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Six Common Myths of Federal Job Hunting

Six Common Myths of Federal Job Hunting

Most federal job seekers spend a majority of their time hunting for positions online, using websites such as USAJOBS.

Shannon Kelly & Dan DeMaio |

Myth 3: “The Feds Can Translate My Private Sector Resume into Their Format”

The federal government requires a lot of information not typical to the private sector. For example, job seekers must provide their social security number when applying for jobs. Job announcements also may call for you to provide your country of citizenship, exact number of hours worked per week at previous jobs, and the name and phone number of your most recent supervisor.

Rather than trying to edit the resume you already use to apply to private sector jobs, it’s probably a good idea to create a resume specifically for the federal agency you apply to. From this point, you can simply adjust the resume to best match the specific positions you apply to.

If you already have a Military resume, it may be easier for you to transition your resume into a version which is suitable for government job applications.

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