Federal Resume Writing Do's

by fred 21. July 2010
The majority of us have at least taken a stab at writing a normal resume, but writing a federal resume is a bit different. You can't just follow the guidelines of writing a standard resume and suppose that it will land you that federal job. Nowadays, preparing the resume on the Federal resume form is the accepted way to do it; it is also known as the OF-612 form. Here are some dos and don'ts when it comes to writing a Federal resume

  • Include personal information as requested: Be certain to include full contact information, such as your full name, mailing address and email, civilian grade if applicable as well as job series and dates of previous jobs as applicable.
  • Include educational history in chronological order: Unlike standard resume writing, you are going to provide your background information and skills 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 any major pursued, and include the total credits earned: It might be appealing to use bullet points for these paragraphs, but watch out; while bullet points are good for civilian resumes, they are less applicable in government job applications.
  • Be as tho as possible: Again, while civilian resumes focus on being succinct and to the point, government job seekers are going to want to know precisely what you've done, specifically when it comes to education and experience.
  • List related experience: There may be times when your education doesn't specifically fit the qualifications needed for the job, but if you've had experience that will qualify you nonetheless, make sure you list it.

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