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April 20, 2010 at 4:54 pm Leave a comment

How to Land a Federal Job with Kathryn Troutman, plus a USAA Military Talent Scout and WireACake.com

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Show Date: 24 Nov 09, 9pm CT

Military Spouse employment can be the key to a military family’s quality of life.

On today’s episode we got you covered if your on the job hunt!

You’ll want to join us as we welcome back federal resume expert, Kathryn Troutman.  Kathryn is the author of several Federal job strategy books to include *10 Steps to a Federal Job*. Vist Kathryn’s website www.resume-place.com for more information and to sign up for her free 1 hour webinar.

Check out your local Fleet and Family Support Center (or equivalent for your branch) for resume help and to sign up for the “10 Steps to a Federal Job” class – free to you as a military spouse!

Federal Job Search sites:

http://www.usajobs.com – The Federal Government’s Official Job Site

https://chart.donhr.navy.mil/ – Department of the Navy Jobs

Also joining us, John Dipiero from USAA’s Military Talent Recruitment (interview plays at appx. 46:00). As the #1 Ranked Top 10 Military Spouse employer by Military Spouse Magazine, USAA is committed to recruiting the best and the brightest. Listen in as we learn what you should know when it comes to pursuing a career with USAA.

Meet John DiPiero

John is a 29-year veteran of the Air Force and Texas resident for many years.  During his Air Force career, he spent most of his time in the training and education business.  He was a pilot and amassed over 3,500 hours in both helicopter and fixed wing jet aircraft, and retired in the rank of colonel. Upon retirement in 2000, he spent two years as the commandant at a military academy in Virginia, Randolph-Macon Academy.  He moved back to San Antonio in 2002 and began his career at USAA in military marketing.  John is now a military recruiting and talent management specialist, responsible for reaching out to the military community (and spouses) ensuring they know USAA is a military friendly employer for both veterans and actively serving Guard and Reserve members.  John received his BS from Southwest Texas State University and an MA in Communication and Management from the University of Oklahoma.  He also attended numerous military schools, including Squadron Officer School, Air Command and Staff College, Air War College and numerous flying training programs in a number of different aircraft.

To search for jobs at USAA visit http://www.usaa.apply2jobs.com

Just in time for Valentine’s Day delivery, Debora from WireACake.com also stops by to talk about how we can send a homemade cake to our loved ones deployed or at home.

Debora George is a hard working mother of three who started her own telecake nationwide cake delivery service,WireACake/HB Bakery Connection in 1987 after an unsuccessful attempt to have a cake delivered to her father for his birthday. In 2008 she found an opportunity to ship birthday and all occasion cakes {complete with personal inscription on the cake!} to soldiers overseas from her hometown of Huntington Beach, CA.  For more information and to order a cake log onto www.WireACake.com

“Hi Debora- My husband Chris received his cake today and he absolutely LOVED it! I think he was really surprised to have received an actual birthday cake in Iraq. He shared it with his buddies and they all loved it too, they said it tasted great! Thank you so much for providing this service to us and for helping me make his birthday away from home a little more bearable. Thanks again!
~ Ashley 01/28/10”

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USAA Ranks No. 1 on Military Spouse Magazine’s List

Posted on Sep 09, 2009 from USAA.com

Experience, loyalty, work ethic cited as top reasons for recruiting military spouses

Military Spouse magazine has ranked USAA No. 1 on its 2009 list of America’s “Top 10 Military Spouse Friendly Employers.” The third annual list, which is the magazine’s October cover story, recognizes a variety of major corporations for demonstrating a significant commitment to hiring spouses of military personnel.

“USAA was named No. 1 because of its sustained and effective efforts to recruit military spouses,” said Military Spouse managing editor Josie Cellone. “And once the spouses are hired, USAA has the programs in place to support them and their unique lifestyle.”

USAA was chosen from among 2,500 companies achieving $1 billion in annual revenues. Companies were evaluated on their efforts to recruit military spouses, results in recruiting from them and policies affecting them.

“We know that military spouses sometimes feel corporate America prefers not to hire them because of their transient lifestyle. Well, we’re different,” said USAA CEO Maj. Gen. Joe Robles, USA (Ret.). USAA was founded by military personnel who were experiencing the same discrimination from insurance companies that thought their transient lifestyles made for a bad risk. That kind of corporate thinking was wrong in 1922 and it’s wrong today, because military servicemembers and spouses are great employees as well as great customers.”

USAA’s military spouse program ranges from hiring to employee benefits. Highlights include:

  • Military spouses make up 40% of USAA’s 2009 new hires with military experience.
  • Benefits programs assist military spouses with childcare during deployment by providing a “Life Referral” counselor who helps identify alternative childcare options.
  • Company-sponsored intranet sites guide spouses with financial, legal and benefit-related information.
  • USAA’s Employee Assistance Program provides mental health and well-being services to help address deployment-related challenges that military spouses may experience.

“Military spouses bring a very specific set of skills to the company, such as flexibility, loyalty and adaptability,” said USAA employee Maggie Hahn, wife of a retired U.S. Marine lieutenant colonel. “As a military spouse, we spend our lives living the mission of the armed forces right along with our soldier. Working at a company that embraces those core values makes being a USAA employee a perfect fit.”

To search for jobs at USAA visit http://www.usaa.apply2jobs.com

February 3, 2010 at 11:47 pm Leave a comment

LIVE! with MCPON West


Wednesday, January 27, 2010 – With over 15,000 fans on his Facebook page (www.facebook.com/mcpon), MCPON Rick West (Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy) has embraced the use of social media to connect directly with Navy families, Sailors and retirees. Posting photos of his travels as he meets Sailors across the fleet and posting his views on current issues, he is engaging Sailors and families in a whole new way. Join us as we sit down with MCPON West to chat about social media, OPSEC and how he sees the future of social networking sites as a way to communicate with Navy families. We’ll also be sharing a few tips on practicing safe social networking. You don’t want to miss this show! You are sure to learn something to share with your FRG, command and/or extended military family! HOOYAH!

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January 27, 2010 at 2:44 pm Leave a comment

Jenny Spouse creator Julie Negron with special co-host Pat Hrabe

Show Date: 26 Jan 10, 9pm CT

Julie Negron stops in to talk about her widely popular cartoon “Jenny Spouse” www.jennyspouse.com. As a special treat sitting in the co-hosting chair will be TUBEDAZE.com creator, Pat Hrabe! Plus, Valentine’s Care packages. Join us!

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January 25, 2010 at 10:54 pm Leave a comment

Welcome to 2010 – Getting Red Carpet Ready

Show Date: 19 Jan 10, 9pm CT

Welcome to our first show of 2010! Listen in to find out what Wendy & Marla have been up to the past weeks during our break. We are highlighting our new Red Carpet Ready fitness segment. Plus, we share information on how to contribute to the Haiti relief effort, so join us!

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January 18, 2010 at 10:48 pm Leave a comment


Show Date: 15 Dec 09, 9pm CT

USO Girls

On today’s episode we welcome Jamie and Caroline, the DFW USO Girls. Jamie and Caroline volunteer their time in the “Admiral’s Lounge” for our service members and also at the gate as our troops get ready to depart back into theater. They share with us what services the DFW USO offers. You can read more about the DFW USO Girls on their blog http://www.usogirls.blogspot.com – Also on the show we remember our troops that are serving far from home this holiday season. We want to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and to remember the reason for the season!

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December 14, 2009 at 10:12 pm Leave a comment

Hey, Shipwreck creator Pat Hrabe and Terri Barnes from Stars and Stripes

Show Date: 8 Dec 09, 9pm CT

Click to order Season 2 DVD of Hey, Shipwreck

Join us for JOIN THE NAVY and HEY, SHIPWRECK creator Pat Hrabe. Pat’s just released the season 2 DVD of Hey, Shipwreck. He’ll be taking your questions, you don’t want to miss this LIVE show. Also, are you spending the holidays without your spouse or overseas? Terri Barnes joins us from Germany. She writes SPOUSE CALLS, a blog for the Stars and Stripes. Join the conversation!

Show air date:

8 Dec 2009, 9pm CT – We’ll have the chat room open.  Join us LIVE!

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Also joining us, Terri Barnes.  Find her blog “Spouse Calls” on http://blogs.stripes.com/blogs/spousecalls

Terri Barnes grew up in the military and then married right back into it, so she has lifelong experience as a military family member. She is an Air Force wife, mother of three teenagers, and a writer. She writes a weekly column especially for military spouses and families. “Spouse Calls,” appears in print and online in Stars and Stripes, and she also maintains the Spouse Calls blog on http://www.stripes.com. She and her family have lived all over the world, courtesy of the US Air Force, and they currently reside in Stuttgart, Germany.

December 4, 2009 at 11:49 pm Leave a comment

Time Saving Ideas that Can Save You Hours

Show Date: 24 Nov 09, 9pm CT

Is your schedule time starved? Tonight we are talking about how spending minutes can save you hours! Plus, we are sharing some listener feedback and sharing a funny story or two. Listen in today!

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November 24, 2009 at 11:35 pm Leave a comment

Tips to Create a Memorable Thanksgiving

Show Date: 17 Nov 09, 9pm CT

Today we share tips to create a memorable Thanksgiving whether your spouse is deployed, your visiting family or hosting the big day! Plus, we are sharing some listener feedback and sharing a funny story or two. Join the conversation.

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November 18, 2009 at 11:29 pm Leave a comment

Deployment Tips for You and Your Preschooler

Show Date: 3 Nov 09, 9pm CT

Today we are talking about helping your preschooler get through a deployment with tips from MilitaryOneSource.com. Join Wendy and Marla as they chat about what they’ve been up to since the last show as they share a funny story or two.

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November 4, 2009 at 11:24 pm Leave a comment

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