Kathryn is known as the Federal Resume Guru. She invented a new resume format – the Federal Resume – after the U.S. government eliminated the long, burdensome application – SF-171. Her first book, Federal Resume Guidebook, set the standards for federal resumes and created an entire resume writing and job search industry for career professionals.
Troutman further explains that since she released the last edition of Federal Resume Guidebook in 2007, the average federal resume length has grown to five to seven pages. “With the larger number of applicants—100 to 1,000 for each job—Human Resources specialists are unable to read longer resumes because of time management. They are scanning for the education, experience and specialized experience they are seeking. So now we are recommending a more concise federal resume, with keywords from the announcement and more accomplishments.”
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Troutman, K. K. (2007). Federal resume guidebook: Strategies for writing a winning federal electronic resume, ksas, and essays (4th ed.). Indianapolis, IN: JIST Publishing