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10 Tips To Let Federal Employers Know Your Worth

10 Tips To Let Federal Employers Know Your Worth

9. Resist additions

You may be tempted, but please resist sending an additional package with copies of awards, publications, training certificates, letters of recommendation, lengthy job descriptions, writing samples, or a photo unless the agency specifically requests it. Instead, keep important information where it belongs – in your application or resume.

10. Illuminate your resume – don’t repeat it.

When writing about your experience to describe how it matches the competencies and qualifications required by a job, don’t simply repeat your resume but illuminate important facts or give examples to shed new light on the breath and scope of your experience. Notice how this resume sample provides an overview of the candidate’s experience – in this case as a trainer for law enforcement officers:

  • Scheduled and conducted training and maintained training records of all law enforcement personnel.

When writing about her experience, however, the candidate added these details:

  • While a supervisor in the training department I conducted sessions in anti-terrorism techniques, security and protection procedures, and suspect interviewing strategies. I also trained react teams and counter-terrorism units, operated weapons ranges, and conducted fitness tests.

This gave the agency fresh information about the experience she could bring to the job. Whatever your education and experience, it deserves to be highlighted in your resume, competencies, and cover letter. Follow these tips for guidance in presenting your strengths to potential Federal employers.

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