Academic journal article Career Planning and Adult Development Journal

The Student's Federal Career Guide

Academic journal article Career Planning and Adult Development Journal

The Student's Federal Career Guide

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JUST GETTING STARTED The Student's Federal Career Guide, by Kathryn Kraemer Troutman and Emily K. Troutman. 2004. Baltimore, MD: The Resume Place. 221 pages, Soft Cover, $21.95.

Intended Audience: All

Major Headings from Table of Contents:

Ten Steps to Find and Win Top Government Jobs and Internships. Steps include targeting your grade and salary, finding vacancy announcements, writing federal and electronic resumes, writing KSAs and cover letters, applying, tracking, and interviewing for a federal job.

How is the book most useful for its intended audience?

As stated in the title, this book offers detailed, step-by-step descriptions of how candidates for federal jobs and internships can position themselves for consideration.

The top five things you learned from reading this book:

1. The difference between private industry and federal resumes.

2. How to separate facts from myths when applying for federal jobs.

3. How to match college majors to federal job titles.

4. How federal applications are processed.

5. Internships may be exempt from federal hiring regulations.

The book is written in an upbeat, conversational style. It is practical -"Think like management" and motivational - "All right, let's play the application game." It divides agencies into two categories: "Classic" (e.g., National Park System) and "hot" (e.g., Department of Homeland security). The text is designed not only for college graduates but also for undergraduates looking ahead at the vast array of positions offered by the federal government. The text is focused on federal jobs and internships, but also emphasizes tips for any job seeker: broaden your job search, do not assume that someone will infer you have certain skills, and do not hesitate to list all of your accomplishments. A number of helpful features stand out:

1. Chart - A six-page, comprehensive chart that matches college majors with job titles in the federal system

2. Questions and Answers with recruiters, department directors, and web sites such as

3. Web Sites - Eight pages of government agencies and their internships

4. Sample vacancy announcements

5. Glossary - Sixteen pages of terms which explain the vocabulary used throughout the hiring process, from announcement to job offer

6. CD Rom - Show cases a variety of personal stories and resumes

Other job search manuals contain tips on resume writing and interviewing. …

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