Resume preparation suggestions found in this guide have been formulated by the DFAS Human Resources staff on experience gained in reviewing numerous of electronic and hard copy resume submissions and from Hiring Managers feedback based on the quality of resumes received. Read and study this information carefully (perhaps several times) prior to developing a resume, and incorporate these "lessons learned."
Resume Sample (MS Word Format)
1. Why is the content of my resume important?
Your resume must describe the quality of work in regards to the responses to the self-assessment questionnaire and it should be relevant to the qualifications of the position listed on the DFAS vacancy announcement.
2. How can I distinguish my resume among others?
An attractive resume won’t simply list work experiences but it should also highlight accomplishments. For each work experience that you list, you may want to add accomplishments to show your knowledge, skills and levels of expertise.
3. Are there any tips for writing accomplishments in my resume?
You may describe your accomplishments using models such as the P.A.R. (Problem, Action, and Result) or C.C.A.R (Context, Challenge, Action, Result). Look at the things you did on your current or previous jobs in terms of problems or challenges, actions and results. Include any significant skills (e.g. communication skills, leadership skills, data management skills, accounting systems skills, customer service skills) that you used.
4. What is the right format for a federal resume?
There is no “right” or “wrong” format. You can create your resume using the USAJOBS resume builder, using Microsoft Word or similar softwares. For resume samples please see the links above.
5. How many resumes may I upload with my application?
You are encouraged to use only one method of submitting your resume. Human Resources will review the resume that the system date stamps as the latest one received. Make sure that you are submitting the resume which best reflects your qualifications for the particular job that you are applying.