Gregory J. Wallace has spent much of his career running prisons, including several years with the Federal Bureau of Prisons. In addition, as a member of the Air Force Reserve, he has experience with military security. He recently moved to the Washington area.

Wallace is developing a Federal Resume, used to apply for many government jobs, pointed out Derrick T. Dortch, a career counselor specializing in federal jobs and president of the Diversa Group. This differs from a private-sector resume in many ways -- for instance, it requires some specific information not usually included on other resumes. It's also longer than others, usually three to five pages because of those requirements.

Dortch suggested that Wallace separate his corrections and security experience, rather than lumping the two under "employment history." Include all jobs, but put them under the proper targeted heading. That would allow him to list the most relevant type of experience first, without breaking from a chronological format.

Rather than an objectives statement, Dortch recommended a summary of qualifications. "I suggest Gregory develop three strong sentences that describe his experience, qualifications and strongest selling points that match the employer needs and wants in a candidate." Use bullets to make the statements stand out.

Now, Wallace lists his duties in each job. "For each, I want to know what was the situation, what actions did he take in the situation, and what were the results of his actions. . . . By telling his success stories from his experiences, he will set himself apart from the competition."

-- Maryann Haggerty