Career&Employment, Employment & Career

Applying for a Federal Job? Use the Resume Builder!

picture1Recently, I have seen quite a few people looking for a resume template for their federal resume. Look no further, there is a great template! It’s the resume builder that is a part of USA Jobs! Really.

I have seen too many people try to have a fancy looking resume and miss key parts on their resume, while doing so. Guess what – the fancy fonts and formatting are not important when you are applying for a federal position. What is important is the content that will make it past the initial screening into the hands of a hiring official.

As you utilize the resume builder you will find there are a number of items included that are not on a corporate resume. Hours per week that you worked, supervisor’s contact and more. While,  some may appreciate your use of a different font or other formatting, they may never see your resume because by missing key components your resume will never make it past the initial screening. So, use the resume builder!

Another benefit, the resume builder puts everything in order to make it easier for those screening your resume – you know the people who have to go through EACH AND EVERY SINGLE resume (yes, even if there are 1,000 – which sometimes there are) that make it past the questionnaire who actually get your resume to the hiring official. Make it easy for them and (you guessed it) use the resume builder!

With your federal resume, you can create a visually appealing resume by utilizing capitalization, symbols and spacing. With the latest updates to the USA Jobs website, a basic bullet can be copied and pasted into your resume. Create your formatting utilizing these tools. So, (yes, I’m going to say it again) use the resume builder!


Rose Holland is the spouse of an Active Duty Army Reservist and is an advocate for 7fcde3ae4be55169d661dc998752bb25military and veteran families. She has three adult children and has been married to her husband, Michael, for 30 years. She is a certified Workforce Development Professional, Federal Career Coach and Job Search Trainer.

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