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

I got to the Iron Mike Conference Center early and three people came in. I thought, “Oh no, I flew here from Baltimore for ten people?” Dreaded speaker’s thinking… The place was pretty empty-looking at 8:30. Class starting time was 9:00. This was the ONLY class on Federal Resume Writing. There would be three more Federal Employment classes by OPM later in the day. I brought 50 copies of my latest Jobseeker’s Guides (8th edition) in case 50 soldiers showed up.

Then at 8:45, they started to come in – – fast! By 9:00 there were 80 soldiers in the room, standing room only! GREAT!!!

So, I began Step 6, Writing Your Outline Format Federal Resume!
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, to help him or her understand how good you are at your job. Hopefully these accomplishments can help you get REFERRED to a supervisor. These same accomplishments could make the supervisor want to MEET you in a job interview! That’s why accomplishments are so critical in the Grand Plan to get a federal job interview.
  • EASY to copy and paste into the USAJOBS BUILDER!!! (The best method for a beginner federal applicant to use is the USAJOBS Resume Builder, not the Upload feature.)


  • Use of the USAJOBS BUILDER, rather than the Upload, is recommended. The Upload is downright dangerous, because you might leave out critical information that the builder will be asking for.
  • Give yourself all the credit that you can in the Questionnaire. You should strive for a score of 95% at least.
  • Apply to U.S. Citizen announcements as much as possible, because veterans’ preference is applied to those types of announcements. The “Federal Employee” announcements are great also, but veterans’ preference is applied to U.S. Citizen announcements.
  • Prepare for the federal job interview with five stories about your work within the last five years. Recent is better!


The Jobseeker’s Guide 8th Edition is your guide to a federal job. This is a Ten Steps to a Federal Job book, and it takes you through the steps of landing a federal job:

Step 1: Review the Federal Job Process – learn what federal job is right for you!
Step 2: Networking – and Non-Competitive Hiring Networking Veteran’s Programs
Step 3: Find Jobs on USAJOBS
Step 4: Find Your Keywords in the Announcements
Step 5: What are your best core competencies?
Step 6: Write the Outline Format Federal Resume – COVERED IN MY CLASS!
Step 7: KSAs, Questionnaires and Accomplishments
Step 8: Apply for Federal Jobs – Hot Tips
Step 9: How to Track and Follow Up on your Applications
Step 10: Interview for a Federal Job – this is a TEST!

Ten Steps to a Federal Job is taught bi-monthly at the ACS office at Ft. Bragg. See the schedule and register for classes HERE.


Jobseeker’s Guide 8th Ed: Ten Steps to a Federal Job for Military Personnel and Spouses

The Jobseekers Guide 8th Edition is used at more than 150 military bases worldwide to teach Kathryn Troutman’s highly acclaimed Ten Steps to a Federal Job to military personnel and family members. This title is recognized as the leading guide on the topic for 100,000 military spouses worldwide. The new edition continues to use a colorful workbook style loaded with pages of exercises, samples, and charts throughout and is particularly effective for class training. This military / family-friendly publication contains:

* Fully updated information on special hiring programs for military members and spouses

* Updates with the latest federal hiring changes and initiatives

* Latest salary and online builder information

* Before and after resume samples

I was introduced to Kathy when she published her first book, the Federal Resume Guidebook. I was impressed then with her advice on not just how to approach a Federal job search but all job searches. Since then, I have always found her advice on job search and resume preparation to be some of the best available. Her knowledge of the hiring process for the Federal government makes her the absolute best single source of information for this particular market. May 26, 2009 Margaret Dikel, author and webmaster, The Riley Guide

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