Find & analyze job announcements, writing federal resumes, and
package resumes to meet both Federal and vacancy announcement criteria
"most federal agencies will accept a resume as an application now,
instead of the lengthy SF-171"
"Include as many key words as
possible in the Duties & Responsibilities section of the
announcement. The average length of a Federal Resume is 3-4
"The Evaluation Criteria are
called: "KSAs" (Knowledges, Skills and Abilities). . . . These
KSAs are mandatory"
is the importance of the job bulletin?
The job bulletin (also called the announcement or notice) provides an
overview of the responsibilities of the job, salary, and the key qualifications required
to perform the job. The job bulletin specifies how to apply for the job and where to
submit your application.
Each agency will either require you to submit
their application form or a resumes.
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general resume guides, resume guides for specific jobs, and guides for completing your
government job application.
& Resume Success Tips
- Review the job bulletin and circle key dates - open date,
close date and test date. The open date is the first date
applications are accepted. The close date is the last date that
applications are accepted. The bulletin may specify that the job is continuous
or open until filled, in which case the job will close at a date to be
determined by the agency. The test date is the
date the test will be given.
- Review the job bulletin and circle the type of application
required. A supplemental application is
in addition to the
regular application and requires additional information in a question and answer format or in
an essay format. Obtain electronic versions of the application and if required, the
supplemental application. If electronic versions are not available, ask for at least
two to three copies of the application and the supplemental application.
- Review the job bulletin and underline the main duties.
If available, also underline the selection or test criteria.
- In some instances, a job description or specification
may be available from the personnel or human resources office or online at the agency's
website. The job description or specification provides you with a more detailed
statement of the job duties.
- Prepare your application to emphasize your qualifications and
experience that most closely match the main duties and selection criteria.
- Make sure that your application addresses the minimum
requirements of the position.
- Try to use the same keywords and phrases, but don't
copy everything verbatim.
- Watch those gaps in your work history.
- Proof and review your application. Spell check if you have an
- A number of agencies award points to veterans. If you're
eligible for a veteran's credit, claim it. Make sure you submit the necessary forms
& Resume Key Words
Use action words and positive words when completing your
application. Here's just a sampling:
Step 4 -
Getting Hired for a Government Job