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If you helped your employer save money or streamline a process, describe how you did it and the results. Use numbers to quantify your accomplishments whenever possible. Study the vacancy announcement and emphasize the parts of your work history that match the qualifications listed there. Also check the vacancy announcement for any keywords you can repeat in your descriptions. Tip: Using Keywords in Your Resume Using as many keywords as possible from the announcement in your resume helps if a computer initially screens your application.

We discuss this issue further in Chapter 3. You should note one very important similarity between federal and private-sector jobs: The best way to get your foot in the door is through an internship. We discuss internships and special employment opportunities for students in Chapter 9. S. Postal Service—provides complete information about job openings to the public at no cost. However, scam artists use Web sites or classified ads in newspapers to victimize an untold number of Americans each year.

S. S. S. Supreme Court Government Accountability Office Federal agencies must post all of their competitive civil service openings on USAJOBS, which includes a Web site and an interactive voice response telephone system. Many agencies also post their excepted service openings on USAJOBS, although they’re not required to do so. qxp 11/24/2004 8:04 AM Page 24 Part I: Understanding, Finding, and Applying for Federal Jobs Tip: Excepted Service Jobs If you’d like to work at a particular excepted service agency, first check USAJOBS for any job openings the agency lists.

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