Federal Resumes

Land a federal job faster with a resume ranked "Best Qualified” and is referred to a hiring authority with a federal resume showcasing how your goals and values align with the agency’s mission as well as the required Specialized Experience and Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs) on the job announcement.


A Certified Professional Resume Writer can help you if: 

  • You are using the same resume for both public sector and corporate jobs.

  • Your federal resume generalizes your experience and is used for every job application.

  • Your federal resume is less than three pages long and looks like a long list of bullets.

  • Your federal resume does not adequately demonstrate your Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs).

 Federal Resume Services


GS 1-4 and equivalent, $299

GS 5-8 and equivalent, $349

GS 9-11 and equivalent, $399

GS 12-14 and equivalent, $449

What is equivalent?


This service includes:

  • A 60-minute Phone Consultation

  • A USAJobs-formatted resume in multiple file types (including Word Document, PDF, and Plain Text files)

  • First draft delivery in five business days

  • An Extended Priority Revision Period of 10 business days


Closing date fast approaching? First drafts are typically ready for review in five business days. If your closing date is fast approaching, you can get your first drafts in three business days with an additional $49 rush fee.

Starting from scratch? The Employment History Outline will help you provide all of the information needed for a federal resume if you are transitioning from the military, have never held a public sector job, or have not needed a federal resume until now.

 Executive Federal Resumes

For senior leaders targeting Senior Executive Service positions (GS-15+), Senior Level (SL), scientific and professional (ST) positions, and equivalent



Includes a 60-minute Phone Consultation, first draft in five business days, a USAJobs-formatted resume, and a presentation resume for networking




Includes a 60-minute Phone Consultation, first draft in five business days, and up to two pages for each of the five Executive Core Qualification statements




First draft in five business days for Technical Qualifications Statement up to two pages




First draft with delivery of resume first draft or in two business days for specific job announcement


 Executive Federal Resumes & SES Applications


Includes two 60-minute Phone Consultations, a USAJobs-formatted executive federal resume, a presentation resume for networking, up to two pages for each of the five Executive Core Qualification statements (ECQs), up to two pages for three Technical Qualifications Statements (TQs), and a federal cover letter

$995 ($1,244 Value)

Frequently Asked Questions

+ Why are public sector or federal resumes so different than corporate resumes?

Private sector employers collect resumes and narrow down candidates using Applicant Tracking software. A corporate resume must be optimized with keywords from the job posting to make sure you are ranked as a top candidate by this software. Only the top candidates' resumes will likely be seen by a decision maker scheduling interviews.

Federal agencies hire a bit differently. While your federal resume is submitted online, it won't be seen by Applicant Tracking software. It will be read by the agency's HR Specialist who must determine if you are qualified based on very strict requirements. He or she will determine if you are referred to a hiring authority.

To prove you are qualified, your federal resume must describe your work history and qualifications (known as Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities or KSAs) in details. The most effective format to achieve this is to alternate between paragraph descriptions that align with each specific KSA and bullet lists that showcase your related achievements. Each achievements should also include context, actions, and results. No wonder federal resumes are between 3-5+ pages long!

You are unlikely to be ranked as "Best Qualified and Referred" and move forward in the application process without a highly targeted federal resume that adequately showcases your KSAs and understanding of the agency's mission.

+ This is my first federal job search. What information will I need to provide that is typically not included on a corporate resume?

First, you must make sure you are eligible and qualified for the job before you apply. Some jobs are only available to current or previous federal employees; and if you do not have the required experience and/or education, you will not move forward in the application process.

Read the This job is open to and How You Will Be Evaluated sections of the job announcement carefully.

Your federal resume must include specific compliance details that are typically not found on a corporate resume including:

  • Each employer's address,
  • Your supervisor's name and contact information as well as whether or not they may be contacted,
  • The number of hours you worked per week, and
  • The series and grade if you were a federal employee

You will also need to provide specific, detailed examples that prove you can perform the tasks at the level required for the job. You must address every required qualification.

You should also include volunteer work and other unpaid work to demonstrate your Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities.

+ Do I need a federal resume if I'm applying on USAJobs?

USAJobs let's you upload or build up to five resumes.

If you're creating a federal resume for the first time, using the USAJobs Resume Builder will help you include and organize all of the details needed for a federal resume correctly. However, the Resume Builder creates an ugly document that won't help you stand out from other candidates also using the Resume Builder.

Remember, HR Specialists will be reading your resume directly. Even a USAJobs-formatted resume can be a strong marketing document.

Having a federal resume written for a job announcement can also save you a lot of time. You can upload your federal resume to populate the required fields or you can complete each field individually.

+ How does the SES Application Package work?

If you are applying for executive federal jobs, the SES Application Package will save you 10% on the top required documents for your application:

  • An Executive Federal Resume
  • The (5) Executive Core Qualifications Statements
  • Three Technical Qualifications Statements
  • A Cover Letter

Like all new federal resume orders, we will start with a 60-minute Phone Consultation to discuss your KSAs and background in more detail. At the end of the consultation, you can purchase the SES Application Package by paying over the phone or online. The first drafts of your executive federal resume and cover letter will be ready for review in five business days (three business days with an additional $49 rush fee).

Any revisions you request by phone or email within the next ten business days will be completed and returned for review within 48 hours (This is the Extended Priority Revision Period). Once you are satisfied with your executive federal resume and cover letter, we will schedule another 60-minute Phone Consultation to discuss the accomplishments we will showcase in your Executive Core Qualifications (ECQ) statements.

The first drafts of your ECQs and TQs will be ready for review in five business days. A rush service is not available for ECQs and TQs at this time.

These statements are also eligible for an Extended Priority Revision Period. You will receive your final federal application documents at the end of the Priority Revision Period or upon your request.

+ What does GS stand for, and why does it affect the price of my resume?

The Federal Government categorizes jobs by series (groupings of similar occupations) and by grade which refers to the pay level of that job. The General Schedule (GS) pay scale is the most common pay schedule.

The GS pay grade listed on your job announcement also indicated the education level and experience required to qualify for that job. Since pricing is based on your background and career goals, the GS pay grade affects the price of your resume.

Example: If you have a high school diploma or as little as three months of general work experience, you likely only qualify for jobs at the GS-2 level. For college graduates with no specialized experience in any career field, you will likely qualify for GS-5 jobs. To qualify for GS-9 jobs, you will need a Master's degree or several years of specialized experience with the federal government.

+ What if I can't find the GS pay grade on my job announcement?

Most federal agencies will use USAJobs to post their job announcements which typically lists the GS Pay Grade. If your job announcement is from another website and you can't find a GS Pay Grade, the agency may not use the General Schedule Pay Grade.

The chart below will indicate which alternative pay grades are equivalent to the General Schedule Pay Grade. If no pay grade is listed at all, thes the minimum requirements listed in the job announcement will be used for GS Pay Grade equivalency.

+ What is equivalent to GS...?

GS Pay GradeEquivalent Pay GradeNo Indicated Pay Grade? Equivalent Requirements
ZA-1, ZP-1, ZS-1, ZS-2, ZT-1,
No college degree
or AA degree or 2-year certification program
ZA-2, ZP-2, ZS-3, ZS-4, ZT-2,
Bachelor's degree or 3 years of general experience
with 1+ years of related experience
ZA-3, ZP-3, ZS-5, ZT-3, NP-III,
2+ years of grad school, Master's degree,
or 2+ years of related federal experience
ZA-4, ZA-5, ZP-4, ZP-5, ZT-4,
3+ years of grad school, Ph.D.,
or 3+ years of related federal experience
GS-15+-All Senior Executive Service (SES), Senior Level (SL),
scientific or professional (ST) positions, and equivalent