committed, resilient, independent

Struggling to sustain a career due to frequent house moves, Kate jumped at the opportunity to join the RFS Liquid Workforce. Her efforts and commitment were rewarded and she now works for BAE, enjoying time at home, with her family whilst achieving professional satisfaction – no matter where the military moves her.

What is your career background?

I worked in recruitment for the last 5 years within the Health Care sector and the MOD.

Why did you approach Recruit for Spouses?

I wanted a flexible role that could move wherever my husband was posted. Also, I was fed up with having to start over and say goodbye to colleagues. After being married and part of the Armed Forces life for nearly 20 years it’s hard leaving friends when posted but leaving a job and work colleagues that I love, was starting to wear thin.

Can you tell us a bit about the process you undertook with Recruit for Spouses?

I firstly spoke to Heledd last year, but agreed, due to my existing situation, the timing wasn’t right. When my husband got posted to Windsor, I realised I was going to be living close to Bracknell (where the liquid workforce training takes place). And because of the move, I was now out of work. It was the ideal time to make the transition. I posted on the Recruit for Spouses Facebook page and then spoke with Katy in more detail to get the ball rolling.

What challenges did you face in the search for your new job?

The only challenge I faced was the time it took to get up and running (with security clearances) as 3 months after arriving in Windsor we were moving again. I wanted to be set up and working before we were posted as I knew if there were any issues Bracknell wasn’t to far away to go to the Head Office.

Can you briefly explain the job you do.

I am currently on the scheduling team for BAE. Essentially, this entails booking interviews and creating interview packs to be sent to candidates. Alongside this is constant communications with the main team in Belfast and Recruiters.

Why is being in work so important to you?

I want to continue having my independence and to show my kids that if they work hard they can achieve the career they want.

What difference has being back in work meant to you?

I was fortunate enough to only be out of work for a short period of time. However having to live off my last paycheck for 3 months was a struggle. When my first pay hit my bank account, the joy it felt to be able to treat my kids before the end of the summer holidays was quite overwhelming.

As a military spouse, what has been your biggest obstacle when trying to balance work/kids/your spouses’ military commitments?

I didn’t find my work life balance particularly hard before, however the struggle I faced was proving my commitment to companies I was interviewed or employed by. Being a military wife and people knowing/understanding the military life, that I would at some point move on without knowing the exact timeframe, definitely counted against me. RFS have given me the time to be at home with our son in the holidays when he’s home from boarding school, mum guilt has diminished massively as I’m here if he wants to chat (and he’s not on his PlayStation!).

What advice would you give fellow Military spouses who want to get back into work, retrain for a new career or start their own business?

Take a look at the Recruit for Spouses Liquid Workforce! It is not a scam, it is a genuine job offer! I cannot believe more military spouses aren’t chomping at the bit to get on board. All equipment is provided, and the support is there for you over the phone. RFS are offering an amazing and unique opportunity in the liquid workforce within the recruitment world, with the added benefit of the potential to get a perm contract with AMS. So many doors can be opened!

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Happy spouses

Recruit for Spouses found us someone who was far and above the expectations we had hoped for and would always recommend, and recruit from them in future.

5

Mark Moseley, Director PestGone Environmental

I was able to secure a permanent position due to the experience I gained through the Liquid Workforce and I am very grateful I was allowed to be part of it.

5

Melanie de Klerk

‘I was very impressed with the quality and depth of talent that RFS can provide to employers across many types of role. I have no doubt (they) will be a huge asset to any employer working in digital marketing, social media marketing and associated roles’.

5

Andy Mihalop, Head of Channel Partner Marketing EMEA - Facebook

They helped me free up important time to work on my business by finding me a fantastic, dedicated, kind and communicative administrative assistant.

5

Emily Foster

RFS was...a platform for spouses who understood my struggles and my challenges. It felt like I came to them in pieces, deflated and very defeated and they (RFS) pieced me back together.

5

Rusila Halofaki

RFS are offering an amazing, unique opportunity in the Liquid Workforce within the recruitment world...so many doors can be opened.

5

Kate Legg

Don't give up, amazing and flexible companies do exist and RFS are 100% the best people to help you find them.

5

Amie Hills Grey

RFS was and is the only platform that exists that really understands the struggles and plight of every Armed Forces spouse.

5

Rusila Halofaki

The competency amongst the military spouse community is unbelievably good and the fact all our candidates were happy with remote working made this ideal for us as a small business.

5

Michael Coates, COMBAT pest control

I found the course to be an excellent refresher of the skills I used in my previous roles, and also a confidence booster to me, proving that I can do it again

5

Melody Davies, Liquid Workforce

Helpful? It has been so much more. It has given me confidence and self-belief as well as motivation and inspiration.

5

B. Barber, Military Spouse

This experience has been more than helpful. It has been, in many ways, life changing.

5

B. Barber, Military Spouse