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Applying to BEP

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Review the list of job announcements on USAjobs.gov, decide which jobs you are interested in, and follow the instructions on the job posting. 


Preparing Your Resume

Here's what your resume or application must contain (in addition to specific information requested in the job vacancy announcement):

Job Information

  • Announcement number, and title and grade(s) of the job you are applying for 

Personal Information

  • Full name, mailing address (with ZIP Code) and day and evening phone numbers (with area code)
  • Country of citizenship (most federal jobs require United States citizenship)
  • Veterans preference (DD 214 or other proof may be required)
  • Reinstatement eligibility (if requested, attached SF 50 proof of your career or career-conditional status)
  • Highest federal civilian grade held (also give job series and dates held) 


  • High school - Name, City, and State (ZIP Code if known)
  • Date of diploma or GED
  • Colleges or universities - Name, City, and State (ZIP Code if known)
  • Majors
  • Type and year of any degrees received (If no degree, show total credits earned and indicate whether semester or quarter hours)
  • Send a copy of your college transcript only if the job vacancy announcement requests it

Work Experience

Give the following information for your paid and nonpaid work experience related to the job your are applying for.  (Do not send job descriptions.)

  • Job title (include series and grade if federal job)
  • Duties and accomplishments
  • Employer's name and address
  • Supervisor's name and phone number
  • Starting and ending dates (month and year)
  • Hours per week
  • Salary
  • Indicate if we may contact your current supervisor

Other Qualifications

  • Job-related training courses (title and year)
  • Job-related skills, for example, other languages, computer software/hardware, tools, machinery, typing speed 
  • Job-related honors, awards, and special accomplishments, for example, publications, memberships in professional or honor societies, leadership activities, public speaking, and performance awards (Give dates but do not send documents unless requested.)