As a Federal Career Coach, I work with a range of very diverse individuals all over the world. Though the individuals may be very different, there seems to be one thing that most have in common. This is that first-time federal job seekers don’t understand that the federal government is a whole different ball game. The resumes are different, the qualification process is different, the selection and recruitment process is different, the salary negotiation process is different, the interview process is different, etc. Just about every element of the federal application process is different from the private sector. The biggest difference, I feel, is that Government Jobs require a Federal Resume.
There are a lot of important items to include in the federal style resume, but one of the major things I tell my clients to include in their resume are “Key Accomplishments”. In addition to listing your day-to-day job duties, you should list 1-2 major accomplishments for each position. Be sure to give this some thought. What makes for a really strong key accomplishment is if you can substantiate the outcome with a number value. Here are some examples:
Immediately reduced treatment and disposal variable costs for solid waste by more than 50%.
Improved average monthly revenue by more than 40% after eight months as General Manager.
Successfully replaced 90% of subcontracted organic/inorganic laboratory work with in-house resources, saving over $ 300,000 annually.
Your resume’s focus should be on accomplishments and results, not merely a description of duties and responsibilities that you performed. The Hiring Officials want to see the major contributions you have made in the past and how you will be able to contribute to their mission.
Miss McCulla is a retired English teacher of 32 years. She has Mastery of the grammar and mechanics of English, and has taught expository, fiction writing, and rhetorical skills to hundreds of students and aspiring writers throughout her career. She has written/edited/self-published five books, and currently manages a writing blog called The Underground Tutor where she gathers essays, articles, entries, papers, manuals, profiles, criticisms, analyses of literature, just like those asked of students and writers in the university and publisher houses, and years of “teacher tips” and “general interest examples,” and passes them on to interested writers.
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