There has recently been a dramatic increase in the number of people requesting federal resume writing and KSA document preparation. My personal theory is that, given the current state of the economy, people are looking for a more stable form of employment with virtually no layoffs. In addition to the bailout money earmarked for increased employment, it makes sense that there would be a sudden demand for jobs in the federal government.

I’ve put together a list of things you need to know before you begin your journey into Federal Government employment land.

1. The resume and application are worlds different from resumes and civil applications. In fact, they are the EXACT OPPOSITE of what a normal resume would look like.

2. On a federal resume you can use I statements. In fact, you are supposed to. Everything on a federal resume must be in the first person. Everything in a resume from the corporate world should not be in the first person, that would cause your resume to be thrown away.

3. Federal resumes are SIGNIFICANTLY longer than their counterparts. A professional or executive resume would be approximately two pages. A federal resume can be up to 8 or 10 pages long.

4. Federal resumes MUST BE and I repeat this MUST BE directed to a specific position. You have to include the position number, level and tones of your personal information like social security number etc. A professional resume would never include this information, but should always focus on a specific position.

5. Federal resumes must have a KSA document attached that describes your experience in relation to the specific knowledge, skills, and abilities that the application asks you to explain. This document can be one page or multiple pages long. It depends on how many KSA are required for that position.

If you create a federal resume and KSA document for a specific position, it may be as long as 12 pages or more. I’m sure you can see a big difference when a professional resume should be only 2 pages max. The point is not that one is better than the other, it is to help you see that they are very different, and as a result, you should not expect to use your regular resume to pass for a federal one.

There are professionals who can help you navigate the waters of federal resumes and applications. They are experts because they write them every day for countless clients. As a result, they know exactly what it should look like, what it should include, and how to best address those KSAs. To increase your chances of success, consider using a federal resume writer or a professional resume writing service that also creates federal resumes.

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