CREATING YOUR RESUME
Forget what you know about private industry resume writing. Writing a resume for a Federal position is completely different. While you may find yourself summarizing your work history into a one-page document for a typical job application, your Federal resume should be more detailed and run two-to-five pages in length for an entry-level job. It should be written in a summary format, highlighting critical questions asked or statements made in the job announcement. A Federal resume uses the same information from a typical resume, but goes into more depth about your skills, past duties and accomplishments.
What to include in your Federal resume
To write your Federal resume, we strongly suggest using the Resume Builder available on USAJOBS.gov. It will guide you through the resume writing process, ensuring that you do not leave out important pieces of your application. It also allows you to store multiple resumes, so that you can tailor each one to a different position. The Resume Builder will also eliminate decorative formatting by generating a template that looks the same for every applicant, ensuring a fair and equal process.