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If your federal style resume doesn't include all required information your application can be rejected. No matter how you prepare you application, you MUST include the data listed on this page and any additional information required in the Job Announcement. Much of the information repeats. For example, you have to include work experience from previous employers, company name, address, phone numbers, salary, and your supervisor's name. Use the listed required information on this page as a guide and before you start applying for federal jobs compile this information ahead of time for future job applications. Just copy and paste from your word document into the federal resume builder on USAJobs.
Use the following information to get started applying for positions. When you apply for your first job announcement please keep the information updated for future bids. When I was first employed in the federal sector I tracked new skills, education, and accomplishments as those I would be prepared to submit bids for other positions that I knew I would be interested in.
Your resume MUST contain the following information:
If you served on active duty in the United States military and were separated under honorable conditions, you may be eligible for veterans’ preference. To receive preference if your service began after October 15, 1976, you must have a Campaign Badge, Expeditionary Medal, or a service-connected disability.
Veterans’ preference is not a factor for Senior Executive Service Jobs or when competition is limited to status candidates (current former federal career or career-conditional employees).
To claim 5-point veterans’ preference, attach a copy of your DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty or other proof of eligibility.
To claim 10-point veterans’ preference, attach an SF-15, Application for 10-Point Veterans’ Preference, plus the proof required by that form.
Visit our Veterans page for more information.
(If requested, former federal employees must attach a SF-50 proof of your career or career-conditional status.)
Colleges and universities
Send a copy of your college transcript only if the job vacancy announcement requests it.
Give the following information for your paid and non-paid work experience related to the job for which you are applying. (Do not send job descriptions.)
SES positions require the applicant to address five Executive Core Qualifications ( ECQs) for all positions and most high level management applications require considerable detail. The SES and high level, GS-14 and above, management positions application and resume process can be intimidating to say the least. You have to write a professional application package and you will need to spend a considerable amount of time to package it correctly and to include all of the required information that is needed for these applications.
With a little coaching, insight, and succinct samples that are provided in The Book of U.S. Government Jobs' federal resume guide you too can get though this. SES applications can take up to a week to research, compile, and write a professional package that will get your hired and that's if you know the ins and outs of the process, MOST DON'T. Midlevel applicants can easily spend several days just compiling key information in preparation for completing their resume.
If you need assistance you can use a professional service to compile and write your application.
If you don't have the time or inclination to do this on your own there are reputable services that you can hire to assist you and write your package. Don't assume just because you hire a firm to prepare your package for you that it will be easy. You are the only one who knows what you accomplished and the quality of work that you performed, special projects you participated in, and so much more. You will have to work closely with the person you hire and be prepared to spend a lot of time providing key information, reviewing and approval the final package. I can refer you to one of several firms that I know produce quality and professional packages. A professional package is expensive so be prepared to pay to have a professional work with you on your application.
If you aren't inclined to pay for a professional application / resume writing service, purchase a copy of The Book of U.S. Government Jobs. This book will provide the assistance you need if you are willing to spend the time that's required to compile and write your application. Many samples and examples are included in this book that is available at your local bookstore or from Amazon.com.