Yes, you do need a cover letter for a federal job.
A federal cover letter is a one-page document (250–400 words) that gives employers information about your:
- work experience
- hard and soft skills
- educational background
- relevant accomplishments
- job-relevant goals and values
Because federal resumes and cover letters are used to apply for government jobs, you need to tailor your application to the agency you’re applying to and meet its essential requirements.