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Federal Resume Guidebook by Kathryn Troutman

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CHAPTER 7

Plain-Language Writing Lessons

How do you look on paper? How impressive is your resume? It’s high time for civilians and current federal employees to learn to write about their career accomplishments in a concise, clear, and nonbureaucratic style. You must communicate your skills and accomplishments, and even brag a little. However, a three- to five-page resume does not afford space for every detail of your work. You must select the key experiences and write the resume in a new style, which I call plain language.

This chapter might be one of the most important in this book. By following the 10 resume-writing principles spelled out in this chapter, you will produce a well-written, easy-to-read, likable, impressive, factual, concise, ...

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