FBI Agent Resume Examples in 2023

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Downloadable Resume Examples

Example #1
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Example #2
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Example #3
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FBI Agent Text-Only Resume Examples

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Amar Singh
123 Santa Maria, San Francisco, CA 12345 | (123) 456-7890 | [email protected] | Top Secret Security Clearance

Profile

Resourceful FBI Agent with 3+ years of experience. Demonstrated excellence promoting the safety and security of government agencies and local communities. Committed to professional integrity and excellence in all endeavors.

Professional Experience

Special Agent, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), San Francisco, CA | August 2019 to Present
50+ hours per week | Salary: $XX | Supervisor: Jessica Lang, (123) 456-7890

  • Help investigate alleged or suspected criminal activity violating federal law
  • Praised for calm, focused response during nine high-risk investigation assignments
  • Improved team’s interaction and partnership with several state and local agencies

Prior Experience

Extended record of service as a Community Police Officer for the San Francisco Police Department.

Education

Bachelor’s Degree – Criminal Justice,
Stanford University, Stanford, CA

Key Skills

  • Complex Problem-Solving
  • Counterintelligence
  • Counterterrorism
  • Criminal Investigations
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration
  • Federal Law Enforcement
  • Fraud Prevention
  • Interview & Interrogation Methods
  • Procedure Improvement
  • Reporting & Documentation
  • Task Prioritization
  • Violent Crime Prevention

Allison Rosenberg
123 Convoy St, San Diego, CA 12345 | (123) 456-7890 | [email protected] | Top Secret Security Clearance | Veteran’s Preference: Yes (10 points)

Profile

Collaborative FBI Agent with 5+ years of experience. Skilled communicator who builds positive relationships with diverse agency personnel and members of the public. Committed to continuous learning and applying new work skills. Bilingual: Fluent in English and Spanish.

Professional Experience 

Special Agent, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), San Diego, CA | August 2017 to Present
50+ hours per week | Salary: $XX | Supervisor: John Bergsen, (123) 456-7890

  • Investigate alleged or suspected criminal activity violating federal law
  • Collaborate with supervisor to set clear goals and scope of work for each assigned case
  • Played key role in uncovering and eliminating several high-profile cases of Medicare fraud

Career Note

Prior record of service as a Community Police Officer for the San Diego Police Department.

Education

Bachelor’s Degree – Criminal Justice (minor in Business Administration)
University of California, San Diego, CA

Language

Fluency in Spanish

Key Skills

  • Complex Problem-Solving
  • Counterintelligence
  • Counterterrorism
  • Criminal Investigations
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration
  • Federal Law Enforcement
  • Fraud Prevention
  • Interview & Interrogation Methods
  • Procedure Improvement
  • Reporting & Documentation
  • Task Prioritization
  • Violent Crime Prevention

Cameron Malfara
123 Windermere Rd., Seattle, WA 12345 | (123) 456-7890 | [email protected] | Top Secret Security Clearance

Profile

Strategic and dedicated FBI Agent with 7+ years of advancement and experience. Equally effective in a leadership or hands-on role, with recent success developing new training resources for agents. Adapt readily to new work challenges and conditions.

Professional Experience

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Seattle, WA | June 2015 to Present

Special Agent in Charge, FBI-Seattle (August 2018 to Present)
50+ hours per week | Salary: $XX | Supervisor: Mina Sayed, (123) 456-7890

  • Coordinate investigations of alleged or suspected criminal activity violating federal law
  • Introduced new training and development programs for regional personnel. Programs offered more in-depth education on counterterrorism issues and interrogation methods, helping drive an 11% gain in staff retention and 15% gain in new hire performance (per formal leadership assessment as of May 2022)

Supervisory Special Agent, Olympia Resident Agency (June 2015 to July 2018)
40+ hours per week | Salary: $XX | Supervisor: Sarah Johnson, (123) 456-7890

  • Member of management group that updated core goals for task forces focused on public corruption and violent crime prevention
  • Honed team’s standard procedures for documenting new cases, raising efficiency by 25% within first month of implementation

Prior Experience

Advanced from Community Police Officer to Patrol Sergeant for the Seattle Police Department.

Education

University of Washington, Seattle, WA

  • Master’s Degree – Organizational Management
  • Bachelor’s Degree – Criminal Justice

Key Skills

  • Complex Problem-Solving
  • Counterintelligence
  • Counterterrorism
  • Criminal Investigations
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration
  • Federal Law Enforcement
  • Fraud Prevention
  • Interview & Interrogation Methods
  • New Agent Training
  • Procedure Improvement
  • Reporting & Documentation
  • Staff Coaching & Mentoring
  • Task Prioritization
  • Violent Crime Prevention

Tips for Writing a Better FBI Agent Resume

1. Include extra details for a federal application

To apply for any FBI job, you’ll need a federal resume. Federal resumes have a lot in common with regular resumes. However, one key difference is you need to give more details about each job you’ve held. These extra details include your salary, hours per week, and supervisor’s email or phone number. For a complete overview of this required information, see the FBI’s Federal Resume Guide.

Example:

Special Agent, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), San Diego, CA | August 2017 to Present

50+ hours per week | Salary: $XX | Supervisor: John Bergsen, (123) 456-7890

2. Set off your key achievements

When federal hiring managers look at your resume, they expect to see a comprehensive account of your relevant experience. As such, a federal resume can be much longer than a regular resume. It may also have extensive bullet points. If this is the case with your FBI agent resume, you may be struggling to format all your information.

Here’s a helpful trick. For each bullet point in your Experience section, put the first ten words or so in CAPS. This format sets your achievements off from the other text and makes it easier for the hiring manager to quickly scan your work details on each page. (Note, you could achieve a similar effect by putting the text in bold or italics. But CAPS is a better format change because it won’t disappear in cases where you have to convert your resume to plain text, such as when copying your resume text into the USAJOBS site.)

Example:

  • INTRODUCED NEW TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS FOR REGIONAL PERSONNEL. Programs offered more in-depth education on counterterrorism issues and interrogation methods, helping drive an 11% gain in staff retention and 15% gain in new hire performance (per formal leadership assessment as of May 2022)

 

3. Streamline how you show multiple credentials

When citing a college degree, certification, or other credentials, it’s best to list the information in this order:

Degree or Credential Name

Issuing School or Organization, City, ST

But what if you have multiple degrees from the same college or multiple training courses from the same program? Following the above format causes you to list the same organization and location info multiple times, as in:

Master’s Degree – Organizational Management, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Bachelor’s Degree – Criminal Justice, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

The effect can become tedious and distracting to the hiring manager, especially in cases where you completed several courses at the same training program.

There’s a better way. List the organization and location info first, once, and then indent the multiple items underneath, so the reader sees they came from the same place:

University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Master’s Degree – Organizational Management

Bachelor’s Degree – Criminal Justice

Key Skills Hiring Managers Look for on FBI Agent Resumes

For an effective FBI agent resume, include a “Key Skills” section that gives the hiring manager a quick overview of the expertise and value you offer. Consider including any of the terms below:

Key Skills and Proficiencies
Complex Problem-Solving Counterintelligence
Counterterrorism Criminal Investigations
Cross-Agency Collaboration Federal Law Enforcement
Fraud Prevention Interview & Interrogation Methods
New Agent Training Procedure Improvement
Reporting & Documentation Staff Coaching & Mentoring
Task Prioritization Violent Crime Prevention

Common Action Verbs for FBI Agent Resumes

It’s easy to get stuck when writing the professional experience section of your resume. You might find yourself running out of action verbs to describe your work. To help you over the hump, we put together this list of strong resume verbs for an FBI agent:

Action Verbs
Adapt Collaborate
Interrogate Interview
Investigate Locate
Manage Monitor
Oversee Prevent
Prioritize Protect
Pursue Resolve
Safeguard Secure
Serve Target
Uncover Uphold

How to Align Your FBI Agent Resume With the Job Description

When you find an FBI agent job posting that interests you, look closely at the required skills and credentials. Are there any you possess but haven’t featured on your resume yet? If so, add a mention of that experience to your resume’s Profile or Key Skills section.

For example, say the job has a leadership aspect. In that case, add a line to your Profile about any leadership experience you have. Also, consider adding a second line about your approach to overseeing and motivating agents. This extra step will make your resume more relevant to the job and more likely to attract the hiring manager’s notice.