Federal Resume Dos

by fred 15. June 2010
The majority of us have at least tried to write a normal resume, but writing a federal resume is a bit different. You can't just follow the guidelines of writing a regular resume and expect that it will get you that government job. These days, preparing the resume on the government resume form is the right protocol; it is also called the OF-612 form. Here are some dos and don'ts when it comes to making your Federal resume:

Include personal information as requested: Be certain to include full contact information, such as your name, address and email, reinstatement eligibility if applicable as well as job series and dates of previous positions as applicable.
 
Write educational history in chronological order: Unlike standard resumes, you're going to list your background information and qualifications in chronological rather than reverse chronological order. So, for education, you will want to start with your high school education, and move on up from there.

Include major subjects pursued, and include your total credits earned: It might be appealing to use bullet points for these sections, but watch out; while bullet points are good for civilian resumes, they're less applicable in federal job applications.

Be as specific as possible: Again, while civilian resumes focus on being brief and to the point, government job seekers are going to want to know exactly what you have done, specifically as it relates to education and experience.

List equivalent experience: There may be times when your education doesn't specifically match the qualifications needed for the position, but if you've had experience that will qualify you nonetheless, make sure you list it.

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