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There are a lot of pros for working for the federal government.  The pay is pretty good, the vacation time is generous, and the overall benefits package is admirable.  But the one major downside is getting in the door.  Many job seekers who are coming from the private sector are mystified by the hiring process required to land one of these plum positions.

If you are interested in getting into the federal government, but you aren’t landing interviews despite your qualifications, here are some pointers you should pay attention to:

1) Don’t confine the resume to two pages. For the private sector less is more, but for the federal sector, more is more.  In other words, federal employers are looking for more information on the federal-style resume.  For most job seekers a resume of between four and six pages is a good length for the government resume.

2) Include personal information. There is information that the government requires on the federal-style resume that would be a no-no on a private sector resume.  For example, the government wants your Social Security number, the names of your bosses, and the address and phone number of your employers.  They also need to know about your citizenship status.  And they require information about your salary history for each position that you have held.

3) Be sure to address the information on the vacancy announcement. This is critical for making it to the highly qualified list.  Read the information on the vacancy announcement carefully and make sure that each element is addressed on the resume fully.  HR specialists cannot assume anything when they read your resume, so if you have no specifically talked about your experience in a particular area, you cannot be given credit for having that experience.

For personalized assistance with your federal resume to boost your chances of landing an interview, talk to a certified professional resume writer at 877-743-9521 or send an email to admin@calltocareer.com.