John Gagnon

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john-gagnonJohn Gagnon, J.D.

John Gagnon is an experienced writer, trainer, and consultant with a multidisciplinary background. He coaches and writes resumes for a wide range of clients, including candidates for Senior Executive Service, military veterans, federal employees across all occupational series, private sector job applicants, and students. John emphasizes a three-pronged approach – planning, preparation, and plain language – that consistently delivers quality results for clients.

John has also served as an instructor for Kathryn Troutman’s Federal Career Training Institute, delivering expert federal career and professional development guidance to academic counselors, wounded warrior programs, and private sector clients. His tenure as a federal employee encompassed content management, antitrust issues, immigration, and victim protection. Aside from his federal experience, John is an accomplished academic. His research has been published in peer-reviewed academic publications. He also studied international legal and cultural issues at the University of Amsterdam and the International Center for Ethnic Studies in Sri Lanka.

Specialty Areas:

  • Veteran applicants
  • Applicants moving from the private sector to federal government
  • SES packages
  • Federal employees moving up in or changing job series
  • College students seeking their first federal or private industry job


  • Current PhD., Rhetoric and Composition, Michigan State University
  • J.D., Tulane University
  • M.S., Tulane University
  • B.A., English, Andrews University


  • “Plain Language Award” for his focus on clear, concise writing and delivered expertise in program management, quality assurance, and professional training for federal employees throughout the United States.

Professional and Community Affiliations

  • National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)
  • Rhetoric Society of America
  • College Composition and Communication
  • Modern Language Association
  • Former member of the Eberhard P. Deutsch International Law Society,
  • Former member of the Tulane Human Rights Law Society
  • Former member of the Baltimore Council on Foreign Affairs
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