Becoming the Ideal Candidate
Government ResumesTo make the most of your application, you should target your resume around the position you are applying for and use each job posting as a guide. Your federal resume should be longer than a typical resume, somewhere between 2-5 pages, while state and local resumes should be 1-3 pages. It should highlight your skills in leadership, organization, communication, and teamwork and go more in-depth than a typical resume on your past accomplishments. Each bullet point should contain a key accomplishment or elaborate upon a time you went above and beyond. Federal employers like to see data and numbers in your bullet points.
Government Cover LettersA government cover letter should address any special clearances and related work experience that you may have in great detail. For assistance in creating a standout cover letter, attend our drop-in advising.
Dress for SuccessWhen you’re dressing for your interview, remember to dress as if you were meeting in person. Make sure to do your research on organizational culture to determine your professional attire. It is standard in government to wear business professional attire, and it's always better to overdress than underdress for an interview.
Interview PreparationOnce you’ve been selected for an interview, you should document the recruiter's name, title, time and date of the interview, and any other information shared over the phone. Agencies use a variety of interview formats, including traditional one-on-one interviews, panel interviews, phone interviews, and virtual video interviews.