Federal Resume Guidebook, 6th Edition

Federal Resume Guidebook, 6th Edition

by Kathryn Troutman


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Because federal jobs tend to offer high pay, great benefits, and a strong employee support system, they are some of the most coveted opportunities in today's job market. As a result, competition for these jobs is at a record high. To survive the initial resume screening, let alone achieve one of these in-demand jobs, candidates must understand how federal resumes are different from resumes for other occupations and know how to write them effectively.

Federal Resume Guidebook reveals this essential information and much more. Recently, the Hiring Reform Initiative completely changed the federal hiring process. The new edition of this best-selling book explains these new processes and procedures and teaches people how to write winning federal resumes.

Readers learn how to effectively include KSAs in their resume, maximize their resume's presentation in Online Format, and maximize the readability of their USAJOBS federal resume. Readers also gain guidance for analyzing vacancy announcements to pinpoint keywords, mastering the Assessment Questionnaire, and applying for federal jobs. In addition, this book showcases more than a dozen federal resume samples to demonstrate which components stand out best to HR specialists and hiring supervisors.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780986142123
Publisher: Resume Place, The
Publication date: 03/01/2016
Pages: 220
Sales rank: 157,004
Product dimensions: 8.40(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Kathryn Troutman lives in Catonsville, MD and is the founder and president of The Resume Place, Inc., a service business located in Baltimore, MD. The Resume Place specializes in writing and designing professional federal and private-sector resumes, as well as coaching and education in the federal hiring process. For the past 40 years, Troutman has managed her professional writing and consulting practice, publishing, and federal career training business. With her team of 20 Certified Federal Resume Writers, The Resume Place advises and writes more than 300 federal resumes per month for military, private industry, and federal clients world-wide.

Internationally recognized as the Federal Resume Guru by federal jobseekers and federal human resources specialists, Troutman created the format and name for the new 'federal resume' that became an accepted standard after the SF 171 form was eliminated in 1995. She is the pioneering designer of the Federal Resume based on her first book, the Federal Resume Guidebook, which already is in the fourth edition.

Table of Contents

Part 1 Strategies for Writing a Winning Federal Resume

Strategy #1 Use the Outline Format 6

Strategy #2 How Many Hats Do You Wear At Work? 26

Strategy #3 Use Keywords to Match the Vacancy Announcement 30

Strategy #4 Tell Your Accomplishment Stories 38

Strategy #5 Acid Your Core Competencies 46

Strategy #6 Edit Carefully 52

Strategy #7 Submit Your Resume in USAJOBS Correctly. 58

Strategy #8 Give Yourself All the Credit that You Can on the Questionnaire 72

Part 2 Special Insights for Specific Jobseekers

Information Technology Specialist 78

Acquisition Professional 106

Management and Program Analyst 118

Career Change Resumes 132

About the Author 153

Index 154

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