Skip to Content

Career Center


Federal Resume

You must prove your qualifications in great detail when applying for a position with the Federal government. Use your resume to impress your recruiter by telling a story about what you did and how well you did it.

What to Include

Be strategic. When writing your Federal resume, strive to use language similar to the job announcement you're responding to and include as many matching key words as possible. Federal resumes should be two to five pages in length. 

When your resume is reviewed for initial qualifications, it is important that you explain to the Federal staffing specialist where you were previously employed and for how long. They will be looking for specialized skills and experiences that relate directly to the position for which you are applying. 
Sample Federal Resume »


Required Information

Job Information

  • Announcement number
  • Title
  • Series
  • Grade of job for which your are applying

Personal Information

  • Full name
  • Mailing address with zip code
  • Day and evening phone numbers with area code
  • Social security number
  • Country of citizenship
  • Veteran’s preference
  • Reinstatement eligibility
  • Highest Federal civilian grade held

Education

  • High school: name, city, and state, date of diploma
  • College or university: name, city and state, major(s)
  • Type and year of any degrees received

Work Experience

  • Job title, duties and accomplishments
  • Employer’s name and address
  • Supervisor’s name and phone number
  • Start and end dates
  • Hours per week
  • Salary
  • Whether your supervisor may be contacted

Other Qualifications

  • Job-related training courses
  • Skills
  • Certificates and licenses
  • Honors
  • Awards and special accomplishments
  • Publications, memberships in professional or honor societies
  • Leadership activities
  • Public speaking and performance award