Kathryn Troutman

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Kathryn Kraemer Troutman
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Kathryn Troutman
BornOctober 5, 1947
ResidenceBaltimore, Maryland
Alma materUniversity of Maryland at College Park
OccupationAuthor, trainer, career counselor, Federal Resume advisor
Known forTen Steps to a Federal Job, The Federal Resume Guidebook, Certified Federal Job Search Trainer program

Kathryn Kraemer Troutman (born October 5, 1947) is an American author, consultant, and career trainer who assists job seekers interested in working for the U.S. government. She is the founder and president of The Resume Place, Inc. (est. 1971), a service business and website located in Baltimore, MD that consults on, writes and designs federal and private-sector resumes.

Troutman has been described in the media as an expert on the Federal Resume, on Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities statements, and on federal career consulting in general.[1] She has worked in this field since 1971,[2] has published nine books on these subjects,[3] and is known in federal hiring circles as the "federal resume guru".[4] Troutman was quoted in the media after the November 2008 election of Barack Obama on how to get a job in the Obama Administration, and published a book with the same name shortly afterwards.[5]

She is the author of Ten Steps to a Federal Job: How to Get a Job in the Obama Administration (2008).[6] The first edition of the Ten Steps book (2001) was honored as the Best Career Guide of 2003 by the Publishers Marketing Association.[7]

Other Troutman federal career publications include "Writing Your NSPS Self-Assessment" (2nd edition), "The Jobseeker's Guide," "The Student’s Federal Career Guide," "Creating Your High School Resume," and "The Military to Federal Career Guide." These books have been included in the EBSCO Publishing electronic library database.[8]

Troutman has appeared online, in print and on radio and television to answer questions about Federal careers, resume writing and job search techniques.[9] Troutman has appeared repeatedly on www.washingtonpost.com’s Federal Diary Live On-Line, www.federalnewsradio.com, and www.fedmanager.com,[10] and has led workshops on Federal Resumes and KSAs for 40Plus of Greater Washington.[11]

Troutman is a member of the Career Management Alliance[12] and the SmartBrief on Workforce Advisory Board.[13]


  • The Stars are Lined Up for Military Spouses, 1st Edition, 2017
  • Creating Your First Resume, 1st Edition, 2017
  • Creating Your High School Resume, 1st Edition, 1999; 3rd Edition & CD-ROM, 2009; revised and reissued as Creating Your First Resume, 2015.
  • Federal Resume Guidebook, 1st Edition, 1995; 6th Edition, 2017.
  • Jobseeker’s Guide, Ten Steps to a Federal Job, 1st Edition, 2002; 7th Edition, 2017.
  • Military To Federal Career Guide, 2nd edition & CD-ROM, 2010.
  • Ten Steps To A Federal Job, 3rd Edition, 2011.
  • Writing Your NSPS Self-Assessment 2nd Edition & CD-ROM, 2008.

Co-Authored Works:

  • ALJ Writing Guide (with Nicole Schultheis), 2013.
  • Student’s Federal Career Guide, 1st edition (with Emily K. Troutman), 2004; 3rd edition (with Paul Binkley), 2014.
  • The New SES Application (with Diane Hudson Burns), 1st Edition, 2011; 2nd Edition, 2015


  1. ^ Kathryn K. Troutman (11 September 2006), "Helping Hands Careers in Government", Washington Post, retrieved 2009-10-08
    Stephen Barr (5 February 2003), "Federal Diary Live", Washington Post, archived from the original on 10 June 2011, retrieved 2009-10-17
    J. Scott Orr (15 March 2009), "Now Hiring: The Federal Government", Parade, retrieved 2009-10-17
    "Kathryn Troutman", FED Manager, archived from the original on August 11, 2009, retrieved 2009-10-17
    UB Events: Kathryn Troutman, Federal Employment Expert and Author of Ten Steps to a Federal Job, University of Baltimore, May 2009, retrieved 2009-10-17
    Stephen Barr (1 October 2003), "Federal Diary Live", Washington Post, retrieved 2009-10-17
    J. Scott Orr (17 March 2009), Now Hiring: The Federal Government, Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Center, Inc., archived from the original on 23 July 2011, retrieved 2009-10-17
    Kathryn Troutman, 8 Federal Career Strategies for the Almost Retired, My Federal Retirement, retrieved 2009-10-17
  2. ^ "APRpc" (PDF). Retrieved 2010-06-14.
  3. ^ https://books.google.com/books?as_auth=Kathryn+K+Troutman&source=an&ei=FwWhSq_vH9KTnQfFjI2RBQ&sa=X&oi=book_group&ct=title&cad=author-navigational&resnum=5; http://www.librarything.com/author/troutmankathrynk; http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/192726.Kathryn_K_Troutman; https://www.amazon.com/Kathryn-K.-Troutman/e/B001JP4QZU
  4. ^ https://www.dvidshub.net/image/291611/guru-gives-resume-tips#.VliNmHarSM-
  5. ^ http://www.allbusiness.com/labor-employment/human-resources-personnel-management/11817370-1.html; http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2009/01/millions_of_americans_looking.html; http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/27476450//; http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/27476450//; http://navywiferadio.wordpress.com/2007/11/20/kathryn-troutman-visits-navy-wife-radio/; http://www.myfederalretirement.com/public/305.cfm"; http://www.newsweek.com/id/168694/page/2
  6. ^ "IBPA, the Independent Book Publishers Association". Ibpa-online.org. Retrieved 2010-06-14.
  7. ^ "IBPA, the Independent Book Publishers Association". Ibpa-online.org. Retrieved 2010-06-14.
  8. ^ "no title specified". Ebscohost.com. Retrieved 2010-06-14.
  9. ^ For example, http://www.baltimoresun.com/business/bal-bz.onthejob22may22,0,6002954.story; https://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/11/07/AR2008110702265_pf.html; http://www.govexec.com/dailyfed/0599/051199cc.htm; http://www.dailyadvance.com/classifieds/jobs/make-databases-drool-over-your-resume-74351.html; MSNBC: http://www.resume-place.com/obamajobs/; see Troutman's 2009 media interview archive at http://www.resume-place.com/kathryn-k-troutman/media-interviews/past-media-interviews/
  10. ^ "FEDmanager - The FREE Weekly E-Report for Federal Executives, Managers and Supervisors". Fedmanager.com. 2009-06-23. Retrieved 2010-06-14.
  11. ^ http://www.resumepundits.com; https://web.archive.org/web/20110710233607/http://www.fedmanager.com/article.php?ID=1166. Archived from the original on July 10, 2011. Retrieved August 31, 2009. Missing or empty |title= (help); https://web.archive.org/web/20090809121855/http://www.fedmanager.com/partners.php. Archived from the original on August 9, 2009. Retrieved August 15, 2009. Missing or empty |title= (help); https://web.archive.org/web/20110724205429/http://www.40plus-dc.org/TopicDetail.cfm?searchid=2009-06-15+00%3A00%3A00. Archived from the original on July 24, 2011. Retrieved August 27, 2009. Missing or empty |title= (help); https://web.archive.org/web/20110724205420/http://www.40plus-dc.org/TopicDetail.cfm?SearchID=2009-09-21+00%3A00%3A00. Archived from the original on July 24, 2011. Retrieved August 27, 2009. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  12. ^ Career Management Alliance. "Directory of Members - Career Management Alliance". Cminstitute.com. Retrieved 2010-06-14.
  13. ^ Ellen, Mary (2009-08-25). "Meet our new Workforce Advisory Board! | SmartBlog on Workforce". Smartblogs.com. Retrieved 2010-06-14.

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