Federal Government Job Search

Looking for a job that makes a difference? Have you ever considered a career in public service with the U.S. Government? Are you interested in gaining experience in the areas of accounting, business, communications, counseling, criminal justice, economics, education, engineering, finance, health, information technology, management, marketing, public relations, social work, or many other areas?

The Federal Government might be the right career path for you! There are several great student programs that you can participate in while you are a student and upon graduation that will give you great benefits and experience you need to start and further your professional career. Your involvement in these student career programs will give you an advantage in being considered for permanent Federal employment. The following information and handouts will provide you with more information about Federal careers.

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Federal Job Searching

Job searching for Federal opportunities is very different than the private industry. A great amount of detail and information must be included in your application when describing your past experiences. Thus, we have developed “Federal Job Applications” handout to help lead you through this process. This handout includes multiple tips and resources to aid your federal job search. To access this guide, you may click on the following PDF: Federal Job Applications.

If you are interested in opportunities with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), you may contact Roberto González, Jr. (USDA-HSI Regional Director / Central-Northern California). His office is located at Fresno State in the Peters Building, Room 224 and can be reached via e-mail: rogonzalez@csufresno.edu or telephone: (559) 278-8311.  For a helpful chart indicating opportunities with the USDA by major, please click on the following PDF:  USDA Career Grid.

Federal Resumes

In addition to the Federal job application, having a great resume for Federal opportunities is extremely important. Federal resumes are also unlike the private industry. These resumes require information that the private sector does not; such as your social security number, detailed addresses of employers, salary information and other detailed information. Including all of these details is necessary for your resume to be accepted. For this reason, we have created a handout that describes some of the most important information you need to integrate into your Federal resume. To access this guide, you may click on the following PDF: Federal Resume-Writing.

Federal Resume Samples

For Federal resume samples, please click on the following PDF files:
Federal Resume-Sample 1 (Accounting)
Federal Resume-Sample 2 (Information Technology-IT)

Job Resources

Federal job resources have been included in the “Federal Application Handout,” but for your convenience they are listed below:

Official Government Jobs Website

Student Employment Opportunities

Federal Jobs by College Major

Best Places to Work in Federal Government


Federal Book Resources

  • Federal Resume Guidebook by Kathryn Kraemer Troutman
  • The Book of U.S. Government Jobs by Dennis B. Damp
  • Ten Steps to a Federal Job by Kathryn Kraemer Troutman

Good luck on your prospective career with the Federal Government, and we hope that this information will broaden your career searching ideas and open your eyes to the vast opportunities that are available with the U.S. Government. If you have any questions or would like to meet with a Career Services counselor, please call: (559) 278-2381 to make an appointment and inquire about walk-in hours (no appointment necessary). Counselors are available Monday-Friday 8-5 pm in the Joyal Administration Building, Room 256. We hope to see you soon!