Or Top Ten Tips for the BEST Federal Resume
by Paula Galloday, July 17, 2020
Paula is a long time Federal Human Resources Specialist, Schedule A Coordinator and Coach. She receives alot of Federal resumes. These are her TOP TIPS based on her years of experience of looking at Federal resumes! And she has a great sense of humor too! Kathryn Troutman
Paula requested this blog about recruiting for Schedule A Candidates for IRS in 2018. “Got candidates??? The IRS is hiring – IT personnel as if we are having a fire sale”
Here are a few tips – wait what huh I am sending tips to the Guru of resumes?
Sure, why not everyone needs a bit of comic relief now and then:
Do not include a picture of yourself on your resume, especially if the picture is larger than the information you are providing in the body of the resume.
If you have work experience try adding more than 1 or 2 sketchy bullet points under said employer’s name; with the expectation that I (or others can use magical powers) in grasping your work/education knowledge.
If you are a current federal employee – maybe you realize XXX was not your field of choice and went back to XX university. Do not copy your PD – this is what the agency hopes you will accomplish. Did you?
DO write your resume without: grammatical errors, spelling errors, acronyms but fail to tell the reader what the acronym “means”; other checkpoints could be listed.
Do not use colors – coloring is for coloring books – which is a great way to reduce stress – do not make me (or others) need to grab the crayons to reduce our stress levels.
Do not use cryptic bullet points – Kryptonite is for Superman – we are not wearing our protective capes.
DO PROOF READ – READING IT IS FUNDAMENTAL
Do not list job/key accomplishments at the top of the resume, then list employers – connect the dots is a great stress reliever too, but not on your resume.
Do not list “fun activities” – unless of course you are applying for a job within one of the fun activities category.
… and the number 10 hit list – at least in my opinion – DO NOT LIST AN OBJECTIVE – IF YOU ARE HANDING OUT YOUR RESUME – THE OBJECTIVE IS VERY CLEAR – YOU WANT/NEED A JOB.
Do you want to see samples of correct Federal resumes? That mind all of the rules by Paula Galloday?