FEDERAL RESUME APPLICATION TIPS
There are plenty of opportunities within the federal government, but job applicants need to know the method for landing a position within the federal government is completely different than what they are used to in the private sector. Here are some tips job seekers will need to utilize when applying for a federal position.
BEING HIGHLY QUALIFIED FOR A FEDERAL POSITION:
First time Federal job applicants receive disappointing ratings on their application, despite being highly qualified for the position. The low rating is usually not a result of their qualifications, but of a poor application package.
Many job seekers descend into the same trap that countless first time Federal job applicant’s encounter. The applicants resume package must showcase details of their applicable experience and relate it to the position they are seeking. Once they perform this, a high rating will result.
Your strategy should be to make qualified list most of the time! When the Federal examiners review your resume application, they see your resume and a copy of the Vacancy Announcement for the position you are seeking. It’s the examiners job to check off each item listed under the Basic Qualification and Ranking Factors listed on each job announcement. They will begin by taking a glance at your resume to see if your have placed those qualifications on your career documents. So it’s imperative for you to list these Knowledge, Skills and Abilities on your resume.
QUALIFICATION SOUGHT FOR THE POSITION:
So even though your resume may sound great, it won’t do the job until it clearly states that you have the qualifications sought for the position. For example, let’s say the job announcement states a candidate needs to have excellent writing and editing skills. Your resume needs to reflect that you have an expert knowledge of grammar, spelling and punctuation. Another example may be the announcement states you need to have experience in scheduling. However your resume doesn’t state you have made travel arrangements. It’s important to list each qualification and KSA sought so as you will receive the highest rating possible.
THE SCREENING QUESTIONS:
To ensure fairness across the board, the federal government’s hiring process is highly regulated. When applying for a position you will encounter questions in your federal application. Your replies to the questions have a major impact on your candidacy.
The Federal job announcements comprise of screening questions and affect how you will be evaluated. Always ensure your responses are supportive and tailored to each announcement. The reason being is that the agencies will evaluate a job seekers relevant experience based on the keywords in the job announcement to the keywords in the candidate’s application.
TAILOR YOUR RESUME TO THE POSITION:
So to sum it up, ensure you obtain a copy of the Vacancy Announcement for each position you seek. Ensure you meet the qualifications to the full extent and that you are able to perform the position. In addition, identify each and every KSA and qualification being sought. Then revise your resume and apply with confidence. Instead of being aggravated you’ll have excellent ratings, be landing on the referred list and quite possibly an excellent government job offer.
Dannielle Ramos Rash is an Army Veteran and Founder of First Class Resumes & Career Services. http://www.first-classresumes.com/. She is a Certified Federal Career Coach (CFCC), Certified Federal Job Search Trainer (CFJST), and a Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW) and member of the Professional Association of Resume Writers and Career Coaches. Dannielle provides dynamic resumes & career documents for job seekers around the globe.