Understanding the Federal Resume

A Federal Resume is one of the acceptable application documents for federal employment. When applying for a federal job with a resume or other written format, you must provide certain information for the government to evaluate your qualifications and determine if you meet legal requirements for federal employment.

A Federal Resume may follow the same format and guidelines as any other resume, but must also include the following information required by the OF-510 form (Information not typically included in a resume for the private sector is marked in red.):

Job Information

Announcement number, title and grades(s) of the job for which you are applying. Include any further information that the job announcement requests.

Personal Information

  • Full name
  • Mailing address
  • Day and evening telephone numbers with area code
  • Social Security number
  • Country of citizenship
  • Veterans' preference (for further details call OPM at 912-757-3000, select "Federal Employment topics," then "Veterans")
  • Reinstatement eligibility (if requested, attach SF 50) with highest federal civilian grade held (give job series and dates held)


  • High school with name, city and state with zip code
  • Date of diploma or GED
  • Colleges of universities with name, city and state with zip code, include Majors and type and year of any degrees received
  • Include a copy of transcripts if requested on job announcements

Work Experience

Provide information for your paid and non-paid work experience related to the job for which you are applying:

  • Job title
  • Responsibilities and accomplishments
  • Employer's name and address
  • Supervisor's name and telephone number
  • Whether or not your present supervisor can be contacted
  • Starting and ending dates (month and year)
  • Hours worked per week
  • Salary

Additionally, include any job-related training, skills, certificates, licenses, professional memberships, awards, etc.

Remember, if your resume does not provide all of the information requested in the job vacancy announcement and in the OF-510 form as outlined above, you may lose consideration for a job.

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