Are you interested in becoming a Public Servant in the Obama Administration. It’s important to read all that you can about issues, federal jobs, appointee positions, selection of appointee Cabinet leaders, new issues and processes to apply for positions to the Obama Transition Team.

Read the latest and best articles on Obama-Biden Federal Jobs, including: how to find the jobs, how to apply for them, how to write a good resume for Competitive or Appointee positions and how to get inspired to complete the change.gov application and questionnaire.

 


 

This page is managed by Kathryn Troutman, Author, Federal Resume Guidebook, 4th Ed., www.resume-place.com. If you have an article to contribute to this page, please send it to kim@resume-place.com. Obama Federal Jobs Researcher.

 


 

 
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CNN Interview - Obama Job Applicants

Kathryn Troutman and Two Federal Job Applicants Interviewed, 1/11/09
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Want a Job in the Obama Administration?

Author: Resume Place Obama Transition Team
Begin your job search mission with some smart holiday homework: As President-Elect Barack Obama moves quickly to prepare for his January entrance to the White House, you’ve probably been following the daily media reports about the transition. After taking in coverage of the new Presidential Appointees and announcements of planned policies, have you been daydreaming about your possible role as a federal employee in the Obama/Biden administration? If so, the perfect career coach to have in your corner is Kathryn Troutman, the author of more than half a dozen popular federal-career guides. Her advice? Move quickly like Obama has and prepare to apply for one of the new federal positions with some holiday homework
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Resume buzzwords: "Creative" and "change"

By Jeff Dufour and Patrick Gavin | dcexaminer.com
How to get hired

With more than 200,000 resumes already registered on Barack Obama’s transition Web site, change.gov, how does anyone have a chance at getting a job with the new president?

We asked Kathryn Troutman, owner of The Resume Place and a federal resume consultant during five administrations. This year, there is “absolutely much more interest and enthusiasm,” Troutman said.

Prospective Obama administration employees are best served, she said, by using words such as “creative” and “change” in their curricula vitae, which should be two to three pages in length.

She also recommends checking out the government’s Plum Book with its 9,000 jobs and clearly stating what you’re applying for. “Think about the person that has to go through all the resumes,” she said. “Make it easy for them. … Even tell them how much money you were making before.”
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Government Transition Guide

Kyle Stone | Editor, www.govcentral.com
Transition: Hottest Jobs, Majors and Agencies: After President-Elect Barack Obama gave his Acceptance Speech, Kathryn Troutman immediately began to analyze his recently published “Blueprint for Change: Obama and Biden’s Plan for America”. Kathryn created a step-by-step guide to the Obama administration’s plans to create future jobs, and points towards the college majors and industry training which are going to be extremely useful for 2009’s government job seekers. Troutman’s analysis should not be missed: it offers expert advice on where we should expect to see real growth, and where we won’t. Use this guide to form your own job hunting strategies.
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Change.Gov, The Office of the President-Elect

Author: Obama-Biden Transition Team
PRESIDENTIAL TRANSITION INFORMATION: Our experience with helping individuals with their political appointee resumes comes from 4 Presidential Transitions. Each transition was challenging, but it looks like this transition will be the fastest-moving ever. The application process is still not quite clear, but it looks like there could be a database appearing soon.
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Boss Barack

So you want to get a job in the new Obama administration? Here's how to go about it.

By Eve Tahmincioglu | MSNBC | Nov. 12, 2008
If Barack Obama inspired you so much that after voting for him you now want to work for him, there are thousands of jobs to be had in the new administration. Another key is figuring out what Obama will be concentrating on when he takes over the White House, says Kathryn Troutman, president of The Resume Place Inc. and author of the “Federal Resume Guidebook.”
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Change.gov

Author: Obama-Biden Transition Team
Apply for a Job Here. If you apply for a position now, you will not need to apply again after January 20th. Applications submitted now to the Obama-Biden Transition Project will be retained and considered by the Office of Presidential Personnel after President-Elect Obama takes office.

 

Aplication Process:

  1. Please complete and submit the on-line Expression of Interest Form below.
  2. Within a few days, you will receive an email with a link to a more complete on-line application.
  3. Upon submitting your full on-line application you will receive an e-mail acknowledgment.
  4. If and when you are considered for a specific position, you will be asked to fill out additional forms, including financial disclosures, and be subject to other reviews which may include FBI background checks.

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Transition: Hottest Jobs, Majors and Agencies

Kathryn Troutman | Federal Career Coach, www.govcentral.com
When President-Elect Barack Obama gave his Acceptance Speech, Kathryn Troutman immediately began to analyze his recently published “Blueprint for Change: Obama and Biden’s Plan for America”. This publication outlines the next administration’s plans for future jobs, college majors, industry training, and federal agencies with new and expanded missions.

Essentially, this plan attempts to get America’s economy back on track by creating more jobs and funding new initiatives to improve the efficiency, environmental safety, and manufacturing capabilities of America. Troutman’s analysis of this plan should not be missed: it will give you a much better sense of where the real growth will be, and how it will affect jobs you are applying for.
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How to get a job in the Obama administration; Thousands of positions must be filled;
volunteer or work your connections

Author: Eve Tahmincioglu, msnbc.com contributor | Nov. 10, 2008
If Barack Obama inspired you so much that after voting for him you now want to work for him, there are thousands of jobs to be had in the new administration. Another key is figuring out what Obama will be concentrating on when he takes over the White House, says Kathryn Troutman, president of The Resume Place Inc. and author of the “Federal Resume Guidebook.”
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Book Title: The Plum Book, $38.00, or free download

Author: Obama-Biden Transition Team
About the Book: The list (9,000 positions) of Appointee positions to be filled.. The senior staff for some of these positions will also be filled. These could be filled as Appointee or Competitive process. Study the Plum Book for positions that could be of interest to you. Write your Job Objectives in your Change.Org resume.
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Book Title: The Prune Book, free download

Author/Publisher The Council for Excellence in Government
Now Available! The new, electronic format of the Council's signature Prune series. The 2008 Prune Job Profiles are fully searchable and will be kept up to date throughout the new administration and beyond.
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How to Get Hired in Washington: Expert advice on how to get a federal job or on Capitol Hill

By Liz Wolgemuth | November 19, 2008
While President-elect Barack Obama seems to be making Washington work cool again, the economic downturn and upward-spiraling unemployment rate are lending their own weight to the appeal of gaining secure employment in the federal government. Lily Whiteman, the author of How to Land a Top-Paying Federal Job, spoke with U.S. News about finding work in the nation's capital. Some good news: There are opportunities for people at all stages of their careers.
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200,000+ resumes -- and counting

From NBC's Alice Rhee | Thursday, November 20, 2008
An Obama transition official tells NBC News that they've received more than 200,000 work applications through the official transition web site, www.change.gov. since it went operational shortly after the election.
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Would You Fill Out the Obama Job App?

Mark Daniels, The Moderate Voice | November 13, 2008
In June 2006, my denominational body required me to fill out an eighteen page document called Mobility Papers. Filling it out was a pain, but a necessary step to be taken after my wife and I had determined that, after what was then nearly sixteen years at our second parish, I needed to open myself to the possibility of being called to serve another congregation. I don’t deal well with paperwork and frankly, it took me longer to fill out the Mobility Papers than it does for me to fill out our tax returns every year. But I did complete the form. There are just some hoops that can’t be avoided in life.
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For a Washington Job, Be Prepared to Tell All

Jackie Calmes, The New York Times | November 13, 2008
WASHINGTON — Want a top job in the Obama administration? Only pack rats need apply, preferably those not packing controversy.
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Seven-Page Obama Job Questionnaire

Author: Obama-Biden Transition Team
A seven-page questionnaire being sent by the office of President-elect Barack Obama to those seeking cabinet and other high-ranking posts may be the most extensive — some say invasive — application ever.
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Government Service Will Be Cool Again

Joe Davidson, Washington Post, Federal Dairy
Break out the Ray-Bans — Barack Obama says he wants to “make government cool again.”

But it’s going to take more than shades to turn around an image of government framed by such memorable occasions as President Bush standing on an aircraft carrier before a “Mission Accomplished” banner while the war in Iraq roared on.

That’s leadership, or as Valerie Jarrett calls it “tone.”

“Tone starts at the top,” Jarrett, a co-chair of Obama’s transition team, told a meeting of the Trotter Group, an organization of black columnists.

Obama wants to set a tone of public service in the true sense of the word, Jarrett added. “That will be a catalyst for drawing people into government and also for rejuvenating people who are there,” she said.

There is a serious need to attract large numbers of federal workers over the next few years. The Partnership for Public Service, which focuses on talent in the federal sector, said that by 2012, “federal agencies will lose nearly 530,000 employees, many of whom hold leadership and critical skills positions.” Many jobs, of course, need to be filled much sooner than that.

Yesterday, the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs released the Plum Book -- a list of more than 7,200 upper level jobs that will be available for Obama to fill as early as in January.

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Promoting Opportunities for Veterans

Joe Davidson, Washington Post, Federal Dairy
Below are some facts and figures regarding the employment of veterans in fiscal year 2007. The entire report can be found here.


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The Newcomer's Guide to the Federal Government

By Eric Yoder, Washington Post Staff Writer | November 14, 2008
This time he really means it: Uncle Sam wants you. Not to fight in World War I, as in the old Army poster, but to fill one of tens of thousands of positions available each year providing services to the American public. After a number of false starts, the government has now definitely committed itself be being an employer of choice.

The government needs to replace large numbers of more senior employees who will be eligible for retirement over the next several years on the order of 60,000 per year. Meanwhile, there are numerous national challenges to be met. It's federal employees who will be at the center of the action. If you've just become one of them, there are some things to know. The same applies if you're thinking about becoming one of them.
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What You Need to Know: Searching for a Job

By Eric Yoder, Washington Post Staff Writer | November 7, 2008
The federal government employs everything from pipefitters to psychologists. It's the biggest employer in the country and one that is growing steadily. In recent years, the government has been hiring about 80,000 permanent, full-time employees per year.

Know How to Apply -- Applying for a federal job is a different experience than applying with other employers. Elsewhere, it might just be a matter of reading the announcement, deciding if you're qualified enough and sending a cover letter and resume. With government jobs, it's crucial to match your resume to the announcement.

"Using a boilerplate resume probably will not get you referred to a supervisor. You need to study the duties section to see what is involved in the job and look at the qualifications that describes the experience you have to have. That experience needs to be in your resume, very clearly stated," says Kathryn Troutman, president of The Resume Place, Inc., www.resume-place.com, which offers resume writing and other federal job search services.
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