About Federal Cover Letters

A question we have been getting a lot, is if Federal job seekers should write a Federal resume cover letter. As you might have noted, Uncle Sam is pretty precise about the types of documents they want from applicants and it usually includes a Government resume and KSA essays, which are statements showing you have the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to perform the job well. Cover Letters are generally not requested, which means you don't have to include them. Adding a cover letter might be useful though and might be to your advanatge when it's time to make a hiring decision ...

A Government cover letter should be written just like a civilian cover letter; make sure to avoid any fluff and focuses on the elements that were included in the vacancy announcement.


Gail Esparan