Kathryn Troutman is the author of 28 books on Federal job seeking. She wrote the first book on the Federal resume, the Federal Resume Guidebook, in 1996 when the government went online with their jobs site, USAJOBS.gov. Today she is known as the Federal Resume Guru. Kathryn 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 in the Federal hiring process.
In our conversation, Kathryn explains that the key to success in these applications is knowing the right format for your Federal resume. Applicants need to study sample Federal resumes to see what they should look like.
The average federal resume is 5 pages, while the typical private sector resume is 2 pages. The differences are shocking, and many people have no idea. As she says, without the right qualifications, skills, and experience explicitly stated, your resume will be rejected by the HR person reviewing it. Nothing is assumed.