Kathryn Troutman founded the Resume Place, the United States’ first Federal resume writing and coaching business, more than 30 years ago. She is the pioneering designer of the Federal Resume format, created after the Federal government eliminated the SF-171 form in 1995. In January 2002, she created the Ten Steps to a Federal Job® method after 9/11 created massive interest in Federal positions to help protect America.
In 2022, the National Resume Writers Association recognized Kathryn’s “significant contributions” to the field of Federal resume writing and presented her with NRWA’s Industry Hero Award. The Hero Award is given to career service providers who promote excellence, advance industry standards and are passionate about their work.
In addition to her resume writing and coaching business, Troutman has written and published more than 30 successful books (including multiple editions) on Federal Resume Writing over the last 20 years, becoming the No. 1 Author of Federal resume books and gaining the title, Federal Resume Guru. Her books are regularly recognized as the best in Careers and Reference in competitions for publishers. For instance, in 2021, the best-selling Federal Resume Guidebook, 7th Edition, took the top Gold Award for Reference in IPBA’s Ben Franklin Awards. Creating Your First Resume has been honored with four awards over the years. Her books are innovative. Now in its 4th Edition, the multiple award-winning Student’s Federal Career Guide was the earliest book for students seeking Federal careers and internships. For her The Stars Are Lined Up for Military Spouses (now in 2nd Edition), Troutman created a new Federal resume format specifically for military spouses which cleverly highlights their unique experiences and expertise. The New SES Application (also in its 2nd Edition) presents a highly successful method for writing the complex SES application, including the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs).
Troutman has trained as a Government Woman Small Business Contractor for more than 50 Federal agencies over the last 30 years. She established a worldwide Certification for Federal employment and transition counselors, the Certified Federal Job Search Trainer / Certified Federal Career Coach program, which uses her highly popular Ten Steps to a Federal Job® approach. Since 2002, more than 1000 career counselors and workshop leaders have been licensed to teach the Ten Steps curriculum. Her Ten Steps to a Federal Job® method is taught at more than 250 military bases around the globe.
A lively and informative radio, TV and online guest, Troutman regularly answers questions about Federal resume writing and job searching – making these complex processes clear and understandable as a leading expert. She wants people to know that, yes, the Federal government is indeed hiring and she is here to help you get one of these desirable jobs and establish a rewarding, lifetime Federal career.