I have been trying to work my way into Raytheon in Largo, Florida for several months. I just retired from the Army in September and have spent my career in operations. Other than operations, I have a decent program management background and start my PMP certification classes in less than two weeks with a goal of completing mid-January 2018. I follow-on with Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Training with an expected completion in February/ March 2018. I will have my 2-year MBA from the University of Florida complete in April 2018, and I have a Civil Engineering undergraduate degree from West Point. I have been looking at non-engineering type roles in management down there. I believe I have a solid/ competitive resume, but have hit a brick wall on the HR side. Obviously, I am doing something wrong. What could I be doing better/ differently to get through the HR wickets and make Raytheon home? Is there anyone within Raytheon down there in Largo that I could get in touch with to do an informational interview?
For anyone wanting to work for Raytheon in the Tampa Bay area I suggest contacting Troy Kirby. Troy is a retired Army Officer and wants to fill positions with Veterans.
Troy T Kirby
Senior Talent Acquisition SOF Military Program Lead/Recruiter
+1 727-803-7054 (office)
+1 813-707-4648 (Work Cell)
Thanks for taking the time to respond. I will give my resume a once over and see how I can integrate your comments.
Hello Ian - Thank you for your service. I just looked at Raytheon.com/jobs and there are several openings at Largo. If you can private message me your resume, I'd be happy to review and see if there are some adjustments needed to align to the Raytheon positions.
Thank you for your service. I just recently started with Raytheon and encourage you to do the same. I started with a temporary assignment and moved into a permanent one. There are numerous opportunities here and around the globe, more than engineering. Some are telecommuting and others are not.
Give your resume a format change and lead with a summary that outlines your skills and qualifications. Share generalities from past positions to translate how it will be beneficial in new roles, like skills, duties, projects or management. Use clear civilian language to describe your career objectives, but highlight key wording from job descriptions and any accomplishments you have achieved. Keep the verbiage in present tense and have others read through it for feedback. If you can pursue any volunteer opportunities, contract jobs, certifications or even CEU (Continuing Education Units) courses will show how interested you are and make recruiters take notice. Take advantage of in-house professional development and training programs available, which always shows you are willing to do and learn more.
I hope this helps you on this new journey and I wish you all the best.
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