What is a résumé?
A résumé is a brief, organized statement of your
skills, abilities, and previous accomplishments as
to the position that you are seeking
Your résumé must be brief since a recruiter will
spend no more than 10 seconds
it. Except in special circumstances (federal resumes,
the length of your résumé should not exceed
What is the purpose of a résumé?
- Employers sort through résumés to identify
candidates, you must have an immediate impact.
- Do not include irrelevant information that could
disqualify you (even
subconsciously), e.g., personal information, marital or
- After reviewing your résumé, an employer
to meet you.
- Résumés are also used as a guide during
and to refresh the interviewer’s memory after the
What kind of information should be included in a
Résumés for Non-Federal positions
- Contact information at the top: name, address, phone number,
- Educational background
- Relevant work experience (usually in reverse
- Awards & honors
- Special Abilities/Skills (languages, computer expertise)
Follow the instructions in the Vacancy Announcement as to the
and information needed. It is common for federal résumés to
information as to citizenship, veteran’s status, Social Security
previous supervisors’ contact information, and salary
Also check the guides to preparing federal résumés in the Office of Career