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Offline Dstealth

Resume Advice
« on: May 24, 2012, 11:40 »
I was in the Navy for 8 years; while in I worked on the USS Jimmy Carter and left as a MM1(SS).  Since the Navy I moved to Lake Havasu City to take care of my mother who fell ill.  I am currently working in a PVC extrusion manufacturing plant as a Lead Operator.  While here I used my GI bill to go back to school and will be finishing a degree in Technical Management next month with a 4.0 average.  When in power school I graduated top half of everything.

I qualified everything I could while on my sub up to ERS.  I made first class 3 months prior to leaving my boat and never became EWS qualified.  While on the Sub I did everything from gage calibration, maintenance, Quality Assurance, RPPO, pubs, etc...  

I now have a strong desire to get back into the nuclear world and for the past 6 months I have had very little luck.  I am reaching out to try and start networking.  I am not picky about what I do and will work hard.  My requirement is Full time work, benefits, and 60k a year(or close to that)

When looking at the job boards the thing that describes the Mechanical position best is the Auxiliary Operator Position.  So my question is what other positions should I be looking at?  I have applied to Teaching and Planning positions as I see them come up.  

I am at the point that I would hire a headhunter to help me move back into the Nuclear Field.  Any suggestions on job postings that I would be qualified for that I have overlooked would be appreciated.  Any suggestions on how to get back into the Nuke world would be appreciated.  

Thank you for your time.
« Last Edit: May 25, 2012, 08:31 by Rennhack »

Offline Dstealth

Re: Trying to get back into the Nuclear Field
« Reply #1 on: May 24, 2012, 11:42 »
Summary
I served for 8 years in the Navy.  At time of discharge I was an E-6 qualified in subs as a Navy Nuclear Machinist Mate.  I have read the job posting and I meet all the requirements for the position.  I have over 11 years operational and maintenance mechanic experience with 5 years of Supervisory experience.  6 years focusing on all areas of Propulsion Plant equipment operation, maintenance, testing, quality control and safety.  3 years focusing on PVC extrusion.  I have superior knowledge of mechanical system maintenance methods and operation of the Nuclear Power Plants and extrusion lines.  I am a fast learner and a hard worker who absorbs information; I use the information safely and practically following all procedures. 

Education/Training

•   Bachelors of Science in Technical Management, Devry University, 2012 – 4.0 GPA
•   Qualified in Submarines in less than 30 days of being on a boat underway.  March, 23 2003.
•   QAI – Submarine Force Quality Assurance Inspector – Groton, CT - Graduated July 2003
•   Leadership – First Line Leadership Development Program – Groton, CT - Graduated Dec 2003
•   Department of Defense EPA Certification Program for CFC and HCFC universal technician- 07NOV2001
•   Nuclear Field “A” School - Mar 2000 to Jun 2000 - 3.367 GPA on a 4.0 Scale
•   Math Honor Man (Scored 100% in all Math subjects)
•   Nuclear Power School - Jun 2000 to Dec 2000 - 3.61 GPA on a 4.0 Scale
•   Nuclear Power Prototype Training Facility  -  Dec 2000 to Jun 2001 - 3.26 GPA on a 4.0 Scale
•   Qualified second in class at S8G prototype

Work Experience

•   Prioritized, supervised and inspected maintenance and testing of all propulsion plant related equipment onboard a nuclear powered submarine.  Specifically responsible for preparing quality control work packages, ordering parts, inspecting in-process work and verifying system integrity and operation.
•   Anticipate plant responses and make changes as required to ensure efficiency, safety, and production guidelines are met.
•   Performed gage calibration on equipment, and ordered all parts needed for all M-Div maintenance. 
•   My can do will do attitude was critical to finish the refit on time and meet the USS Maryland’s vital Operational Commitments. I was awarded the Navy Achievement Medal.
•   My High level of technical expertise and sound judgment were often called upon during the arduous new construction period.  Leading up to initial sea trials and inter-fleet transfer.  I documented all the initial testing and repairs which directly contributed to the ship passing its first operational Reactors Safeguard exam.
•   Supervise/Perform Start-ups & Shut downs of a Nuclear Power Plant and PVC extrusion lines.
•   Superior troubleshooting abilities that reduce down time, scrap, and deficiencies.

   Process Improvement/Quality Control

•   Used lean manufacturing techniques to save the US Navy over $400,000 in repair cost of deluge valves.  Repaired over 1450 new valves using the new method all of which had 0 rework as the result and was done in 10% of the normal time.  This set the new standard for the maintenance shops, and I was awarded the Lean Zealot Award.
•   Consistently maximized training benefits for all incumbents.  Actively seeking out any and all training opportunities possible.
•   Qualified Quality Assurance Inspector, Gage Calibration, and all mechanical Engine Room Watch stations.
•   Took charge of the division’s training program, transforming the command’s vision into a vibrant program.  Ensured that the divisional training plan benefited everyone in a 21-man division, regardless of experience level.
•   Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office, Microsoft Project, and Windows.

Employment Chronology

•   Lead Operator - North American Pipe, Yucca AZ – Feb 2009 – Present (90days temp/direct hire on June 2009)
•   K-mart – Salesman, Lake Havasu City, AZ, Oct 2008 – Feb 2009
•   Papa Johns – Delivery Driver, Houston, TX – May 2008 – Oct 2008
•   First Option Mortgage – Loan Officer, Houston, TX– Feb 2008-May 2008
•   MM1(SS)- US Navy – 1999 to 2008(EAOS)
« Last Edit: May 25, 2012, 03:30 by Rennhack »

Fermi2

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Re: Trying to get back into the Nuclear Field
« Reply #2 on: May 24, 2012, 04:13 »
Your resume screams custodian.

Oh and if that in fact is your resume it's poorly written and would get no one's attention.

Offline Dstealth

Re: Trying to get back into the Nuclear Field
« Reply #3 on: May 24, 2012, 04:33 »
That is good to know.  I had another resume and this is the format the last headhunter told me to write it in.  He said it was perfect; however, obviously I did not get that position so I am open to a new format/way to write the resume.

Writing a resume is something that I have always had difficulties doing.
« Last Edit: May 24, 2012, 04:37 by Dstealth »

Fermi2

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Re: Trying to get back into the Nuclear Field
« Reply #4 on: May 24, 2012, 05:05 »
What does this mean?

"•   Took charge of the division’s training program, transforming the command’s vision into a vibrant program.  Ensured that the divisional training plan benefited everyone in a 21-man division, regardless of experience level."

Too general. What does vibrant mean. Exactly how did the training transform into performance?

Offline Dstealth

Re: Trying to get back into the Nuclear Field
« Reply #5 on: May 24, 2012, 06:27 »
What does this mean?

"•   Took charge of the division’s training program, transforming the command’s vision into a vibrant program.  Ensured that the divisional training plan benefited everyone in a 21-man division, regardless of experience level."

Too general. What does vibrant mean. Exactly how did the training transform into performance?

My Chief wrote that statement on an evaluation after I started to give training in the department.  How I understood it is that my training benefited everyone regardless of of their experience.  It was a vibrant program because it was alive and existed more than just in the class room setting.  We trained on every inch of that Engine Room and its operations.  

It transformed into performance by increasing the qualification and operation knowledge of the mechanics on the boat.  We also had competitions to create the best power point presentation.

I always thought it sounded awesome how he wrote that on the evaluation.  However; I can understand how an outsider who wasn't there might not be able to envision a machinery division being excited over training.

Training is just what I do.  I either strive for more knowledge for myself or try and give it to others.  I can remove that line if you suggest and put something else there...  I'll post my other resume below that I was using before this one.

PS> I don't mind harsh criticism.  In the end I just want to get back into nuclear power.
« Last Edit: May 24, 2012, 06:31 by Dstealth »

drayer54

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Re: Trying to get back into the Nuclear Field
« Reply #6 on: May 24, 2012, 06:30 »
Get someone who knows nothing military to read this and identify your jargon. What's it mean to qualify subs? Honor man?

Also, it's a grammatical mess. Random capitalization, missing commas, etc...

Resume's need to be 100% factual. I'm not saying you didn't prove your ability on a ton of valves and save an Obama-term of money, but you should make sure this is something you can defend and not just feed out navy eval lingo.

You made a vibrant program? Just tell me what you did and if you were rewarded for it, I nor anyone else care about how awesome your self assessment is.

If this is draft 1, then it's a start. If you have been submitting this, then STOP and get it reviewed by some other people first. Please.

Also, google some other resumes and look at different formats and steer this boat away from the Navy eval that it looks like I am reading.


good luck!

« Last Edit: May 25, 2012, 03:30 by Rennhack »

Offline Dstealth

Re: Trying to get back into the Nuclear Field
« Reply #7 on: May 24, 2012, 06:34 »
Here is what my resume looked like before I talked to the headhunter...  As for the $400,000 I obtained a Lean Zelot award for it.  With a letter from the admiral and such.  Anyways, maybe this resume is a better basis to start with. 

I am a Technical Management graduate with 9 years of supervisory experience.  As a former Navy Nuclear Engineer I helped install and test a new construction Nuclear Reactor on the USS Jimmy Carter.  I am an energized, positive, and committed to being a key player.  I work well in groups to achieve results; leading to documented results of $400,000 dollars in cost and production time.

Education:

1.   Bachelors of Science in Technical Management – 4.0 GPA at Devry University– Online – June 2012
2.   QAI – Submarine Force Quality Assurance Inspector – Groton, CT - Graduated July 2003
3.   Leadership – First Line Leadership Development Program – Groton, CT - Graduated Dec 2003
4.   Nuclear Engineer – Nuclear Power Prototype Training  – Ballston Spa, NY - Graduated June 2001

Supervisory Skills        Customer Service Skills      Teaching Skills      Troubleshooting Skills
1.   Lean Ideas           1.Multitasking                 1.Coaching              1.Analysis data
2.   Organization         2.Communication             2.Team Player          2.Attention to detail
3.   Persuading           3.Negotiating                  3.Open Minded         3.Quality Assurance

Feb 2009 to Present - Lead Operator – North American Pipe Co., Yucca, AZ

•   Supervise daily operation of equipment and production operators on multiple lines
•   Anticipate production outcomes to ensure the best quality and efficiency of the product.
•   Train and evaluate incumbents to improve job performance
•   Participate and analysis Six-Sigma/Lean process improvement projects

Feb 2008 to Feb 2009 - Various Jobs in Customer Service – Houston, TX

•   First Option Mortgage – Loan officer => Customer service, Sales, Computer skills
•   Papa Johns – Driver => Customer service, Sales
•   K-Mart – Electronics Department Salesman => Customer Service, Sales, Computer skills

Jan 2006 to Feb 2008 - Shop Supervisor – US Navy, San Diego, CA

•   Supervised and zero rework on all overhaul and repair.
•   Scheduled yearly calendar for repairs and overhauls
•   Performed quality daily inspections in shop and in ships
•   Reduced shop waste and increased production with Lean manufacturing techniques. 

July 2001 – Jan, 2006 – MM1(SS) nuke - US Navy, Groton, CT

•   Supervised and performed mechanical operations and maintenance in the Engine Room
•   Supervised and performed maintenance with Nuclear Quality Assurance work packages
•   Operated and performed maintenance on the Primary and secondary engine room which included High Pressure boilers, turbine generators, pumps, vacuum systems, steam traps, and relief valves.

Dec 1999 – July, 2001 – Student - US Navy, Charleston, SC
« Last Edit: May 25, 2012, 03:31 by Rennhack »

Fermi2

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Re: Trying to get back into the Nuclear Field
« Reply #8 on: May 24, 2012, 08:06 »
What exactly were your accomplishments:

Example:

Supervised 20 individuals of which 11 were promoted to leadership positions vs a Navy wide average of 6.


Yours is too generic.

Evals are NOT ways to sell yourself to an employer.

Offline Rennhack

Re: Trying to get back into the Nuclear Field
« Reply #9 on: May 24, 2012, 08:56 »
Normally I would suggest you post you resume in the job board... you know.. that's whats its here for.

However, it seems that you are getting some very good resume advice that could benefit us all.

Perhaps we should all take a turn posting our, and letting the guys destroy it!  If the resume can survive THIS peer review, it is golden.

Offline Dstealth

Re: Trying to get back into the Nuclear Field
« Reply #10 on: May 25, 2012, 01:15 »
Thank you Rennhack for allowing us to work on my resume on the forum. 

Okay here is another revised resume.  This one I used paragraphs instead of bullets; I also removed the skills and copied the skills I was assessed with in college 3 months ago. I also tried to go with Broadzilla's suggestion of getting more specific with what I have accomplish with each job.  It is now two pages as I have added in details to the 3 temporary jobs I held while in transition to my current job after the Navy.  Anyways, here it is.




Professional Profile
I served in the US Navy as a Nuclear Engineer for 8 years.  I am currently working in a fast past manufacturing plant.  I am an energetic hardworking person who loves to learn.  In June 2012 I will have my Bachelor of Science in Technical Management from Devry University. I love operating and troubleshooting equipment and I am very skilled in this department.  I give every task 100% of my attention and perform each task with integrity.

Education
Bachelors of Science in Technical Management – 4.0 GPA at Devry University– Online – June 2012
QAI – Submarine Force Quality Assurance Inspector – Groton, CT - Graduated July 2003
Leadership – First Line Leadership Development Program – Groton, CT - Graduated Dec 2003
Nuclear Engineer – Nuclear Power Prototype Training – Ballston Spa, NY - Graduated June 2001

Skills
Advise people, analysis data, anticipate problems, audit records, check for accuracy, communication, coordinate activities, cope with deadlines, delegate efficiently, endure long hours, use precision measuring tools, find information, follow directions, implement changes, investigate causes, learn quickly, mediate problems, mentor others, observer, planner, writing, talking, selling, negotiating, computer use, quality assurance, and CPR/First Aid.

Work Experience
Feb 2009 to Present – Lead Operator–North American Pipe Co., Yucca, AZ
   I supervise start-up, shut downs, and operations of all the manufacturing plant equipment.  I have developed quality operators with my training abilities; this is shown as I have personally trained 10 of the current 16 operators who work at this plant.  My diligence and understanding of machinery has led my shift to have the least amount of rework units in the plant for the past 3 years.  My shift has had zero incidents since I have become the lead operator providing a very safe attitude and environment to work in.  I started this position as an operator and was promoted to lead operator after 5 months of hard work.  This is a demanding position in which my attitude, knowledge, and nature promotes a positive attitude which has created very low attrition rate for my shift.

Oct 2008 to Feb 2009 –   Electronics Department Salesman – K-mart–Lake Havasu City, AZ
   I sold electronics and was commended for having high sales numbers.  I researched all products to provide the best customer service possible and to be able to answer any and all questions that were asked.  I cleaned and organized my area to ensure the customers had a pleasant shopping experience.   

May 2008 to Sept 2008 – Delivery Driver – Papa Johns – Huston, TX
   This was a fun job in which had a lot of energy and team work.  I coordinated routes, delivered pizzas, took orders, made pizzas, stocked the shelves, and cleaned. 

Feb 2008 to May 2008 – Loan Officer – First Option Mortgage – Huston, TX
   This position provided me the opportunity to learn about house mortgages and loans.  I closed my first loan in record time of a person just learning the business.  I coordinated with client’s schedules, underwriters, appraisers, realtors, and banks.  I organized information to present accurate good faith estimates and loan documents. 

Dec 1999 to Feb 2008 – Nuclear Machinist Mate Subs – US Navy – SC, NY, CT, WA, and CA
I served in the US Navy for 8 years.  I was awarded twice while in the nuclear training pipeline; once as a math Honorman and the other was a commendation letter for helping others.  I was in the top half of all my Navy Nuclear training.  At S8G prototype in New York I graduated with the second highest GPA of the mechanics. 
After prototype I was handpicked to serve on the USS Jimmy Carter; this granted me a top secret clearance.  A dedication to my qualification allowed me to qualify all mechanical watch stations with-in 6 months of being on the boat.  As the assistant gage calibration coordinator; I found that the ship yard never removed a mechanism that bypassed the DP cells from working properly; this prevented going underway with faulty equipment that could have caused great damage.  I was also afforded the opportunity to perform many primary and secondary tests that are only performed on initial installation of a nuclear reactor.  As the divisions repair parts personnel I ensured that we always had the right parts to perform every piece of required maintenance.  During my time on the boat I have scheduled and performed maintenance, wrote training, wrote work packages, ordered parts, calibrated gages, performed troubleshooting, and inspections.  While on sea duty my dedication to performance awarded me 2 Navy Achievement Medals, 2 Captain Letters, 1 Admiral Letters.
 While on shore duty I was appointed Supervisor of the deluge valve shop in San Diego, CA.  While here I saved the Navy over $400,000 dollars in repair cost by revamping the procedure used to repair the valves, I was awarded an admirals letter and the Navy Lean Zealot Award for this accomplishment.  This also cut the repair time from 4 months to 4 days for every deluge valve on an entire ship.  While supervising the quality of work was unquestioned as every valve that was rebuilt and hydro tested resulted in no rework. 
« Last Edit: May 25, 2012, 03:31 by Rennhack »

Offline Rennhack

Re: Trying to get back into the Nuclear Field
« Reply #11 on: May 25, 2012, 03:32 »
Thank you Rennhack for allowing us to work on my resume on the forum.

I edited the posts to remove your personal information. (Name, contact info.)

I've also stickied this post.  When everyone is done with you, this should serve as a good guide for others.

Offline librarian

Re: Trying to get back into the Nuclear Field
« Reply #12 on: May 25, 2012, 04:53 »
My husband was reading this and I just had to chime in.  He is a nuke currently separating from the Navy and I helped him to edit his resume in order to make it easy to read for those not familiar with the Navy nuke program or the military.  The responses to his resume have been good and I would love to help.  I don't have nuke experience but a lot of experience with writing, formatting and editing resumes.

You definitely need to do a lot of work with yours.  Some suggestions:

- Do not use "I", "me", "my" ever in your resume!  Always write it in 3rd person.

- You should be listing your qualifications/duties/jobs, etc. and not putting them into paragraphs.  I definitely disagree with not using bullets.  No one wants to read resumes, they only want to scan them. I want to be able to scroll down your resume to find exactly what I'm looking for instead of having to read the whole thing.  You can always send your resume in a .pdf file if acceptable and there will not be a formatting problem. 

-You are applying for nuclear jobs, they won't care if you worked in customer service/pizza delivery.  You want your resume to be relevant to the job you are applying for so that may mean a different version for different jobs. They may ask about gaps in between leaving the navy and now so you may have to put jobs in as a filler unless you have an excellent excuse for not working such as going to school, taking care of your mom, etc.

-Don't state the same thing twice.  Keep your resume as short and simple as possible.  You don't need to state you've been in the Navy for 8 years, that should be evident in your years worked in your job experience.  If your resume is organized well enough, everything will only be mentioned once.

-Do not use generalizations.  Everyone is a "hard working, eager to learn, energetic person".  You have to prove it, state facts that back these statements up. 

If you would like I can PM you a sample resume.  I would recommend for you to start your resume over completely fresh using the following sections as a guide:

Header (name, address, etc.)
Summary
Skills
Education
Certification
Experience
Awards


Fermi2

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Re: Trying to get back into the Nuclear Field
« Reply #13 on: May 25, 2012, 08:37 »
My husband was reading this and I just had to chime in.  He is a nuke currently separating from the Navy and I helped him to edit his resume in order to make it easy to read for those not familiar with the Navy nuke program or the military.  The responses to his resume have been good and I would love to help.  I don't have nuke experience but a lot of experience with writing, formatting and editing resumes.

You definitely need to do a lot of work with yours.  Some suggestions:

- Do not use "I", "me", "my" ever in your resume!  Always write it in 3rd person.

- You should be listing your qualifications/duties/jobs, etc. and not putting them into paragraphs.  I definitely disagree with not using bullets.  No one wants to read resumes, they only want to scan them. I want to be able to scroll down your resume to find exactly what I'm looking for instead of having to read the whole thing.  You can always send your resume in a .pdf file if acceptable and there will not be a formatting problem. 

-You are applying for nuclear jobs, they won't care if you worked in customer service/pizza delivery.  You want your resume to be relevant to the job you are applying for so that may mean a different version for different jobs. They may ask about gaps in between leaving the navy and now so you may have to put jobs in as a filler unless you have an excellent excuse for not working such as going to school, taking care of your mom, etc.

-Don't state the same thing twice.  Keep your resume as short and simple as possible.  You don't need to state you've been in the Navy for 8 years, that should be evident in your years worked in your job experience.  If your resume is organized well enough, everything will only be mentioned once.

-Do not use generalizations.  Everyone is a "hard working, eager to learn, energetic person".  You have to prove it, state facts that back these statements up. 

If you would like I can PM you a sample resume.  I would recommend for you to start your resume over completely fresh using the following sections as a guide:

Header (name, address, etc.)
Summary
Skills
Education
Certification
Experience
Awards



Not true. AS someone who reviews resumes I absolutely DO care about Non Nuclear things. If an individual worked at Burger King and figured out a way to make their customer service more efficient I am absolutely interested. He showed leadership and made something work better.

So how about letting the experts give him advice...

I HATE bullets. Paragraphs are quite all right. I do not penalize for either method provided the information is relevant.

I do agree with one thing, your Navy experience should be a header (US Navy from X to X)
Then underneath break it down.

But the way you have it is quite all right.

If you want top use adjectives to describe yourself do what I did. I added a summary paragraph that had about 5 to 8 paragraphs describing me.

The best advice you'll get here is from those who have leveraged their resumes into actual jobs, not those who have only seen interest.

I'll see if I can dig up mine.

Offline HydroDave63

Re: Trying to get back into the Nuclear Field
« Reply #14 on: May 25, 2012, 09:00 »


I'll see if I can dig up mine.

And thus, early warning sites throughout the free world begin their search  :P


Fermi2

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Re: Trying to get back into the Nuclear Field
« Reply #15 on: May 25, 2012, 09:27 »
LOL the trouble is the one I have at home is not in a Word Format. I believe I made it with works and my new laptop doesn't support works!

Offline HydroDave63

Re: Trying to get back into the Nuclear Field
« Reply #16 on: May 25, 2012, 10:20 »
LOL the trouble is the one I have at home is not in a Word Format. I believe I made it with works and my new laptop doesn't support works!

Ok my cyber-Amish friend, PM it to me and I'll see what I can do in OpenOffice  8)

Offline SA82

Re: Trying to get back into the Nuclear Field
« Reply #17 on: May 25, 2012, 01:32 »
So how about letting the experts give him advice...

I recently completed my job search and found that having someone review my resume from outside the industry was very helpful. It made it easier to describe the things I did in the Navy to those who didn't understand the terms I was using or the types of titles that I held...(WCS, EDPO,....)

If you want top use adjectives to describe yourself do what I did. I added a summary paragraph that had about 5 to 8 paragraphs describing me.

Not sure what a paragraph containing paragraphs is...but he could be describing a cover letter. Cover letters are great for adding a larger summary describing what you bring to the table and why you are a perfect fit for the job that you are applying for. It helps you keep the lengthy summaries out of your resume.

Hope this helps!

Offline Dstealth

Re: Resume Advice
« Reply #18 on: May 26, 2012, 02:22 »
I just wanted to take a minute and say thank you all for the great advice.  I am still working on revising the resume; however, I work 14 hour days this weekend and have to finish up this weeks college coursework.  I will have more time on Monday to change or create another revised resume.

I will say that I am liking the paragraphs in the resume instead of the bullets.

College papers are written in third person to be more persuasive.  In those papers it is extremely important to remove the I, we, me, myself, etc...  Should a resume be the same way as librarian stated?  Or should the I, we, me, myself be in a resume to add a sense of person to the writer. 

I have also heard of resume scanners that allow HR departments to not even read the resumes that are submitted.  One person in my Senior Project class explained how for government jobs the resume should be as long as possible.  I have always heard of making resumes as short as possible; because, if they are too long people do not read them.

So which is better a long resume or a short resume?  I could add in another 6 years of work experience before my Navy Career if it would be to my benefit.  I have always simply assumed that people only cared about the Navy and the rest just proves continuous employment.  However; Broadzilla explained about carring about working at places such as Burger King as long as a positive lesson was learned at the job.  So in the end which is better?

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Re: Resume Advice
« Reply #19 on: May 26, 2012, 02:58 »

I have also heard of resume scanners that allow HR departments to not even read the resumes that are submitted. 


One way to deal with this is to use a 'keywords' section...

http://www.nukeworker.com/forum/index.php/topic,32798.msg147692.html#msg147692
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Offline tolstoy

Re: Resume Advice
« Reply #20 on: May 26, 2012, 03:36 »
I think you're getting way to angst ridden over your resume.

It looks like you can write a coherent sentence. That's good. Write clearly and concisely. Make your resume as long as it needs to be. Nuke recruiters will like to see what you've done for at least ten years with no gaps. Include everything. If you worked at McDonald's for four years it tells me that you can show up for work on time, do what you're asked to do even if it's not particularly fun, and stick it out.  Highlight skills that you are applying for. Note any certifications you have.

You will never please everyone with your resume. I have worked places where they toss into the round file any resume that says 'DOE' under experience. No it's not fair but it's part of what you will deal with. On the other hand the DOE will really like your navy experience. A lot of commercial rad departments won't care but the OPS groups likely will.

Write it up clean and nice and send it to every job you see coming up and expect it to be a work in-.progress.


...

So which is better a long resume or a short resume?  I could add in another 6 years of work experience before my Navy Career if it would be to my benefit.  I have always simply assumed that people only cared about the Navy and the rest just proves continuous employment.  However; Broadzilla explained about carring about working at places such as Burger King as long as a positive lesson was learned at the job.  So in the end which is better?

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Re: Resume Advice
« Reply #21 on: May 26, 2012, 05:40 »
I would think the Degree from Devry University is hurting you.  I'm not doubting your ability but Devry is a lay-up.  It's a on-line Degree. Extremely Easy to receive a 4.0 GPA, well as long as you know how to copy and paste.  I know you expressed the circumstances you were in with your sick mother.  I applaud you for taking care of her!  I'd hire you for that fact alone.  Devry is like Thomas Edison, its a scam.  It's not even an accredited University.  Devry is set up for individuals that already have 10-20 years experience in the industry, and are looking for a spot in upper management.  Most employers will not ask said individuals where they obtained there degree, only if they have one. 

       

drayer54

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Re: Resume Advice
« Reply #22 on: May 26, 2012, 09:39 »
I have also heard of resume scanners that allow HR departments to not even read the resumes that are submitted.  One person in my Senior Project class explained how for government jobs the resume should be as long as possible.  I have always heard of making resumes as short as possible; because, if they are too long people do not read them.
Keep it to 1 page, because nobody is going to read your life story... at least not at this point in the hiring process.

Scanners exist so make sure the word "safety" is in that resume somewhere. Adjust your resume to the job description you are applying for too.

Offline HydroDave63

Re: Resume Advice
« Reply #23 on: May 26, 2012, 10:21 »
I have also heard of resume scanners that allow HR departments to not even read the resumes that are submitted.  One person in my Senior Project class explained how for government jobs the resume should be as long as possible.  I have always heard of making resumes as short as possible; because, if they are too long people do not read them.

Keep it to 1 page, because nobody is going to read your life story... at least not at this point in the hiring process.

Scanners exist so make sure the word "safety" is in that resume somewhere. Adjust your resume to the job description you are applying for too.

I mostly concur, except that:

a) I've seen people get hired on 2 or even (gasp!) 3 page resumes, BUT it had better be ALL relevant to the position(s) being sought, and even then it runs the risk of being tossed by a human for looking too long to be worth the effort. 1 pagers are best, 2 if you must. 3 isn't worth it.

b) Your college friend was both right and wrong. Programs like Resumix do scan for key words and tricky phrases, but sending a 5 page novel will probably get your resume tossed per point a) above. For government jobs, you have to aim your writing style at the 6th grade level because, well, it is a government job.

c) With all of this in mind, IF a person needed more than 2 pages (I've seen resumes from folks doing this line of work since Reagan was President), then that person might consider doing a CV (curriculum vitae) like the rest of the world does. Your resume would be a strictly 1 page chronological summary, CV would have a specific cover letter, copy of relevant awards, and writeup pages in the back for those things where it soaks up a page and a half in one's resume for how, while LPO at the SIMA shop in Fiji, your shop turned around the USS Seaview's flying sub hydraulics and discovered King Kong, saving 400 gazillion dollars, etc.


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« Reply #24 on: May 26, 2012, 10:36 »
I have also heard of resume scanners that allow HR departments to not even read the resumes that are submitted.  

HR typically is a filter, they pass on qualified applicants to the managers/supervisors. They will look for key points as it applies to the hiring process protecting the company in an increasingly complex set of regulations.

One person in my Senior Project class explained how for government jobs the resume should be as long as possible.  I have always heard of making resumes as short as possible; because, if they are too long people do not read them.

So which is better a long resume or a short resume?  I could add in another 6 years of work experience before my Navy Career if it would be to my benefit.  I have always simply assumed that people only cared about the Navy and the rest just proves continuous employment.  However; Broadzilla explained about carring about working at places such as Burger King as long as a positive lesson was learned at the job.  So in the end which is better?

The answer is yes and yes. I have been a "job shopper" since I got out of the Navy in "78" (17 companies some several times and the 18th coming up this next month). I have written and rewritten my resume many times and have had it written for me by companies submitting me as part of a bid for a contract. One page to four pages max as a general rule. If you have a longer resume use a cover letter to catch their eye, they can scan the longer resume if it sparks their interest, an experience highlights paragraph as a header would work as well. If you are submitting to a number of companies look at the job posting and make sure your resume addresses the job description and as many of the hiring criteria as possible. You got a lot of good advice here but there is no one format or correct answer, plug into each job and company targeted and fit your resume to that specific job. As BZ is a hiring manager his advice would be very good as would be some of the recruiters (civilian that is) that post here.

  Good luck and thanks for your service. The Jimmy Carter must have been an interesting assignment, I have read a bit about her and seen the public graphics of her design and potential missions.
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« Reply #25 on: May 26, 2012, 10:40 »
I mostly concur, except that:



Sorry HD, did not mean to walk on your post but I had already typed it up with my  [2cents] and did not want to discard it when I saw the "new post warning".

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« Reply #26 on: May 26, 2012, 11:15 »
When I look at them. One page Max. Anything after one page I do not read. I put my grading scale up in another post.

It's up to the person submitting the resume to place it in words I can understand as a member of my industry. If I am hiring a procedure writer you best make it apparent to me why you can be 50.59 qualified because I'm not going to try to figure it out.

I'm ex Navy but refuse to turn Navyese into what I need. Also most Navy accomplishments are BS anyway. I know what schooling you have, I know the quals you have and I also know anyone with 1 percent of motivation can be an ERS in the Navy and anyone with 3% motivation can be an EWS.

What I am interested in is what you did to improve something, what did you do to go at least 33% past your job and normal duties. Remember the Maximum the Navy expected out of you is barely the minimum we expect.

1 Page tops, if you can't sell yourself in one page you can't sell yourself to me. Remember for an NLO Position there are most likely 600 to 1000 people applying for that job and those who live with a certain distance from the plant tend to get priority.

Also, virtually all HR departments require a graded and weighted approach. They will make the hiring manager for said position create 5 to 8 criteria for the job each with it's own weight. Depending on what you tell them on your resume is how that individual grades you. Example "Prior Nuclear Experience" might be a 20% weight. I tend to sub weigh mine. Prior Nuclear experience to me would be
5 Points is an SRO or RO on this facility
4.5 Is an SRO from a similar commercial facility.
4.0 Would be an SRO from the other type of Commercial facility or an RO from a similar commercial facility.
3.5 Would be an NLO at this facility
3.0 Would be an NLO from any other type of facility
2.0 would be an individual who passed an RO/SRO license Systems course at my facility but could not finish the course for other reasons.
1.5 Would be an individual who works at my facility in any fashion
1.0 Any Navy experience provided you qualified and exited the service as at least an E-6

Assuming someone was an SRO at my facility applying for a job he or she will get 5 times 20 for 100 Points.

Not all are rated for 20%. I tend to break mine into 20, 15, 15, 15, 15, 10, 5 and 5 for various items I look for but keep in mind the higher weights are weighted heavily for having commercial nuclear experience as I can assume building blocks of knowledge and skill sets you can't get from someone just out of the Navy.

In certain cases you have no real choice. An example being if you are looking for Instant SROs and you have exhausted the commercial world then the initial criteria is do they meet the ACAD and you adjust your screening criteria from there.

NOTE the initial weighting is 70% of getting the job, usually the other 30% is the interview. Yes what you answer is scored than weighted with some questions being automatically multiply everything by zero.

There are also things in the screening that are multiply by Zeros. An example would be for a procedure writer. When I hire a procedure writer my minimum requirement is they can be qualified 50.59 and 72.48 by such and such a date. An Engineer off the street or out of the Navy doesn't meet that. It takes 4 years. Now an RO, SRO, Former SRO or RO, NLO on that plant, or a degreed engineer who can has passed a a Licensed level systems course meets the requirement. The Licensed guys automatically meet the requirement. The NLO at the plant and that engineer can meet it as SME's. If you reed a job bid for procedure writer it simply says High School Diploma with 2 years Nuclear experience. I will not hire an individual who cannot perform all the duties other procedure writers can perform. In other words I do not allow functional grouping. I require they all be able to write or at least review EOPs and Appendix R documents and to do so requires they can write and review 50.59 documents. Therefore you can be Mr. Everything but if you cannot qualify 50.59 by such and such a date then I multiply everything by zero and justify it.

Just using that as an example.  Also remember at some utilities HR does not really screen the resumes, they simply forward them to a hiring manager who screens them. So yours better stand out.

I can say this for Instant SRO. We've had such a bad experience with Navy RO and EWS I have heard if you weren't an EOOW they are screening you out for Instant SRO Positions.

Then again I think the days of landslide hiring are over.

I'm lucky. For the most part I don't submit resumes if I am interested in a position. I fill out the resume section of job application "I am a BWR and PWR Qualified Shift Manager" Or I simply update my resume on Monster as that is the first item on it. Never takes more than a day for the Hey wanna interviews pour in.

Hope that insight helps!

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« Reply #27 on: May 26, 2012, 12:24 »
This is the best advice - all the other stuff is formatting.

Know what the employer is looking for and put in big letters across the top why you can do it/have done it/are qualified to do it.



I'm lucky. For the most part I don't submit resumes if I am interested in a position. I fill out the resume section of job application "I am a BWR and PWR Qualified Shift Manager" Or I simply update my resume on Monster as that is the first item on it. Never takes more than a day for the Hey wanna interviews pour in.

Hope that insight helps!


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« Reply #28 on: May 26, 2012, 03:46 »
I agree to a certain extent but that approach is more realistic for guys who have established themselves. Most anyone looking at Resumes at a plant can say Hmmm A Shift Manager at the two major type of reactors in the US, the blanks fill in themselves.

Guys just out of the Navy are competing with other people of similar background and skill level.

The newer guys have to sell more.

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« Reply #29 on: May 27, 2012, 12:18 »
I would think the Degree from Devry University is hurting you.  I'm not doubting your ability but Devry is a lay-up.  It's a on-line Degree. Extremely Easy to receive a 4.0 GPA, well as long as you know how to copy and paste.  I know you expressed the circumstances you were in with your sick mother.  I applaud you for taking care of her!  I'd hire you for that fact alone.  Devry is like Thomas Edison, its a scam.  It's not even an accredited University.  Devry is set up for individuals that already have 10-20 years experience in the industry, and are looking for a spot in upper management.  Most employers will not ask said individuals where they obtained there degree, only if they have one. 

       

Just a quick response about accreditation...

Devry is an accredited University even if taking the courses online.  There are some degree's that are offered by them that are not accredited; however, my degree is Technical management and is accredited.  The accreditation is from the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.  Now I was considering getting a Masters Degree in Electrical engineering after I finish my degree next month; however, Devry's Electronic Engineering degree is not accredited so I am looking for other alternatives.


TAC of ABET requires separate review of each engineering technology program both online and at each physical location. The Engineering Technology - Computers, as well as the Engineering Technology - Electronics, programs are offered online only and are currently not accredited by TAC of ABET. DeVry will seek accreditation for these programs as soon as appropriate, in accordance with TAC of ABET procedures. Future accreditation is not guaranteed. The CET and EET programs at DeVry Calgary are not eligible for this accreditation.

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« Reply #30 on: May 27, 2012, 12:34 »
I want to apologize for the mistake in accreditation.  I looked into DeVry a few years back, and found that most areas that I was interested in was not ABET.  I should have done my homework before making a comment about them.    But, my view on Thomas Edison still stands.lol  Since you considering a future in the Nuke World.  Research for your graduate Degree in Physics, Nuclear Engineering, Radiological Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Health and Safety, Industrial Hygiene.  Of course these degrees are not needed!  They just have more significance towards the career you are seeking.     

Good Luck to you Sir! 

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« Reply #31 on: May 29, 2012, 03:29 »
I want to apologize for the mistake in accreditation.  I looked into DeVry a few years back, and found that most areas that I was interested in was not ABET.  I should have done my homework before making a comment about them.    But, my view on Thomas Edison still stands.lol  Since you considering a future in the Nuke World.  Research for your graduate Degree in Physics, Nuclear Engineering, Radiological Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Health and Safety, Industrial Hygiene.  Of course these degrees are not needed!  They just have more significance towards the career you are seeking.     

Good Luck to you Sir! 

TESC is regionally accredited and not a "scam."  They may not have the ABET accreditation, but I give props to the individuals with 20 years in the business that have a full time job and a family that are trying to better themselves.

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« Reply #32 on: May 29, 2012, 08:58 »
I would like to thank everyone for the resume advice that has been provided.  This has been the most helpful thread/discussion I have ever read on a resume.  I understand now that everyone does the same job when performing a job so the resume bullets need to be what I did extra.  However; I need to right each and every resume for each and every specific position. 

Again thank you all for the insight and knowledge.  The other thing that I took away from this was the help on what jobs to apply for.  Now I know that I need my foot in the door.  In the end I'll shorten the resume to one page, but I like the paragraphs instead of the bullets and will keep that.

Thanks again!

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« Reply #33 on: May 30, 2012, 12:40 »
Here is my new resume.  I feel like I have touched all of the concepts described in this thread.  Please by all means tear it up; however, it is written for a specific job that I am now applying for.  

Professional Profile
Professional Profile
Top secret clearance obtained while serving as a mechanical nuclear technician on board the USS Jimmy Carter.  Top half GPA while attending NNPTU classes and prototype.  To go beyond my normal duties at my current employment; I write procedures and training for the plant operators which increases retention and reduces on waste of material.  I am a founding member of the safety committee at NAPCO and give monthly safety training.  I desire to obtain an entry level operator position at a nuclear power plant so that I can aspire to an SRO position.
Education
Bachelors of Science in Technical Management – Devry University–June 2012
QAI – Submarine Force Quality Assurance Inspector – Groton, CT - Graduated July 2003
Leadership – First Line Leadership Development Program – Groton, CT - Graduated Dec 2003
Mechanical Nuclear Technician – Nuclear Power Prototype Training – Ballston Spa, NY - Graduated June 2001
Electrical Engineering – University of Wyoming –39 Credits attended 1995 to 1997

Skills
Advise people, analysis data, anticipate problems, audit records, check for accuracy, communication, coordinate activities, cope with deadlines, delegate efficiently, endure long hours, use precision measuring tools, find information, follow directions, implement changes, investigate causes, learn quickly, mediate problems, mentor others, observer, planner, writing, talking, selling, negotiating, computer use, quality assurance, and CPR/First Aid.

Work Experience
Dec 1999 to Feb 2008 – Nuclear Machinist Mate Subs – US Navy – SC, NY, CT, WA, and CA
I was awarded Math-Honorman in mechanical ‘A’ school and an academic achievement certificate in Power School from the Director of Nuclear Power School.  While in prototype my in-rate standing was 4 of 71.  
I can provide letters from several officers that will demonstrate unquestionable trust, superior performance, and total commitment.   A notable example of this is when I was the assistant gage calibration coordinator I found a defect in the ship’s installed differential pressure cells that prevented them from working in many of the engine room systems.  
While on shore duty I was a valve shop supervisor; I excelled in this by using lean manufacturing techniques.  These techniques awarded me the first ever Lean Zealot award; this saved over $400,000 and 90% in repair time; these techniques saved my shop from being outsourced to a private company.

Feb 2009 to Present – Lead Operator–North American Pipe Co., Yucca, AZ
I am responsible for the monitoring of equipment, performance, and anticipation system operations, evolutions, cleanliness, and production rate of the entire manufacturing plant. I supervise mechanical and electrical maintenance with lock out tag out procedures.  I have personally trained 10 of 16 of the personnel who currently work in the plant; 3 have gone to become Class A operators and 2 Lead Operators.

Oct 2008 to Feb 2009 –   Electronics Department Salesman – K-mart–Lake Havasu City, AZ
   I excelled in selling extended service plans and Sears Credit cards.
May 2008 to Sept 2008 – Delivery Driver – Papa Johns – Huston, TX
   I excelled in team work and learned about process improvement and scheduling.
Feb 2008 to May 2008 – Loan Officer – First Option Mortgage – Huston, TX
   I excelled in team coordination and learned how mortgages work which allows me to help coworkers with mortgage purchasing and refinancing questions.
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« Reply #34 on: May 30, 2012, 11:53 »
Unless you worked for NR, you were neither a nuclear engineer, nor a mechanical engineer.  That first sentence should be edited to reflect your job accurately.

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« Reply #35 on: May 30, 2012, 07:11 »
TESC is regionally accredited and not a "scam."  They may not have the ABET accreditation, but I give props to the individuals with 20 years in the business that have a full time job and a family that are trying to better themselves.
After you get your SRO license, that "worthless" TESC degree is worth about $4000.00 in base pay.  Since all your 401k matches and bonuses are computed from base pay, it's quite a bit of money.
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« Reply #36 on: May 30, 2012, 11:37 »
Unless you worked for NR, you were neither a nuclear engineer, nor a mechanical engineer.  That first sentence should be edited to reflect your job accurately.

I will go above and edit it.  I assume this mistake is common with Enlisted Navy personnel.  Since in the Navy we all call ourselves Nuclear Engineers.  I changed the engineer to technician.
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« Reply #37 on: May 31, 2012, 04:18 »
A minor issue I don't like is the repeated "I excelled in..." statements at the end.  I'd avoid using the exact same phrase 3 times in a row, as it starts to sound phony.  Instead you could say somehing like "I exceeded my sales targets for extended service plans and Sears Credit cards by providing excellent customer service", etc.

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« Reply #38 on: May 31, 2012, 04:39 »
I will go above and edit it.  I assume this mistake is common with Enlisted Navy personnel.  Since in the Navy we all call ourselves Nuclear Engineers.  I changed the engineer to technician.

Missed one,... :P ;) :) 8)

Here is my new resume.  I feel like I have touched all of the concepts described in this thread.  Please by all means tear it up; however, it is written for a specific job that I am now applying for.  

Professional Profile
Professional Profile
Top secret clearance obtained while serving as a mechanical nuclear technician on board the USS Jimmy Carter.  Top half GPA while attending NNPTU classes and prototype.  To go beyond my normal duties at my current employment; I write procedures and training for the plant operators which increases retention and reduces on waste of material.  I am a founding member of the safety committee at NAPCO and give monthly safety training.  I desire to obtain an entry level operator position at a nuclear power plant so that I can aspire to an SRO position.
Education
Bachelors of Science in Technical Management – Devry University–June 2012
QAI – Submarine Force Quality Assurance Inspector – Groton, CT - Graduated July 2003
Leadership – First Line Leadership Development Program – Groton, CT - Graduated Dec 2003
Nuclear Engineer – Nuclear Power Prototype Training – Ballston Spa, NY - Graduated June 2001
Electrical Engineering – University of Wyoming –39 Credits attended 1995 to 1997

Skills
Advise people, analysis data, anticipate problems, audit records, check for accuracy, communication, coordinate activities, cope with deadlines, delegate efficiently, endure long hours, use precision measuring tools, find information, follow directions, implement changes, investigate causes, learn quickly, mediate problems, mentor others, observer, planner, writing, talking, selling, negotiating, computer use, quality assurance, and CPR/First Aid.

Work Experience
Dec 1999 to Feb 2008 – Nuclear Machinist Mate Subs – US Navy – SC, NY, CT, WA, and CA
I was awarded Math-Honorman in mechanical ‘A’ school and an academic achievement certificate in Power School from the Director of Nuclear Power School.  While in prototype my in-rate standing was 4 of 71.  
I can provide letters from several officers that will demonstrate unquestionable trust, superior performance, and total commitment.   A notable example of this is when I was the assistant gage calibration coordinator I found a defect in the ship’s installed differential pressure cells that prevented them from working in many of the engine room systems.  
While on shore duty I was a valve shop supervisor; I excelled in this by using lean manufacturing techniques.  These techniques awarded me the first ever Lean Zealot award; this saved over $400,000 and 90% in repair time; these techniques saved my shop from being outsourced to a private company.

Feb 2009 to Present – Lead Operator–North American Pipe Co., Yucca, AZ
I am responsible for the monitoring of equipment, performance, and anticipation system operations, evolutions, cleanliness, and production rate of the entire manufacturing plant. I supervise mechanical and electrical maintenance with lock out tag out procedures.  I have personally trained 10 of 16 of the personnel who currently work in the plant; 3 have gone to become Class A operators and 2 Lead Operators.

Oct 2008 to Feb 2009 –   Electronics Department Salesman – K-mart–Lake Havasu City, AZ
   I excelled in selling extended service plans and Sears Credit cards.
May 2008 to Sept 2008 – Delivery Driver – Papa Johns – Huston, TX
   I excelled in team work and learned about process improvement and scheduling.
Feb 2008 to May 2008 – Loan Officer – First Option Mortgage – Huston, TX
   I excelled in team coordination and learned how mortgages work which allows me to help coworkers with mortgage purchasing and refinancing questions.

« Last Edit: May 31, 2012, 04:40 by GLW »

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« Reply #39 on: May 31, 2012, 07:38 »
A minor issue I don't like is the repeated "I excelled in..." statements at the end.  I'd avoid using the exact same phrase 3 times in a row, as it starts to sound phony.  Instead you could say somehing like "I exceeded my sales targets for extended service plans and Sears Credit cards by providing excellent customer service", etc.

I thought we agreed it should be in 3rd person.

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« Reply #40 on: May 31, 2012, 10:50 »
My bad, I was starting from the bottom part of the resume which flipped into first person.  How about "Exceeded assigned sales targets for extended service plans and Sears Credit cards by providing excellent customer service."
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« Reply #41 on: May 31, 2012, 11:16 »
I thought we agreed it should be in 3rd person.

I was looking for a definitive answer on the 3rd person still.  I was trying to follow it and only saw one other person state it should be third person.  Maybe I missed some post.

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« Reply #42 on: May 31, 2012, 11:18 »
Missed one,... :P ;) :) 8)


Changed it thanks for pointing it out. 

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« Reply #43 on: May 31, 2012, 11:18 »
3rd person.

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« Reply #44 on: Jun 01, 2012, 11:10 »
Changed it thanks for pointing it out. 

Your welcome.

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« Reply #45 on: Jun 03, 2012, 06:12 »
In this resume it is all 3rd person.  I left the paragraph format; because, I could not get the grammar to read write being 3rd person in a paragraph form.  I am hoping the awards will give a sense of my ability to go above and beyond.  I have included all of the job duties that I will be performing in this resume.  Tear it up again and I will revise it.  Again thank you all for the advice.

                                      Objective
An experienced nuclear technician who is seeking a position in a Nuclear Power Plant.

                                      Education
Bachelors of Science in Technical Management – Devry University–Graduate June 2012
          Award - Dean’s list for a 4.0 GPA
Nuclear Technician – Nuclear Power Prototype Training – Ballston Spa, NY - Graduated June 2001
          Awards - Honorman certificate - Issued for highest math grade in Nuclear Mechanic ‘A’ school
                        Academic excellence certificate from the Director of Power School
Electrical Engineering – University of Wyoming –39 Credits attended 1995 to 1997
High School Diploma – Kelly Walsh High School – Graduated May 1995

                           Work Experience
Dec 1999 to Feb 2008 – Nuclear Machinist Mate Subs – US Navy – SC, NY, CT, WA, and CA    
  • •   Quality Assurance inspector
    •   Write/review work packages
    •   Supervise personnel at a valve repair shop
    •   Hydrostatically test valves, pipes, and systems
    •   Aggressively maintain a safe working environment
    •   Monitor and maintain all required data logs and records
    •   Monitor and perform drills as part of drill team and responder
    •   Assist in scheduling, coordinating, and performing maintenance
    •   Perform routine and corrective maintenance of plant equipment
    •   Operate all plant equipment and systems in a nuclear engine room
    •   Comply with all applicable environmental, health and safety policies
    •   Startup and shut down of plant equipment and basic chemistry testing
    •   Maintain log of meter and gauge reading and records data such as water test results
Awards: 1 Captain Letter - For being an inspirational hard worker and performance during an ORSE
             1 Lean Zealot Award - For reducing operation cost by $400,000 and increasing efficiency
             2 Navy Achievement Medals – For inspirational work performance and technical expertise
             2 Admiral Letters - For watch standing, technical knowledge, and superior attention to detail

Feb 2009 to Present – Lead Operator–North American Pipe Co., Yucca, AZ
  • •   Anticipate plant conditions and change PLC controls as necessary
    •   Ensure all personnel comply with all applicable safety policies
    •   Monitor quantity of chemicals consumed to make product
    •   Train shift on daily and monthly safety meetings
    •   Maintain First aid/CPR certification
    •   Operate forklifts and cranes
Award:  Perfect Attendance

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« Reply #46 on: Jun 03, 2012, 08:25 »
I like it.  I can read it and understand it.  I was not in the Navy.

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« Reply #47 on: Jun 04, 2012, 01:16 »
Your work experience seems to be out of sequence and if it was me I would call it "relevant experience" and leave off K Mart and pizza delivery. Also i would put education above experience- you have a degree which puts you ahead of a lot of people. Leave off the fact that you follow rules and regulations, it is a given.   And you spelled "Houston" wrong!!  Good luck and I admire your ability to learn from others but remember not everyone is always right.

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« Reply #48 on: Jun 04, 2012, 02:20 »
Your work experience seems to be out of sequence and if it was me I would call it "relevant experience" and leave off K Mart and pizza delivery. Also i would put education above experience- you have a degree which puts you ahead of a lot of people. Leave off the fact that you follow rules and regulations, it is a given.   And you spelled "Houston" wrong!!  Good luck and I admire your ability to learn from others but remember not everyone is always right.

Thank you.  I have respelled Houston.  I have also moved the education back up top.  As for the work experience when I put the Navy on the bottom it seems I have to tell most recruiters that I was in the Navy.  They never even make it to the bottom of the resume to read it.  That is why I have now started to put it up top.  Also every time I leave off K-mart, Papa Johns, and First Option I get asked about the gap in work history.  As for the comply with regulation and safety; even though it is a given it was still a bullet in the job description.  However; I did have it in there twice and removed the redundancy.
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« Reply #49 on: Jun 04, 2012, 02:42 »
Thank you.  I have respelled Houston.  I have also moved the education back up top.  As for the work experience when I put the Navy on the bottom it seems I have to tell most recruiters that I was in the Navy.  They never even make it to the bottom of the resume to read it.  That is why I have now started to put it up top.  Also every time I leave off K-mart, Papa Johns, and First Option I get asked about the gap in work history.  As for the comply with regulation and safety; even though it is a given it was still a bullet in the job description.  However; I did have it in there twice and removed the redundancy.

I saw the out of order chronology as well, but decided the more important stuff was at the top, and the less important stuff was at the bottom, and I really didn't want to read through all the unimportant stuff to get to the good stuff... short attention spans and all... so I didn't mention it.  I think his audience is smart enough to figure it out. -- But it did bother me.  I also hoped that the formatting was better on his local copy.  I know its a PITA to format in the forum.

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« Reply #50 on: Jun 04, 2012, 04:15 »
One last comment- your objective is poorly worded. What is a mechanical power plant operator?  Weren't you a nuclear propulsion plant operator? IDK I wasn't navy. Don't ask for an entry level job you have ten years experience but I think you need to choose a specific craft or trade to focus on.  There is nothing wrong with having a diffetent resume for each specialty or craft you are applying for.

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« Reply #51 on: Jun 04, 2012, 04:37 »
One last comment- your objective is poorly worded. What is a mechanical power plant operator?  Weren't you a nuclear propulsion plant operator? IDK I wasn't navy. Don't ask for an entry level job you have ten years experience but I think you need to choose a specific craft or trade to focus on.  There is nothing wrong with having a diffetent resume for each specialty or craft you are applying for.

I believe a mechanical power plant operator would be the equivalent to an Auxiliary Operator or Equipment Operator.  

I will change it to a Nuclear Technician and run with that.  I do change the objective when submitting to different positions; however, needed a general objective for this job board since it is not for a position.

@ Rennhack; yes the local formatting looks better.  The bullets are easier to read than paragraph form; since paragraph form just seems to mesh everything together.  I tried to make it a bit better just now for the forum.

Also I think I will remove the work experience that is not relevant to the position.  It just looks cleaner to me without it there.

Thank you.
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« Reply #52 on: Jun 04, 2012, 05:42 »
Changed the format back to the first format I had.  This allows me to put my entire work history on here and list every job.  My hopes with this is that it will cut/paste to the forum better; which, will also mean that it will cut and paste better when submitting the resume.
The biggest problem with this is the Military experience again goes in the center and can be easily missed.  

So which format is better?  This one seems to flow better in my opinion.

Objective: An experienced nuclear technician who is seeking a position in a Nuclear Power Plant.

Education/Training
•   Bachelors of Science in Technical Management – Devry University–Graduate June 2012
•   Nuclear Technician – Nuclear Power Prototype Training – Ballston Spa, NY - Graduated June 2001
•   Electrical Engineering – University of Wyoming –39 Credits attended 1995 to 1997
•   High School Diploma – Kelly Walsh High School – Graduated May 1995

Awards
•   Dean’s list for a 4.0 GPA
•   Honorman certificate - Issued for highest math grade in Nuclear Mechanic ‘A’ school
•   Academic excellence certificate from the Director of Power School
•   Captain Letter - For being an inspirational hard worker and performance during an ORSE
•   Lean Zealot Award - For reducing operation cost by $400,000 and increasing efficiency
•   2 Navy Achievement Medals –For inspirational work performance and technical expertise
•   2 Admiral Letters - For watch standing, technical knowledge, and superior attention to detail

Work Experience
•   Supervise personnel at a valve repair shop, engine room, and manufacturing plant
•   Supervise and Perform routine and corrective maintenance of plant equipment
•   Quality Assurance inspector who can write and review work packages
•   Anticipate plant conditions and change PLC controls as necessary
•   Assist in scheduling, coordinating, and performing maintenance
•   Startup and shut down of power plant and extrusion equipment
•   Monitor and perform drills as part of drill team and responder
•   Monitor quantity of chemicals consumed to make product
•   Monitor and maintain all required data logs and records
•   Ensure all personnel comply with all applicable policies
•   Aggressively maintain a safe working environment
•   Train shift on daily and monthly safety meetings
•   Hydrostatically test valves, pipes, and systems
•   Maintain First aid/CPR certification
•   Operate forklifts and cranes

Employment Chronology
•   Lead Operator – North American Pipe, Yucca AZ – Feb 2009 – Present
•   Salesman – K-mart, Lake Havasu City, AZ, Oct 2008 – Feb 2009
•   Delivery Driver – Papa Johns –, Houston, TX – May 2008 – Oct 2008
•   Loan Officer – First Option Mortgage, Houston, TX– Feb 2008-May 2008
•   MM1(SS) Nuclear Technician –  US Navy – Dec 1999 to Feb 2008(EAOS)
•   Operator –  Hill Crest Water – Mar 1999 to Dec 1999
•   Salesman – Radio Shack – Feb 1998 to Mar 1999
•   Salesman –  Builder’s Mart – Dec 1991 to Aug 1995 and May 1997 to Feb 1998

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« Reply #53 on: Jun 04, 2012, 11:46 »
That one looks cleaner.... But when I 'read' it, I just zipped down, and didn't stop to read and absorb it.  The prior version got me to stop and read the navy and pipe company jobs.  Maybe a combination of the two.

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« Reply #54 on: Jun 07, 2012, 08:04 »
Here is a combination of the two resumes.  I honestly believe this is the format that I now like the best.  For any position I apply for I can simply change the Work Experience title and only list the relevant experience.  The only thing missing is a "skills" section; however, I feel (and correct me if I am wrong) that the skills can be displayed under each work experience section.  This would display that not only I have the skill, but where I used and acquired it from.  Again for every position the bullets change to describe how I am qualified for the job.

Thank you all again for the advice!

Objective: An experienced nuclear mechanical technician/operator seeking work at a nuclear facility.

Education/Training
•   Bachelors of Science in Technical Management – Devry University–Graduate June 2012
•   Nuclear Technician – Nuclear Power Prototype Training – Ballston Spa, NY - Graduated June 2001
•   Electrical Engineering – University of Wyoming –39 Credits attended 1995 to 1997
•   High School Diploma – Kelly Walsh High School – Graduated May 1995
Awards
•   Dean’s list for a 4.0 GPA
•   Honorman certificate - Issued for highest math grade in Nuclear Mechanic ‘A’ school
•   Academic excellence certificate from the Director of Power School
•   Captain Letter - For inspirational hard work and performance during an ORSE
•   Lean Zealot Award - For reducing operation cost by $400,000 and increasing efficiency
•   2 Navy Achievement Medals –For inspirational work performance and technical expertise
•   2 Admiral Letters - For watch standing, technical knowledge, and superior attention to detail
Work Experience
US – Navy experience
•   Operate boilers, turbines, generators, pumps, PLC controls, and valves
•   Startup and shut down of power plant Reactor, Steam, Lubrication, and Hydraulic systems
•   Operate Air conditioners; EPA certified; Operate Chill water system
•   Perform maintenance on Reactor and Engine room equipment;
•   Monitor equipment such as condensers, hotwells, heat exchangers, steam generators, and tanks
•   Procedural compliance with ability to receive and execute orders from supervisor
•   Quality Assurance inspector; write work packages and tag out equipment
•   Assist in scheduling, coordinating, and performing maintenance
•   Monitor and perform drills as part of drill team and responder
•   Hydrostatically test valves, pipes, and systems
•   Monitor and maintain all required data logs and records
•   Supervise personnel at a valve repair shop

North American Pipe Corp experience
•   Supervise personnel at a manufacturing plant
•   Anticipate plant conditions and change PLC controls as necessary
•   Ensure all personnel comply with all applicable safety policies
•   Monitor and maintain all required data logs and records
•   Aggressively maintain a safe working environment
•   Train shift on daily and monthly safety meetings
•   Maintain First aid/CPR certification
•   Operate forklifts and cranes
•   Operate Air conditioners; Operate Chill Water System; Operate Vacuum Systems
•   Monitor quantity of chemicals consumed to make product
•   Write procedures for operators
•   Hydrostatic test all pipe produced


Employment Chronology
•   Lead Operator – North American Pipe, Yucca AZ – Feb 2009 – Present
•   Salesman – K-mart, Lake Havasu City, AZ – Oct 2008 – Feb 2009
•   Delivery Driver – Papa Johns –, Houston, TX – May 2008 – Oct 2008
•   First Option Mortgage – Loan Officer, Houston, TX– Feb 2008-May 2008
•   MM1 (SS) Mechanical Nuclear Technician – US Navy – USA – Dec 1999 to Feb 2008(EAOS)
•   Operator – Hill Crest Water – Casper, WY – Mar 1999 to Dec 1999
•   Salesman – Radio Shack – Casper, WY – Feb 1998 to Mar 1999
•   Salesman – Builder’s Mart – Casper, WY – Dec 1991 to Aug 1995 and May 1997 to Feb 1998
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« Reply #55 on: Jun 07, 2012, 10:53 »
I like it.

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« Reply #56 on: Jun 07, 2012, 11:50 »
What exactly is an inspirational hard worker?

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« Reply #57 on: Jun 07, 2012, 11:53 »
What exactly is an inspirational hard worker?

here's three;


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« Reply #58 on: Jun 07, 2012, 01:10 »
Ah three of my favorite ladies in the entire world!

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« Reply #59 on: Jun 07, 2012, 04:37 »
What exactly is an inspirational hard worker?
Yes that should have been inspirational hard work.  Edited it.  Upon request I can always show the documentation that would explain that award; on a resume it would be too long to explain.

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« Reply #60 on: Jun 08, 2012, 10:47 »
No one will give a flying F if you can prove it. Your resume is the knock on the door that someone answers. Put examples, not BS Navy terms.

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« Reply #61 on: Jun 08, 2012, 12:53 »
Why isn't there a single complete, grammatically correct sentence on the resume?

Since when is reactor, steam, lubrication and hydraulics proper nouns?

You stopped working for the Navy in feb 2008..., why put EAOS? What does that mean?

How does one "aggressively" maintain a safe working environment? If someone isn't wearing PPE, do you punch them in the face?

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« Reply #62 on: Jun 08, 2012, 01:45 »
Why isn't there a single complete, grammatically correct sentence on the resume?

Since when is reactor, steam, lubrication and hydraulics proper nouns?

You stopped working for the Navy in feb 2008..., why put EAOS? What does that mean?

How does one "aggressively" maintain a safe working environment? If someone isn't wearing PPE, do you punch them in the face?

Justin


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« Reply #63 on: Jun 08, 2012, 03:34 »
I think it would be better if your Objective was a little longer. I would suggest at least two complete sentences.

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« Reply #64 on: Jun 09, 2012, 02:20 »
I think it would be better if your Objective was a little longer. I would suggest at least two complete sentences.

There is also the school of thought that says any 'Objective' is a waste of time...your objective is obviously to get the job you are submitting for...?  Just something I've read.  :)
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« Reply #65 on: Jun 09, 2012, 12:17 »
   Dstealth the MK 48 torpedo was designed in the 60s and was not deployed until the 70s because there were continuous improvements available and being implemented. It was not deployed until the Soviets launched the Alpha class submarines and this cycle of upgrades was stopped and the torpedo delivered to the fleet. If the job you want is coming up I think you may want to consider resume deployment. There is no one right way to write your resume unless you are appling at BZs plant (just put nuclear janitor and he will be happy  [devious] ). You may end up writing a number of different resumes to fit each employer you can deploy the ADCAP then Mod 7 as you progress in your search. There will be someone who will not like your resume even when the last one loved it. But yes do use spell check and proper syntax.

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« Reply #66 on: Jun 09, 2012, 12:22 »
Marlin just gave excellent advice. No one will be completely happy with your resume, however I still advise you leave stuff out like Aggressively pursued, or inspired others, or inspirational hard work. They'll be tagged as BS right away. Keep it relevant and performance based.

My view, words like that mean the guy really did nothing and has no proof he can help performance. They're great for the Nuclear Navy Janitorial world. Not great for the real world.

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Re: Resume Advice
« Reply #67 on: Jun 11, 2012, 02:47 »
Just beware of those Nuclear Janitors!

http://www.local8now.com/news/headlines/38328884.html?storySection=story

East Tennessee janitor pleads guilty in nuclear parts theft
Roy Lynn Oakley


KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A former janitor accused of trying to sell broken nuclear weapons equipment from a shuttered Tennessee facility has pleaded guilty.

Roy Lynn Oakley pleaded guilty Monday to one count of disclosure of restricted data before a federal District Court judge in Knoxville.

Under the plea agreement, he will serve six years in prison and three years of supervised release.

Authorities said Oakley was a contract worker at the former K-25 uranium enrichment plant in Oak Ridge when he was arrested in 2007 after offering the gear to an undercover agent. Prosecutors say Oakley took home classified equipment he was supposed to be destroying and tried to sell it to the French government.
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Re: Resume Advice
« Reply #68 on: Jun 12, 2012, 03:48 »
I will rewrite the resume sometime next week.  I am not ignoring this thread; however, it is final week in college and I need to devote my attention there.  I do appreciate all of the feedback.

Thank you

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« Reply #69 on: Jun 22, 2012, 08:56 »
I stumbled upon this article today and it made me think of this thread. I guess you could take it for what it is worth.

There is also the school of thought that says any 'Objective' is a waste of time...your objective is obviously to get the job you are submitting for...?  Just something I've read.  :)
Point taken.

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/10-things-leave-off-resume-131401267.html
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« Reply #70 on: Oct 24, 2012, 10:47 »
It's been a while from my last post.  I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who helped me with this resume.  I did get hired from it.  However; as I am sure you have all heard Kewaunee Power Station is now closing.  So I am job hunting again. 

I think this thread will help others as I know of some people who have not written resumes for 10+ years.

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« Reply #71 on: Nov 30, 2012, 09:40 »
Some of you have seen my recent post. I've read all 3 pages of this thread; I've got one comment and one question.

I HATE bullets. Paragraphs are quite all right. I do not penalize for either method provided the information is relevant.

This seems like a big coin-flip. HR departments that read and interpret welcome a coherent dialogue in a resume; to these people bullets will seem lazy and scattered. HR departments that screen and scan will almost certainly trashcan a resume that has to be read in paragraphs.

The question is, how do I guess which is appropriate? I suppose bullets and short precise statements are safest, but sometimes I want to appeal to the guy reading carefully.

Nuke recruiters will like to see what you've done for at least ten years with no gaps.

Now, this is a problem. I was ill and it put me in an unstable state for about a year while dealing with the VA. Working was simply out of the question.

I feel there's no good way to even bring it up in a resume. I also feel like leaving a 1 year gap at the end of my employment history is shooting myself in the foot. I think my best option right now is to end the gap in employment history with something, anything.  Does that seem reasonable? I'll cashier at Kohl's over the holiday if I have to. I'm working on that, too.

I ask because since my last posting I've been asked for my resume a number of times, all by people interested in training a transmission operator (or similar). That 1 year gap at the end of my empoyment history makes me cringe, and I find myself wondering if most of these will even get a call-back. I still can't imagine explaining what I've been doing for the last year on paper. I'd need to explain it on the phone.
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« Reply #72 on: Dec 01, 2012, 09:12 »
I have used bullets on my resume and had good luck with that.  If the use of bullets is direct and to the point (relevant) it is fine (in my book).

A tactic for when you have a gap in time is to use sections that describe your skillset then after that list your employers and timeframes.  For your year gap you can put "resolving a medical condition (if that is accurate).  When my wife went back into the workforce after a few years not working that was effective for her.

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« Reply #73 on: Dec 01, 2012, 11:29 »
A tactic for when you have a gap in time is to use sections that describe your skillset then after that list your employers and timeframes.

This is exactly what I had done, thanks for the confirmation. They call it a "functional" resume, I suppose, which just means - focus on what you bring to the table first.

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For your year gap you can put "resolving a medical condition (if that is accurate).  When my wife went back into the workforce after a few years not working that was effective for her.

Thanks for the input, that's a great way to put it.
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« Reply #74 on: Dec 01, 2012, 02:08 »
Uh HR isn't who is going to screen your resume at a nuke plant.

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« Reply #75 on: Dec 01, 2012, 02:59 »
Uh HR isn't who is going to screen your resume at a nuke plant.

But then BZ is not reviewer of all resumes everywhere.  [devious]

I would use his advice if submitting to his facility though

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« Reply #76 on: Dec 01, 2012, 03:50 »
Uh HR isn't who is going to screen your resume at a nuke plant.

True, but as you have said... Individual preferences vary.

The resumes I screen, I do not care if bullets are used or not.  I am more concerned with clear concise communications and no spelling or grammatical errors.

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« Reply #77 on: Dec 01, 2012, 06:01 »
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« Reply #78 on: Dec 01, 2012, 06:11 »
But then BZ is not reviewer of all resumes everywhere.

Can I get a fact check on that?

http://www.factcheck.org/

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« Reply #79 on: Dec 02, 2012, 09:05 »
Uh HR isn't who is going to screen your resume at a nuke plant.

?

In my experience, all nuke plants do have HR departments. And, as in any other industry, part of their job is to weed out all the resumes that obviously don't fit the requirements before they pass the 'good' resumes to the hiring manager...

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« Reply #80 on: Dec 03, 2012, 10:46 »
?

In my experience, all nuke plants do have HR departments. And, as in any other industry, part of their job is to weed out all the resumes that obviously don't fit the requirements before they pass the 'good' resumes to the hiring manager...



Yep.

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« Reply #81 on: Dec 03, 2012, 08:26 »
?

In my experience, all nuke plants do have HR departments. And, as in any other industry, part of their job is to weed out all the resumes that obviously don't fit the requirements before they pass the 'good' resumes to the hiring manager...



Actually, at my utility the hiring manager see's all the applications before HR is done screening.  You can see the people as they apply.

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« Reply #82 on: Dec 03, 2012, 09:33 »
?

In my experience, all nuke plants do have HR departments. And, as in any other industry, part of their job is to weed out all the resumes that obviously don't fit the requirements before they pass the 'good' resumes to the hiring manager...




Incorrect. They ensure people meet MINIMUM requirements then send them to the hiring manager for the real screening.

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« Reply #83 on: Dec 03, 2012, 11:01 »

Incorrect. They ensure people meet MINIMUM requirements then send them to the hiring manager for the real screening.

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« Reply #84 on: Sep 03, 2013, 05:55 »
Currently I work for Vermont Yankee.  I'm sure you all have heard it is shutting its doors next year.  I've got a good handle on how to put my Navy experience on a resume, but what about AO experience?  Been at VY for 3 years, so I've only got 2 years as a qualified operator.

Hoping to get on as an AO somewhere else.  What do they want to see?  How many outages I've done?  Whether or not I've been disqualified?

Thanks!

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« Reply #85 on: Sep 03, 2013, 06:19 »
I've got a good handle on how to put my Navy experience on a resume, but what about AO experience?  Been at VY for 3 years, so I've only got 2 years as a qualified operator.   Hoping to get on as an AO somewhere else.  What do they want to see?  How many outages I've done?  Whether or not I've been disqualified?

I'm sure you have already read the Nuclear Operator section and the rest of the resume section threads before you replied here.  I just wanted to mention it in case you had not.  I have no operator experience myself, so I can not offer any help other than that.  Sit tight, some one will be along shortly to offer some advice.  We have a LOT of operators around here.

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« Reply #86 on: Jan 11, 2014, 03:31 »
Definitely don't put that you've ever been disqualified lol. Just put your duties and responsibilities. The things you did on a day to day basis, the people and groups you interacted with, things you trended and reported on, ya know, thing like that.

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« Reply #87 on: May 14, 2014, 02:10 »
I always thought that the one page resume didn't really work in the Nuke Industry anyways.

"In the past, job candidates were often told to keep their resumes to a page, and only go over if they were well into their careers with a lot of experience to share. As it becomes less common for people to stay with one or two employers throughout their careers and online applications become more prevalent, that advice is outdated and irrelevant, says Kenneth Johnson, president of East Coast Executives."

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« Reply #88 on: May 19, 2014, 02:08 »
I am willing to bet if you are an AO at VY, I would know 90% of your job from my OPS experience. Do not describe each pump you check ready to start. But make sure you explain the 10% of your job that would be different from the industry norm. For example, a small single unit site sometimes has AOs do jobs that would be done my Maintenance or another group at larger sites.
Then address your best accolades from VY as an AO. And relax, you have a great answer on "Why do you want to leave your current job?" that will not draw any unwanted attention.

And for the record, I have 19 years commercial experience (SRO, RO, AO, NRRPT), a B.S. degree earned while in the Navy, and 12 years Navy experience, but I can still fit my "resume summary" on a single sheet. I only call it a summary because I have a longer version for those that want extra details. Nobody cares which subs I was on; everything I served on is now razor blades!
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« Reply #89 on: May 19, 2014, 03:06 »
I always thought that the one page resume didn't really work in the Nuke Industry anyways.

"In the past, job candidates were often told to keep their resumes to a page, and only go over if they were well into their careers with a lot of experience to share. As it becomes less common for people to stay with one or two employers throughout their careers and online applications become more prevalent, that advice is outdated and irrelevant, says Kenneth Johnson, president of East Coast Executives."

http://career-services.monster.com/yahooarticle/common-career-advice-to-ignore#WT.mc_n=yta_fpt_article_ignore_common_career_advice

   Resumes need to be focused for most positions especially for in house, but it is hard to keep a resume to one page for job shoppers whose titles may not reflect your actual responsibilities and accomplishments. I frequently add one or two experience and highlight boxes that provide a bulletized synopsis. I got this from a resume writer that massaged my resume for a bid proposal and have kept that general format ever since. Resumes should reflect who you are targeting, one size does not fit all.

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« Reply #90 on: Sep 12, 2014, 03:41 »
I see that we have a fabulous crew here to critique resumes........ Anyone care to look at mine? Seems I can't get an interview anywhere even though I have passed the TECH and have the experience needed........
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Re: Resume Advice
« Reply #91 on: Mar 16, 2015, 05:44 »
Hey Everyone, I'm attempting to tweak and tune my resume for a nuclear power plant operator application and I'd appreciate any thoughts you can give me on ways to improve it. The biggest issue I'm having is with my employment history and how to state it without it being a negative mark against me, I don't want to seem unable to commit to a job (I moved around due to a couple of plants closing down and a layoff).

Any advice you can offer would be greatly appreciated!


CHRISTOPHER D. SNYDER
##### EMERSON AVE
LAKEWOOD, OHIO 44107
(330) 720-#### • CDSNYDER##@GMAIL.COM
           
 

PROFILE

Grade One Maryland Stationary Steam Engineer. Third Class Ohio Stationary Steam Engineer. Four + Years O&M Experience in Large Steam Turbine Generator Power Plants and Combustion Turbine Generating Units. Qualified Steam Turbine Auxiliary Equipment Operator and Combustion Turbine Control Room Operator. Graduate from Youngstown State University with a Degree in Fossil Fuel Power Plant Technology (Associate Degree). Currently Employed by First Energy as a Combustion Turbine Specialist.

WORK  EXPERIENCE

First Energy                                                                          April 2014 - Present
West Lorain Power Plant
Lorain, Ohio
Combustion Turbine Specialist

NRG Energy                                                                          August 2013 – April 2014
Avon Lake Power Plant
Avon Lake, Ohio
Plant Technician B – Operations
Left Due to an Imminent Plant Decommissioning
 
NRG Energy                                                                         November 2011 – September 2013
Chalk Point Power Plant
Aquasco, Maryland
Senior Plant Technician – Operations
Left Due to a Work Force Layoff

NRG Energy                                                                         November 2010 – Summer 2012
Potomac River Power Plant
Alexandria, Virginia
Senior Plant Technician – Operations
Left Due to Plant Decommissioning

Smith Brake   
Boardman, Ohio                                                                  July 2002 – September 2010
Automotive Technician



EDUCATION

Youngstown State University                                       
Youngstown, Ohio                                                      
Fossil Fuel Power Plant Technology (associate degree)
GPA: 3.86 / 4.0 scale
Graduated With High Honors in May of 2010

Canfield High School
Graduating Class of 2002


LICENSES-TESTING-SKILLS

Ohio Third Class Stationary Steam Engineer (License #18150)
Maryland First Grade Stationary Steam Engineer (License #33114)
EEI Testing Passed – POSS B / POSS C / MASS
Attended 2 Week Training Course on Mark V Trouble Shooting
Trained in Confined Space Rescue and High Angle Rope Rescue
First Responder Training
Fire Brigade Training


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Re: Resume Advice
« Reply #92 on: Mar 16, 2015, 08:39 »
That being said, I'd drop the reasons you left your previous jobs. Usually there's a place for that on the application.

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Re: Resume Advice
« Reply #93 on: Mar 16, 2015, 10:03 »
Actually I like that he has why he left because the time-frames are short for those jobs. Employers may wonder otherwise why he isn't holding employment.  It doesn't say "outage" or similar, so it makes sense. The resume is short and to the point which is good.  Add something arbitrary in the skills section to show computer literacy:  Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs.

 


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