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Inputting Resumes

Preparing your resume is the first step to seeking a position at the Federal Communications Commission. Your resume should reflect your credentials and value to a potential employer. Describe our responsibilities and accomplishments that show why you’re qualified for the position. Be sure to read the vacancy announcement carefully and be sure to supply all the information requested.

What happens if I don't input a resume into my personal information?

If your resume is not online in the FCCJobs system on the closing date of the vacancy announcement, you will not be considered for the vacancy that you applied for.

How do I input my resume into FCCJobs?

First, login to FCCJobs and select the "Edit Personal Information" button. Towards the middle of the first screen is a box for your resume. You can either type your resume directly into this box, or you can "copy" and "paste" it from another word processing package. From that point on, each time you apply for a job and answer the job-specific questions, your resume and personal information will be automatically associated with your question responses and referred to the selecting official for consideration. Please write to Recruit@fcc.gov if you have further questions.

What information should I put in my resume?

You should ensure that you have the following information in your resume:

  • Full Name
  • Mailing Address
  • Day and Evening Telephone Numbers (Including area code)
  • Education - Please include the following information as applicable. In addition, some jobs may require certain coursework. This coursework will be identified in the questions relating to the jobs.
    • High School - School name, city, and state; Date of diploma or GED
    • College/University - School name, city, and state; major field of study; and type and year of any degrees received. Also include total credits earned and indicate whether semester or quarter hours (Note: You may be asked to submit a copy of your college transcript prior to interview and selection if the position you apply for requires proof of education.)
    • Vocational/trade/business or technical school - School name, city, and state; and date of certificate or graduation.
  • Work Experience - Include details on all paid and unpaid work experience that is relevant to the job you are applying for. List your most recent jobs first. For each job include:
    • Job title (and grade level, if it was a Federal job)
    • Duties and accomplishments
    • Employer's name and address
    • Supervisor's name and telephone number
    • Starting and ending dates (month and year)
    • Hours worked per week
    • Salary (beginning and ending)
  • Other Qualifications - Include such things as job-related training courses, job-related skills such as typing speed, computer software/hardware tools, known languages, job-related honors, awards, special accomplishments, publications, memberships in professional or honor societies, leadership activities, and performance awards.

Should I include the vacancy number of the job I'm applying for?

No. Because your resume is automatically attached to every job that you apply for there is no need to type the vacancy number in the resume field. Don't worry: FCCJobs will keep track of your resume and make sure it is included in each vacancy that you apply for.

What if I want to change or update my resume?

If you should wish to update your resume login to FCCJobs, click on "Edit Personal Information," and press "Next." On the following screen, scroll down to the resume box and make any changes you wish. Be sure to save it by going through the rest of the screens to "Finish."

Please be aware that the system saves only one resume at a time, so if you are applying to more than one job in the same time period, only the most recent version will be submitted. You may update your resume and change the answers to the vacancy questions at any time up until midnight Eastern Time on the closing date of the job you are applying for. Once a job has closed, your resume is copied into the record for that job and frozen. You will not be able to change your resume after the closing date of the announcement, however, you can still update your resume for use in applying to future vacancies.

My resume is too long. What can I do?

When inputting your resume into FCCJobs you should only include relevant job experience (with short descriptions) and your education. resumes should be brief. Monster.com has some good ideas for writing more effective resumes.

The system says it will only accept 16k or 16,000 characters on my resume. How long is that? Is there a way to get it to accept more?

The system accepts 16,000 characters, which is equivalent to about 6-9 typed pages of information. If your resume is very long, you should consider removing any extraneous spacing in order to maximize the amount of space available to you. You may use the "Check resume length" button to verify that your resume isn't too long.

The word count feature on my word processor says my resume is one length, but FCCJobs says it's much longer. What's going on?

The 16,000 character limit in FCCJobs includes spaces in the count. Most popular word processing packages (Word, WordPerfect, AmiPro) give a character count based on only non-space characters, which accounts for the difference in counting. Because spaces count against the 16,000 character limit you should format your resume so that any extraneous spaces are eliminated.

What if I want to submit a better formatted resume, a list of publications, or my curriculum vitae? Your system won't accept my fancy formatting.

If you are called for an interview you will be given an opportunity to present additional information to the selecting official, such as a more complete resume (with "fancy formatting"), a bibliography, or a curriculum vitae. In addition, the selecting official is free to request other documentation to aid his or her selection process.

last reviewed/updated on 11/14/05 

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