Step 3: Find a target USAJOBS job to get inspired

Before the Federal Resume can be written, you will need to search for a USAJOBS Job Announcement

You will need to find the keywords, qualifications, KSAs and specialized experience to add to your resume. Find a couple of vacancy announcements before you can write your federal or electronic resume.

Websites for Federal Vacancy Announcements:


USAJOBS is the Official Office of Personnel Management Website for Federal Vacancy Announcements. This website provides access to more than 30,000 job listings daily You can search for jobs by location, job category, and agency and you can complete and submit your application directly to the agency online.

Federal Classification and Job Grading Systems

Looking for basic descriptions of federal positions in government? Look at the Occupational Standards for the basic position descriptions of most positions in government.

General Schedule Salaries for Government Jobs

Under the “The Federal Wage System” uniform pay system:

  • Your pay will be the same as the pay of other federal jobs like yours in your wage area
  • Your pay will be in line with pay for private sector jobs like yours in your wage area.

View Salary Tables

Matching your resume to a target USAJOBS announcement is CRITICAL for success!

KEEP GOING to STEP 4:  “Start Writing Your Military-To-Federal Resume

About the The Jobseekers Guide 8th Edition

This book is used at more than 150 military bases worldwide to teach Kathryn Troutman's highly acclaimed Ten Steps to a Federal Job to military personnel and family members. This title is recognized as the leading guide on the topic for 100,000 military spouses worldwide