Military Spouse Federal Resume Writing Contest

Write your Military Spouse “Job Description,” including PCS History
— win a FREE FEDERAL RESUME by Resume Place, Inc. —
worth $940.00 – 2 winners!

Kathryn Troutman taught Ten Steps and the Stars are Lined Up at
ACS, Ft. Huachuca, Summer 2018


Kathryn Troutman, author and publisher of the Stars are Lined Up for Military Spouses on USAJOBS is looking for good job descriptions of Military Spouses who have accompanied their military service member spouse across the country and around the world as they moved through their career.
#MilitarySpouseAppreciationDay #milspouse #MilitaryAppreciationMonth

Submit your competition federal resume draft of
your Volunteer Military Spouse Job
by Oct. 15, 2018, 11:59 pm ET

We are making a case that the Military Spouse career is a “JOB” and should be added to a resume as a “job block”. This is a new idea and a new way for a military spouse to stand out above their competitors who have solid year to year work histories in consistent locations.

Military spouses travel to new military installations every 2 to 4 years in support of their military service member. They do their best to work, go to school, start businesses, and volunteer at the base, but the 16% unemployment statistics show that spouses aren’t being seen for all they bring to the table.

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) states that volunteer positions can be used to demonstrate experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) for a federal positions. Your KSAs as a Military Spouse could help you land a GS or NAF position on a military base. Your military spouse job could easily demonstrate experience and knowledge with Morale, Welfare and Recreation services on a military base, but you have to write it in your federal resume as a “job block” to get the credit. Maybe you DO have “One Year Specialized Experience” for a federal position based on your Military Spouse “volunteer job”.

Contest Rules:

Must be either a military spouse on current PCS orders or any other military spouse who is authorized for EO13473. One submission per individual. Must submit via email.

Deadline is October 15, 2018; 11:59 pm ET.

Submit Your Draft:

Please submit your military spouse job description entry to with “MilSpouse Federal Resume Writing Contest: your name, current base, city state, country” in the subject line. E.g. MilSpouse Federal Resume Contest: Jay Wayne, Camp Pendleton, Oceanside, CA, USA.

What to Write:

Write a description of your “volunteer job” as a MILITARY SPOUSE. Write about your duties and responsibilities as a military spouse, traveling to new locations, managing your household moves, establishing and maintaining relationships and resources at each location, managing the “homefront” and setting up schools and activities for children… whatever you’re doing in your job as a military spouse. Make a list of your KSAs – knowledge, skills and abilities that you have developed traveling and moving your household and family around the US and the world.

Must include your PCS Military Spouse History, including name of installation, city, state, country and dates (month and year to month and year).

Bonus if you write about:

  • a particular challenge or problem while relocating, moving, or getting settled in a new country or state.
  • a cross-cultural challenge in a new country. How did you research the culture and acclimate? What was your method?


400 to 650 words


Two winners meeting the eligibility requirements will be chosen to be COACHED and to receive an EDITED FEDERAL RESUME that is ready for USAJOBS applications. That’s a $940 value for each winner! Four hours of writing plus two hours of Federal Career Coaching with Kathryn Troutman!

FEDERAL RESUME DESCRIPTION REVIEWERS will be John Gagnon, Ph.D., Emily Troutman, MPP, Rita Chambers, MPP, a few of the Certified Federal Resume Writers here at The Resume Place, Inc. Winners will be selected based on KSAs, accomplishments and duties written for your “Military Spouse Job”.

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The Stars are Lined Up for Military Spouses on USAJOBS.
Two books to help the military land great careers in the US government

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16-34% are unemployed or underemployed


Frequent relocations to new installations. Jobs are hard to find for short periods of time, and telework careers are harder to find.


We are advocating the military spouses apply for federal positions at their military installation via USAJOBS.


We are developing this new format for the federal resume to give military spouses CREDIT for their years of volunteer service, the KSAs that have been developed from your military spouse career, traveling around the world and across the country in service to our nation.

Stand by for the next book. We want your help to develop the job description, stories and accomplishments of the Military Spouse!

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