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Kathryn Troutman - Federal Career Coach(r) Kathryn Troutman - Federal Career Coach(r)
For Immediate Release:
Dateline: Baltimore, MD
Monday, September 11, 2023


By Kathryn Troutman, Author, Instructor
Published September 11, 2023

After the terrorist attacks known as 911, at Resume Place, we were inundated immediately with phone calls and emails. These were coming from private sector workers, military, students and every type of jobseeker about looking for help with getting a Federal job. They wanted to work for the FBI, CIA, NSA, etc. to help protect America.

Well, this was a very big question from the beginning – how to write a winning Federal resume and what the best methods were for successfully applying for Federal jobs. Some of us were talking on the phone, but it was a long conversation about HOW to apply for Federal positions on USAJOBS.

I thought quickly and realized that I needed a method to show people how to navigate through Federal job searches and applications from the beginning to the end. I wrote down the steps that I follow when I am coaching first-time job applicants with their Federal job searches.

I created the now popular curriculum, Ten Steps to a Federal Job®. This formula – Ten Steps – is licensed today to employment program counselors and trainers for the military services, states, vocational rehabilitation, non-profits and universities worldwide. It teaches military and non-military how to navigate successfully through the complicated Federal job search – and get hired!

I taught Ten Steps to a Federal Job® the FIRST time ever in 2001 at Montgomery Works in Rockville, MD to about 30 unemployment counselors for the State of Maryland. Before 911, only 5% of their clients were looking for Federal positions (amazing, considering their location near Washington, DC). After 911, the interest in Federal jobs rose to 90% among their clients.

Here are the Ten Steps to a Federal Job®

Step 1. Learn about Federal Jobs
Step 2. Networking
Step 3. Find Jobs on USAJOBS
Step 4. What Are the Keywords
Step 5. What Are the Core Competencies
Step 6. Federal Resume Writing – the Biggest Step of All
Step 7. Questionnaire and Accomplishments
Step 8. Apply for Federal Jobs
Step 9. Track and Follow Up
Step 10. Interview and Negotiate for Your Federal Job

This curriculum is written in my book, Jobseeker’s Guide, 9th Edition.

The Ten Steps to a Federal Job® approach works. It is easy to follow, understand, and takes you from the initial job title through to the interview process and negotiation.

You can follow the Ten Steps to a Federal Job® method to write the correct Outline Format Federal Resume, find the keywords, learn about the questionnaire, write your work accomplishments and navigate through the steps to a secure Federal job with promotion potential.

I am proud to have created a very successful and helpful step-by-step method to navigate a VERY complex job application system. Get the book, follow the steps, write your Outline Format Federal Resume. Bottom Line, hopefully you can receive an offer … and the book teaches you how to negotiate your offer for that Federal job.

Best wishes for your Federal job search!

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The Author: Kathryn Troutman is the author of many award-winning career guides including the best-selling Federal Resume Guidebook, 7th Edition (Best Reference Book/Gold in the Independent Press Awards and more) and The Stars are Lined Up for Military Spouses, 2nd Edition. Troutman is the Founder and President of The Resume Place, a groundbreaking Federal resume writing and job coaching service in Baltimore, MD.

Based on the Ten Steps to a Federal Job® method, Kathryn Troutman and Resume Place, Inc., manage and teach a train-the-trainer Certified Federal Job Search Trainer / Certified Federal Career Coach program. The CFJST / CFCC has been taught for 20 years and employment readiness, career counselors and transition counselors teach and coach the Ten Steps method at military bases and job centers.

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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Name: Kathryn Troutman
Title: Author, Speaker and Trainer
Group: The Resume Place, Inc.
Dateline: Baltimore, MD United States
Direct Phone: 410-744-4324
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