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How Are Federal Resumes Different?

How Are Federal Resumes Different?

Monster Federal Career Coach by Kathryn Troutman

March 03, 2008

How are Federal Government resumes different then your usual job resume? We’ve got the answers for you.

Monster member twilliams 406 asks: I have a private-sector resume that I think looks pretty good; can I keep anything from it when I write my federal resume, or is it better to start from scratch?

The Federal Career Coach responds: You might be able to keep some of the language, but chances are you’ll need to build and add more content to your resume for it to match government vacancy announcements as well as make the most of your federal job search. If you find two or three jobs that look interesting, look at the language that outlines the duties and try to use some of those words as resume keywords.

Submitting a private-industry resume is a common error. The job seeker knows he’s qualified ou’ll have to describe your work in more detail. The one-line bullet point that you might have used in your private-sector resume will become four or six lines or four sentences.

For example, on a private-sector resume, you might have a bullet that says: “Led a team of 12 project coordinators, writers and editors.” On your federal resume, you can say: “Led a team of 12, delegated tasks to the various team members, planned agendas for meetings, reviewed work, trained staff in carrying out project loads, resolved problems, prepared briefings for senior officials based on project deadlines, established benchmarks.”

It almost sounds like your federal resume should sound like what you would say in a private-sector interview, where someone reads a bullet point on your resume and says, “Could you explain this?”

That’s a very good point. It’s more of an expanded written/verbal resume. In fact, a government resume is considered to be the application, an examination, because they examine the resume to ensure you’re qualified. And sometimes government hiring managers don’t interview — they hire based on what they see on the resume.

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    over 3 years ago


    fed resume content

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    over 4 years ago


    Is there not a change in the process, and how they view a resume now or in the short future?

  • Robin1a_max50


    over 4 years ago


    I have published an article on the subject, highlighted below:

    The resumes used to apply for United States Federal jobs are different than those in the civilian (corporate) workplace. Some of the differences are outlined below.

    1. Formats: Federal resumes have specific formats which differ depending on the announcement. These include specific information, order, character counts, page length requirements and fields. Many of these are online formats, which can be confusing, complicated, time consuming and difficult to comply with, due to space limitations and the number of fields which must be filled in.
    2. Required information: Federal resumes require specific information such as social security numbers; job start and end month and sometimes day; employer addresses; salary information; supervisor names and phone numbers; college GPA and graduation dates; high school education; all training, including course name, date and number of hours; and other information typically not included in corporate resumes. If this information is not included, an application may be rejected.
    3. Length: Federal resumes (3-15 pages) are typically much longer than corporate resumes (1-2 pages in general). They require detailed descriptions of duties: repeated for each job you did them in. They also must specifically spell out how the client meets all requirements and has done most of the duties for the job they are applying for or the application will be rejected. Like corporate resumes, Federal resumes must detail accomplishments.
    4. Additional documentation: Many Federal announcements require additional essay questions. These questions are 1-2 page statements specifying specific examples from an applicant’s experience related to the job announcement. There may be several of these statements per application. Federal resume applications will often ask applicants to send, fax or upload additional information, including transcripts, evaluations, personnel information forms, demographic information forms and military service forms.
    5. Additional questions: Many Federal announcements have additional multiple choice questions for applicants to apply for jobs. If an applicant cannot answer in the affirmative to most of the questions with experience, it is not likely for an applicant to be selected for the job.
    6. Who can apply: Many Federal announcements can only be applied for if a person has the right status: such as a current Federal employee or a Veteran. Most Federal announcements require an applicant to be a United States citizen
    7. How to apply: Federal resumes specify in their announcements how to apply for each job: and an applicant must follow the directions exactly. If an applicant does not apply by the required closing date, the application will generally be rejected.
    8. Must meet all requirements: If an applicant does not meet all requirements the announcement states is required for a job, by LAW the applicant will not get the position.
    9. Veterans Preference: If an applicant is a Veteran, an applicant may get preference (5 or 10 points) depending on an applicant’s service and disability status. In additional disabled Veterans may get additional consideration based on their status.
    10. Selection: Typically applications are scored based on the submission, if you meet the requirements. After adding Veteran’s points, applicants are deemed Best Qualified, Highly Qualified, Qualified or Not Qualified. Typically, the top 3 applicants are forwarded to the hiring manager - who can choose one of the 3 by interviewing or not interviewing the candidates

    Robin Schlinger, CFRW, CPRW, CARW

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    almost 6 years ago


    I found this very helpful as I had become overwhelmed by the idea of a federal resume. Thanks.

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    over 6 years ago

    Chek the Federal Job Announcement. Most list desired skills or KSA's. Those need to be addressed in the resume. Alot of federal resumes also require additional supplemental information to complete the process.

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