View Full Version : Free Resume Editing - 1st 10 WT'ers

03-16-2009, 07:03 PM
Hello from Houston. I am trying to find a way to give back to this online community that I get so much from. I have found that I read more than I post, and comment on more existing posts than I start.

With this in mind, and a commitment I made to do some charitable acts, I am offering, on a limited, first-come-first-served basis, to REVIEW and WORD-SMITH any one or two page resume.

My credentials are simple. I've searched for and found good paying work about every 2-3 years since 1988. I've offered to do the resume editing for friends and colleagues in the past, with good results. No promises here, but I will do my level best.

What I need from you:

1. A resume to start with (gotta have something to base improvements on) since I'm better at giving precise input with a starting point.
2. Your target industry or target position or target company...i.e. something that gives me a clue as to your target audience.
3. Any other relevent details. The more the better. Keywords and buzzwords are good.
4. Take anything you've done, and can rightly claim an improvement, and take some portion of it worded into numbers, if possible: "...implemented change in production routing that resulted in 30% savings in man-hours per shift" or "increased sales to new accounts by 25% in first 90 days" or "made arrests at 25% higher rate AND those resulted in double the convictions of the previous Dept Head"...you get the message, right? It has to be real and there has to be a story with details behind each fact (so you can use it in a phone or face-to-face interview)

I am NOT a recruiter, or trying to sell anyone anything. I do, however, have a wide range of contacts, and will also do a "best-effort" to help you find connections if my personal network happens to yield a path to pursue. 20 years in electronics manufacturing in the SW USA, mostly Texas, if anyone cares to take me up on this.

Anyway, I suspect there might be more work than I can handle, so please REPLY to this so all can see, then PM me so I can give you my email address so you can send items #1 thru #4.

I will take on the 1st 10 requests and advise later what else I can offer.

Jack Rumbaugh
03-16-2009, 07:07 PM
I can always use help spiffing up my resume. I'll defer to those that are unemployed but if you have an opening, I'd appreciate the help.

03-16-2009, 07:13 PM
Unemployed or underemployed, no matter, early bird gets the worm. Fire away, Jack. But that is a worthy idea, so...

GUYS n GALS: If you are unemployed, please state that in your PM, and I will balance the work giving you priority if and when possible.

03-16-2009, 07:22 PM
Man, you're a class act. What a great thing you're doing.

03-16-2009, 07:45 PM
Guys take this oppurtunity, I paid $150 to have mine worked up, it saved my a$$ when I needed it. That is a good thing you doing and will be returned many times over.

03-16-2009, 08:49 PM
Here are some ideas for those of you who want to tweak your own resume, or help others. Keep in mind that this stuff doesn't work for everyone, and it is not unique, but a representation of modern resume formats. It is a combination of FUNCTIONAL, CHRONOLOGICAL with a focus on ACCOMPLISHMENTS and KEY SKILL SETS. The longer you've been working the easier it is to do.

SAMPLE: ( about 1/2 to 2/3 of a resume; details changed to protect the innocent)

Technology Sales Executive experienced in business development, sales, marketing and strategic planning who has propelled companies into profitable US and international markets by securing contracts at emerging technology firms and established multi-national customers.

Accelerated EMS company’s entry into a new market segment by communicating value and overcoming an entrenched competitor at a targeted account. Resulted in a $1,000,000 backlog in < 4 months from the first purchase order.

Grew regional revenue 40% in < 12 months from $8 million to $11.5 million by implementing strategic selling methods to win Fortune 500 accounts including Motorola, Ford, IBM and Nokia.

Exceptional Record of generating EMS sales in new markets and quickly dislodging competitors.
q Filled sales funnel with multiple $3 million+ pursuits within first 90 days and outlined plan of attack to engage, differentiate & win.
q Penetrated the medical hardware market by team selling corporate decision makers. Resulted in EMS contract for 20,000 pcs/year.
q Drove new revenue for a startup operation by winning repeat $600,000+ NPI orders at several high technology OEM’s.

Results-oriented Leader whose innovative ideas deliver increased efficiency and profitability.
q Initiated web conferencing in < 2 weeks to demonstrate responsiveness. Resulted in a major customer commitment in < 30 days.
q Generated $70,000 in annual savings by implementing new manufacturing MIS usage procedures at defense electronics plant.
q Implemented off-the-shelf software solution in < 2 months to establish real-time reporting for EMS sales team & senior management.

Skilled Negotiator with track record of forging mutually beneficial alliances and driving new business growth.
q Developed relationship with regional staff at world’s largest component supplier. Generated > 30% of new customers at a new plant.
q Delivered value to customers and cut overhead costs by 50% by team selling to targeted accounts with selected supply chain partners.
q Negotiated new contracts and payment terms with customer’s CFO / COO / VP level executives that were favorable to both parties.


B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Blah Blah Blah University
Strategic Selling by Miller-Heiman. Atlanta, Georgia, 1957.
Effective Negotiating by Karrass Seminars. Boston, Mass., 1967.
Formal training in High Performance Teams, Quality & Presentation Skills, 1977.
XYZ Technology Institue, Chapter Leadership Training, 1987-present (Every city)


VP / Director of Sales & Marketing (Electronics Manufacturing Services: Design, NPI, Volume, Test, Box Build and Cabling)
ABC Corp., 1997-present (Manufacturing services; $25-$190+ million firms)

Created a $1 million backlog in < 4 months in a targeted market at a single account by involving multiple customer locations.
Generated 242 new sales leads in < 12 months by creating new alliances, exhibition plans and electronic marketing initiatives.
Led direct & channel sales efforts resulting in 13 new customers, including T.I., in 4 targeted market segments in < 1 year.
Formed an alliance with a design services firm which accounted for > 30% of all new bookings for a single manufacturing plant.
Selected to represent the corporation at its largest single customer’s World Wide Supplier Conference in Stockholm, Sweden.
#1 of 8 sales people nationwide for new prototype and volume customer bookings to a new manufacturing facility.

03-16-2009, 11:04 PM
I'm currently employed, but working a contracting job (electronics) in Iraq, so those can always go away - especially with the cuts coming. While I have a resume together, it is 2+ pages and there is a bunch of technical/military jargon that I'd like some help to streamline for civilian employers. Any help would be appreciated, but please get the folks who are looking for employment first.
This is a great service you're doing, and one of the things I love about this forum - people taking care of their own. My hat is off to you, sir. Thank you, Jay

Rusty Phillips
03-17-2009, 06:59 AM
yes please - laid off yesterday.... have one hot lukewarm lead right now but in Canada (powerplant construction).... would like to find opportunity in southeast

have done significant work on cellulose to ethanol projects in Louisiana / Florida since March 2007

PM Inbound

If anyone can email me any leads they will be most appreciated

Jack Rumbaugh
03-17-2009, 07:06 AM

Post your area of expertise and we can all see if we have a hook up for you.


Rusty Phillips
03-17-2009, 07:24 AM
here is my resume prepared by my current/previous company (their arrangement not mine)

they include this in their proposals sent out to clients

had to converted from word (in the office) to text (to post online) to get under attachment size

so the formatting is screwed up

I have another one which is my personal resume that I am working on - will email directly

03-17-2009, 08:39 PM
Ok, Rusty's work-up is underway...Jack, are you ready for spiffing?

03-18-2009, 02:45 PM
what an awesome service and just in time, ill pm let me know

03-18-2009, 06:50 PM
Renegade, you are up next, bro. Check your PM.

03-18-2009, 08:18 PM
Man, you're a class act. What a great thing you're doing.

+1 --- Not in need right now, but thanks for helping your brothers and sisters!

03-18-2009, 08:46 PM
Glad to help, Krav. It's quite a different workout from weights and lead-slingin', and yet another good reason to keep the TV off! The headlines are depressing. Good resumes do make a difference. However, let us all remember that a strong, business network is worth more than any piece of paper. If you have a good network of contacts, the resume is a formality.