Tips for Writing the Federal Government Resume
- Plan to spend plenty of time. It is a lengthy process to properly create and maintain a federal government resume. If an application form is required, make sure to use the correct one.
- Make sure it is neat and typed.
- Familiarize yourself with the federal system. Know how to find the key words in the vacancy announcement and the various levels of qualifications. A counselor at Career Services can help you with this.
- Be specific and list information accurately. Fill in all the blanks. Indicates N/A for not available or UNK for unknown.
- Your resume must include the following information. Omitting required information could result in your resume be disqualified and/or damage your potential for an interview.
JOB INFORMATION - Announcement number, title and grade(s) of the job for which you are applying.
PERSONAL INFORMATION - Full name, full mailing address, and day and evening telephone numbers, social security number, and country of citizenship (most federal jobs require U.S. citizenship)
WORK EXPERIENCE - include volunteer experience and major projects
OTHER QUALIFICATIONS - include special responsibilities, training others, cross-cultural experience
- Know your KSAs (Knowledge, Skills and Abilities). Write them for maximum points.
Knowledge - information, fact or procedure which demonstrates your ability to perform.
Skills - an observable competence to perform a learned psychomotor activity.
Ability - a demonstrated capability to perform an observable behavior or a behavior that results in an observable product.
Excerpted from The Student's Federal Career Guide by Kathryn Kraemer Troutman and Emily K. Troutmant.
- Show increased levels of responsibility.
- Indicate Teamwork and Leadership experience with examples and results.
- Additional resources for assistance
Federal Jobs Net