Federal Employment Resume

A standard resume will never help you to be invited to the federal job interview. They differ greatly in style, size and format. And we advise you to follow these guidelines to write a winning federal employment resume.
Now there are several options as for resume format, other standard forms, or the original SF-171, but we will concentrate on the standards true to all types.
Target your resume to every new announcement. If you skip the required information in the announcement, your resume will find itself in a rejected pile.
The language of the resume: simple words, short sentences, consistent usage of verb tenses. Avoid using passive voice, acronyms, and colloquial words. Illustrate the fact with some example. Be honest, don’t overestimate yourself.
Include these points into your resume:

  • Announcement number, title and grade(s) of the job you are applying for


  • Full name, mailing address (with Zip Code), phone numbers
  • Social Security Number
  • Country of citizenship

(Upon the request, former federal employees must attach a SF-50 proof of their career or career-conditional status.)

  • Highest federal civilian grade held (Also give job series and dates held.)

A copy of the college transcript is sent only upon request.
Provide the employer with the information about your paid and volunteer work experience connected with the position you are applying for.

  • Job title (include series and grade if federal job)
  • Responsibilities and achievements
  • Employer’s personal information
  • Supervisor’s name and phone number
  • Starting and ending dates (month and year)
  • Hours per week
  • Salary

State all the relevant to your job details: attendance of special training courses, your skills, special honors and awards, membership in professional societies)