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Kathryn Kraemer Troutman is the founder and president of The Resume Place, Inc., a service business located in Baltimore, MD, specializing in writing and designing professional federal and private-sector resumes, as well as coaching and education in the federal hiring process. For the past 30 years, Troutman has managed her Professional Writing and Consulting Practice, Publishing and Federal Career Training business, and with her team of 20 Certified Federal Resume Writers, The Resume Place advises and writes more than 300 federal resumes per month for military, private industry and federal clients world-wide.

Internationally recognized as the “Federal Resume Guru” by federal jobseekers and Federal human resources specialists, Troutman created the format and name for the new “federal resume” that became an accepted standard after the SF 171 form was eliminated in 1995. She is the pioneering designer of the Federal Resume based on her first book, the Federal Resume Guidebook, which already is in the fourth edition.

Troutman is an in-demand, government contract career trainer, who has trained thousands of federal employees in writing federal resumes, KSAs, Resumix, USAJOBS and Quickhire resumes for more than 150 federal agencies in the United States and Europe. Her Federal Career Training courses and publications are listed on the GSA Schedule for government agency purchase. Her popular Web site, www.resume-place.com, receives more than 50,000 visitors per month, and provides online tools to assist with federal resume writing and federal job searches to jobseekers worldwide.

Troutman created the Certified Federal Job Search Trainer program – the first federal career train-the-trainer program ever – to train career counselors and military career counselors in the federal hiring process and on using the popular curriculum, Ten Steps to a Federal Job, based on the award-winning book by the same name. Since 2002, more than 300 career counselors and workshop leaders have been licensed to teach the Ten Steps curriculum. In addition, the 62 U.S. Navy Fleet and Family Support Centers worldwide teach this curriculum to separating and retiring military personnel and family members as part of the Transition Assistance Program (TAP). The U.S. Air Force, Coast Guard and Army military transition centers use the Ten Steps Jobseeker Guide (workshop handout) and curriculum to help military personnel write federal resumes and submit to Resumix databases. University career counselors also are attending the Certification program and teaching the Ten Steps curriculum to students across the country.

Some of Troutman’s other federal career publications include the Federal Resume Guidebook, the award-winning Student’s Federal Career Guide and Ten Steps to a Federal Job, and the Military to Federal Career Guide, which is used in every Navy and Marine Corps base, and most Air Force career transition centers in the world.

Troutman is a Federal Career Coach to federal, military and private sector jobseekers who are striving to achieve their first job in government or get promoted. She is a Certified Career Management Coach with specialized expertise in government careers and advises executives in achievement of Senior Executive Service ranks, as well as career management and growth for all career levels.

A frequent radio, TV, and online guest, Troutman answers questions about Federal careers, resume writing and job search techniques. Troutman currently serves as Monster.com’s Federal Career Coach and writes a monthly column. She has been quoted and published hundreds of times on the topic of Federal resume writing and job search through syndicated news articles by Joyce Lain Kennedy and numerous career columnists. Troutman is a frequent guest on www.washingtonpost.com’s Federal Diary Live On-Line and www.federalnewsradio.com.

Troutman is a member of Career Master’s Institute, Professional Resume Writing Association, National Resume Writer’s Association, Publisher’s Marketing Association and the Association of Women’s Business Owners.

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Kathryn Troutman is a leading expert in federal jobs, a hot topic with the change of administration and the current downturn in the economy. She brings over 30 years of experience in this unique marketplace and has the ability to take the complex subject of federal job searching and break it down into understandable steps.

She is the author of the recently-released Second Edition of Ten Steps to a Federal Job: How to Get a Job in the Obama Administration, which is updated from the original 2001 issue. The first Ten Steps book was honored as the Best Career Guide of 2002 by the Publishers Marketing Association.

Troutman wrote the first book on the federal resume format in 1995 in response to the government’s move to replace the cumbersome SF-171 form with the resume. These days, she is known as the “Federal Resume Guru,” and her book, The Federal Resume Guidebook, is a best-seller and in its 4th printing. Over 100 US government agencies hire Troutman to speak as a master trainer each year, and her presentations on writing federal resumes are popular.

Troutman has been interviewed by both national print and electronic media outlets on how to get a job in the Federal (and Obama) administration. Troutman is also a columnist for eight online federal and military employment websites.

In addition, Troutman is a trainer’s trainer. She has established two certification programs for career counselors on federal job searching. A licensed curriculum, based on her Ten Steps, is taught around the world.

Troutman’s message is that there are many desirable federal jobs, but you must know the right way to apply. Featured in the 2nd edition of Ten Steps to a Federal Job are 24 jobseekers who took her recommended steps and landed their dream jobs with Uncle Sam.

Besides federal employment, Troutman also with speaks passionately on “Staying Successful with a Small Business and Women Entrepreneurs.” Troutman’s firm, the Resume Place, has been in business for over 25 years, and she and the company continue to grow and evolve.