Federal resume dont's

by fred 14. September 2009

While preparing a government resume isn't the hardest thing in the world, what's tricky is that your resume should be flawless and follow all the requirements listed in the vacancy announcement, otherwise your application will be rejected even if you have what they're looking for. To help you with the Federal resume process, here are a few common mistakes that you should avoid:

don't overdo it: yes, Federal resumes should be mcuh more detailed than private sector resumes. While they do need more cotent, do not make the mistake to write too much - be concise and provide the information they need by going straight to the point.

  • Do not underestimate the content and format requirements listed in the vacancy announcement. You might be tempted to think that some of the job application guidelines listed in the announcements won't matter that much as long as you have the experience and education they are looking for. Well it's not the case and they will reject your application if you don't follow exactly their rules, even if you are the best candidate for the job.
  • Don't send the same resume for all the openings. As you can notice in job announcements, each agency has different needs so you will need to customize your resume to each opening so that you can emphasize what they're looking for. 
  • Don't make any grammar or spelling mistakes as it will show that you don't pay attention to details.
  • Don't ignore important keywords listed in the announcement. Since the government use a software to scan and select the right resumes based on keywords, include any important keyword listed in the announcement to make sure your resume actually gets read by the hiring managers.
  • Don't assume your resume is just a passive history of your experience and education. A resume is a pro-active document aiming at selling yourself, so make sure to emphasize your successes without sounding too arrogant.
  • Don't send your resume as soon as you're done with it. First wait at least a day to review it to make you didn't forget or miss anything. Also ask a relative or a friend to look at it - they might give you some good feedback and catch some mistakes you missed.

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September 22. 2009 10:54


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