What is a Federal Resume? When do you need to use it?

The federal resume is used to apply for many positions in the federal government and with intelligence agencies. If you are applying for a job through USAjobs.gov, there is a good chance that you need to have a federal resume. The federal resume is often the main component of your application to a federal position, which is why it includes more detailed information and can be more than one page. Look through this example federal resume to see what information you will need to include and how this type of resume is formatted.

How do I Make a Federal Resume?

If you’re building your first version of federal resume, you may want to use the USAjobs.gov resume builder tool. This can help you get started and help you follow the format including the content that you need for this type of resume. You can also take a look at all the resources listed below which can be helpful when thinking about the different pieces of information you may want to be highlighting. For these jobs, you have to check every box under their job description. Make sure to tailor your resume to each position, and use their words/language when creating your resume.

Keep in Mind:

Agencies and organizations within the intelligence community may have their own preferences and requirements for information to include within your application materials, so be sure that you research requirements for each position you apply to. Some intelligence agencies like the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) do not post to USAJobs.gov and ask for different information than a resume.

Helpful Links: 

FBI Resume Guide

The Insiders Guide to the Federal Resume & USAJobs.gov