Federal Job Seekers: Tips for Writing Great ‘Selective Factors’

October 31, 2007 – 8:18 am

Now that you understand the federal resume submission process and the KSA’s, there is another element to consider – selective factors.  Positions that require specific qualifications that are absolutely necessary to perform the job with success involve the use of selectors factors.  These selective factors are part of the minimum requirements for a position and determine eligible applicants.Selective factors will be established in the vacancy announcement.  You need to demonstrate your ability to meet these specific factors to perform the position.  Areas may include:

  • your experience such as internships or field work that would qualify you for the position;
  • your education that pertains to a specific area – for example, an agency may want to consider limiting applicants to people who have an educational backgrounds in a particular branch of physics rather than a related or general field.

Quality ranking factors are also used to establish which applicants are better qualified for a position. Additionally, there are special in-service placement provisions that require applicants to meet certain minimum qualification requirements.If you want to ensure your specific factors are stellar, have a professional federal resume writer who is familiar with the federal submission process prepare them for you.  This investment in your future may mean landing a coveted federal position or still trying to come up with the right resume on your own.

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