work. I used the Manpower one-to-one sessions as a stepping stone to get where I wanted to be and I’d encourage everyone to get in touch with them”.

Sarah has now got a new job as Customer Service Representative with Lloyds Banking Group.

And ManpowerGroup has just won a Gold Award in this year’s Employer Recognition Scheme Awards in recognition of all the work they’ve done to create new career pathways for veterans and military spouses such as Sarah.