Prepared by United States Office of Personnel Management, this document is a listing of Federal job titles and the appropriate corresponding college major.
Job and Internship Sites
- America Job
- BradTraverse.Com (Resource for anyone seeking a job on Capitol Hill and off the Hill in the fields of government relations, public policy and affairs, PR, communications, and political campaigns. $5 monthly fee.)
- Federal Jobs Digest
- Government Jobs
- Jobs in Washington, D.C.
- Massachusetts Jobs with the Government (The official job site for the Commonwealth)
- USAJOBS (The official job site of the United States federal government)
- Student Jobs in Government
- Internships, Fellowships, and Other Work Experience Opportunities in Government (Congressional Research Service)
Resources to Guide Your Job or Internship Search
- American Political Science Association - Professional organization for the study of political science, serves more than 15,000 members in over 80 countries.
- Best Places to Work - Designed to help a broad audience of job seekers, researchers, federal employees and government leaders. Ranks the 290 federal agencies along employee satisfaction and committment. Based on responses from more than 263,000 civil servants.
- Making the Difference - Highlights news and information for college students and recent grads. Based on initiative to increase young talent working in the federal government.
- Where the Jobs Are - The only comprehensive projection of hiring needs for critical occupations in the federal government.
- Search Career Connection for political/government positions specifically for Stonehill Students.
- Employer Insights
Federal Job Search Tips
Applying for a federal job requires you to take a different approach and adhere to a different set of rules and techniques.
The federal resume looks different from most standard resumes. See the difference and get more tips at GoGovernment.org!
To write your federal resume, we strongly suggest using the Resume Builder available on USAJOBS.gov. It will guide you through the resume writing process, ensuring that you do not leave out important pieces of your application. It also allows you to store multiple resumes, so that you can tailor each one to a different position. The Resume Builder will also eliminate decorative formatting by generating a template that looks the same for every applicant, ensuring a fair and equal process.
It often contains personal information such as your full name, mailing address with ZIP code, phone numbers, Social Security Number, country of citizenship, reinstatement eligibility and civilian grade.
Include the job series you are applying for.
You must give the telephone numbers of previous employers, position(s) you held, numbers of hours per week and salary, also indicate whether it is OK to contact listed employers.
Write your educational qualifications in chronological order, starting from high school to college. Include the name and city of each institution, and the type and year of diploma/degree received.
If your education and/or experience does not exactly match the qualifications as advertised, you can still qualify by explicitly spelling out your previous experience and how it relates to the job at hand. Explain why you think the job qualifications are similar by giving concrete examples such as software used, etc.
Optional Information to Include
Job related training
Include any classes, seminars, coursework, certifications, or trainings you have completed that relates to your professional development and the position description.
In addition to your supervisors, you may choose to provide professional or personal references who can vouch for your character, work ethic and dependability. Individuals you have worked with closely—such as colleagues, classmates and mentors—will add to your credibility as an applicant.
Include any language experience you may have and level of proficiency.
List any professional associations, societies, clubs or other organizations you are affiliated with. Highlight any leadership role and volunteer experience you may have had, to the extent that it relates to the job description.
Include any publications you have contributed to, along with the publication name and date.
You can include any other relevant pieces of your resume in this section: skills, awards, leadership activities, public speaking engagements, volunteer experience or other items that may not fit in a section above. You may choose to list your availability, the type of work environment you seek and your desired location. These items will not exclude your resume from consideration, but are simply used for recruiters to determine your interest.