The 2016 ALJ Announcement is coming. Its precise contents are unknown. However, the qualifications for the position are known, as is OPM’s history of screening ALJ candidates. We also know how positions requiring similar skills are screened and evaluated, across civilian government. The 2nd Edition of the ALJ Writing Guide reviews the changes in ALJ hiring since 2009, including the innovative 2013 ALJ exam. It includes:
* Sample federal resumes for ALJ candidates
* Sample qualifying administrative law and litigation narratives
* Definitions for all 13 competencies tested in 2013
* OPM did not provide definitions in the 2013 announcement.
Central to federal hiring is the testing of behaviorally-based competencies, typically by evaluating examples of a candidate s past performance. The ALJ Guide, 2nd Edition, walks readers through the process of accomplishment writing, helping candidates become their own best advocates in developing narratives that address the factors OPM is most likely to assess. These narratives provide rich source material and an opportunity to practice for written and oral questions that may arise in the ALJ assessment.
The ALJ Writing Guide 2nd Edition is the best available resource for any attorney who would like to compete for a slot on the Administrative Law Judge register and ultimately be selected for an ALJ position.
About the Author
Nicole Schultheis holds a B.S. in Biology (MIT) and a J.D. from Boston University. After completing an appellate clerkship, she practiced trial law for 25 years, with cases ranging from employment law to mass torts. In 2005, she began to engage in broader forms of advocacy and strategic communications. She has helped 100s of attorneys and other senior candidates compete successfully for federal positions, including many aspiring ALJs.
Kathryn Troutman lives in Catonsville, MD and is the founder and president of The Resume Place, Inc., a service business located in Baltimore, MD. The Resume Place specializes in writing and designing professional federal and private-sector resumes, as well as coaching and education in the federal hiring process. For the past 40 years, Troutman has managed her professional writing and consulting practice, publishing, and federal career training business. With her team of 20 Certified Federal Resume Writers, The Resume Place advises and writes more than 300 federal resumes per month for military, private industry, and federal clients world-wide.
Internationally recognized as the Federal Resume Guru by federal jobseekers and federal human resources specialists, Troutman created the format and name for the new federal resume that became an accepted standard after the SF 171 form was eliminated in 1995. She is the pioneering designer of the Federal Resume based on her first book, the Federal Resume Guidebook, now in its sixth edition.