Expert Federal Resume Writing and Announcement Analysis

Comprehensive experience in developing interview-winning federal resumes

KSAs | Assessment Questions | Senior Executive Service | Military | Federal

Upgrade Resume has helped candidates gain employment for highly competitive federal jobs. Our approach is to use our technical knowledge of the federal hiring process combined with targeted federal resume writing which has provided the path to success. Our team members understand the Announcement Requirements, Occupational Standards, and the steps in the federal HR review. We focus on and have the expertise on getting you “Best Qualified” for federal positions.

The resume is developed so it meets all of the requirements of the federal job application. It is built up through work experience, accomplishments, education, and other activities to produce a polished, professional resume.

KSAs and Assessments

Where to include KSA’s in the your resume
ffIt is very important to have a solid federal resume that meets all federal guidelines and gets the highest possible score from the Agency HR staff. Most agencies don’t require separate KSA’s but it is critically important that KSA’s are woven into the resume in order to have a complete federal resume application package in order for it to be moved forward by the hiring manager.

KSA’s addresses specific knowledge, skills, and abilities that pertain to a position or job series. Address each specific KSA on the resume and it is best to quanitify that information with the CCAR (Challenge-Context-Action-Result) model when writing your KSA statements.

Assessment Questions are Screen Out Factors

You will asked a series of assessment questions which are used to screen out applicants. These questions are used to determine if you have no experience or Subject Matter Expert experience. It is critically important that the answers to these questions are supported in the body of your federal resume.

Senior Executive Service

Senior Executive Service includes most managerial, supervisory, and policy positions classified above General Schedule (GS) grade 15 or equivalent positions in the federal government. The SES application will reviewed by the Quality Review Board.



Some agencies still use KSA questions but for the most part they have been replaced with focus on the resume containing the elements of the knowledge, skills, and abilities. In other words the resume shoulders the burden of responsibility.


Assessment Questions

Many job seekers don’t grasp the importance of the questionnaire because this can make a difference in being “Best Qualified” and “Not Among the Most Qualified.” Deflated responses can spell disaster for a federal application.


Federal Applications

Your federal application will fall into one of three classes, not qualified, eligible, and eligible referred. Out of the eligible referred the organization will interview a select group of candidates. The interview is usually conducted as a research panel interview and they are behavioral based interview questions. They want you to provide an example of how you worked in the past, dealt with a difficult customer, or worked on a project with a colleague who was difficult. They want to know how you played in the sandbox with others in the organization because you are always working with others as a federal employee.

The private sector focuses on results and accomplishments. The focus of the federal resume is process/skills/(the how). Focus is on how you perform the work plus results and accomplishments. While human resources of the government wants to see qualifications and skills for the position, the hiring managers want to see accomplishments also, so the resume has to pass screening factors at different levels of the organization. This is not the time to be conservative but answer the questions at the highest level and brag on the resume.

99.9% of federal jobs require 12 months experience in performing the work in order to qualify (12 months does not need to be consecutive) or transferable skills to a situation for 12 months. You can also use coursework to enhance your resume. Utilize school and school experiences/activities/courses, projects, etc., in the body of the resume to gain experience. That experience can help you qualify for the 12 months of experience. Some require more experience than that. How you leverage transferable skills is important. All of us have them but we may have to dig deep.

Steps in the Federal Resume Writing Process

ddReview: Your resume is reviewed, objectives, specific vacancy announcement, occupational series, and grade level.

Questionnaire: You will receive a questionnaire. The writer will discuss with you via telephone any additional information.

Content: The vacancy announcement is analyzed for keywords, skills, and phrases. The resume will be developed based on numerous factors including questions asked from the announcement and the skill sets required.

In order to build your resume with the required specialized experience your current resume is used, accomplishments are unearthed, skills needed, educational experience, and other information is analyzed. The writer builds the content on your resume aimed at making you the best qualified.

The federal resume is generally 4 to 12 pages in length: You will receive a draft of the resume and work with the writer until you are satisfied. You will receive the resume where you can upload it or copy and paste it into the Resume Builder.