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

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

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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 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: – The Federal Government’s Official Job Site – 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.

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Just in time for Valentine’s Day delivery, Debora from 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

“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

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.”

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