Troutman aids job seekers at career seminars

| October 30, 2015 | 0 Comments
Members of the audience raise their hands when Kathryn Troutman, founder of The Resume Place, Inc., asks who has recently revised their resume. Troutman spoke, Oct. 21, 2015, to a conference room packed with transitioning Soldiers and spouses seeking help to apply for federal jobs. (Photo by Doris Pangelinan)

Members of the audience raise their hands when Kathryn Troutman, founder of The Resume Place, Inc., asks who has recently revised their resume. Troutman spoke, Oct. 21, 2015, to a conference room packed with transitioning Soldiers and spouses seeking help to apply for federal jobs. (Photo by Doris Pangelinan)

Doris Pangelinan
Staff Writer

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Soldiers, military spouses and civilians gathered at the Nehelani Conference Center, here, Oct. 21, to attend a two-part federal job seminar by Kathryn Troutman, renowned federal resume guru and author of “Federal Resume Guidebook” and “Ten Steps to a Federal Job for Military and Spouses.”

Organized by Army Community Service (ACS), here, the seminar’s audience of over 200 also included military career counselors seeking new information to better guide clients in their job searches.

Kathryn Troutman, author and creator of the Certified Federal Job Search Trainer program, speaks about resume formats during her talk at Nehelani, Schofield Barracks, Oct. 21. Troutman said resumes for federal positions should be in outline format to highlight a person's qualifications. (Photo by Christine Cabalo)

Kathryn Troutman, author and creator of the Certified Federal Job Search Trainer program, speaks about resume formats during her talk at Nehelani, Schofield Barracks, Oct. 21. Troutman said resumes for federal positions should be in outline format to highlight a person’s qualifications. (Photo by Christine Cabalo)

In the first part of the information-packed seminar, Troutman elaborated on the 10-step program she first developed in 2002 to help federal job seekers. She shared several interesting real-life examples from her clients applying for jobs, to ensure attendees did not make similar mistakes.

Participants received lots of valuable tips and referred to pages in the latest edition of the book they received, along with a check sheet for federal resume reviews and other documents.

“Find something that stands out for your first page, your best accomplishment. Get their (Human Resource offices) attention with a good story and list five accomplishments,” advised Troutman.

Troutman said a “self-assessment” questionnaire is part of the USA Jobs federal job application that may be intimidating. However, she said not to deflate a resume because of fears of imprisonment or debarment warning in job listings.

“These words cause a reaction in many job seekers. They go back and reduce their score selection,” Troutman said, “but this has a negative effect on their total job application. The best approach is to give yourself all the credit you can with the questionnaire answers and to verify the information in your resume. You will be safe with your application and get the best score in order to get ‘best qualified’ for the position.”

Spouse-targeted seminar

Audience members take tip sheets about job seeking and flyers for other upcoming professional development seminars during a break from Kathryn Troutman's talk held Oct. 21, 2015 at the Nehelani Banquet and Conference Center at Schofield Barracks. The talk was hosted by the Army Community Service which has several programs to help with job searches including resume counseling and job interview training. (Photo by Doris Pangelinan)

Audience members take tip sheets about job seeking and flyers for other upcoming professional development seminars during a break from Kathryn Troutman’s talk held Oct. 21, 2015 at the Nehelani Banquet and Conference Center at Schofield Barracks. The talk was hosted by the Army Community Service which has several programs to help with job searches including resume counseling and job interview training. (Photo by Doris Pangelinan)

During the second half of her seminar, Troutman addressed the spouses seeking federal employment. She highlighted the Priority Placement Program (Program S), which gives military spouses priority over most other applicants in the DOD selection process. It is a way to reduce the impact of frequent relocations on a spouse’s career.

“Program S is the best-kept secret for military spouses, and I am teaching it for the first time,” Troutman said. “It only applies to spouses who accompany their sponsors at new duty stations.”

For Program S, the careful preparation of a narrative resume is key, as is including multiple skills and accomplishments and option codes.

“It’s all about the resume,” emphasizes Troutman. “If you’re not best qualified, the match won’t work. Jazz up your resume.”

Students, recent graduates and veterans who are first-time federal job seekers will find even more detailed information and tips in the third edition of Troutman’s book “The Students Federal Career Guide.”

Troutman’s Tips

  • Don’t deflate on the resume.
  • Specialized experience must be obvious.
  • Everyone needs customer service on their resume in the U.S.
  • Write all key words in capital letters.
  • Store up to five resumes and don’t upload them; use the resume builder.
  • Do not put every single job on your resume.
  • Name your resume for the job you want, match it to the announcement.
  • Have the ACS office review your resume.

For resume reviews, assistance and upcoming workshops, contact ACS at (808) 655-4227.

Jennifer Saulters, an Army spouse, brainstorms several job duties she's had with Maria Barker, an Army spouse and former Soldier. The two were among dozens of attendees at a federal job seminar hosted by the Army Community Service's Employment Readiness Program. (Photo by Doris Pangelinan)

Jennifer Saulters, an Army spouse, brainstorms several job duties she’s had with Maria Barker, an Army spouse and former Soldier. The two were among dozens of attendees at a federal job seminar hosted by the Army Community Service’s Employment Readiness Program. (Photo by Doris Pangelinan)

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Kathryn Troutman is president of the Resume Place and creator of the Certified Federal Job Search Trainer program. For more details, visit www.resume-place.com.

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