Good morning. My name is Pat and I am currently the Command Master Chief at the Navy's Electronic Attack Wing. I will be transferring to the Fleet Reserve in April 2019 after 28 years of service. I have spent my entire career in Naval Aviation. Seven years as a Maintenance Control Chief and the last 10 as the CMC in an Executive Leadership role. I have my MBA in Strategic Leadership and I am currently studying for my PMP certification. I have been in a position the last couple of years to work with Raytheon reps and I would like to pursue a career in Program/Project Management, preferably with Raytheon. Do you all have any advice on how to compress my experience in to a resume that would not read like a book? I have started a master resume, but I would like to know from your experience, how to leverage my military experience, which translates to readiness not revenue. Thank you for your time. V/r Pat
Nearly everybody who's worked from their twenty's till they have grey hair faces the same problem, how do I convey all of my relevant work experience in less than 3 pages.
One approach is to include on your resume's front page, a summary of your areas of expertize. For me, I have two bulletined sections that cover my program management experience and another section covering my Systems Engineering experience.
Summary of Program Manager Skills & Disciplines
• Talented, energetic, passionate, and fiscally savvy manager recognized for ability to lead complex opto-mechanical, electro-optical and EW product development and production programs.
• Program Manager known for delivering program objectives on time, at-cost with excellent award fee performance. Assigned the “difficult” projects because of can-do attitude. Able and willing to make informed and timely decisions with a history that shows most were good.
• Broad understanding of passive and active sensing technologies across the electromagnetic spectrum. Diverse program experience background from calibration sources and alignment sensors to infrared sensors for early warning and High Energy Lasers for air defense. Recipient of many performance awards, including two President’s Awards for providing innovative, cost effective solutions to complex EO/IR/EW program needs.
• New Business capture and strategy development that embraces multi-phase, multi-program pursuits, working with SAS and corporate BD, primes, major subcontractors and customers across the DoD and various agencies.
• Standing member of SAS’s EO/IR Invention Review Committee (IRC) as a Subject Matter Expert in High Energy Laser systems, Beam Control Systems, and active sensing electro-optical system technologies. I’ve provided evaluations on hundreds of Invention Disclosures and foreign filings, coached dozens authors on their submissions of which many were granted patent protection from the USPTO.
The bullitized section above is an actual excerpt from my resume's front sheet. I also have a similar summary of my Systems Engineering experience on the front sheet.
On my second sheet I provide the more traditional resume of experience covering my last 10 or so positions. Each section includes my company title, project / program role and a sentence describing my primary objective and a single example of how I made a difference.
I print my single page resume with my expertize summaries on the first page and the summary of positions on the back side on nice (thicker) paper.
Hope this helps,
Pat. My Name is Ed Saavedra, Navy Veteran and VP or our West Region Veterans network at Raytheon. I'd be happy to review your resume as well as help with any opportunities we have. Please connect with me at Edward_L_Saavedra@Raytheon.com.
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