Ten Steps To A Federal Job

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An Award-Winning Book Gets Even Better

From Corporate to Federal Careers – The first edition of this book was the first book ever written to explain the entire process of applying for a federal job to a first-time federal applicant. Many jobseekers are looking for stable careers being offered by the federal government. Readers of this book will be from these sectors: private industry, corporate, government contractor, veterans, career professionals, and employment counselors.

Invaluable Resource for the First-Time Federal Jobseeker

First-time jobseekers do not realize that a federal resume is four or five pages in length. Many first-time applicants try to apply for federal jobs with their short private industry resume and have little or no success. This book explains why the federal resume is longer, and why the resume must match the qualifications of a certain federal position. To be successful, the federal applicant must follow certain steps to navigate the system and advocate for their candidacy.

The book instructs applicants on key steps involved in the federal job search process: deciding which jobs to apply for and finding vacancy announcements; networking; highlighting your best accomplishments in the resume; analyzing vacancy announcements for keywords to; demonstrating that you have the required specialized experience to get Best Qualified for the position; answering KSAs and questionnaires; submitting the job applications via the online builders and USAJOBS; following up on applications; and interviewing techniques.

NEW Content on the Third Edition CD-ROM

In Nov. of 2010, there was a big change in federal resume writing: KSAs are now to be INCLUDED inside the resume. The third edition CD-ROM gives you 21 samples of KSAs included the Federal Resume. View before and after Federal Resumes with KSAs in the Resume based on Hiring Reform recommendations. Highly informative case studies include vacancy announcements, keywords, before and after (successful) federal resumes, and salary increases for each of these case studies.

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The 1st edition of the Ten Steps book was honored as:

  • The Best Career Book of the Year by the Publishers Marketing Association
  • One of the Top 15 Best Career Books of the Year (based on Amazon book sales) by the American Library Association Magazine
  • Bronze Medal Award Winner for the Best Career Book of the Year, ForeWord Magazine


“I wanted to let you know that after purchasing and working diligently with K. Troutman’s book (2nd Edition) on how to land a job in the Obama Administration, I have done it: the Social Security Administration offered me an attorney advisor position at GS 11, step 1, in St. Louis, Missouri, and I have accepted. Although I will take a considerable pay cut, I have the opportunity to jump an entire grade, to GS 12, step 1, and about $1,500 more than I currently make, at my one year review. As we know, the key is getting one’s foot in the door, and thank you for helping me get there! Best wishes,” – Attorney at Law NY, PA, Washington

“Kathryn Troutman’s latest book, the second edition of Ten Steps to a Federal Job, is the most comprehensive, up-to-the minute reference on the subject. It goes far beyond great information to guide you every step of the way to powerful applications. If you could invest in only one book or CD to help you work for the Obama administration, this book should be your choice, hands down.” – Donald P. Orlando, MBA, CPRW, JCTC, CCM, CCMC The McLean Group

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Ten Steps to a Federal Job 3rd Edition


3rd Edition Book Info

  • Paperback: 172 pages
  • Published: Aug 2011
  • ISBN-10: 0-9824190-6-6
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-9824190-6-9
  • Size: 10.8 x 8.4 x 0.5 inches
  • Retail Price $18.95

Ten Steps to a Federal Job 3rd Edition CD-ROM

3rd Edition CD-ROM

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The first bit of advice I would give you is to go out and purchase Kathy Troutman’s Ten Steps to a Federal Job. I credit this book for directing my mindset into how Federal hiring officials think, how they interview, and how they select candidates to fill position. Also, it will guide you in the resume writing process as well. This is really an outstanding time to be applying for GS-1102 positions. …A great number of 1102’s will be retiring during the next 5 years or so, …and agencies are now willing to train those who will replace those who will be retiring.”

– Andrew Hadden