Top Tips to Increase Your Federal Job Chances: Getting an Interview

April 16, 2007 – 10:08 am

Many people mistakenly think that a resume will land a job.  Whether it is a Federal or private sector resume however, getting the job is not the purpose of the resume.  Getting the interview is the goal.  If the resume results in an interview then it did what it was designed to do.  With a Federal resume, realizing that the government agencies involved require more information than is commonly found on private sector resumes, it is very important to give them all of the information they ask for.  Following instructions and providing such information as supervisor contact information and salary history is important.The next step in increasing chances of  landing a Federal job are in making your resume stand out in a stack of qualified applicants.  Grabbing the attention of the reader on the first page through listing of accomplishments, while still staying within the format restrictions of the Federal process, will ensure that your resume will be noticed.  This, in fact, is one of the main reasons for considering use of a professional Federal resume writer in preparing your resume.  A professional can often spot accomplishments and reasons to pay attention to your resume that you may have missed.Next, the information in the resume, whether it is job descriptions, education information or any other pertinent data should be clearly communicated.  Proper grammar, proper sentence structure, and zero spelling errors.  You may not get extra points for perfect spelling, but some people will take points away if you have errors.  Make sure that the document is as close to perfect as it can be, which is another good reason to work with a professional.

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