How To Write your Government Resume

People looking for jobs usually dream of working in big corporations, or other prestigious institutions to get a big head start on their life goals. One great place to work for is the government. Despite misconceptions of the government being corrupt and extremely bureaucratic, the government is a very good place to build up one’s character, work ethics and social awareness.

Unlike applying for a regular job, which requires a standard resume, the government requires a different set of information in your resume. A government resume entails more details and information about what you have done and what you can do for the government agency you are applying for. Providing the needed information, presented in the correct format is essential in increasing your chances of getting the job.

So what’s the first step into getting into that dream job with the government? Here’s how:

Unlike your standard resume where stating your name, address, and contact numbers is enough, a government resume requires your military status and your country of citizenship. There is no need to indicate the schools and universities you have attended as they place primary on the degrees, certifications and workshops you have taken.

Begin you resume with your summary statement. The summary statement is the first paragraph of your resume, which should indicate in precise words why you are qualified for the position.

The next part of your resume is your employment history or experience section. Your three most recent jobs must be indicated here in chronological order. When outlining your recent work experiences, do not forget to include your position and the responsibilities that you handled. Make sure that you emphasize responsibilities that are relevant to the government position that you are applying for.

Next, indicate your educational credentials. List down all degrees and certifications that you have attained in chronological order and make sure to include the dates when you earned these. Double check the job posting if your resume would need certain attachments such as a copy of your transcript, diploma, or other official documents.

If you are aiming for a senior/ higher position in the government, you will need to outline your executive core qualities. This is similar to step 3 but you should place more emphasis on the qualities that would indicate that you are fit for such a position.

If applicable, include your set of knowledge, skills and abilities that make you fit for the position. You should list down a minimum of five.

Sometimes, the government would require other forms to be filled out and that must submitted along with your resume, such as the Form C, which is a questionnaire that evaluates your qualifications.

Before submitting your resume, double check if you have filled up all the required information correctly. Refrain from using a generic resume to apply for different government positions. Make sure each one is tailored to fit that particular position that you are applying for.

When sending out your resume, refrain also from using unnecessary materials that you think will give you extra points, such as scented stationary, expensive envelopes, and fonts that deviate from the traditional (Times New Roman, Arial, etc).

You can have a professional help you draft a winning resume, but this is not completely necessary as numerous samples of government resumes with the correct formats are available online. When making a resume for a government position, make sure that you write as professionally, and as clearly and as concisely as possible.


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