Federal Resume Samples and Templates

Sample Military Transition Resumes

Sample Military Transition Resumes can give you a sense of what your own resume should look like, what experience it should include, and the best format to be competitive. CareerProPlus has assembled a selection of sample military transition resumes for civilian job applications and government resume samples for federal jobs to help you out. There are many different resume techniques for applying to the federal government, for government contractors, and for corporate jobs.

Notice how this sample federal resume is formatted. Most employers in the federal sector look for HEADLINE FORMAT when they scan through resumes, as demonstrated in the example above. In a federal resume, your name and contact information should be the “headline” at the top of the page, followed by relevant work experience. One major difference seen here is the paragraph-like format of the subsequent accomplishments and qualifications. Federal employers want to know why you’re the most qualified and reliable person for a position, which is why they require more text-heavy documentation. If this type of resume is new to you, CareerProPlus is here to help!


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Resume Trends for Civilian Jobs

For civilian jobs in most sectors and industries, your military experience can translate well to the job market. As you can see from the military resume samples below, jobs in the private sector focus on specific skills. If, for example, you worked with computers or led teams as part of your military experience, you can list this on your resume for a job in the private sector. You should stress how transferable your skills are and show that you have performed similar work to what the employer needs.

Military resumes also tend to have descriptions for acronyms that are used in the private and federal sector, and use quantitative and qualitative results to set them apart from other applicants. Folks transitioning from the military to the private sector are competing with folks in this sector. However, Veterans have so much more training and hands-on experience than most and are normally very humble. Now is not the time to be humble, but to show how you can perform a job better than your competition. Using Headlines in your military transition resume can alert HR folks right to your specific experience related to the job you seek. Ensuring all of the aforementioned information is included in addition to making your military resume ATS (application tracking system) friendly is quite daunting. Organizing, researching and crafting your military resume is CPG’s expertise and has earned thousands and thousands of Veterans interviews leading to jobs.

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Resume Trends for Federal Jobs

When you look at our federal resume examples, you can see that they differ from private sector resumes. USAJobs resumes tend to be longer and more focused on accomplishments, qualifications, experience and training rather than descriptions of job duties. Specialized experience is mandatory to include in your federal resume to address the specialized education, skills and experience required for the job.

The majority of federal government jobs are advertised through USAJobs, and you’re expected to use the platform to apply. As you can see from the USAJobs resume examples below, USAJobs requires you to fill out specific “fields” such as the supervisor’s name, contact information, salary, address of job, as well as training and KSAs (Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities). Sometimes, it will ask you to complete a supplemental questionnaire or assessment questionnaire as well. The questionnaires are very important and you must ensure that the information you include in your questionnaire responses is also reflected within your USAJobs resume. This one area will automatically disqualify you before you even make it to the HR representative.

While every federal resume will be unique to each job applicant, most are required to be in compliance with certain format and content specifications such as those mentioned above. Other common trends for federal resumes include requiring up to multiple pages of documentation about work history, education, salary, publications and other mandatory information you would not typically find in private-sector job applications. Federal resumes are often the most difficult resumes to write — and to write well. However, we offer Certified Master Federal Resume Writers, as well as one of our publications “Roadmap to Federal Jobs” to further assist you. All of our services are specifically designed to further your knowledge in obtaining a federal job.

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Create a Stellar and Interview-Winning Resume with CareerProPlus

The Headline format used by CareerProPlus with USAJobs applications has helped HR professionals in the federal government to hone in on the applicants’ qualifications. Additionally, almost four decades of information and expertise is shared with our clients so you get an even better leg up.

If you’re transitioning into civilian life and looking for a job, browse our sample resumes for the security, technology, government and other fields. CareerProPlus has helped thousands and thousands of military personnel transitioning to a federal job and submit job applications in every career field. No matter what your career goals, our team provides resume writing services, training and assistance submitting a job application that highlights your unique abilities. Contact us today to make your career goals a reality.

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