Federal Resume Writing

We Write The Gold Standard Federal Resume - the Outline Format !

9/1/16: “Kathryn, Next week I start a promotion to GS-14 at the Department of the Navy. I continued to apply for promotions tailoring my resume as you suggested.”
7/11/16 Re: Federal Resume Guidebook: “Great resource! Got 9 out of 12 referrals using your guide! Thank you.”
7/11/16: “Hi Debbie: I wanted to tell you that I recently accepted a position as a GS-14 Labor and Employee Relations Specialist. I like the people that I work with.”
7/7: “Before reading Kathryn Troutman’s “Federal Resume Guidebook, 6th Edition” I submitted exactly 18 federal job applications and did not receive a single referral. After reading the book and retooling my resume, I was referred, interviewed and selected for the second job for which I applied! Wow!”
5/23/16: “Carla, I just wanted to let you know that I got multiple job offers after many rounds of interviews with different government agencies. I believe that the federally tailored resume that you drafted for me was very helpful in both securing the interview and being selected.”
2/16i/16: “Hi Kathryn, As expected, I was offered a Fed job this afternoon. The hiring manager called to give me a heads up that I would be receiving a call from HR offering me the position. The job is ranked at a GS 12.”
2/5/16: “Kathryn and Sarah, I just wanted to thank you for all the work you did to make my USA Jobs application a success! I have been selected for my dream job, and the first comment from the interview panel was; ‘Your resume is very impressive!’ “. COL ‘JD’
01/09/16: “Pam, I was notified this am that I had been referred for the Chemical Inspector position. Thanks for your help!”
“Hi just wanted to let you know I was offered a position with the Feds over $100,000.00 a year with your resume!! I submitted your excellent resume!!!! Going from private to federal!! Thank you!!!! My dream job!”
“Rita, BATTING 1000 … I got a job offer today for the job in Chattanooga. So… I have used The Resume Place twice, once in 2003 and now in 2015. Both times I have gotten the job I applied for. I will definitely refer The Resume Place in the future.”
“Hello Kathryn, just wanted to say hello and that i am a GS -13 now thanks to you and possibly soon making my 14.”
“Though I have a lot of experience I have a difficult time selling myself. I don’t really know how to “toot” my own horn, which is why I realized that I need professional help with my resume/application process.”
“Rita, I got a job offer today for the job in Charleston. So… I have used The Resume Place twice, once in 2003 and now in 2015. Both times I have gotten the job I applied for. I will definitely refer The Resume Place in the future.”
“Because of Debbie’s writing skills, I made the “cert” on five different job applications and interviewed for two of them — both of which tendered offers of employment at the GS-14, Step 7 level!”
“Rita – Yesterday I completed my first day in my new job at Dahlgren as a GS-14.. I have shifted from a cubicle to an office. Life is good.”


See Our Highly-Successful Sample Federal Resume here.

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The Resume Place enjoys a long history of successfully helping clients seek, apply for, and obtain highly competitive federal jobs. Our stellar track record is rooted in an approach that combines the application of technical knowledge across federal hiring processes with expert professional writing services. Our team members understand the nuances of Merit Principles, Occupational Standards, Announcement Requirements, and every step of federal HR review. Bottom line, we possess the expertise to help you get “Best Qualified” for federal positions.

Developing your Federal Resume will be a highly personalized and customized process, to ensure that you have a highly polished, professional quality resume that accurately describes your work experience and qualifications plus meets all of the requirements for a Federal job application.  While the average development time for resumes is approximately 6-7 hours, the actual time requirement will depend on the quality and completeness of resume materials you provide, the complexity of the job announcement, and the length and details of your work history. We will provide a firm estimate of the cost to develop your resume before you commit to the project.  You can develop a rough estimate of your costs considering the following price guidelines, based on the level of the target position; however, keep in mind that your specific situation could reduce (student or recent graduate; updates to add a new position) or expand (no resume to start from; analysis of military efficiency reports; required application essays) the number of hours required to develop a quality resume.

We can give you a specific quote for your federal resume request. Please complete our Request Quote for Federal Resume to get a specific quote for your federal resume writing and federal career consulting request.

Expert Federal Resume Writing, Announcement Analysis and Targeting Services Fees:

Federal Resume for GS 5/7/9 Target Position: $120/hour

Federal Resume for GS 11/12 Target Position: $140/hour

Federal Resume for GS 13/14 Target Position: $175/hour (Senior Writer)

Federal Resume for GS 15 and SES Target Position: $190/hour (Senior Writer)


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We require a 60% deposit to begin your project. The final 40% will be automatically charged on the same credit card when the final resume is delivered. This is a tax deductible service. Make a payment


Our federal resume writing service – based on our knowledge of how to get federal applications “Best Qualified” – includes the following elements:

  • One of our expert team members will conduct an initial review of your current resume, your potential target positions, and your objectives.
  • Your writer will work directly with you to determine what additional information is needed to develop your new resume. Typically, this involves coaching on accomplishment stories, acquiring specific details about positions in your work history, and building content to meet specialized experience requirements.
  • Once your writer has enough material and background information, he/she will write a new resume for you. The resume will be professional, compliant with USAJOBS requirements, and written in active voice.

The Key Features of your new resume will include:
(1) keyword match and alignment of “specialized experience” qualifications to your target position or occupational series;
(2) outline format (the format federal HR specialists prefer); and
(3) highlighted accomplishment stories to demonstrate your value and set you apart from the competition.

  • With completion of an initial draft, you will have the opportunity to review, comment upon, and work with your writer to revise, edit, and tweak the new resume so that you have a product that are confident in using for your federal job search.
  • At the conclusion of the process, we will also provide you with recommendations for how to update the resume for additional jobs and a quote for future professional writing services.


The federal-style resume was introduced in 1996. Since the beginning, we have been on the forefront of creating the best federal resume formats and writing the best federal resumes!

Steps in the Federal Resume Writing Process

  • Briefing Review from the Federal Career Consultant. First your Federal Resume Writer will obtain a briefing from your Federal Career Consultant about your federal job objectives, occupational series, specific vacancy announcement, and grade level. They will also review details about your objectives, challenges and past experiences.
  • Keywords. The Writer will analyze a target vacancy announcement for keywords. We will search for 7 to 10 keywords and phrases that are critical for the success of the resume. This keyword list will be given to you for review and consideration. This is basically your “branding” for this position, and possibly others. The keywords will be featured in your federal resume in our popular and successful Outline Format.
  • Document Review. Then you will provide any documents that you have that can help build the content for your federal resume, such as past resumes, performance evaluations, position descriptions, and awards.
  • Accomplishment Coaching and Discovery. Next, the Writer will talk to you about your accomplishments. The Writer will coach you in identifying 1 to 5 accomplishments, including the challenges and the results of each.  Write your Accomplishment Stories with our free CCAR Accomplishment Builder!
  • Relevant Experience. The Writer will talk to you about your relevant experience and skills. You’ll be briefed on what’s required for the resume to be Best Qualified.
  • Writing Begins! The Writer then gets busy with expert, marketable and impressive professional writing about YOU and your career accomplishments! You will receive at least two proofs of the resume, with the opportunity each time to review it and make changes. The focus of the federal resume is the last 10 years of your career and a secondary focus on the previous 10 years.

Federal Resume Output

The average federal resume length is 4 or 5 pages. You’ll receive a paper-formatted resume that will be useful for either uploading into USAJOBS or copying and pasting into the Resume Builder. It will be your choice. Our federal resume will include all of the compliance details as required in the USAJOBS builder.

Federal Resume Production Timing

Your Federal Resume Writer will give you a schedule for the completion of the resume. We will also talk to you about the new content and make sure that you’re pleased with the language and direction of the new resume.


Testimonial from one of our valued clients:

Dear Kathryn/Resume Place:

Your resume and interview coaching worked too well!

After more than a year of trying to get a federal job while working as a contractor, I was not even getting referrals. Many of my coworkers weren’t, either. Others said it was who you know.

One of my students, a GS employee, referred me to The Resume Place, and now here I am in the position of turning down offers and second interviews for the choice of a GS11,12,13 with an agency I want to work for. I did not know a soul at any of these places!

It’s not who you know, but how your resume shows what you know and distinguishes you from the rest.

Thank you for all your help; my investment in The Resume Place was well worth the return! I can’t wait to use my skills to serve our USDA. Now I need to figure out how to withdraw all my referrals in USAJobs!

— Donna Morgan, Writer-Editor

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