Co-Author, The New SES Application – with Kathryn Troutman – Available Oct. 10th, 2011
SES Consultant & Sr. Writer
SES Workshop Leader and Curriculum Developer
Certified Federal Job Search Trainer & Counselor
Certified Professional Resume Writer & Coach
Certified Leadership & Talent Management Coach
Federal Government Resumes & Applications Procedures Specialist
Military Conversion Authority
Diane Hudson Burns is a career management strategist and career coach focusing on job-search-proofing. An international conference speaker and train-the-trainer on career-related topics, Diane specializes in composing quality career change, military transition, private industry and federal resumes from mid-management (GS-12) to Senior Executive Service. She is an expert in writing SES and ECQ packages, coaching clients to define their strengths, “tell their leadership stories” according the ECQ leadership competencies/requirements, and target ROI for employers. She has co-trained SES Development Leadership program candidates at the Naval Ship Yard at Capitol Hill, and Air Force Leadership, with Kathryn.
Diane is an active member of the Board of Directors, Professional Association of Resume Writers/Career Coaches (PARW/CC) and Director of the Certified Professional Career Coach program. As an award winning resume writer, her achievements include “Best Executive Resume” award by PARW/CC. Her resumes, cover letters, and case studies are published in over 45 books and periodicals including chapter author on military to civilian in the Federal Resume Guidebook, Third & Fourth Editions, case study author for Ten Steps to a Federal Job, Second Edition, and multiple case studies author for Creating Your High School Resume, Third Edition.
Diane formerly held a federal job as a Special Agent Investigator for the Department of Defense, and was a Recruiter/Employment Specialist for a major aerospace corporation in Los Angeles, California. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from California State Polytechnic University and a number of industry credentials: Certified Leadership & Talent Management Coach (CLTMC); Professional Career Coach (CPCC); Professional Resume Writer (CPRW); Employment Interview Professional (CEIP); Career Management Coach (CCMC); Federal Job Search Trainer & Counselor (FJST); Credentialed Career Master (CCM); Job and Career Transition Coach (JCTC). She is an active member of the Career Management Alliance, and serves as an outplacement coach for such organizations as CareerBuilder.
During the past 18 years, Diane navigated four international moves, living abroad for 12 years and in the Washington, DC/Baltimore corridor for five years.
“Back in late June, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) advertised an SES position for the Assistant Director, Integrated Hiring Solutions.
It opened June 28th and closed on July 11th. It was the perfect role for me and I had to apply. Only one problem; I needed an SES federal resume that addressed 5 Executive Core Qualifications: Leading Change, Leading People, Results Driven, Business Acumen, and Building Coalitions.
Kathryn Troutman (President and Founder of The Resume Place) was excited about the OPM vacancy announcement too and matched me up with Diane Hudson Burns. Kathryn and Diane had just completed a new book and training course on SES Hiring, so the timing couldn’t have been better.
While we never met face to face, Diane, who lives in Idaho, was excellent at guiding me through the process of developing a federal SES resume. She is organized, experienced, knows federal hiring and is easy to work with. She started with the requirements of the position and why I felt it was for me.
She interviewed me at least 4 times and sent numerous emails eliciting my work experience and anecdotes. She had a process and guided me through it. In the end we had to cut out some really good material to meet the 5-page limit. The best part was that working with Diane was like going down memory lane. I have accomplished a lot in my career and it was good to document.”
“Hi Diane. I believe that the resume package you helped put together was the reason I made the referral list. I was selected out of A LOT of applications, including 6 internal candidate. I decided to accept a letter to gain more experience at the executive department with a larger audience and more impact – positioning me for future senior positions. I cannot express in words just how grateful I am that you contacted me to see how my career goals are going. You made my day.”
“Diane, Thank you very much for your efforts on my behalf. I believe your work on my CV was the reason they rated me qualified.”
“Diane, I just got an email saying I was a top candidate on the job that closed last Thursday and my name has been referred. I also have an interview for the contracts position Tuesday. Thanks for all your great work!”