Federal Resume Guidebook

Federal Resume Guidebook 6th Edition

Best Seller ! Currently Number 2 Resume Book according to Nielsen BookScan Retail Figures (May 2017)

The 6th edition of this book by leading federal resume expert, Kathryn Troutman, contains federal resume samples that are all in the OUTLINE FORMAT. This Federal Resume Outline Format is organized so that the Federal Human Resources Specialist can quickly see the keywords, KSAs, accomplishments, and qualifications for a federal position. This book is a MUST to purchase if you are seriously seeking a federal career. Learn the differences between the Federal Resume and the Private Sector Resume. The resumes in this book are great for the USAJOBS Resume Builder. Kathryn Troutman highly recommends that you submit federal applications with the USAJOBS Resume Builder -- rather than the resume upload system!

Federal Resume Samples Include:

Detailed Occupational Series Chapters:

  • Information Technology Specialist, GS 2210
  • Program Analyst, GS 0343
  • Administrative Officer, GS 0341
  • Administrative Assistant, GS 0300

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Dear Ms. Troutman,

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. It had been several years since applying to my now previous position and I needed to refresh my resume development techniques and have a better understanding of how the changes from 2011 impacted the KSA process.

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! Actually seeing the best way to address the Specialized Experience was a tremendous help! In regard to understanding the questionnaire, learning how to identify the best answers and properly reflect in my resume made all the difference! Further, seeing how to better use the "Additional Information" section to highlight volunteer experiences further strengthened my application package.

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 how to develop position descriptions and USAJob 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

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!

12/12/2016 - Kathryn, I am writing to let you know that your Federal Resume Guidebook helped me land a job with USDA. Prior to getting this book, I had submitted 5+ applications to federal agencies. After getting this book, updating my resume, and completely re-doing my cover letter, I was finally referred for a job! In short, you’re awesome and I am thrilled to be starting a dream career.


Meghan Moser
Graduate Research Assistant
Purdue University

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