The Federal Application Package

When applying for federal positions, do not deviate from what is asked for in the position announcement. If it is stated that KSAs are optional, provide them anyway.

Below are the typical things components of the federal application package.


Your federal resume is very different than the resume you use when applying for private sector jobs. Read more about federal resumes and review a sample federal resume.

Visit the Guide to Career and Job Search Resources, and select the Resumes/Cover Letters tab. Under E-Books, you will find a link to the Federal Resume Guidebook. You can also find information in Career Services' resume tutorial.

More Resources

These articles from external Web sites offer more advice on federal resumes.

Knowledge, Skill and Ability Essays (KSAs)

Career Services has compiled tips and other resources for writing KSAs for federal applications.

Cover Letter

Review Career Services' cover letter tutorial.


Transcripts are sometimes required for federal jobs. You can request your transcripts from UMUC online.

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