Federal Resume Examples

Federal resumes are used to apply to government jobs and internships on USAJOBS. They differ from resumes used in the private sector in a few key ways*:

Federal resumes… Private sector resumes…
  • Are used to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications and requirements for a job announcement
  • Are used as a marketing tool to get an interview
  • Can be multiple pages long to include all experiences
  • Should be kept to 1-2 pages maximum to summarize your most relevant experience
  • Includes more details of background and all experiences such as hourly wage/salary, supervisor’s title and contact information, hours worked per week, veteran status, security clearance, etc.
  • Do not include personal details like country of citizenship, street address, salary history, or references

*Adapted from the Office of Human Resources from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Federal Resume Tips page

Federal Example: Entry-Level Position/ Internship

Brandon Wilcox’s Federal Resume

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  • Brandon is interested in pursuing an internship related to public policy analysis
  • He wants to highlight his leadership experience and show that he is a strong communicator