Although we entered information about applying for
government positions in January, there is increased
interest in what is helpful to include in resumes
targeting government positions.
I need to recognize the help, advice and suggestions
of Luke Robeson and Lisa Balbes that follows:
- the application portion is separate from the resume
portion of an application. The application portion
includes references, citizenship, DOB, SSN , address
and other personal information.
References are not needed in a government resume.
- keywords listed in the job description should be
used to point out often and in different ways how
your skills, abilities, and accomplishments meet
the job description or “call.” see also 1 .
- effort, persistence and networking to find and
make contact directly with the hiring manager is
needed to differentiate you from all the other strong
candidates for the position.
- Resume Education section can include part time,
short term and government sponsored training,
provide the dates and duration of the courses.
- chronological resumes are preferred and items
are listed in reverse chronological order consistently.
- Resume Honors and Awards section can include
brief descriptions, dates and amount of any cash awards.
- Resume Affiliations section can include professional,
advisory and consulting roles providing dates and
responsibilities, from ad hoc reviewer to editor, from
government grant proposal reviewer to thesis committee.
Committee assignments of technical and professional
nature outside of normal activities can be mentioned.