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What should I include in my Federal Resume?

What should I include in my Federal Resume?

As a current or former member of the armed forces, you have already demonstrated personal dedication, perseverance and a strong commitment to your country. Whether you're seeking new opportunities within the public or private sector, the federal government may have the right job available for you.

How To Create A Federal Resume

First, you will need a current federal resume. This specific resume format includes pertinent details regarding your military experience including: 

  • Duties & Ranks
  • Military Operations & Campaigns
  • Specific Training & Certifications 
  • Security Clearance Levels
  • Awards & Honors 
  • Projects & Accomplishments

Many military veterans find the resume writing process tedious and difficult. Based on previous research surveys, the hardest parts of writing a detailed resume are:

  • Telling a thoughtful story.
  • Bragging about your extensive work history.
  • Describing your work in detail.
  • Explaining the challenges of particular work experiences.

Take the Cause and Effect Approach

The cause and effect format of the federal resume allows job seekers to address these difficult situations and gives the author a way to describe in detail who they are, what they've done and what they've learned along the way. 

For Example:

KEY ACCOMPLISHMENTS

  • Developing the first supply management inspection checklist for all functional areas of supply.
  • e.g. 570 spot checks were conducted regularly and in turn ensuring all areas of supply procedures, policy and methods were audited monthly. 
  • Checklist was issued as a handbook to assure that SOPs were daily practice and served as a model for all Pacific Fleet Aircraft Carriers.

Expect to Go Longer Than a Page

Describing your military experiences in this kind of detail means your resume will be longer than the private sector standard of one page. Military federal resumes are typically two to four pages.