Nailing the Resume
How to make yourself stand out in the pile
Before a Hiring Manager will look at your resume, it passes through our recruitment team who have a few key things they search for.
The First Look
Recruiters begin their review with one basic question: Does the candidates experience match the job they are applying for?
- Use key words from the job description to highlight the experience you have.
- List your experience in order of relevance to the job.
- Design for skim-ability: Use bold fonts and formatting consistantly where appropriate to highlight relevant information and align content to the left.
The Next Steps
Sell your skills:
- Do more than just list your experience. Explain how those skills you developed can benefit your team if you are chosen for the position.
- Rather than just including your previous job description, use the space on your resume to explain what you brought to the role and how you differentiated yourself.
- Use quantitative data when possible to explain the impact that your work had.
- Avoid empty and overused words and mix up your word use rather than using the same words multiple times. (ex. Responsible for)
Target to your audience:
- Be sure that your resume, cover letter, or CV are tailored to General Dynamics and the specific job for which you are applying.
- Avoid using acronyms from previous companies.
Watch out for these red flags:
- Misspelling, bad grammar, inconsistent formatting/styling.
- Short stays at many different companies.
- Unexplained large gaps in job history.