The Stars are Lined Up for Military Spouses for Federal Careers, 2nd Ed., is a federal career reference book for military spouses around the world. The unemployment rate for military spouses is HIGH. The spouses need quality careers. The US government is opening up hiring for military spouses more than ever with EO 13473 – Military Spouse Preference.
To keep applicants and fed career advisors up to date, Federal Jobs Guru Kathy Troutman is releasing her cutting-edge 2nd edition of the only guidebook for these job seekers. It shows how military spouses still have an advantage over the general public on USAJobs using the improved Military Spouse Hiring Authority (E.O. 13473).
“On USAJobs, the government website for federal positions, there are many jobs marked for military spouses. Military spouse can apply to “competitive / federal employee” announcements via this Executive Order,” reports Troutman. “In fact the number of military spouse positions is on the rise, increasing by 70 percent on USAJobs since the 1st edition.”
The author says many military spouses are unaware that they can apply on the website with the status of federal employee, and instead they go for jobs open to US citizens. Since veterans’ preference is used in the general openings, the military spouse doesn’t stand a chance. But in fed jobs designated as being for military spouses on USAJobs, vet’s preference isn’t used. So the odds increase dramatically.
Best-selling author Kathryn Troutman is known to be an innovator in the design of the 3-5 page federal resume. In 2010, she created the popular Outline Federal Resume Format, which uses KEYWORDS IN ALL CAPS to help the required skills and abilities catch the eye of fed HR. For the 2nd edition of her guide, she adapted the outline format and created the new Military Spouse Federal Resume. Her goals were to make these applicants stand out and look better than other fed jobseekers.
“It’s time for military spouses to take credit for what they’ve done,” Troutman asserts. “I decided that they should start putting their Permanent Change of Order (PCS) history near the top of their resumes. The orders show where they’ve lived and moved over the years as a military spouse. This says up front that they’re a military spouse, and it explains why they have changed jobs and locations so frequently.”
In regular resumes, Troutman says, the job histories of military spouses tend to look like a long laundry list of part-time and volunteer positions. There are often lots of gaps between jobs. Her guide features six excellent federal resume samples from actual spouses that show how the skills mandated by fed HR can be pulled from the typical part-time and volunteer work. The six military spouses volunteered to have their case histories and sample resumes included. Three have already been hired for fed jobs on bases.
About the Author
Kathryn Troutman is the leading expert in federal resume writing. President of The Resume Place(r) and creator of the Certified Federal Job Search Training Program, Troutman created a popular curriculum for the US Military – Ten Steps to a Federal Job. Founder of www.resume-place.com. Kathryn wrote the FIRST-EVER book on federal resume writing in 1996 – Federal Resume Guidebook, 6th Ed. This book is now the NO. 2 resume book in America! Kathryn lives in Baltimore, MD