Crash Course in Federal Resume Writing

The quick course on how to write a federal resume and get "referred" to the Hiring Manager and get an interview.
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  • Lectures 16
  • Length 2.5 hours
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Published 11/2015 English

Course Description

This is a "crash course" for Federal Resume writing using the Battlefield Resume Methodology. This is an easy to follow, step-by-step, Federal Resume Writing course that will help you to quickly identify the mandatory requirements when submitting a federal resume. The video instruction taught in this course is directly linked to the Battlefield Resumes, LLC workbook called "Operation: Federal Resume, 4-Battlefield Phases to a Targeted Federal Résumé." This course will help all who are in their search of federal employment. If you want to learn the secret to the HR screening process and want to get “referred” to the Hiring Manager, you have to watch this video training program. Bruce, the President of Battlefield Resumes, LLC, shows you how the HR office will evaluate your resume and how they evaluate you for a certain GS Grade Level (salary), as well as how you can ensure that your resume is evaluated at the highest salary (GS Grade Level) possible. He also shows you where to find the criteria that the HR office uses when determining if your resume should be “referred” to the Hiring Manager and how to ensure that the same critical information is included within your resume. Bruce will also walks you through the Hiring Manager’s evaluation process and how the federal government Position Description (PD) is linked to the vacancy announcement, the KSAs, the Questionnaire, and the questions asked during the interview. If you want a federal job and only have limited time available, you have to watch this video "crash course." Make sure that your federal government resume is more competitive than other applicants.

What are the requirements?

  • Be familiar with the USAJOBS webpage.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Effectively translate work history experience into a federal government resume.
  • Effectively tailor work experience in order to obtain the highest GS Grade Level (Salary) possible.
  • Effectively tailor work experience in order to get "referred" to the Hiring Manager.
  • Effectively shape a federal government resume to the Hiring Manager's requirements.
  • Effectively tailor and target a federal government resume to ensure you receive a call for an interview.

Who is the target audience?

  • Anyone applying to a Federal Government Job.
  • Anyone applying to a job on USAJOBS.
  • Anyone applying to the CIA.
  • Anyone applying to the NSA.
  • Anyone applying to the DIA.

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: The Federal Resume Writing "Crash Course"

Welcome to Crash Course of Federal Resume Writing. Bruce Benedict, President of Battlefield Resumes, LLC, has collected the most critical videos of his federal resume writing training program into one easy and short video session. Bruce understands that each federal vacancy announcement has a closing date and that sometimes you only notice the vacancy a few days prior to it closing. Therefore, Bruce screened each video within his program and found the most critical videos to be successful in the federal hiring process. Although the book and the other video programs start with Objective 1 (how to write a long resume), Bruce had to assume that you already have a resume and are ready to submit your federal application due to time constraints. Therefore, Bruce wanted to offer you the quickest method possible for writing a tailored and targeted federal resume. This course will get right to the point and show you how to write a federal (USAJOBS) resume based on the Battlefield Resume Methodology (BRM).

All videos are directly linked to Bruce's workbook called "OPERATION: FEDERAL RESUME, 4-Battlefield Phases to a Federal Resume."


Learn how to review the Overview Section of the Federal Vacancy Announcement.Understand what the federal job series is and why it's so important. Learn how to recognize if the federal job is a position that you can be promoted within. Also learn how to recognize the clearance requirements, number of openings that are being offered and the when the job announcement closes.


Learn how to review the Duties Section of the Federal Vacancy Announcement.Understand how to find the key words and descriptors, as well as how to incorporate them into your resume. Understand that the duties section does not qualify you for the position, but is only an indication of what you will be expected to do once hired.


Learn how to review the Qualifications Section of the Federal Vacancy Announcement. Understand how the HR Office and the Hiring Manager uses the qualification section to review and evaluate your resume. This is a critical element in the hiring process, so you must ensure this section is answered properly.


Learn how to review the How to Apply Section of the Federal Vacancy Announcement.This section is the most important section of the vacancy announcement. Learn how to the HR Office and the Hiring Manager use this section to evaluate your resume and how they determine whether to refer you and invite you to be interviewed.


Learn how to review the Questionnaire within the Federal Vacancy Announcement.Understand where to find the link to the questionnaire and how to use the key elements within the questionnaire in your resume. This section is vital to your success in getting referred and getting an interview.


Learn how to tailor your work history experience to the Federal Vacancy Announcement. Understand the required elements that you must include in each work history experience within your resume.


Learn how to translate your military experience into Federal Government language.Leverage the OPM website in researching keywords aligned to the Job Series and the GS grade level of the vacancy announcement.


Learn how to tailor your work history experience to the Qualification Required Section.This is a more in-depth review of the qualifications section and how you must align this section to your resume.


Learn how to develop a Job Title Theme within your resume so that you can get an interview.


Learn how to tailor your work history so that the HR Office "refers" your resume to the Hiring Manager.


Learn how to evaluate your resume based on the Questionnaire requirements.


Learn how to shape your resume for the Hiring Manager's review. This lesson teaches you the critical elements of the Hiring Manager's evaluation process and what you need in order to be invited in for an interview.


Learn how to input all previous areas of your federal resume into the USAJOBS resume builder. Also learn the critical elements of the USAJOBS resume builder that you must include in your resume in order to pass the HR Screening and not be immediately disqualified for the job.


Learn how your federal resume is presented to the HR Office and the Hiring Manager. Understand how to tailor your federal resume so that the HR screening and Hiring Manager evaluation immediately identifies that you are qualified for the job and require an interview.


Congratulations on completing this crash course in federal resume writing. Remember, do not fall into battlefield traps and always focus on your immediate target. Create a great strategy, focus accurately and get the interview!

Wish you all the best,


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Instructor Biography

Bruce Benedict, President, Battlefield Resumes, LLC

Bruce is a retired US Army Major with a commission from OCS. He also served over 6 yrs as a DoD GS-15 Hiring Manager. He is a Certified Résumé Writer and a Certified Coach, Speaker, and Trainer with the John Maxwell Team. As a Retired U.S. Army Major, Defense Contractor, and a previous Federal Government GG15, he collectively has over 27 years of military, federal government and defense contracting experience. Bruce initially began his career as a Private/E1 with the US Army, In 1996, as a SSG/E6, he graduated from Officer Candidate School (OCS), Fort Benning, GA, where he was commissioned as a 2LT/01. Throughout his 21-year Army career, he served in Germany, Panama, Japan and numerous locations throughout the US. He deployed four times to the Middle East, proudly serving in Bahrain, Iraq, Afghanistan and Qatar. In 2007, he retired from Active Duty as a MAJOR/0-4 and transitioned to a senior intelligence consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton. In 2009, he transitioned to the Federal Government, becoming a GG14. In 2011, he was promoted to GG15. In this position, Bruce became the Hiring Manager for the entire organization, where he wrote Federal Government position descriptions and vacancy announcements for all positions, while leading hundreds of interview panels and hiring hundreds of Federal Government employees. Similarly, he reviewed thousands of defense contractor resumes against multiple defense contract statements of work (SOW), ensuring that only the highest qualified employees were hired.

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