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The Right Resume Gets the Federal Job
Kathryn Troutman - Federal Career Coach(r) Kathryn Troutman - Federal Career Coach(r)
For Immediate Release:
Dateline: Baltimore, MD
Friday, September 22, 2023


By Kathryn Troutman, President, Resume Place, Inc.,
Creator and Program Director, Ten Steps to a Federal Job® Certification Program
Published September 22, 2023


For decades, we’ve felt supremely confident that a targeted, detailed,
correctly formatted OUTLINE FORMAT federal resume gets results.
And now we have up-to-the-minute data that demonstrates that our
confidence isn’t just an intuition.

In late Sept., we surveyed the 150 clients who we were honored to serve in 2022, yielding 54 responses. A large majority of these respondents had great news to share with us:
25 had been hired into federal job, and another 16 had earned the status referred, best qualified, or interviewed!


One of our 2022 clients even gave us statistics on their individual federal job search: “With the resume [you prepared], I was ‘best qualified’ for about 85 percent of the jobs I applied for, referred for about 75 percent of them, and landed interviews for about 25 percent.”

Another client shared that, after she posted her Resume Place resume on USAJOBS.gov,
“I was hired [as a] contracting specialist. Thank you for the resume, which was phenomenal. It was geared towards the announcement and hit all the key points.”
Let’s talk about her final remark: How my colleagues and I can take the raw material of your draft resume and transform it so that federal hiring managers and human resources professionals can easily see how your perfected resume stands out to qualify you for the position you seek.


Take a look at these anonymized before-and-after resumes of decorated veteran of the Marine Corps, a helicopter crew chief who served in Iraq.

Here is the Marine veteran’s resume before and after
we helped him adapt it for Federal Human Resources Recruiters.

Click to view before and after resumes

When this war hero came to us with the resume he had been using, we had our work cut out for us. His resume lacked detail on his extensive military experience, including his specialized experience in security, which was ultimately critical to his successful application for the civilian position of Security Assistant or Intelligence Analyst. He wanted to CHANGE HIS CAREER ! And we had to translate his skills carefully. How did we improve our hero’s resume?

  • We headlined his most impressive qualification for any security job: his interim top-secret security clearance
  • We detailed his professional experience in security and safety
  • We used the right keywords to describe his organizational skills, with subheadings like “Scheduling and Coordination” and “Plan and Organize Work”
  • We detail his supervisory experience with terms like “Team Lead”
  • Since the job he sought requires the ability to train others, we highlighted his experience in leading Army training classes
  • We named his accomplishments explicitly; they did not stand out in his old resume
  • We eliminated the irrelevant, such as the bartending job that was prominent on his old resume


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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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