Once you have mastered the basics, resume writing is a transferable skill. Any effective resume is persuasively drafted to provide information and evidence of compatibility with a specific job. The best way to do this is to thoroughly read the job description and other contextual sources (such as websites, promotional materials, etc.). Success in the federal job market starts with a complete understanding of duties, qualifications, how to apply (including a preview of the assessment questionnaire), and how your candidacy will be evaluated. Here is a pro tip, write notes/questions in the margins of the job description to visually demonstrate how you qualify and where your strengths and weaknesses are. To learn more about federal résumés, click here.
Where to Apply
USAJOBS connects job seekers with federal employment opportunities across the United States and worldwide. Visit the federal government’s official employment site, USAJOBS, to create an account and search for over 10,000 opportunities.
How to Get Started
- Schedule a Resume Critique or Coaching Appointment on Handshake
- Create an account on USAJOBS
- Take a look at the “Students & Recent Graduates” section of the site
- Make a short list of the federal departments you would like to work in
- Conduct searches and create job blasts for your favorite searches
- Build and submit applications