While there is no perfect government resume and cover letter, you want to be fully prepared for the job you are applying. For any job, whether it be in the federal government, non-profit or private sector, you want to make sure that you at least meet the minimum requirements and are fully prepared to fulfill any of the responsibilities that are clearly stated in the job description. If a job stipulates that you need to have 5 years of experience working for Fortune 500 biomedical tech company, make sure you have that in your resume.
You will be wasting your own precious time by applying to jobs that don’t match your particular skill-set. The best place to look for federal jobs in the United States is at usajobs.gov. Start by filtering for your interests and then highlight the jobs that match your experience, education and skills. Keep in mind that certain government jobs require you to take an examination, so be aware of the application timeline and give yourself some time to study.
Government Cover Letter Sample
September 21, 2014
U.S. Department of Energy
1000 Independence Ave., SW
Washington DC 20585
Dear Mr. Doe,
My name is Kurt Vonnegoat and I am a first year student studying International Energy Management and Policy at Georgetown University. I am very interested in applying for a full time position as a research assistant at the U.S. Department of Energy.
While I do not have any specific experience working for energy efficiency and renewable energy, I come to you with excellent skills in communication, management and organization. Having worked in South Africa for two and a half years in education as a teacher and as a consultant, these were the skills I needed to be successful. As a teacher, I taught college level reading and creative writing to high school students. A lot of my time was also dedicated to editing papers, providing feedback and helping students to improve their skills in written and verbal communication.
The highlight of my time spent in South Africa was working as an education consultant. I was tasked to handle the school’s budget as well as develop an economics and mathematics program, which led to a very productive and successful first year. During my employment at the school, the average attendance hovered in the mid 90th percentile and proficiency exam scores in math, science and English surpassed all other schools in the district. Whereas teaching was largely limited to the classroom, consulting allowed me to handle bigger responsibilities, and also required me to work with key actors in every department of the school in order to meet deadline-orientated deliverables.
At this stage of my career, I am ready to make the leap to clean energy policy. My background working in education has provided me with a strong skill-set for taking on challenges and producing results in a given time frame. I ask for the opportunity to translate that experience into solutions for the U.S Department of Energy.
I’ve attached my resume to further detail my qualifications. A copy of my resume is attached for your reference. I would welcome an opportunity to discuss my qualifications with you and learn more about the U.S. Department of Energy at your earliest convenience. I can be reached at 123-456-7890 or via email at Kurtvonnegoat@georgetown.edu. Thank you very much for your time and consideration.