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Writing a federal resume

Apr 23rd 2019 at 12:38 AM

The USAJOBS application system has more federal government listings than any other site. With hundreds of candidates, the process exists to extract any applicants who fail to follow simple guidelines, which means your USAJOBS resume needs to be precise and follow the specifications exactly. Federal hiring managers want to know you can follow instructions before they consider your actual qualifications. To find out how to improve your federal resume, read our expert article.

Federal government resumes must be complete, with information not ordinarily found on other resumes—including the series and grade you are applying for, full addresses of previous employers, supervisor names and phone numbers, and a detailed listing of your education and training. Most importantly, your federal government resume must include your top experiences, skills, and accomplishments for you to stand out and be most competitive.

The resume itself needs to address specific content, core competencies, keywords and experience unique to the posting so you can earn a ranking as a best-qualified candidate and get your invitation for a job interview. You’ll be able to keep your USAJOBS federal resume in the system for whatever amount of time you need, as well as the ability to develop multiple versions for different applications.

Official tips for formatting resumes in USAJOBS resume builder (c)

You can copy and paste text from Word documents into the resume builder. However, some formatting in these documents may not work in the USAJOBS resume builder. To fix formatting errors inside your resume, you must first save the original file in a .txt format.

To copy and paste from Word:

  1. Open up your Word document or other word processing tool.
  2. Select the File tab at the top.
  3. Go to the Save As option.
  4. Choose to save it as a Plain Text (.txt) file.
  5. Open the new file and ensure the text appears in an acceptable format.
  6. Copy and paste your resume text into the resume builder.

To edit your USAJOBS resume-builder resume:

  1. Click on your username at the top of the page and select Documents from the menu.
  2. Find the resume you want to edit and click “Edit” (located below the resume).
  3. This will bring you to the first page of your resume.


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