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Rock My Resume: Chris Dollman
January 12, 2011 at 2:36 pm #120198
I need some help and good advice please.
I am a mature engineer, project manager, and consultant with many years of gov (Excepted Service, and contractor) and non-gov experience. I've been applying for many GS-13 to 15 postings with this resume and frequently get referred as qualified but receive almost no calls to interview. I was a GS-14 equivalent several times, have been a PM, a COR, and have planned/managed acquisition for large programs.
I've been very successful in many jobs, and have always gone wherever and done whatever my employer assigned. I am not a "job hopper". In "project work" and as a contract employee many jobs only last a short time. I am an unattached individual who wants to settle down (almost anywhere) with some security and concentrate on achieving "successful programs."
Perhaps 40+ yrs is too much to cover in detail with responsibilites and accomplishments, but a functional resume is not easily used for gov postings. I have just begun work as a temp PM (contract employee) working on a Navy contract because of my gov experience.
January 16, 2011 at 5:04 am #120219
January 17, 2011 at 8:19 pm #120216
I looked at your site for Mandarin Coaching. I could have used some Arabic Coaching a few years ago.
I did create a "functionsl resume" but think it is not appropriate for my gov apps.
January 17, 2011 at 9:29 pm #120213
Chris, I just viewed your new one and it is impressive. First, let me get back to what I was doing.
I have uploaded a mockup of the style that I envision, but I was going by your resume that is about six pages long. Basically, in my opinion, you should have two resumes: The first would be very short (2 pages max) and it would serve as your 'attention getter.' The second could be long and you could send that to people who specifically ask for it.
Now that I see your new one, I conclude that you are thinking about cutting down the overall length. Good idea. My mockup, the png file, should also illustrate that (but I think that I will adopt your new style, with some modifications, for the one that we do end up using - actually it will be in two versions - short and long).
See the really big margins on my mockup? All of that white space helps people who have to read the stuff (I have not touched your good English that much yet). Yes, it is a luxury but it helps you 'get attention' too.
Thanks for viewing my Mandarin Coaching stuff. My profile page has stuff too. I am looking for clients or 'coachees.' I have tried, unsuccessfully so far, to reach our ambassador in Beijing Jon Huntsman. I think that I could help him greatly - but it would be magnificent if I could just make contact with him and then chat in Mandarin with him for 5 or 10 minutes. He speaks Mandarin, and it is not bad.
Jim Jones linkedin.com/in/jimxlat
January 17, 2011 at 11:15 pm #120211
k4dju de wb9uhu (lapsed; I let it lapse a few years ago but I want to get back into the hobby).
I was working on your new version and I saw your rf stuff and so I looked you up on qrz.com. Are you active? I was licensed as a general for 20 - 25 years. I operated a lot at the beginning though. I got my novice at 13 and I passed the FCC exams for a commercial operator's permit, and the general, a couple of years later.
January 18, 2011 at 4:13 pm #120209
Well, it's a Small World, isn't it!!!
I'm not active right now since I've moved so much and my whole life is
in storage. Was licensed in HS, quite active then, was also a fill-in
DJ, summer-time at
the local AM radio station WGPC.
My last activity was in Iraq where I got a license (knew the lady who became Minister of
Communications) and the radio shop had a mil. rig set up at the Embassy Annex (former Presidential Palace - see baghdadanne.com)
After 15 mo of unemployment, living in Oak Ridge TN, I started 3 wks ago as a PM (contract employee) on this NAVFAC contract due to my DOD
COR cert. and my Navy experience: schneider-electric.us/your-business/government/navfac-ami-idiq/
I really enjoy the acquisition field. (IE managing contractors for cost-effective success on projects & programs) and want the security of
a gov job, located almost anywhere. Have applied for hundreds of USAJOBS postings for Program Mgr, Gen Eng, Mgmt. Analyst, etc, usually
get referred, and had 3 DOE interviews with no success.
I have no retirement except SS (and small market investments) so I must keep working at age 66. My parents both had Civil Service careers (Dad
first retired from USMC as a Lt Col.). My younger brother retired from NASA after 41 yrs (inc'l. 6 yrs co-op) and his wife's sole career was
with Auburn Univ. so they can both do what they want to now.
Perhaps that is what I should have done, but I became a "rolling stone" who did whatever my employers needed, with a lot of successes but no
security which I am still seeking. That is why I need help with a gov resume. I would even take a GS-13, or a term job, although I've been a
GS-14 and 15 equivalent in the Excepted Service.
73 de Chris
January 19, 2011 at 12:48 am #120206
Chris, It is rapidly gettting to be too much good info for me. 🙂
Attached is my rewrite of the preface of your second resume. Be sure to tell me what you think.
Your final resume ought to be exactly 2 pages (but you can keep a longer one in reserve, as I said). You do not want any boxes, backgrounds, etc., even though they do look nice. Use the white space of the page to call attention to the writing. (the facts)
Look at this second resume with a view of getting rid of some text. I hope that we can get to normal margins and Size 11 or 12 font. You have indeed managed to squeeze the stuff onto just two pages but it was by 'cheating,' and the effect on the person who you will be trying to impress will be 'well, here is another good one but this is going to be a lot of work trying to understand this stuff because his fancy resume is not that easy to read. I wonder if he talks like that too?'
73 de Jim
January 19, 2011 at 2:26 am #120204
How do you feel about Project Controls? I'm going to shoot you a message. Your experience is impressive and I know someone on the private side that can help with job opportunities (not a recruiter).
FYI if you're building a Federal resume, longer is better. Bullet points show up funny in the Fed system as well. You can make bullet like statements, but don't use the bullet characters. You can get more resources from the Partnership for Public Service (http://www.ourpublicservice.org/OPS/programs/fedexperience/index.shtml) They have a program called FedExperience that may be right to help someone like you make the transition.
January 19, 2011 at 8:25 am #120202
As a Certified Federal Resume Writer (CFRW) and former Engineer (20 years with a degree in Engineering from MIT), with 10 years experience professionally writing Federal resumes (Robin's Resumes), my advice is different than many on this page.
1. You MUST use a Chronological Resume for Federal jobs - Functional resumes will not work. In addition, functional resumes for civilian engineering jobs rarely work, since they are traditional fields.
2. I recommend you cut any positions prior to 1985 or so [consider 1990 as even better]. The scoring on your resume is only done for the last 10 years - and showing work as far back as 1962 is scaring people off after you are referred for a job. That is probably why you are not getting interviews.
3. Do not worry about length in the Federal sector. I often write resumes as long as 10-15 pages - if not longer - for folks at the GS-14/15 level. Too long is not an issue here - as long as the copy is compelling.
4. To make more compelling copy, you need to cover some of your projects in more depth. I recommend highlighting these as accomplishments - making sure you cover the CONTEXT-CHALLENGE-ACTION-RESULTS along with why each project was important, scope, who you worked with, technologies used (important to show you are current), people managed, awards gotten, etc.
5. If you are going after GS-14/15 level positions, I recommend you review the requirements for SES positions - and put in some of the leadership competencies you have that are appropriate for SES - Leading Change, Leading People, Results Driven, Business Acumen and Building Coalitions. You have these - and are including some of them in your resume.
Your resume is an OK start - which is why you are being referred. However, with the lack of detail on projects you have run - along with listing jobs since 1962 (it is scary to hire someone to work for you that is old enough to be your grandfather) and the lack of listing current skills that show you are computer saavy and technically up to date, makes it difficult to be selected for interviewing.
Note, I do not edit resumes online - since I think a good edit requires me to get much more information than is just in the resume presented here.
January 19, 2011 at 2:09 pm #120200
Thanks for your advice.
Project Controls is the "right hand" of a PM, and they may have to do that work themselves in a smaller project team.
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