Average resume stats for your industry
Words
420
Pages length
1.7 p
Job titles per resume
3.7
Bullet points per job title
7.9
Experience
6.5 years
Top Skills for Government resume
HARD SKILLS
  1. Oracle HRMS
  2. people Soft
  3. Delphi payroll
  4. pay 2 pro, Adreline S/W
  5. Mena HR/ Pay
SOFT SKILLS
  1. Communication
  2. Confidentiality
  3. Decisiveness
  4. Organisation
  5. Empathy and compassion
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Top Government sections that make the best resume

  • Header
  • Professional summary
  • Experience (with numbers and results)
  • Relevant skills
  • Education
  • Certifications

How to write a Government resume experience section

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Government Resume’s Job Experience Checklist:
  • Use 4-6 bullet points per job title;
  • Don’t go further than a decade behind when describing your job history, unless you’re applying for an executive position;
  • Combine job responsibilities as well as achievements with numbers in results when you describe your past work;
  • Start each sentence with a power verb and avoid overused buzzwords;
  • Use either C-A-R or S-T-A-R methodology, when describing your experience.

The work experience samples below come from real Government resumes that got people hired at top companies. You can use them as an inspiration to build your own resume:

Work Experience
Regulatory and Government Affairs Director
Bravura Combo
2015-2019
  • Achieved more than $220M in federal high cost funding for broadband infrastructure and network maintenance for the next 5 to 6 years.
  • Created the Regulatory Compliance Division that assures company wide regulatory compliance and timely filings with regulatory entyties.
  • Negotiated a 5 year Interconection Agreement until 2018 that preserves a 35% increase in UNE's, practically eliminated Sec. 254 arbitrations and saved $millions on attorney fees.
Work Experience
Government Integration Project Specialist
Movie Intense
2016-2017
  • Provided executive support and administrative management for the Integration Group (senior members of the key Ministries/Games Partners and BEGOC Executives) of the Games.
  • Assisted to plan and implement external Integration Group, providing accountability and administration to established joint working groups and resolving senior operational multi-domain issues.
  • Managed confidential correspondence, prepared and maintained the accuracy of all senior management-level documentation including agenda, meeting minutes and BEGOC reports.
Work Experience
Governments Partnership Intern
Miller - Windler
2009-2014
  • Assisted in the redaction of briefing material, scene-setters and talking points for meetings.
  • Suggested ad-hoc analyses and scenarios on Donor countries.
  • Supported the team in high-level meetings (including two Executive Boards).
  • Prepared the weekly newsletter of the team.
Work Experience
Student Body/Government President
Bode - Jones
2015-2019
  • Manage and lead weekly meetings with executive board officers and senators
  • Empower student leaders of the instituion
  • Create a collaborative campus community
Work Experience
Government Program Head
Quads
2016-2017
  • Planing and organizing Department
  • Overlook sale teams including: performance, sales target...
  • Implement strategies, establish standards to all staves and sales target distribution...
Work Experience
Account Director, Government & Public Policy
Strat Security
2016-2017
  • Lead the Government & Public Policy sector for IZEA responsible for generating over $550,000 in annual revenue.
  • Developed and maintained relationships with accounts like CDC, AARP, USDA, USPS, U.S. Army, Teach for America and Disabled American Veterans (DAV), among others.
  • Managed all pro bono work on behalf non-profits and clients like the UN and the National Institutes of Health.
Work Experience
Vice President, Government Affairs
Hintz, Emmerich and Swaniawski
2011-2018
  • Led two-year legislative and regulatory campaign to increase federal contracts to small businesses, led to $750 million+ awarded to date
  • Recognized in Congressional Record as key advocate for entrepreneurial organizations
  • Expertise in healthcare, procurement, IP, and cybersecurity policy
Work Experience
Government Services Operations Manager; Commercial planning specialist; Trade analyst; Customer Service – Coordinator
Hermiston LLC
2011-2018
  • Led preparation of MOD Latvia coordinated tender for ISAF/NATO Europe countries containerized cargo delivery to Afghanistan via port of Riga.
  • Organized and coordinated service for ISAF/NATO returned containerized cargo reciept and washing services in port of Klaipeda; service for transfer and containerization from Riga Airport to port of Riga.
  • Successefull career in AP Moller Maersk built on earned reputation
Work Experience
Government Relations Officer
Sanguine
2009-2014
  • Relationship management with key government officials
  • Identifying new government incentives to benefit company
  • Ensuring all government requirement is met for projects under YTL Land & Development
Work Experience
EU & Governmental Affairs Junior
Bonefete Fun
2012-2018
  • Monitored EU activities to identify possible alliances & potential risks
  • Managed the design of an industry infographic to be presented in the EU Parliament and EU Commission
  • Coordinated the information exchange between 28 national associations
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PRO TIP

The person reading your Government resume will be busy, make sure you never waste their time with fluff.

Action Verbs for your Government Resume

At Enhancv, we went through countless Government resumes and uncovered which are the unique words people use to spice up their resumes. Forget about buzzwords - use these power words instead to make your experience section shine.

Government Resume Skills’ Tips & Tricks to Impress Recruiters

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Resume Skills Section Checklist:
  • Ensure your hard skills section (including technologies) are exactly matching the job description.
  • Don’t simply list your soft skills. Apply the “show, don’t tell” principle - let your job achievements speak for themselves.
  • Find a way to showcase your skills beyond the skills section.
  • Your resume’s skill section is important to ATS systems - so don’t skip it.
Top Skills for your Government resume
HARD SKILLS

Oracle HRMS

people Soft

Delphi payroll

pay 2 pro, Adreline S/W

Mena HR/ Pay

Cloud

Hybrid IT

Digital Transformation

Enterprise Application Integration

SOFT SKILLS

Communication

Confidentiality

Decisiveness

Organisation

Empathy and compassion

Negotiation and debate

Diplomacy

Trust and integrity

Conflict resolution

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When describing your experience, don’t go too far from its terminology. Recruiters use ATS systems to filter resumes based on them having certain keywords, so make sure you use at least a few keywords mentioned in the job description.

what to write in your resume header
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CHECKLIST For Your Government Resume Header
  • Your name and surname in a legible and larger resume font
  • The job title you’re applying for or your current job title as a subheading to your name
  • Link to your portfolio or online profile, such as LinkedIn
  • Address (City and State for the US; just your city for rest of the world)
  • Email address
  • Headshot (required or welcomed in the EU; not required and sometimes frowned upon in the US)

Stick to popular email providers such as Gmail or Outlook. And use these professional formats to create your username:

  • first.last@gmail.com
  • last.first@gmail.com
  • firstlast@gmail.com
  • f.last@gmail.com
  • first.l@gmail.com
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PRO TIP

Some companies, states, and countries have policies about identifying information like photos on your Government resume. Be sure to check all the relevant rules before submitting yours. If you’re in doubt, you can always try contacting the company’s HR department to ask for their policy.

Government Resume Summary Best Practices

what to write in your resume summary
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Checklist: What to include in your Government resume summary:
  • Years of experience;
  • Highlight top 3 skills and proficiencies;
  • One big professional accomplishment you’re most proud of, that you can tie with the aforementioned skills;
  • Use short, direct sentences - but no more than three - to keep the HRs interested.
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Resume Summary Formula:
Resume Summary Formula: [Adjective] [job title] with [number] years of experience in [industry], a proven ability to [relevant, measurable skills], and a strong background in [relevant context of your work experience] seeks a position as [the job title you’re applying for].
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PRO TIP

You’re not going to get hired simply because of a good summary or objective. However, your recruiter can bump you up in front of similarly experienced candidates who didn’t demonstrate such passion and drive.

Listing Your Education, Certifications and Courses

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Resume Education Section Checklist:
  • Ensure your hard skills section (including technologies) are exactly matching the job description.
  • Don’t simply list your soft skills. Apply the “show, don’t tell” principle - let your job achievements speak for themselves.
  • Find a way to showcase your skills beyond the skills section.
  • Your resume’s skill section is important to ATS systems - so don’t skip it.
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Top Certifications for your Government resume
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Learn Federal Government Contracting From An Expert

A comprehensive guide to Register, Search Opportunities, GSA, Certifications, Accounting, Bonding & Bidding to the feds

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The Constitution and American Government

History, Government, and Civics in the United States

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Governmental Accounting 100

Fund accounting-governmental accounting-General Fund & government-wide activity transactions-modified accrual method

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Winning Government Contracts for Dummies

Learn how to build, grow and expand your business with military and FEMA contracts

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Government Contracting for Everyone

How to sell your products or services to the Government

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PRO TIP

If you hold a certain major and a minor, your majors should be mentioned first.

Government Resume: Additional Writing & Formatting Tips

There are three basic resume formats you can choose from:

The most optimal format for your particular case will depend on your years of experience, as well as whether you’re switching industries or not.

Reverse chronological resumes are best suited for experienced individuals who are sticking to their industry. The experience section takes a central place, and its bullets contain your responsibilities and achievements, coupled with numbers and results.

Functional resumes are used by less experienced jobseekers or career changers. Note that it’s not a format that recruiters prefer, as most are used to the classic chronological alignment. Instead of a list of job titles, functional resumes focus on your skills, and through what experiences you gained them.

Hybrid resumes are great for both experienced and entry-level candidates, as well as career changers. They combine the best of both worlds - most often in a double column format, where one side of the content is focused on your experience, whereas the other - on your skills, strengths, and proudest moments.

Government Resume Summary best practices

Here are more resume tips regarding your layout and style:

To take it a step further, check out how your resume can stand out without leaning too much on the creative side.

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Sometimes you’ll want to go after a job which requires more experience than you have. Instead of using a typical Government resume layout, you can use a creative layout. Getting noticed is the most important challenge and a creative resume layout might help you get invited for an interview as most of other accountants have boring resume designs.

Other sections to include in your resume

Depending on the type of company (corporation or start-up; innovative or traditional), job seniority level and your location, you may want to include more sections to your Government resume:

Government Resume: How to Make Yours More Creative & Stand Out

When you send your resume to a potential employer, chances are it's the fiftieth one they've seen that day. That's why you need to make your Government resume stand out for the right reasons. That means showing your personality, not just your professional experience. Employers are far more likely to remember a candidate who seems like a genuine person and not a robot. Do this by including your passions (which is also a great place to demonstrate skills on a resume), share your favorite books, or even what your usual day looks like.

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What Makes a Great Government Resume: Key Takeaways

  • Choose a resume layout that sends the right message across and fits your current career situation;
  • Create a resume header that shows your desired job title, and easy to find contact numbers;
  • Be specific about your experience, accomplishments and future goals in your summary;
  • Feature detailed metrics and specific examples that show the impact you made in your previous roles when describing your experience;
  • List soft skills backed by examples;
  • Add all of your technical skills and certifications that you have and match the job description;
  • Show off a dash of personality in your resume that will demonstrate your culture fit and the right mix of hard and soft skills.

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Volen Vulkov
Volen Vulkov is a resume expert and the co-founder of Enhancv. He applies his deep knowledge and experience to write about career change, development, and how to stand out in the job application process.
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