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Parts of a Federal Resume

A Federal Resume differs from regular civilian resumes for non governmental jobs. Based on the announcement and application format, a federal resume generally includes the following information. Note, that this is much more comprehensive than information required for jobs in the United States civilian sector. If you do not include this information, your application may not be considered.

If you need help with preparing your resume, I recommend you seek professional help – especially if you are not familiar with the exact information and formatting requirements.

Job Information:

* Announcement number, and title and grade(s) which are being applied for

Personal Information:

* Full name, mailing address (with ZIP code)
* Home, cell and work phone numbers (with area code)
* E-Mail address
* Social Security Number
* Country of citizenship (most federal jobs require United States citizenship)
* Veterans’ preference
* Highest Federal civilian grade held (give job series and dates held)
* Professional summary – written in 3rd person

Work Experience:

* Job title (include series and grade if federal job – level in military if a veteran)
* Employer’s name and full address, including street address, city, state and ZIP code
* Supervisor’s name and phone number
* Starting and ending dates (month and year) [note: some formats require month, date and year]
* Hours per week
* Salary
* Indicate if current supervisor may be contacted
* Job duties – include quantification and keywords in the announcement – written in 3rd person
* Job accomplishments – include quantification – in the challenge-action-result format – written in 3rd person


For colleges and universities:

* Name, city, state and ZIP Code
* Major(s), Type and year of any degrees received
* Total credits and types of credits earned, i.e. quarter, credit or semester hours.
* Honors
* Course list
* Note: only list accredited colleges listed at If an applicant lists degrees from schools not on the accreditation list, they may be subject for disqualification from federal employment and in some states also subject to criminal prosecution.

For high school: Date of diploma or GED, high school name, city, state and ZIP Code

Other Qualifications:

* Job-related training courses, including course title, date (may be year or month and year), course duration (hours, days or months)
* Certifications and licenses (include Secret or Top Secret clearance here)
* Job-related skills, for example, other languages, computer software/hardware, tools, machinery, typing speed
* Job-related honors, awards, and special accomplishments, for example, publications, memberships in professional or honor societies, leadership activities, public speaking, and performance awards

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