Applying for A federal job requires you to take a different approach and
adhere to a different set of rules and techniques. Unlike private sector
recruitment, the procedures followed in federal recruitment goes by certain
criteria and rules. The basic idea here is to provide every applicant an equal
opportunity. Of late, the OF-612 form, or Federal Resume, is the accepted resume
form for federal jobs. Here are 10 key tips to writing a Federal Resume that
1. Donít forget to include information specific to the job as
advertised. Information such as the job number, grade and title of the jobs you
are interested in applying for.
2. Include personal information such as your full name, mailing
address with ZIP code, any phone numbers, Social Security Number, reinstatement
eligibility and civilian grade, including the job series and dates that you held
the previous position.
3. Write your educational qualifications in chronological order,
starting from high school to college. Include the name and city of each
institution, and the type and year of diploma/degree received. Donít forget to
highlight the grades that you received and any awards. Make detailed
descriptions in the KSA.
4. You must specifically mention the major subjects and total credits
you have earned. While writing these points, you may be tempted to make use of
bullet points Ė however, while these work well for resumes targeting civilian
positions, they may not be well received when applying for federal jobs.
5. You should explain things in great detail. The underlying reason
for this is that education counts a lot more in federal recruitment than in the
private sector. Therefore, you should use this format to show (read: market) how
well you qualify for the job through your education.
6. Even if your education does not exactly match the qualifications as
advertised, you can still qualify through equivalent experience. In this case,
you can get over this hurdle by explicitly spelling out your previous experience
and how it relates to the job at hand.
7. Federal Resumes are not scanned by machines in most cases, which in
itself must be a welcome relief. Since your resume will most likely be read by
an actual, live human, make sure that you make the most of it by being as
descriptive as possible.
8. If you have previous work experience having relevance to the job in
question, include it with full details. Give the telephone numbers of employers,
position(s) you held, numbers of hours per week and salary. Writing your
accomplishments and duties (to a lesser extent) is important. You should also
indicate whether it is OK to contact the previous employer.
9. Donít forget to write about any other qualifications that may be
even slightly related to the job. Explain why you think they are similar by
giving concrete examples such as software used, etc. Memberships, certificates
or awards also count heavily in federal job applications.
10. Donít forget to enclose the KSA and mention it in the resume.
Avoid the KSA becoming a verbatim copy of your resume. Write the KSA in your own
style, without borrowing from samples and use lots of examples to justify your
application. Always type your full name and sign it.
The bottom line here is that you cannot follow the same rules for federal
resumes as for civilian ones. By following the tips above, and writing your
KSA's descriptively and succinctly, you will be well on your way to landing that