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Federal Resume Guidebook: Strategies for Writing a Winning Federal Electronic Resume, KSAs, and Essays, 4th Edition Paperback – April 16, 2007


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"Clues you in to what is essential for applying and reveals how to present this information to capture attention." -- Paul Krumsiek, Federal Personnel Manager, Department of Justice

"Cutting-edge, totally helpful, and trustworthy guidance! When you want a federal job, you absolutely must consult this book." -- Joyce Lain Kennedy, syndicated careers columnist, Tribune Media Services; author, Resumes for Dummies

"Kathy Troutman is the master of the Federal resume. Follow her advice and you'll have the competitive edge." -- Michael S. Dobson, author, Managing Up! 59 Ways to Build a Career-Advancing Relationship with Your Boss

"No stone is left unturned in Troutman's quest to demystify the federal job application process." -- Katy Saldarini, Book Reviewer, GovExec.com

"Troutman's approach makes it easy to address all the major difficulties of applying to the federal system." -- Cecilia Luna, Spouse Employment Assistance Program Manager, U.S. Naval Station, Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico

"Two weeks ago the very bright son of an old friend asked if I could help him get a government job. They, the father and son, figured that with 30 years of covering the federal establishment I would have special insights. That I would know who to see, where to go and what to do when they got there. I told him to get a copy of the Federal Resume Guidebook. There was a time, eons ago, when you went to a federal agency, filled out a form, took a test and maybe, maybe, maybe, heard back and got a job. But that was then and this is now." --Mike Causey, Federal News Radio

"When it comes to federal resume writing, there is no one with the depth and quality of information that Kathryn Troutman has. With 30+ years of experience preparing federal resumes, she knows the inside secrets for what it takes to get noticed and get hired!" --Wendy S. Enelow, CCM, MRW, JCTC, CPRW, Executive Director - Career Masters Institute --Wendy S. Enelow, CCM, MRW, JCTC, CPRW, Executive Director - Career Masters Institute

From the Publisher

Each book is signed by the author Kathryn Kraemer Troutman who is the founder and president of The Resume Place, Inc., a service business located in Baltimore MD,specializing in writing and designing professional federal and private-sector resumes, as well as coaching and education in the federal hiring process. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Jist Works; 4 edition (April 16, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593574266
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593574260
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 8.2 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #438,654 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful By A Student on July 5, 2008
Format: Paperback
I purchased this book based on the numerous reviews exclaiming its excellence. As a first note, the photo representation showing a CD that provides actual examples of resumes and KSAs is highly deceiving. There is no CD with this book. On the final page of the book, you will find directions on how to buy this for an additional fee at the authors website. No doubt the author has experience and expertise in the convuluted federal application process. From biographical information that is available it appears that she was a key player in creating it and then she went on to build a business that capitalizes off of the confusion created in the process. The inforation in this book is good and reliable; however, the same information is available for free on the internet from a variety of sources. I was sadly disappointed with this book and the other Troutman book Military to Federal Career Guide that I also purchased. The CD is included with the second book mentioned. I has 52 files in total; but, these provide very few examples because the same resume is repeatedly used to show examples of different resume builder formats (e.g paper resume, USA Jobs resume, and Resumix)and each example is given in a word document format and PDF so immediately the number of eamples is decreased from 52 to 26. As such, the CD amounts to 13 resume examples and one that provides separate KSAs. The best value that comes from this book is a profitable marketing tool for the author's website and other, quite pricey writing and coaching services. Before buying this book, I would recommend that you check with your local library or bookstore to see if they have a copy so you can review the content and decide how useful it might be in relation to your knowledge of the federal job market.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A. Gregory Sheasley on July 19, 2002
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This is a good book for putting together a government résumé, but it stops short of going through the entire government process. There is not adequate information on KSA writing and putting together a total government-ready package. For this level of material, the book nudges you toward using the publisher's consulting / writing service, which is on the expensive side depending on what positions you are going after.
Overall, it's a good book to get started with. You may need additional help down the road, though.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Computer Chick on June 30, 2006
Format: Paperback
I bought this after working for the federal government for 20 years! I was looking for a position after the agency I work for within the Department of Defense was BRAC'd. I needed some serious help in the KSA writing department. This book helped me tremendously. I breezed through the KSAs after reading what government managers are looking for in an applicant's KSA. Well worth the money. Oh, and I did get the job!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Julianne on November 25, 2002
Format: Paperback
I purchased a copy of this book about 3 years ago. Besides lots of good guidance for developing resume content, it includes some excellent examples of federal resumes for different "grade" levels. These examples are displayed using effective presentation formats that will help you with layout and "white space". I found them to be extremely helpful in preparing my first federal resume. Until then, I'd developed and used either a very detailed SF-171 or a 2-page commercial resume, but nothing in between.
Using this Guidebook to get started probably saved me half as much time as I'd have otherwise spent in crafting and polishing a new resume. I used my federal resume as part of my application package for a GS-15 position. I was selected for the job from among 30 or so applicants. I think that the form and content of this resume was a strong contributing factor in my selection!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Janet Colyard on July 29, 2009
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I recently purchased the Federal Resume Guidebook, 4th edition, to assist me in applying for jobs at the new Dept. of Veterans Affairs Technology Acquisition Center here in NJ. Their application process is quite cumbersome with paper application packages which include the dreaded KSAs, and although I have DoD experience directly related to their open positions, I have been unsuccessful at obtaining an interview.

I was delighted with much of the down-to-earth advice in the book, and I'm working through improving the readability of my resume and better story-telling in my responses to the KSAs. I was especially happy to see in Chapter 8 "Researching the Agency's Core Competencies" that the VA was included in the examples. My only disappointment was that the site referenced for descriptions of the VA Core Competencies turned out to be non-functional.

After the VA was unable to help me with the broken link, I emailed the author, Kathryn Troutman. She responded almost immediately with a promise to research the missing web page and get back to me. Wow!

Thanks so much for this excellent resource!

P.S. - I got the job!!!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Walida Wallace on December 24, 2007
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I purchased this book after numerous failed attempts at being considered for various govt positions.
Literally after giving my resume a govt makeover with the suggestions from the book I've been considered for a total of four positions since purchasing the book last month.
I consider this a huge success only because I at least know my responses to the KSA questions are strong,
I highly recommed this book - definetly worth it!
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