The Federal Resume can be a daunting task, but don’t be intimidated! The resume itself has all the basic elements of a Functional and Chronological, but it has more detail because you are applying for positions within the federal government. Before you begin, consider making an account on USAJOBS.com. Most government positions are housed on this website. As well, USAJOBS.com has a federal resume builder. This means no painful formatting on word! Rather, you can use this resume builder to walk you step-by-step through each part of the federal resume. Once you make it to this step, follow the tips below to create the best federal resume:
- Detail, detail, detail! The federal resume is where you deviate from the bullet point format of the Function and Chronological resume. This is where you DO use paragraphs to describe your positions. You still want to use professional language and be concise, but also remember that the government loves detail.
- Section Headers. Your paragraph descriptions should not just be one long paragraph. Instead, break up your position descriptions with headers, much like the skills and abilities sections in our Career Development Guide. These headers will depend on the type of positions you have held. Examples include Communication, Marketing, and Student Support.
- Beef up your accomplishments. The government loves to hear about your achievements within each of your positions. Consider making a section called Additional Duties/Recognition (something along those lines) where you can talk about some of the “extras” of your position and your accomplishments.
Most importantly, don’t sell yourself short! Government positions are extremely competitive. The more time you spend perfecting your resume, the better it will be!
Happy resume building!
Until next time,