Guidance on Your Resume and Job Narrative

It's our practice at DWD to request that a resume and often a job narrative (or cover letter) be submitted in our online application process. The resume serves to identify your work experience, training, and education relative to the job for which you are applying. The purpose of the job narrative is to introduce yourself as a qualified candidate for the job, convey your interest in the job and highlight your experiences that reflect your ability to successfully perform the job functions.

The resume and job narrative are requested in the application process to allow job experts to evaluate your work experience, education and training in order to determine if you meet the required job qualifications.

It's important that you tailor both documents to the job at hand:

Resume

Refer to the "Qualifications" section of the job announcement and highlight your specific employment, education and/or training experience related to the qualifications.

The experiences you present should demonstrate your qualifications for the position; e.g. work/volunteer experience, training/coursework related to the tasks and scope of responsibility of the position.

Job Narrative

Refer to the "Qualifications" section of the job announcement and highlight your specific employment, education and/or training experience related to the qualifications.

Provide examples to expand upon or supplement the qualifications listed on your resume. For instance, if 'experience working on a team' is listed under the Qualifications section, provide an example of a time when you worked as part of a team.

Note: In the online application process, we may ask you to attach your resume and job narrative, OR we may request that you insert these documents into a text box. When it's the latter, the transfer of text into WiscJobs may wipe out the special formatting; such as bold, italics, underlining. Once entered in WiscJobs, we encourage you to review your information to ensure it comes across clearly and accurately.

Please remove personal information that may not be job related, such as references to affiliations with a political party, references to gender/ethnicity/disability, photos, social security numbers, etc.

Normally, the application instructions include a maximum number of pages and you must adhere to that requirement. Only the information provided within the designated parameters will be reviewed by the job experts.

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