RP Federal Resume Puzzle ®

By Kathryn Troutman, Author, Federal Resume Guidebook, 7th Ed., and Jobseeker Guide, 8th Edition March 31, 2021 In 2019, I taught a Ten Steps to a Federal Job class at Schofield Barracks in Hawaii. An officer asked me, “Why is it so complicated to apply for a federal job?” BUILDING CONTENT FOR YOUR FEDERAL RESUME…

Changing Shirts: How to Approach a Federal Career or Series Change

Let’s assume you’ve decided the time is right for a change and have determined you may qualify for a different federal occupational series. You’re tired of your current job’s winter doldrums and wish to move to a warmer career climate. Congratulations on the successful soul-searching and necessary research/consultation. Now it is time to set your plan in motion…

Difference Between Contractor IT Specialist Resume and Federal Resume

The Government is Hiring IT Specialists   Requests for Information Technology Federal Resume Help has never been more popular. Yesterday alone, I received requests from ten IT specialists (cyber, networking, systems Admin, Customer support, policy – all specializations). Government contractors are ending IT specialist contract and services – with lessened budget, new policies and uncertain…

The functional resume is dead

The Functional Resume is DEAD!

The functional resume was created back in the 1980s. It was a good format, creative, and featured the best skills offered by the applicant. The functional resume was popular until about 2008 when competition became worse than ever. Then, the HR recruiters stopped reading resumes full of chatty, wordy, profuse, adjective-driven sentences that said nothing specific.…