Nicole Schultheis

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Nicole Schultheis

Nicole Schultheis is a senior SES consultant and Program Director of The Resume Place SES Application Writing Training. Coaching SES candidates to develop SES-worthy content, Nicole helps craft and polish structured narratives that meet the exacting standards of OPM’s Qualifications Review Board. Nicole is a licensed attorney (Maryland) and Certified Federal Job Search Trainer and Career Coach has attained a record of success, helping nearly 1000 aspiring senior executives seek and attain certification since 2010. She supports high-level candidates from law enforcement to medicine, science and technology, and policy experts across many fields of expertise, as well as helping military leaders convert to civilian roles and many others prepare compelling applications for new positions in both the public and private sector.

Co-author of the the ALJ Writing Guide, with Kathryn Troutman, Nicole also leads webinars for and provides expert-level assistance to Administrative Law Judge candidates seeking positions at numerous agencies. She supports those seeking to become Immigration Judges, Administrative Patent Judges, Administrative Judges and Hearing Officers, and those hoping to advance to supervisory or managing roles in these fields. She has supported the applications of hundreds of adjudicatory candidates, with many earning appointments as ALJs and in similar roles across the federal government.

In addition to assisting individual candidates, Nicole has provided SES consulting and/or editorial services to the VA, Veterans Health Administration, and National Cemetery Administration; US Department of Justice and its components; US Department of Labor; DHS and its multiple components; US Nuclear Regulatory Commission; USDA; US Department of the Interior; US Marshals Service; numerous agency Inspector General offices; and multiple agencies within HHS, including FDA and NIH. She has helped SES leadership development candidates develop ECQ narratives at the US Secret Service, TSA, and EPA, She has held workshops and served as a featured speaker in federal resume and ECQ writing at USDOT, TSA, NASA, EPA, the U.S. Marine Corps at Quantico, Virginia, the Navy Yard and NAVSEA in Washington DC, and at the Air Force ECQ Writing Course held in Southbridge, Massachusetts, with Kathryn Troutman and Diane Burns. She has also served as a speaker on federal resume writing at the Washington DC Courts Administration, NIH Office of Intramural Training and Education, the American Medical Writers’ Association, and Civil Justice Works.

Her articles have been published in The Maryland Daily Record, Maryland Bar Journal, Maryland Journal of Contemporary Legal Issues, and other professional and lay publications.


  • As an attorney, Nicole is rated AV-Preeminent (5.0 out of 5) by Martindale-Hubbell (a rating which includes the judiciary as well as the bar; only 5% of all women attorneys attain this rating, which reflects skill as well as ethics).


  • J.D. from Boston University School of Law
  • B.S. in biology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Kathryn Troutman’s Certified Federal Job Search Trainer/Certified Federal Career Coach (CFJST/CFCC)
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