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Federal Resume Guidebook by Kathryn Troutman

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CHAPTER 11

Cover Letters for Federal Jobsand Networking

As you learned in Chapter 9, “KSAs in the Application: Presenting Your Accomplishments,” President Barack Obama issued a presidential memorandum in May 2010 (titled “Improving the Federal Recruitment and Hiring Process”) that eliminated essay questions from the federal application process. That same memorandum directed federal agency heads to

allow individuals to apply for federal employment by submitting resumes and cover letters or completing simple, plain language applications, and assess applicants using valid, reliable tools.

This directive means that it’s now possible to simply send a resume and cover letter to a federal hiring official and be considered for a federal job in certain ...

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