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Federal Resume Guidebook: Strategies for Writing a Winning Federal Resume (Federal Resume Guidebook: Write a Winning Federal Resume to Get in), 5th Edition Paperback – June 1, 2011


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  • Series: Federal Resume Guidebook: Write a Winning Federal Resume to Get in
  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Jist Works; 5 edition (June 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593578504
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593578503
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 8.4 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #76,662 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Kathryn Kraemer Troutman is the founder and president of The Resume Place in Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, which for 30 years has specialized in writing and designing professional federal and private-sector resumes. She is recognized by federal HR directors as having created the format for the new federal resume; that became an accepted standard after the SF 171 form was eliminated in 1995. Kathryn has trained thousands of federal employees in writing federal resumes and KSAs, primarily for the Department of Health and Human Services, as well as for more than 100 other agencies and federal offices. In addition to The Federal Resume Guidebook, Kathryn is the author of Ten Steps to a Federal Job, Second Edition; Creating Your High School Resume, Third Edition; The Student's Federal Career Guide; and Military to Federal Career Guide.

More About the Author

Kathryn Troutman is known as the Federal Resume Guru. She invented a new resume format - the Federal Resume - after the US government eliminated the long, burdensome application - SF-171. Her first book, Federal Resume Guidebook, set the standards for federal resumes and created an entire resume writing and job search industry for career professionals. She is also the train the trainer expert with her Certified Federal Job Search Trainer Program based on her valued book by the first-timer - Ten Steps to a Federal Job. The website, The Resume Place, Inc. is dedicated to helping people navigate federal jobs and write the best federal resume for an outstanding career in public service.

Customer Reviews

The best feature is that this book contains many examples of targeted resumes for a variety of occupational fields.
Matthew T. Stone
I have bought this book before when it was an earlier edition and i recommend it for anyone looking to get a federal job.
stratcu03
Kathryn Troutman's USAJOBS federal resume samples are clearly targeted with the keywords from the job announcements.
Joyce Lain Kennedy

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Pherrell Bowen on July 8, 2011
Format: Paperback
If you are looking for a Federal job, this book will be extremely helpful. It spells out all the requirements and the "secrets" to writing a Federal resume. It is easy to use and has tons of examples.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Yevgeniy Churinov on July 8, 2011
Format: Paperback
The Federal Resume Guidebook 5th Edition gave great examples of how to find keywords for my federal resume. I did not realize that the resume should match literally with 10 or 15 words from a USAJOBS announcement. I will be analyzing each announcement carefully and then tweaking my federal applications as I continue my job search for entry-level IT Specialist Customer Service positions in government. I also would never have known about the IT competencies that are critical for IT federal resumes, i.e, customer services, communications and problem-solving. I have these skills, but they were previously not clearly described in my resume. Now I look like a great customer focused IT Systems Administrator - thanks to this book! I hope I can land a good job that is stable in the IT industry. There appears to be lots of room for growth in the government for new graduates!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By MCWarwick on October 7, 2012
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While I am sure this book will work for an EXISTING Federal employee, I didn't see a single resume in the book that was valid for entry-level first time (potential) federal employees. It made it very difficult to know if it was okay to deviate from the guidelines here and stick to the recommendations there. I was given the opportunity to apply for an entry-level job with the Forest Service but I only had 6 days to complete the application. It would take me at least a month just to study this book enough to get anything out of it.

It does not cover internship applications for positions offered by agencies looking to hire employees currently in school into Pathways Internship Positions, nor does it give any guidance on career changers. In my case, changing from that of a professional pilot to forester.

Confusing, Overwhelming, Time Consuming, Intimidating, Bureaucratic, and Frustrating.

I will continue to trudge on, but this book does not make it easy.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Coffey on July 29, 2011
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The Federal Resume Guidebook is an excellent resource and tool for anyone interested in federal employment. Whether you are applying for a federal position for the first time, seeking a federal job after your military service, looking to transition to a new position within the federal government, or hoping to take advantage of a promotional opportunity, this is the book to read to help you learn the ins-and-outs of the federal application process, write a resume that will increase your chances of becoming best-qualified, and prepare for a federal interview. Each step of the process is important and Kathryn and her team do an outstanding job of making a complicated process much simpler. Kudos to Kathryn for staying on top of the ever-changing world of the federal job search. This book teaches you more about Federal Hiring Reform, updates and changes to the online submission systems, and the Base Realignment and Closure Act (BRAC), to name a few. I am especially impressed with Chapter 27 which details how to prepare for a structured, behavior-based interview. Federal job interviews require thorough preparation and this book teaches you how to highlight your accomplishments, demonstrate results, and tie your experience to the keywords of the position.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By TL Alta on July 24, 2011
Format: Paperback
Ms. Troutman and company do it again! Another great product to help not just those of us in Government Service trying to take that next step,
but those trying to get into Federal Government Service positions.

This book is very detailed in spelling out all the requirements, key words and steps in applying for positions.
It takes you through USAJOBS, examples of KSA's and Resume's, and those key points that a person
might not think are important in this process. The key words, matching to the job announcement, and
the process that supports it.

A reference I keep up to date in my personal library, recommend to others (colleagues & employee's), and
the terrific companion web-site [...] with all the free tools to assist you as your pulling it all together.
If you are looking to get into a federal government position or to apply for that next job in the system;
I highly recommend this book! I've used Ms. Troutman's products for over 6 years and they are definitely
worth their weight in gold!!
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Of various Federal Résumé writing sources, Federal Résumé Guidebook, 5th Edition, is exceptional. Its clarity in walking you through the process, with effectively presented examples, makes this daunting process appear simple. Step by step, it explains, among other things, how to read the federal vacancy announcements so as to analyze them for keywords, which are different from what they would be in private industry. The section on matching strategies is invaluable in that regard, as is the guided instruction in the art of incorporating those keywords into one's federal résumé. Also, because federal résumés vary by targeted occupational series, there is a series of chapters addressing that. The included Outline Format for the process makes it all seem so simple.

A year since the Hiring Reform Initiative's having been put into place, much has changed in a process that has never been intuitively clear. For one thing, the KSA narratives have been eliminated, though elements of them survive in other forms. Federal Résumé Guidebook, 5th Edition, can determine the difference between your being lost in the process--or getting Best Qualified, selected for the interview, and landing a federal job in which you can shine. Especially given the fierceness of current competition, this book could not have come at a better time.

Rabbi R. Karpov, Ph.D., CPRW
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