What You Need to Know About Jobs in the Trump Administration at 117 Days

TODAY’S UPDATE: According to the latest news reports, only about 100 of the 557 top appointments have been made. Considering all presidential appointments at all levels, at least 2,000 remain to be made.
Legions of professionals would like to work in the federal Senior Executive Service or as one of thousands of appointees of President Donald Trump, as enumerated in the 2016 Plum Book. But with such a precedent-busting new administration – from that fact that Trump has never before served in government, to his very strong views on the worth of individual federal departments – it’s hard to get your bearings in the landscape of hiring for high-level federal jobs. Here’s our brief take.
Political appointments are one of any new president’s most challenging tasks in the first year.
“Making 5,000 appointments takes a while, because Trump doesn’t have a history in government,” says Betsy Myers, who served in President Bill Clinton’s administration 

Mike Causey Interview with Kathryn Troutman May 2017

This week, Kathryn Troutman joined Mike Causey on federalnewsradio.com “Your Turn” on May 3, 2017 to share her thoughts on the impact of recent Executive Orders on the federal hiring process and what it means for you. Here are some highlights of that conversation:
HIRING FREEZE: How did the freeze impact the typical applicant for a federal job?:
President Trump’s January 23, 2017 Memorandum created challenges for prospective applicants, particularly those who had received offers that were rescinded based on when they were extended.
But, OMB also created LOTS of exemptions in the Executive departments and agencies, including: military and uniformed personnel, Presidential appointments including SES and Schedule C in the Excepted Service; Central Intelligence Agency and Director of National Intelligence hires; Pathways Internship and Presidential Management Fellows Program appointments. And, career ladder promotions inside agencies were not held up.

Top Tips and Lessons Learned From Federal Resume Writing Class at the Hiring Our Heroes Transition Summit, Ft. Bragg, April 26, 2017

The BIG Lesson for the 45-minute session was this:

"The Outline Format Federal Resume is the BEST Possible Format for USAJOBS and Federal Human Resources Specialists and Managers"

The features of this easy-to-read, impressive federal resume format are:

  • Reverse chronological resume format.
  • Small paragraphs (8 or 10 lines long) for the Duties and Responsibilities section.
  • Use the USAJOBS Resume Builder Job Block for the last 2 or 3 positions – 5,000 characters for each job!
  • Four or five pages total length.
  • A few selected ALL-CAP KEYWORDS that match the Required Qualifications section of the job announcement.
  • At least two or three Key Accomplishments that will stand out and grab the attention of the human resources (generalist) specialist...