In the current job market, managers receive dozens of resumes. They do not have time to read lengthy listings of skills and complete life histories. For them, "less is more."   The goal of your resume should be to motivate employers to call you in for an interview.  Then during your interview, you can discuss your background in as much detail as the employer desires.  

Which type of resume is right for you?  Chronological focuses on your work history with your most recent position first.  This is an easy format for employers to follow your career history and progression.  (Click for Sample Chronological Resume).  Functional resumes focus on your skills and experience and is used most often when there are employment gaps or you are changing careers.  (Click for Sample Functional Resume). 

                                                         Some other helpful ideas for building your resume include: 
                                                                   Click for a list of resume approved action words;
                                                                   Click for some personal qualities ideas to include in your resume;
                                                                   and Click here for a list of functional skills.


Most jobs will now require the applicant to fill out an online application even if you have been personally referred for the position.  Here are a few tips:

   ~  Have your resume available to answer questions

   ~  Don't leave any question blank

   ~  Answer all questions truthfully

   ~  Save it and come back later to review before submitting

   ~  Don't answer questions with 'see resume'

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A federal résumé is a document for starting or advancing your government career.  It is also a marketing piece, career summary, and personal presentation. It should be focused, well-written, and clearly organized. It is a professionally presented career package.   Click here for a Federal Resume template you can download.


 Federal resumes are much different than civilian resumes.  They require specific formats and information that is not provided on a civilian resume.  Click here for a sample Federal Resume. 


The site used for applying for Federal positions is To download a guide for the site, click here.



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