Resume Tools

Resume Tools

A clear and accurate presentation of your work history ensures that recruiters and hiring managers recognize the full value of your work experiences. Do not assume that they know what you do. Your statements represent the content necessary to validate the proficiency levels you claimed on the assessment questionnaire.

What to include in federal resume

What to include in federal resume

What not to include in federal resume

What not to include in federal resume

Top 5 Resume FAQs


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 software. 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.

Professional Credentials

Professional credentials

DFAS recognizes the value of competencies gained through formal education and professional certifications. To ensure consistent credit is given for these credentials in the selection process DFAS has developed standard selection criteria used when filling positions in professional and administrative series. In addition to experience, it is important to include all education and professional certifications in a resume in the form of education, training or licenses and certifications portions to receive full credit during the selection process.

Selections for professional and administrative positions are based on four categories:

EXPERIENCE: Experience described on the applicants resume are compared to the levels of experience determined to be most valuable by the selecting official for the successful performance of the duties for a specific position. The levels of experience will be related to the major duties and the knowledge, skills, abilities and competencies of the position.

EDUCATION: Degrees must be from accredited institution. The minimum creditable education level is an Associate degree or its equivalent of 60 semester hours or more in a field related to the position being filled.

OTHER: This category captures skills, experiences and achievements not credited under experience. Examples include training, special assignments, successful career progression, career broadening experience, work experience across organizational lines or in other agencies, experience in other occupational series, award, performance appraisals or an interview.

CERTIFICATIONS: Points are awarded for completed certifications identified in the Professional Credentials--Key Certifications guide (PDF 76KB - 11/24/2008). Be sure to check the primary and secondary certifications for the series of the position being applied.

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