Ten Steps’ Best Steppingstones to Success

June 2003
by Kathryn Kraemer Troutman

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I run a publishing company in Baltimore, Maryland, which specializes in books on Federal employment. The books are an outgrowth of my resume writing service, The Resume Place. Before Sept. 11th, most of my clients were Federal employees interested in getting other government jobs, or friends and relatives of theirs. But after Sept. 11th, because of the terrible economy and the desire on many people’s part to do something for America, my firm started receiving hundreds of calls from first-time Federal job applicants asking, “Where do I start?” So I began working on my sixth title Ten Steps to a Federal Job to help novice U.S. government jobseekers make it through the complex Federal hiring system. At the time, I had been working in this system for almost 30 years. I had also created a Federal-style resume format which has been widely accepted as the standard.

With the popularity of Federal employment increasing, I decided to take time for my own publishing career development by returning to PMA-U and BEA in New York in 2002 (I had attended both in 2001 in Chicago). When this article appears, I will have also gone to PMA-U and BEA in Los Angeles. I’m very happy to say that as a result of my attendance at PMA-U and BEA, I’ve become a “real” publisher with three award nominations, recognition as a niche market expert, and great book sales.

Here’s a list of things I learned at especially helpful PMA-U panels, or by at…IBPA Members – Click here to view the full article (login required).

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