Federal Resume Guidebook



7th Edition book will be
available for shipping Nov. 15, 2019

Federal Resume Guidebook 6th Edition

Writing the Successful Outline Format Federal Resume
by Kathryn Troutman

Best-Seller! This is the 2nd best-selling resume book at bookstores, both on and off line.
(source: Nielsen BookScan)


Testimonial from one of our hired readers:
A year and a half ago, I bought your latest edition, I studied it (underlining, highlighting, notes in the margins...), Finally, two weeks ago, I was called for my first interview. Last week I interviewed, and this week I was offered the position... Cost Accountant, GS-0510-11, and I start May 29th. Read the whole story here ».

A $15 investment in this book could result
In a career of a lifetime in the federal government!

Our Federal Resume Guidebook was the first book ever to be published on federal resume writing. The first edition was badly needed when the author, Kathryn Troutman, wrote it in 2000. The government had just eliminated the SF-171 form and replaced it with a unique resume for federal job applicants.

To this day, now in its 6th Edition, the guide remains very popular and needed. It's packed with info and insights from the author’s decades of experience. Troutman is our nation’s leading expert in federal resume writing.

Jobseekers first must understand that the federal resume is very different from private sector resumes. This book shows the differences. It also demonstrates how to create a winning resume that can get you “Best Qualified” and on track for serious consideration.

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SPECIAL FEATURES OF THE BOOK INCLUDE:

4 Excellent Before & After Federal Resume Samples: Today’s federal resumes are read by humans, not computers. The resume samples enable you to visualize the correct way to write your resume, and how to make what you have to offer stand out to HR personnel. All 4 of the featured applicants landed federal positions!

Presentation of the Outline Format well-liked by Fed HR: Without the right knowledge, jobseekers often write dense fed resumes with long blocks of copy or lengthy bulleted lists. The Outline Format uses easy-to-read short paragraphs with ALL CAP KEYWORD headlines.

Finding the KEYWORDS in the Job Announcements: Every USAJOBS announcement contains the important keywords, skills, and keyword phrases that you can copy into your resume for a great match. Sample announcements are presented and keywords analyzed so you can learn to use the winning language in your resume.

Incorporating your Accomplishment Stories into the resume: It's not enough to just say you have certain experience. You also want to show through your accomplishments that you actually did it. Your Accomplishment Stories will prove it.

Using your Accomplishment Stories again for a stand-out Interview: The Fed's behavior-based interviews are all about giving examples that demonstrate certain skills. Learn to expand your descriptions of your Accomplishments to use in your Interview.

What Not To Do when writing your resume: The editing chapter points out Words to Avoid, explains how to write in the Active Voice HR wants, clarifies when to write in Past Tense or Present Tense, offers 100 Power Words that can replace weaker ones and more!

Scoring yourself most highly on the Questionnaire: The Self-Assessment Questionnaire is a test, and it needs to be read carefully to give yourself the most credit possible. A score of at least 90 is needed to get Best Qualified. You must also make sure your answers on the Questionnaire match your resume.

Specific Insights for Specific Jobs: This section offers special considerations for Information Technology Specialists, Management and Program Analysts, Acquisition Professionals, and Career Changers.

The Specific Insights chapter was written by our resume writer Rita Chambers who produces the IT resumes for clients of the Resume Place. A huge percentage of her resumes are successful!

Here's what one of her customers had to say:

"I read the draft, my jaw dropped!
I’m speechless. I’ve never seen my resume so detailed like that, wow.
Thank you so much!"

— Kahlil Valentin-Sanchez


ANYONE WHO IS APPLYING FOR AN IT SPECIALIST JOB SHOULD BUY THIS BOOK!
IT IS A MUST HAVE FOR ANYONE SERIOUSLY CONSIDERING A FEDERAL CAREER.

Read what satisfied buyers of the Federal Resume Guidebook have to say:

Forest service here I come.
Got a permanent forest service job with the help of this book. —K. Clark
Before reading Kathryn Troutman’s Federal Resume Guidebook, 6th Edition, I submitted exactly 18 federal job applications and did not receive a single referral. After reading the book and retooling my resume, I was referred, interviewed and selected for the second job for which I applied! Wow!
It still took a while to absorb what I had heard and read, and to make sense of it and put it to work. I didn’t really do the best job of implementing it initially, but I started working at it. Finally, about 3.5 years ago, I took several days (maybe 4 full days of hard work and hardly anything else) and several articles of yours, in addition to your book, and set out to completely overhaul my resume. I started getting closer. A year and a half ago, I bought your latest edition, I studied it (underlining, highlighting, notes in the margins...), I compared your examples to my resume, and I kept chiseling; spending about 3 half days really examining any potential aspects of jobs that had not been addressed and the best way to present and articulate what I was addressing. Last fall, I put in just about a day of additional work, and I was very satisfied with my resume.
Finally, two weeks ago, I was called for my first interview. Last week I interviewed, and this week I was offered the position... Cost Accountant, GS-0510-11, and I start May 29th.
I had believed that if I could just get the interview, the rest would be easy comparatively—I have the experience, and I’m good at what I do. The hard part was getting the resume in place that would get me an interview, and being persistent as I don’t have any of the advantages of having prior federal service, being a veteran, or being a military spouse. The articles, webinars, and books you have put together have played a large part in helping me get to this exciting new chapter of my life, and I wanted to send you a little note to say thank you.

— Kristin T.
My name is Bryant Johnson and I wanted to share my recent success story.
I have been an employee at my current agency for several years and was just appointed to a new and higher level position in a different department at the same agency. The new job became available because the individual who previously held the job retired.
I knew there were several other colleagues interested in the job and that the process was going to be competitive… I consulted several sources and your book titled Federal Resume Guidebook was the only one that not only provided a detailed account of the process, it also provided examples as well!
My new position will not only build upon my current skills, I am also going to be the department’s primary point of contact with our Personnel office. I feel that information presented in your book has given me a good understanding of how to develop position descriptions and USAJobs postings with our Personnel experts. I also found your website the Resume Place to be very helpful.
Many thanks for taking time to share your knowledge and expertise with others.

—Bryant Johnson

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