A ‘Must-Have’ Training Guide For Hiring Military Spouses: The Force Behind the Force

Designed specifically for employers and hiring managers, this newly released guide gives key insights into ways to train, leverage talent, and communicate when employing military spouses.

SYRACUSE, N.Y., December 7, 2016 – Military spouses have higher unemployment rates, estimated as much as three times higher than their civilian peers. In an effort to arm the HR community with information about the value military spouses bring to the workplace, the Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) at Syracuse University, along with Prudential Financial, Inc. (NYSE:PRU), have released a training toolkit focused on hiring military spouses.

The toolkit consists of three complementary products: (1) a “business case” for hiring military spouses, (2) case profiles highlighting the challenges and successes of military spouses in the workforce and (3) the most recent product, a series of training slides. This new product is designed as a “hands-on” guide, to better equip employers interested in hiring military spouses. This final training product focuses on teaching employers how to evaluate military spouse candidates, gives evidence to support why they make excellent employees and provides guidance on how to source and retain military spouse candidates.

“Prudential has a successful history of employing veterans and their families, including military spouses,” says Vice President of Veterans Initiatives at Prudential, Jim Beamesderfer. “These individuals join our organization and most importantly, make meaningful contributions and become loyal employees.  We’re excited to partner with the IVMF to offer insights on recruitment and training processes for those organizations that have also stepped up to invest in the veteran community by extending employment opportunities to military spouses.”

In addition to pertinent information, this training guide identifies common challenges faced by military spouses, including how military spouses’ strengths can be leveraged in the workplace, and how their resumes are impacted by the military lifestyle. The training slides also present practical suggestions on how corporations can include military spouses as part of their overall diversity strategies for recruiting, hiring, and retaining military spouse employees.

“At IVMF we are looking to create research and programs that will help the many businesses and organizations serving our military and veteran community,” says Nicholas Armstrong, Ph.D., Senior Director for Research and Evaluation. “The Force Behind the Force series is meant to aid organizations in bringing the tremendous talent in the veteran community to bear on their businesses.”

The training slides are designed for individual, group, or online use. All three complementary publications are an overall effort to increase understanding among HR professionals and hiring managers who wish to include military spouses as part of their overall hiring strategies. The other publications include: The Force Behind the Force: A Business Case for Leveraging Military Spouse Talent, which presents a targeted business case for companies interested in hiring military family members, and The Force Behind the Force: Case Profiles of Successful Military Spouses Balancing Employment, Service, and Family, which highlights eight personal case studies from military spouses and through these accounts, addresses both the successes and challenges a military spouse has when looking for a job and becoming a part of the work force.

The two initial papers and the brief in the series can be found in the links below:

PAPER 1: The Force Behind the Force: A Business Case for Leveraging Military Spouse Employment

PAPER 2: The Force Behind the Force: Case Profiles of Successful Military Spouses Balancing Employment, Service, and Family

BRIEF: The Force Behind the Force: Training, Leveraging, and Communicating about Military Spouses as Employees


Media Contact
Linda R. Euto, Ph.D., IVMF Associate Director of Research and Evaluation at 315.443.2937 or lmrougea@syr.edu for more information or to schedule an interview.

About the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University
The Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) is the first interdisciplinary national institute in higher education focused on the social, economic, education and policy issues impacting veterans and their families post-service. The Institute is supported by a world-class advisory board and public and private partners committed to advancing the post-service lives of America’s service members, veterans and their families. The Institute for Veterans and Military Families and its professional staff deliver leading programs in career, vocational and entrepreneurship education and training. The Institute also conducts actionable research, policy analysis and program evaluations, coordinates comprehensive collective impact strategies, and works with communities and non-profits to enhance service delivery for veterans and their families. For more information follow the IVMF on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram or visit IVMF.

About Prudential Financial, Inc.
Prudential Financial, Inc. (NYSE: PRU), a financial services leader with more than $1 trillion of assets under management as of September 30, 2016, has operations in the United States, Asia, Europe, and Latin America.  Prudential’s diverse and talented employees are committed to helping individual and institutional customers grow and protect their wealth through a variety of products and services, including life insurance, annuities, retirement-related services, mutual funds and investment management.  In the U.S., Prudential’s iconic Rock symbol has stood for strength, stability, expertise and innovation for more than a century.  For more information, please visit Prudential Financial, Inc.

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