Designed as a response to a surge of Federal applicants after 9-11,
this popular path to landing a fed job is now taught around the world.
Baltimore, MD; June 1, 2022 | After the shocking 9-11 attacks on the World Trade Center, Kathryn Troutman saw a massive leap in interest in first-time Federal employment. At her Baltimore firm the Resume Place, Americans were asking about working for the FBI, CIA, Department of Homeland Security, National Security Administration, FAA, the new Transportation Security Administration and other Federal agencies. Her resume writing and Federal employment coaching business was inundated with phone calls from car salesmen, police officers, bank tellers, mortgage bankers, security experts and IT specialists.
“I quickly realized that I needed to come up with a simplified way to explain how to obtain Federal employment,” Troutman remembers. “The application process for government jobs is highly complex. These jobseekers needed to have an easy-to-follow process for writing the unique-type Federal resume and applying for the positions. The Ten Steps to a Federal Job® method was born.”
Another need for such a clear jobseeking process came to Troutman after she lead her first Ten Steps to a Federal Job® class to employment counselors. It was at the Wheaton One Stop Career Center in Maryland, just one Metro stop away from Washington, DC. Though the Feds are our nation’s largest employer, the counselors told her they hadn’t been advising on Federal jobs because they didn’t know how. They complained that it was “too complicated.” Yet the counselors thought they’d have jobseekers who would be interested.
After the session, Troutman met with her training coordinator and told him, “I’m going to create a train-the-trainer program and teach career counselors how to advise and teach Federal resume writing and the new Ten Steps to a Federal Job® employment search method.” In 2002, Troutman rolled out the first edition of her book Ten Steps to a Federal Job for the public, the first edition of The Jobseeker Guide for her training classes, and a new program called Federal Job Search Trainer / Federal Career Coach Certification for employment specialists.
“It hadn’t occurred to me that the US military would pick up the curriculum to teach at its installations worldwide,” notes Troutman. “But it makes sense since the Federal government is the preferred employer for military personnel who are separating from the service or retiring.”
That very first year the US Navy Fleet & Family Services Centers sent one transition counselor from each Navy base around the globe to Ten Steps training. And they purchased books for every base.
In addition to Federal resume writing and applying on USAJOBS (the government’s jobs site), the Ten Steps to a Federal Job® curriculum covers the all-important Veterans Preference authority, which is complex and significant for this group. It also covers Schedule A Hiring for People with Disabilities, the Military Spouse Program (EO-13473), and the Post-Secondary Hiring Authority for Students and Recent Graduates.
Over its amazing 20-year history, more than 1200 individuals have received Ten Steps to a Federal Job® training in the Federal government, state government, US Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, Air National Guard, universities, private industry and non-profit organizations. It is taught at more than 200 military bases worldwide. The Jobseeker Guide is now in its 9th Edition, and it has sold more than 150,000 books since 2002.
“I am thrilled that the Ten Steps is a popular and well received curriculum and method for navigating the Federal job application system,” says Troutman. “Every step is important. The Ten Step to a Federal Job® method works for the applicant, the human resources specialists and the managers who are recruiting the best and the brightest. This is one of my proudest accomplishments.”
Want training or re-training? The 2022 Virtual Ten Steps Training is being presented in a convenient 8-part, 90-minute webinar format. The next Virtual Training is Session 3: June 22, 23 – July 27, 28, 2022, plus there are sessions in August-September, September-November, and October-November. More specifics are available on the Resume Place website. As an alternative, live in-person sessions delivered in a three-day format can be arranged for your specific site. Check out all you’ll learn in either format!
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The class can be taught live (hosted classes by an agency or military installation) or virtual.
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Live Hosted Class Agenda: 2 days Ten Steps to a Federal Job and Federal Resume Coaching Strategies curriculum live; 4 hours webinar for HR Day, Charles Clark covering Veterans Preference, Hiring Authorities, Merit Principles and Human resources recruiting topics. Request quote.
Graduates Praise the Certification Program
Past graduates share how useful the training has been for their work with Federal jobseekers.
The Book: The Jobseekers Guide: Ten Steps to a Federal Job, 9th Edition is for military, veterans and military spouses. It includes info on how to get hired noncompetitively (direct hire), military rank to Federal civilian grades, vet’s preference, family member preference and more!
10 Steps Creator/Lead Trainer: Kathryn Troutman is the Founder and President of The Resume Place, a groundbreaking Federal resume writing and job coaching service in Baltimore. She is the author of many award-winning career guides including the best-selling Federal Resume Guidebook, 7th Edition (Best Reference Book/Gold in the Independent Press Awards and more). Troutman is a master trainer, and she has traveled to Europe, the Pacific and throughout the US to teach Ten Steps to a Federal Job® more than 150 times.