10 Tips To Let Federal Employers Know Your Worth
So, you found the job you want. And it’s with the Federal Government. Congratulations! You’re embarking on an exciting journey with dynamic opportunities that Federal jobs provide. You’re also competing with some of the best candidates around. How do you know you’ve shown future employers’ your worth?
First, read the job announcement carefully and acquaint yourself with what the Federal agency is looking for. Then, check your resume to ensure it’s complete and includes all the required information for the job you want. Next, capture how your experience matches the requirements of the vacancy announcement. Remember: Federal agencies base their decisions on merit so, follow these 10 tips carefully when describing you experience and skills.
1. Use words wisely.
Today, the key to a good application is getting the right information to the agency representative in a fast, readable style. How do you do this? By using minimum words to provide maximum information. Just look at this example:
- In this position, it was my responsibility to assist the program director on evaluating health care programs. Due to the fact that most of these centers were in rural areas, it was important that I traveled at least 3 days a week.
It’s full of useless words and phrases such as due to the fact, it is important, and it was my responsibility that block your point. Cut them out for a stronger, easy-to-access message:
- In this position, I assisted the program director on evaluating health care programs. Because most of these centers were in rural areas, I traveled at least 3 days a week.
Repeats can slow your message, too. Look at this line:
- I worked with new law enforcement officers who were just entering the force and needed to learn techniques for identifying and interrogating suspects who they suspected of illegal activity. In my capacity, I trained them on these techniques.
Notice that new law enforcement officers and who were just entering the force say the same thing? So does suspects and suspected of illegal activity. Less obvious is the repeated work with and trained. The revision would read:
- I trained new law enforcement officers on techniques for identifying and interrogating suspects.
2. Keep sentences short and clear.
Short, direct sentences help the agency get your point. But remember, don’t duplicate your resume. Rather, you’re elaborating on significant points in full sentences. This line is so long:
- My 12 years as a customer service representative have given me the opportunity to become comfortable speaking to virtually anyone and to answering questions calmly and professionally even when the person I am speaking to is upset.
It practically leaves the reader out-of-breath. By breaking up sentences, your point is more flowing:
- My customer service representative experience provided opportunities to sharpen my skills. For example, I am comfortable speaking to virtually anyone. I can answer questions calmly and professionally, even when the person I am speaking to is upset.