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Does anybody have any guidance for writing a resume for fede jaydeeesquire03/13/19
I have received two offers for fed attorney jobs off USAjobs a8464803/15/19
The trick, I’ve heard, is to cut and paste into your resum therewillbeblood03/14/19
There are opm guides for each series. Look at them for a gui downwardslope03/14/19
jaydeeesquire (Mar 13, 2019 - 10:56 pm)

Does anybody have any guidance for writing a resume for federal attorney job applications? I have heard that writing a federal resume isn't like writing a private sector resume — a private sector resume emphasizes brevity, but on a federal resume it's better to use lots of detail and explanation. Does that sound right?

The agency I want to work for has been posting jobs lately, and I'd welcome any advice for how to make someone who looks at my application realize that I the qualifications I offer align with the position requirements. I have several years of non-federal experience that are relevant for the federal jobs I'm eyeing.

Now here's a catch: my private sector experience is in a JD-preferred role, not as a traditional attorney. It is directly relevant to the job I want to apply to, but I don't know how to demonstrate this background is qualifying legal experience. The position I want is one grade higher than the one I have, and I don't yet have 52 weeks at my current grade, which means I need to make sure the hiring official gives me credit for my private sector experience, in addition to my federal experience.

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a84648 (Mar 15, 2019 - 11:51 am)

I have received two offers for fed attorney jobs off USAjobs.gov. I had no connections to either location and went through the traditional application process.

The resume needs to show that you have the necessary experience to do the job they are advertising for. I include a lot of information in my resume for each of my jobs that directly related to the "preferred candidate." However, while my resume got me the interview(s), it was my performance in the interview that got me the offer. If you are applying from out of state (which I did), be sure to explain why you want the job and do your research about the unique attributes about the office.

The irony is that I declined both positions because the timing was not good for me though they were my dream jobs.

Hope this helps and good luck to you!

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therewillbeblood (Mar 14, 2019 - 7:36 am)

The trick, I’ve heard, is to cut and paste into your resume the job description. Use exact phrasing where possible.

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downwardslope (Mar 14, 2019 - 5:14 pm)

There are opm guides for each series. Look at them for a guide and then focus on the skills mentioned in the job advertisement.

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