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Make One Resume Searchable in USAJOBS
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For Immediate Release:
Dateline: Baltimore, MD
Friday, April 26, 2024


By Kathryn Troutman and Glenn Hooks, NPS Recruitment Team Lead
April 25, 2024, Potomac, Md

In my Ten Steps to a Federal Job® classes, Step 8 is Apply for Federal Jobs. And now there is a new, critical piece of information to share with you and everyone you know who is applying for federal jobs.

Make one of your resumes searchable! Why? OPM has created a new way for HR Specialists to find and recruit candidates for their positions. They can go into the ATP and search for candidates for their specific positions. They might search for:

Degree, Years of experience, a specific technical skill, several keywords… and Hiring Authorities.

Glenn Hooks, NPS Recruitment Director explains it this way:

1. Make One Resume Searchable.

The best way to describe the USAJOBS Agency Talent Portal (ATP), the tool that federal recruiters and HR specialists are using for numerous modernized hiring and recruiting methods, provide a means, ONLY IF THEY MAKE THEIR RESUME SEARCHABLE, to mine resumes for qualifications, share certifications of those candidates that were qualified for similar positions but not selected by the hiring official.

2. Add your Hiring Authority to the top of your resume after your email.

Key takeaways from a recruiter – We only view the resume… so, if their Hiring path is not listed in the top portion of the resume, they are missing out having their resume placed into that hiring path folder for further review.

Hiring managers that are looking for a unique hiring authority DHA or Non-competitive, are searching these resumes to fill a position quickly, versus just posting the position on USAJOBS and praying a qualified candidate applies. SO, if the resume doesn’t state up front their eligibility as a military Spouse, Schedule A, Veterans Preference, they may be overlooked.


City, state, zip
Post-Secondary Hiring Authority for Students and Recent Graduates
Eligible for 13473, Non-Competitive Hiring Authority for Active-Duty Military Spouses
Eligible for Schedule A Hiring Authority
Veterans Preference
30% or more Disabled Veterans Preference

3. What happens if the resume meets the criteria for the position?

The HR Recruiter will write an email to this candidate and ask if they are interested in a specific position. And if so, the recruitment will begin.

So, if you want to receive emails from federal HR recruiters, mark one resume Searchable, add your Hiring Authority and make it clear what technical skills and abilities you can offer for a federal position.

Glenn K. Hooks, MBA

NPS Recruitment Team at?[email protected]
Lead HR Specialist (Recruitment & Outreach)
WASO,?Workforce & Inclusion (W&I), National Recruitment Team (NRT)
National Park Service, Department of the Interior


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The Author: Kathryn Troutman is the author of many award-winning career guides including Creating Your First Resume (Foreword Indie Silver for Career and three other honors) and the best-selling Federal Resume Guidebook, 7th Edition (Best Reference Book/Gold in the Independent Press Awards and more). Troutman is the Founder and President of The Resume Place, a groundbreaking Federal resume writing and job coaching service in Baltimore, MD.

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Kathryn Troutman is the Founder and President of Resume Place, Inc., a Federal Career Consulting business located in Baltimore, MD. Her firm specializes in writing and designing professional federal resumes, as well as consulting, coaching and education on the federal hiring process. She is the author of many best-selling federal career books, including the Federal Resume Guidebook, 7th Ed. See the books at https://resume-place.com/books/

Troutman is an enthusiastic and knowledgeable media guest, appearing on Beverly Jones’s Jazzed about Work on NPR’s WOUB, Carol Fishman Cohen’s 3, 2, 1 iRelaunch (Relaunching Your Career), Mark Miller’s Repurpose Your Career, and numerous times on Mike Causey’s Your Turn show on Federal News Network. Her business, The Resume Place, had been featured in The Washington Post. To hear interviews of this top federal jobs expert, click here.

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