Jim Gourley

Man in Checkered Shirt SmilingJim Gourley, BS
Senior Professional Resume Development Specialist
Master Federal Career Advisor
Master Federal Resume Writer
Master Military Resume Writer

Jim comes to the CareerPro team with a diverse professional background spanning 12 years of writing in, for and about the military and government. He has successfully negotiated the transition process through a wide range of professions, becoming something of an expert in the “quick lane change between career paths.” He first cross-commissioned from the United States Air Force Academy into the Army, where he served as an Infantry then an Intelligence Officer. After seven years of active duty service and two combat tours in Iraq where he was awarded the Bronze Star and Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Jim decided to embark on a new career and qualified for a position as a Special Agent with the FBI. Due to unexpected developments, he instead made the rapid transition to military spouse, stay-at-home father and self-employed writer. Over the last six years he has written as a freelancer, columnist and editor, with work appearing in The Atlantic, Stars and Stripes and Men’s Health UK, as well as two published books.

Jim enjoys interacting with clients from all backgrounds and sharing their enthusiasm for new professional horizons. He seeks to craft their qualifications and personality into a resume that is as engaging to read as it is comprehensive in providing critical information. From 300-word race recaps, to 30-slide intelligence asset briefings, to 300-page books, he has never missed a deadline and prides himself on the quality of his work.

Resume Specialties Include:

  • Senior Executive Service (SES) Resumes
  • Military Transition Resumes (for transition to the government or private sector)
  • Federal Government Resumes (for direct submission and all online systems)
  • Private-Sector Resumes (at all levels up to C-Level executives in a wide range of specialties)
  • Technical, Medical, Healthcare, Information Technology and Scientific
  • Executive Core Qualifications (ECQ essay questions)
  • Technical Qualifications (TQ essay questions)
  • Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Statements (KSA essay questions)


  • Bachelor of Science in Astronautical Engineering, United States Air Force Academy
  • U.S. Army Infantry Officer Basic Course

Select Awards:

  • Bronze Star
  • Army Commendation Medal
  • Army Achievement Medal
  • Air Force Outstanding Unit Award
  • Combat Infantryman’s Badge
  • Eagle Scout