Tips & Tricks – Government Applications

Suggestions provide by Amy Marks, Missile Defense Agency

The government application process is different from industry in that typically there are two phases (resume rating and interview) instead of multiple reviews and interviews. Federal resumes provide selecting officials a first impression of the applicant and are the primary tool utilized in the selection process. Therefore it requires more detailed information than the standard no-more- than two page industry resume.  Tailored resumes that reflect in detail the applicant’s experience in the knowledge, skills and abilities (known as KSAs) required for the position receive higher qualification ratings and thus are more likely to be selected for an interview.

  • USAJOBS it is the central automated portal used to apply for vacancies with the Federal Government. Once you set up an account by registering on (it is free) you can post up to 5 versions of your resume. It also tracks your application history & status.
  • Do not submit a cover letter unless the announcement specifically asks for one.
  • If the announcement request transcripts, you must submit them
  • Complete the assessment questionnaire if asked to do so
By Ashley Stark
Ashley Stark Director for Corporate Relations