A successful application starts with your resume. You will have to create a Federal Resume, which is different than one-page resumes used in private industry and academic CVs. Unlike academic CVs which focus on your publication and grants record, a federal resume must also detail your past duties and accomplishments for each position listed in your federal resume. For example, your academic CV would list your academic positions. In a federal resume, you must also list your duties and accomplishments for each position. Learn more about creating a federal resume.
A successful application also consists of answering a questionnaire. You can preview the questionnaire prior to starting the application by going to the How to Apply section in the USAJobs.gov application. Your responses to the questions should mirror your resume. For instance, if you answer you are considered an expert in “Identify and recommend the program direction of new research,” your resume should clearly indicate your skills, experience, and accomplishments in recommending new research. Consider carefully how your own experience has prepared you for this type of job, provide the evidence, and don’t underestimate your abilities. Learn more about the federal application process.