Career Services


Mailing Address:
PO Box 756380
Fairbanks, AK 99775-6380

Shipping Address:
403 Salcha St
110 Eielson Bldg
Fairbanks, AK 99775-6380

907-474-7596 phone
907-474-7445 fax
uaf-career@alaska.edu

Tips for Writing the Federal Government Resume

  • Plan to spend plenty of time.  It is a lengthy process to properly create and maintain a federal government resume.  If an application form is required, make sure to use the correct one.
  • Make sure it is neat and typed.
  • Familiarize yourself with the federal system.  Know how to find the key words in the vacancy announcement and the various levels of qualifications.  A counselor at Career Services can help you with this.
  • Be specific and list information accurately.  Fill in all the blanks.  Indicates N/A for not available or UNK for unknown.
  • Your resume must include the following information.  Omitting required information could result in your resume be disqualified and/or damage your potential for an interview.
    JOB INFORMATION - Announcement number, title and grade(s) of the job for which you are applying.
    PERSONAL INFORMATION
    - Full name, full mailing address, and day and evening telephone numbers, social security number, and country of citizenship (most federal jobs require U.S. citizenship)
    VETERANS PREFERENCE
    REINSTATEMENT ELIGIBILITY
    EDUCATION
    WORK EXPERIENCE
    - include volunteer experience and major projects
    OTHER QUALIFICATIONS - include special responsibilities, training others, cross-cultural experience



  • Know your KSAs (Knowledge, Skills and Abilities).  Write them for maximum points.
    Knowledge - information, fact or procedure which demonstrates your ability to perform.
    Skills - an observable competence to perform a learned psychomotor activity.
    Ability - a demonstrated capability to perform an observable behavior or a behavior that results in an observable product.
    Excerpted from The Student's Federal Career Guide by Kathryn Kraemer Troutman and Emily K. Troutmant.
  • Show increased levels of responsibility.
  • Indicate Teamwork and Leadership experience with examples and results.
  • Additional resources for assistance
    USAJOBS
    Federal Jobs Net