When you’re applying to a job in the federal government, the most important thing you can do is read the instructions carefully. Highlight so that you catch all the important details, and follow the instructions exactly. This seems so simple, but is often overlooked by applicants. While the government began accepting standard resumes years ago, not all agencies will take them. Some still ask you to build your resume with the USAJobs tool. In either case, be sure you do the following things.