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Kathryn Troutman

Three cheers for the Military Spouse Employment Act of 2018

As any military spouse will tell you, being married to the military with moving up to 10 times in 20 years, can make it almost impossible to have a career for the spouse. As any military spouse will tell you, being married to the military is like living the life of a gypsy family?

Diverse jobs for vets

Tell me, when you think of military folks retiring or separating and taking their skills to a job in government, what federal organizations come to mind?

VA expedites hiring for occupations with ‘severe shortage of candidates’

The VA is looking for tens of thousands of employees in scores of occupations, from healthcare to IT to building maintenance, which the VA considers a critical personnel situation because overworked staffers in understaffed occupations can have higher rates of attrition

Military Family Appreciation Month: Strategies for Meeting Military Families' Toughest Challenges

Jan Meert has looked at the role of military spouse and mom from both sides now. Jan is married to an Army Soldier, and they have two boys, 12 and 14. Jan has had a federal civilian career working on bases in the U.S., Asia and Europe, managing on-post organizations like Army Community Service (ACS) that benefit servicemen and women and their spouses.

Program S brings professional opportunities to an Air Force wife

As the spouse of an Air Force technical sergeant, Jennifer Primus knows the drill: Receive a PCS (permanent change of station) order, pack up, relocate, look for a new job in an unfamiliar community, repeat.

Federal employees will help Harvey survivors recover

There is a silver lining to Harvey’s historic storm clouds, which will deeply affect parts of Texas and Louisiana for years to come: It’s those countless residents who ventured out in their own boats and boots to rescue their neighbors, demonstrating an inspiring drive to serve.

How to get in on the hiring free-for-all for Border Patrol agents

Uncle Sam is looking for a few good Border Patrol Agents – 5,000 of them, in fact. The Department of Homeland Security is having such a hard time finding enough qualified men and women to do this tough and important job that it recently issued a request for proposals from outside consultants to put together a “hard-hitting recruiting campaign.”

Jobs priority for relocated military spouses

Being married to someone serving active duty presents many challenges, from making a home on a military base to moving many times, around the country or around the world. But if your family depends in part on your employment income, finding a new job each time your spouse gets a PCS order (permanent change of station) may be the most daunting hurdle you face.

How to leverage your government service in a private-sector resume

You’ve done well in your federal government career, but you have various reasons to consider a leap to the private sector: Although you’ve progressed on the GS pay scale, you’re looking for more upside potential.

Federal employment programs offer enticements to students and recent grads

With an aging workforce and hundreds of thousands of retirements looming, the U.S. Civil Service offers many programs designed to entice millennials to federal employment, hoping that some recruits will spend their careers working for their country.

Feds issue rule to promote ‘fair chance’ for job candidates with criminal records or credit troubles

An Office of Personnel Management rule finalized in early December requires that for most federal job openings, the hiring department or agency cannot ask about applicants’ criminal or credit histories until a conditional job offer has been made.

Top Tips and Lessons from Ft. Bragg Resume Writing Class

Troutman discusses a 45 min federal jobs seminar that is taught bi-monthly at the ACS office at Ft. Bragg.

Feds Are Taking Applications for Military-to-Defense Transitioners

When is a hiring freeze not a hiring freeze? When you’re applying to one of the few federal departments such as Defense that President Trump wants to grow. Or when the president lifts the hiring freeze, as he did on April 12 – almost grudgingly.

Post 9/11: The inspiration for the ten steps to a federal job

Kathryn Troutman reflects on the day of Sept. 11, 2011 and what brought her to write the book, “Ten Steps to a Federal Job.” After the terrorist attacks she received a flood of interest from Americans wanting to become federal employees.

The ALJ structured interview

The U.S. Office of Personnel Management has begun to notify candidates from the 2016 Administrative Law Judge applicant pool that their online testing scores were high enough to merit an invitation to Washington, DC to participate in the final round of testing, including the Structured Interview. The testing begins on with a Logic-Based Measurement Test and a Written Demonstration (both proctored).

Want to be an ALJ? Great news for 10-point veterans

The 2016 Administrative Law Judge Announcement may have closed, but 10-point veterans may still apply.

DoD program gives jobs priority to relocated military spouses

Being married to someone serving active duty presents many challenges, from making a home on a military base to moving many times, around the country or around the world. But if your family depends in part on your employment income, finding a new job each time your spouse gets a PCS order (permanent change of station) may be the most daunting hurdle you face.

3 keys to getting a higher level position

It’s essential to tailor your application to each specific announcement. Remember that jobs within the same series may have different skill sets or required experience from one agency to the next.

TSA turmoil will create thousands of new jobs for well-prepared candidates

This spring, lines at airport security have grown so long that thousands of travelers have missed their flights. But there’s a silver lining to the cloud hanging over the Transportation Security Agency (TSA), according to Kathryn Troutman, president of The Resume Place.

Choose your career before you pick a college major

Too often, when I ask student veterans what they want to do with the college degree they’re working so hard for, they respond, “I have no idea.”