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The Complete Idiot's Guide® To Getting Government Jobs by Partnership for Public Service

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How to Translate Your Resumé

You might ask whether your corporate resumé (after 35 years with, say, IBM) is ready for prime time with the federal application process. In two words: probably not. A resumé is an important component of the job application process, but you will need to translate your corporate experience into language relevant for federal jobs you are seeking. Federal human resource office staff and hiring managers must be able to readily compare your prior work experience to the qualifications required for their federal jobs. In other words, you will need to revamp your resumé to become more “federal-friendly.”
For starters, get rid of acronyms and “corporate-speak” terms that won’t be understood by federal officials (more on ...

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