3 elements of Federal resume writing

by fred 21. January 2010

Even though most people believe that writing Federal resumes is simple, there are really lots of things to consider before you can generate an effective government resume. The type of job you are applying for will for the most part define what type of resume you need to prepare.


For example, most entry level jobs require simple resumes, while professional careers need much more professional, executive-style resumes. No matter what type of job you are looking for, there are 3 basic principles of resume writing that you need to keep in mind: Clarity, Coherence and Confidence.


Clarity: When you’re starting with resume writing, you need to be very clear in every aspect. You need a firmly stated and very clear objective. Additionally, you need to make sure that you have the proper information for your education and employment history as needed, so that the recruiter doesn’t have to decode your resume and make guesses as to what you’re capable of. The easier your resume is to read and follow, the more likely you are to be considered for the position.

Coherence: Coherence is another important element when it comes to resume writing. When you are applying to a position opening, your resume should be pertinent and totally consistent. For example, when you’re applying for an executive position, they don’t care if you worked at McDonald’s when you were 18, or if you were in drama club in high school.


Most professional careers don’t even want or need high school information or job history that isn’t relevant. If you’re looking for a professional career, your resume should reflect this. Make sure that your objective and education match the job you’re applying to, while being well written.


Confidence: Another element of resume writing to consider is confidence. Employers look for people who are confident in their skills, so it is essential to utilize phrases and words that demonstrate your confidence. However, there is a fine line between confidence and arrogance, so don’t be too showy in the explanation of your abilities and know-how. For example, say “I am confident in my ability to work for your company because of my extensive training … I am capable of doing the work that is necessary …,” etc. instead of saying something like “I’m the best, and if you don’t hire me you’ll be sorry.” Although the latter is an exaggerated example, if you appear too proud or arrogant, you may very well be giving this impression in your resume and cover letter, even if it’s not the case.


In summary, be clear, confident, and coherent in your resume writing. Try to avoid sounding too desperate; instead make them feel like they need you. But be very careful in doing so, because the line between self-assurance and arrogance is very thin, and no employer wants to hire an arrogant candidate, no matter how qualified they might be. When it comes to resume writing, it is sometimes best left to the professionals, but if you attempt to go it alone, these tips will surely be helpful.


Finally, if your resume writing doesn’t seem to be getting interviews for the jobs you want, look into getting professional Federal resume writing help. They are highly competent and trained in the art of resume writing, their resumes usually returning better results. Although it might be a little costly, getting professional resume writing will definitely be worth the price.

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