Federal Resume Guidebook

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Strategies for Writing a Winning Federal Resume, 5th Edition

The Number One Book on Federal Resume Writing! 5th Edition Samples have KSAs in the Resume

This book is not just about federal resumes. This book set the standard for federal resumes!

LIBRARY JOURNAL REVIEW: One of the “Books most borrowed in U.S. Libraries”, Career Book List, April 1st, 2009 See article »

With a focus on writing the best Federal Resume for USAJOBS and other online federal resume builders, the Federal Resume Guidebook provides comprehensive, in-depth guidance on how to craft the perfect federal application to change jobs or get promoted. The 4th Edition gives detailed advice on how to navigate and make the most out of USAJOBS and other online application systems.

Ten years ago, Kathryn Troutman developed the first-ever “Federal Resume,” published it in the first edition of the best-seller, the Federal Resume Guidebook, and set the standard for submission of online federal resumes.

With the recent release of the newly revised Federal Resume Guidebook, 4th Edition, Troutman once again has produced another best-seller, helping readers understand how to apply for federal jobs using all resume builders, while closely exploring the USAJOBS resume builder, the leading method to apply for federal jobs. The 4th Edition shows sample USAJOBS screenshots, preview samples, and content that will apply to all builders, such as CPOL, Navy CHART, AF, DLA, and other online application systems and online builders.

Key Features

  • Dozens of sample federal resumes shown in the builder windows
  • Detailed procedures, tips, and samples for applying for the most popular occupational series
  • Advice for writing Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and applying for Senior Executive Service (SES) appointments
  • Tips for transitioning from the military to a federal career, and from Wage Grade to General Schedule positions
  • Preparation for the new Behavioral Interview process
  • Strategies for advancing your federal career and moving up in government

Look Inside The Book

View the Table of Contents, Foreword, Contributor Information, and Acknowledgments of the Federal Resume Guidebook, 5th Edition »

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“Talk about cutting-edge, totally helpful, and trustworthy guidance! When you want a federal merit job without the risk of getting lost in the tall weeds of official speak, you absolutely must consult Kathryn Troutman’s newly revised Federal Resume Guidebook.”

– JOYCE LAIN KENNEDY, Author of Resumes for Dummies and syndicated careers columnist

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The New Rules for Applying to a Federal Job

“Navigating the Federal Job Jungle,” a recent article published in the Chicago Tribune, explains the importance of the new 5th Edition of the Federal Resume Guidebook. See article »

Federal Resume Guidebook, 5th Edition Helps Job Seekers Navigate the Federal Hiring Process – Official Press Release »

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5th Edition Book Info

  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Published: June 2011
  • ISBN-10: 1593578504
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593578503

Federal Resume Guidebook 5th Edition CD ROM

5th Edition CD-ROM includes 21 Resume Samples and more

This CD-ROM is a highly recommended resource. All resumes demonstrated how to include KSAs in the Resume and offer you templates on creating your own winning federal resume.

5th Edition CD-ROM is available ONLY through this website. Not included with any copies sold through resellers.

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4th Edition


Federal Resume Guidebook

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Published: 2007
  • ISBN-10: 1593574266
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593574260
  • Size: 10.7 x 8.3 x 1 inches