Letter of Qualifications and Resume Tips

The job application process at the Department of Health Services (DHS) requires you to upload a resume. You may be also required to attach a letter of qualifications. The letter must stay within the page limit specified in the assessment. Your letter of qualifications should not be a request to review your resume or reasons why you are interested in the position.

Each time you apply for a job, you should update your resume (and letter of qualifications if that is required). You should describe your education, training, and experience related to items listed in the “Qualifications” section of the assessment. If these qualifications are not clearly listed in your resume, you need to expand on that information in your letter of qualifications. You must provide sufficient detail to show your qualifications as a candidate.

 Your resume should include:

  • Your educational background including any course work that relates to the position for which you are applying.
  • Your employment history including a summary of accomplishments and skills used.
  • Your contact information including methods such as an email and phone number.
  • Any training or experience you have related specifically to the “Qualifications” section of the assessment.

 Your letter of qualifications (if required) should include:

  • Additional information regarding your past work experience or coursework you have taken. This letter supplements and expands on the information provided in your resume.
  • Highlights of your most relevant skills and experiences as they relate to the specific job you are applying for.
  • Clear descriptions of how your past education and experience relates to the duties of the qualifications of the position.

Note: Make certain to omit any information that may not be job-related. This would include references to affiliations with a certain political party or branch of the military or self-identifying information such as photos, social security numbers, references to gender/ethnicity, etc.

Last Revised: August 15, 2019