Resume Tips for Government Job Seekers

Federal resumes for government positions tend to be longer and require information not typically found on a private-sector resume, including: Social Security number; citizenship; veteran’s information; employers’ names and contact data; supervisors’ names and phones; ending pay for jobs; and hours worked per week.

If you’ve ever thought about looking into a federal job, time’s wasting. Uncle Sam’s 1.7 million civilian workforce averages 20,000 vacancies every day. Benefits are handsome: great health insurance, decent retirement plans, and flexible leave. Annual pay raises — often 3 to 4 percent — are automatic. You may not even have to relocate. Although Washington holds the mother lode of federal jobs, they exist as well in locales across America and even overseas.

The number-one best way to spot a federal job that may interest you is to land online at the official USA Web site: usajobs.gov. You can even search by salary.

Federal language is more bureaucratic than private-sector documents. Here’s how a private-industry example is translated into government-speak:

  • Private industry: Prepare all levels of correspondence, reports, and other documents. Make consumer-smart travel arrangements for senior managers.

  • Government: Prepare a wide variety of recurring and nonrecurring correspondence, reports, and other documents. Make travel arrangements, such as scheduling transportation, making reservations, and preparing travel orders and vouchers, based on general travel intentions, known preferences of traveler, and in accordance with appropriate travel regulations.

Read the federal vacancy announcements (recruitment advertisements) carefully to get it right, and pay special attention to the qualifications and KSA (knowledge-skills-abilities) requirements.

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