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Drafting a Federal Resume

Many federal government opportunities require you to use a federal resume to apply.  A federal resume is a more comprehensive document you will use to apply to federal government opportunities.  It should run 2-5 pages for an entry-level position. A federal resume contains all the same information as your other  public interest resumes, but goes into more depth about your skills, past duties and accomplishments.  This type of resume is akin to one you would use for a post-graduate fellowship application.

The best resource for creating a federal resume is still the USAJOBS Resume Builder. You can create (or upload) resumes and store up to 5 different ones to use to apply to Federal Job Opportunity Announcements on USAJOBS.  By making one resume searchable, you allow agencies to find you.  You can save this federal resume as a Word document, and use it to apply to any federal government opportunity whether applying through or elsewhere.   

To use the Resume Builder follow these steps:

  • Go to and select "Sign In" or "Create an Account" located in the upper-right hand corner of the homepage.
  • If you already have an account, log in using your username (email address) and password, and then select "I Agree, Sign Me In."
  • Select "Build New Resume" and follow the instructions.

 The Resume Builder will ensure that you have included all relevant information, and you're ready to apply to the federal government.