USAJobs Resumix Format

The USAJobs Resume (or Resumix) format is in widespread use with many announcements for federal government positions and, like other federal job application formats, it has its own limitations, formats, and requirements. Your application materials must meet the required size and sequence format and keywords criteria to be considered. The USAJobs format is used by thousands of job applications for a variety of federal job openings in the U.S. and around the world.

Online formats are very restrictive and each has different format and size requirements. If you are not computer-literate, they can also be very difficult to complete correctly. Further, if not done correctly with the required format, your USAJobs application may end up being automatically rejected. Tell your story in a specific way—one that is acceptable to the computer screening system as well as the hiring manager.

Several hundred people may apply for each federal job opening. Here are some important details to consider before you begin the process of submitting a USAJobs Resumix format application.

  • Register an account with to get started. Note new streamlined layout.
  • The input format is going to be in a plain layout without caps, italics, or any design characteristics like you might see with a regular resume.
  • Pay strict attention to character counts in each section. Microsoft (MS) Word may not be completely accurate in the character count. INCLUDE SPACES in the count.
  • Each job history segment allows for 3,000 characters and spaces; this is not a lot of room to work with, and this requires a very tightly written style.
  • Each section on relevant coursework, training, and certifications allows just 2,000 total characters.
  • The section for job-related training allows for 5,000 characters, as does the section on professional publications.
  • The additional information section is where you showcase your professional summary, awards, and areas of expertise, and allows for a generous 20,000 characters. This section is the largest of the popular formats.


Beware of system timeouts. If you enter your information "live" on screen, you could lose it. It's much more efficient to have all of your information prepared in advance so that you can simply copy and paste the relevant sections, as needed. That's how we prepare your materials—with copy-and-paste simplicity.

The input format for USAJobs allows no style features permitted as you might see on a regular resume. There are ways to effectively highlight important information; when you hire us to prepare your resumix, everything will be formatted with highlights and proper format in mind.

Unfortunately, federal formats each have unique size restrictions and formatting restrictions. It's not a simple process to copy and paste from one to another; your data simply might not fit. If you use the full 20,000 characters in the USAJobs additional information section, you will have to rewrite it in a much shorter format when applying using other systems.



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Step 2: Our review will help us determine and address what we need to do to prepare your federal resume package. At no cost to you, we will review your existing resume and up to two positions you have identified in the federal government or private/public sector that you are considering.

Step 3: Based on our free review of your background, previously prepared documents, and requirements for the position for which you are applying, we will propose the appropriate type of federal resume or resumix to prepare, determine if there are required KSAs or essay questions, and determine if you are indeed eligible to apply for the federal job vacancies you have selected. You will be quoted a package price via e-mail or through a telephone consultation.

Step 4: When we begin the development of your federal application, we will use the information you supplied us and request additional information such as performance evaluations, awards, college transcripts, and DD-214s, and then develop a questionnaire specifically related to extracting pertinent information in order for us to achieve maximum scoring of keywords and core competencies. Your information will then be integrated with the general series and grade, or pay band of the federal application.

Step 5: Your project delivery date will be scheduled and a draft of your federal application will be delivered to you via e-mail for your final approval. You will have 14 days to make any changes, additions, deletions, etc. to make your application perfect.

Documents and/or information that is helpful to submit:

1. Copies of your annual performance evaluations and job descriptions
2. Copies of any awards, citations, and medals you have received
3. List of professional training received
4. Current or older version of your resume
5. If retired or separated from the military, a copy of your DD-214
6. Up to two federal vacancy announcements of interest and/or two private-sector job announcements of interest to you
7. Your current e-mail address and telephone number(s). Please visit to locate federal jobs of interest

These documents can be sent directly to your career coach at after you have made contact.

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