Interested in a government job? How do you create a government resume? Is there such a thing? There are a number of questions that someone creating a government resume for the first time may have, and one of the most pressing of course, is how you would go about not just creating a standard government resume, but one that is effective in getting the interview, and also keeping within government application standards. In the following discussion, we give you the most pertinent steps in creating a successful government resume for employment.
Start with Specifications
While it is true that you should always pay strict attention to what a job posting has to say about how to apply and with what materials you should do so, with a government resume; you need to be absolutely precise in following their directions, as one misstep could put your application in the trash. Government is about order, and this is why your resume and application should follow this order with strict adherence.
In most resumes, an employer will expect that you include your full name and contact information to include the following: full name, mailing address, phone numbers, and email addresses. With a government resume, you need to include more personal information, as they will be conducting extensive background reviews on anything that might be on record about you. They do this because if hired, you will likely be handling sensitive documents and information about the government; and they to ensure that you are who you say you are, have a good credit history, and have not been involved in any criminal activity that could affect how you carry out the function and privacy of your government job. This said, most government resumes should include all of the above information, as well as: military status, social security number, and country of citizenship. Moreover, know that all government employees also must provide fingerprints as a part of their application-though this may not be required in your first step of application.
Next, in both your cover letter and your resume, you should clearly define which job to which you are applying. Consider how many departments there are in government, and how many people apply to work for the government. This said, your resume could easily get lost and forwarded to the wrong department. The chances of this happening when the job and department are marked and clear on your resume is considerably lessened. This said, include the job ID, department, and contact name of the person listed in the job posting to ensure that your application goes to the appropriate person for review.
Include a Summary
Some standard resumes have summary statements, but it is typically required that all government resumes include a summary of career qualifications and experience. The summary statement should be slightly longer than an objective, but based upon the same premise: to tell the government why you want to work for them, how this ties into your career goals, and what you bring to the position. This is where you summarize your experience, skills, and achievements and connect it to your career goals-as an overview for what is listed in your resume.
The experience section should follow the summary of your resume and should list your past three positions of employment. You should list these positions in chronological order from most recent to least recent; along with career title, dates employed, company employed for, and the location of the employer. Under each employment sub section, include bullet points of your most important responsibilities and achievements-considering what might be attractive skills and experience for a government position.
Next, include a section for your education. This should list all degrees and certifications that you hold, and in chronological order, the schools in which you received them. In each of these sub sections of education, make sure to include dates that you attended, the degree obtained, the name of the school, location of the school, and any other pertinent achievements that are relevant. List your educational experiences again, from most recent to least. Moreover, the job posting may require that you include school transcripts, so if they do; make sure you attach these to your resume application before sending.
Executive Core Statement
Depending on what level of the government you are applying to work in, will determine whether or not you need a section for your executive core statement. The need for an executive core statement is for individuals who are applying for a senior level government position; and basically, summarizes why your skills, experience, and attributes make you the best choice for this high responsibility position in government.
Relevant Training and Skills
Depending on the extent of your career experience and training, you may want to include a section on relevant training and skills. This is what some job postings that require them, refer to as a “knowledge, skills, and ability” statement; which includes how your experience and knowledge suit you best for the position that you are applying. Usually, a government resume should include five points to this end, and they should be concise and compelling as possible.
Lastly, a lot of government positions require the attachment of Form C-which is a questionnaire about your qualifications-be in place with a resume. Review the job posting to make sure that it has not requested that you attach this. If it has, the document will usually be provided in the job posting, and you should fill it out and attach it with your resume application.