Monday, April 11, 2016

What’s in a Keyword?

Most of you intuitively know that you have skills that the government wants and will pay for in the form of a salary.  But for those transitioning from the private sector into the Federal world, often times wording can make all the difference.  For example, in the private sector, we focus on “profit” but in the Federal sector we “contain costs.”  Same concept, different wording. 

Words can and do make all the difference.  Most Federal agencies use a human being to scan incoming resumes for key words.  Try this technique to quickly identify key words from the vacancy announcement for your Federal Resume:

  • Copy and paste the Duties and Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs) text from the vacancy announcement into this website:  Click submit and view the key words you want to make sure get placed on your Federal resume.  

For more information on developing your federal job search strategy to attract the attention of the HR hiring team, visit us on the web at