How to Stand Out in the Crowd with a Federal Government Resume:

by carlos 18. June 2008

When it comes to Federal Government Resume Writing, you need to make sure that your Resume stands out above and beyond the rest. A resume is ultimately a sales presentation, and you are the hot item up for sale. 

What makes you better than the rest?

Why are you more qualified than the next person for the position you seek?

What do you have to offer the employer that makes you unique?

These are all questions that you need to answer in your Federal Resume.

Most applicants will have the proper education and training, otherwise they wouldn’t apply.

Therefore, you need to find something about yourself that makes you stand out, the person in charge of hiring has to see that you are THE PERSON for the job.

 For example, if you are applying for a computer related position, place the emphasis on your computer related work and education, including what you have accomplished or achieved.

Don’t just say “computer experience with excel, windows, Mac, and other related topics.” Instead, be detailed and specific. Give the amount of experience you have, in years, and details of exactly what you achieved at previous jobs and in your training.

Example:

“Ten years of programming, including using both Windows and Mac systems, Linux, Excel spreadsheets for documentation, HTML coding, .NET programming, and PHP/SQL utilization.” Sounds more professional, doesn’t it?

Also, it will be imperative that you utilize keywords from the job announcements to catch the attention of the reader. When a job opening is announced at the federal government level, hiring managers don’t have time to read every single resume that comes across their desk. They put certain words and qualifications in the job announcement, and you need to utilize these phrases and keywords to catch their attention.

If they see that you took the time to call out specifically to what they are looking for, they will at least read the remainder of your resume, and potentially even offer you a position because of your attention to their needs.

As with any job application process, you are only trying to make one point to the hiring manager: what YOU can do for THEM. If they can’t clearly see EXACTLY what you have to offer their company, and that you are most qualified for the position, they will likely discard yourfederal government resumee and move on to someone who has a unique resume.

 

 

 

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