Writing Tips


Determine your job search objective prior to writing the resume.

Once you have determined your objective, you can structure the content of your resume around that objective. Think of your objective as the bull’s-eye to focus your resume on hitting. If you write your resume without having a clear objective in mind, it will likely come across as unfocused to those that read it. Take the time before you start your resume to form a clear objective.


Your resume is a marketing tool.

Think of yourself as a product, potential employers as your customers, and your resume as a brochure about you. Market yourself through your resume. What are your features and benefits? What makes you unique? Make sure to convey this information in your resume.


Use your resume to obtain an interview, NOT A JOB.

You don’t need to go into detail about every accomplishment. Strive to be clear and concise. The purpose of your resume is to generate enough interest in you to have an employer contact you for an interview. Use the interview to provide a more detailed explanation of your accomplishments and to land the job offer.


Use bulleted sentences.

In the body of your resume, use bullets with short sentences, then below that can be lengthier paragraphs. Resumes are read quickly. This bulleted sentence format makes it easier for someone to quickly scan your resume and still absorb it.


Use action words.

Action words cause your resume to stand out. To add life to your resume, use bulleted sentences that begin with action words like prepared, developed, analyzed, designed monitored, and presented.


Lead with your strengths.

Since resumes are typically reviewed in 2 minutes, take the time to determine which bullets most strongly support your job search objective. Put those strong points first where they are more apt to be read.


Play Match Game.

Review want ads for positions that interest you. Use the key words listed in these ads to match them to bullets in your resume. If you have missed any key words, add them to your resume.


Use buzzwords.

If there are terms that show your competence in a particular field, use them in your resume. For Design Engineers, use “Synthetic Aperture Radar Systems Designer.” For Analyst types, use “Electromagnetics Radar Cross Section code analyst” .


Accent the positive.

Leave off negatives and irrelevant points. If you do some duties in your current job that don’t support your job search objective, leave them off your resume. This will help reduce the length of your resume. Focus on the duties that do support your objective. Leave off irrelevant personal information like your height and weight.


Show what you know.

Rather than going into depth in one area, use your resume to highlight your breadth of knowledge. Use an interview to provide more detail.


Show who you know.

If you have reported to someone important such as a vice president or department manager that is well known in the Engineering community, say so in your resume. Having reported to someone important causes the reader to infer that you are important.


Construct your resume to read easily.

Leave white space. Use a font size no smaller than 10 point. (11 point recommended) Limit the length of your resume to 2 pages. Remember, resumes are reviewed quickly. Help the reader to scan your resume efficiently and effectively.


Have someone else review your resume.

Since you are so close to your situation, it can be difficult for you to hit all your high points and clearly convey all your accomplishments. Have someone review your job search objective, your resume, and listings of positions that interest you. Encourage them to ask questions. Their questions can help you to discover items you inadvertently left off your resume. Revise your resume to include these items. Their questions can also point to items on your resume that are confusing to the reader. Clarify your resume based on this input.

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helpful hints

  • Keep Your Resume to 2 Pages in Length
  • Don’t use Italic Fonts, or Underlines
  • Recommended Font Size is 11 Point
  • Recommended Font Type is ARIAL
  • Include key words, applicable to the specific position that you are applying for.
  • Include a Objective, Summary, Work Experience (Chronological History), and Education, including the universities, their location, degrees obtained, and the year(s) of graduation

The Resume below should be used as a Template to aid you in the Proper Formatting of a Resume

RESUME OF Gary D. Edwards
21237 Irish Road   Goodrich,  Michigan  48439
W 810-636-4330
Top Secret /SSBI / SCI Security Clearance W/ full scope polygraph


Permanent position in the Electromagnetic or Antenna industry, with a company that recognizes my technical abilities, has room for growth and rewards dedicated employees.


Masters degree Physics 1986, Ohio State University
Concentration on Electromagnetics and Electro-Optics GPA 3.9
Bachelors degree Electrical Engineering 1981, University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) Concentration on Antenna Theory and Design GPA 4.0


Electrical engineering experience on Low Observable programs and structures
Hardware testing of Radar Absorbing Materials (RAM), Radar Absorbing Structures(RAS), Frequency Selective Surfaces (FSS Systems)
Radar Cross Section data analysis
Antenna Design for defense and commercial satellite, cellular GPS and wireless technologies, to include underwater, miniature, smart & airborne applications. Designs include, but are not limited to: Spherical, Reflectors, Horns, Phased Arrays, Patches, Fractal, Global Positioning Systems (GPS) (GNSS) and Flat Panels.
Antenna test and measurement experience in a variety of RCS test ranges & anechoic chambers. Farfield / Nearfield ranges
Method Of Moments and Physical Optics (PO) codes with 3D and 2D models
Development of airframe structures
Working with microstrip patch antennas and other printed circuit antennas. I developed an analysis code to predict the performance of microstrip fed slot antennas(using MOM).
HFSS expert, vs #10
Carlos , X-Patch, MoM expert
Anechoic chamber and open air RCS test range background. Chamber design, layout and test experience, absorber design.
RF Circuit design experience, Low power RF circuit design, VCO, receiver, amplifier, LNA design, PLL’s, RF filters, modulation and demodulation,Analog design of high speed A/D, Digital Signal Processing.I performed numerical modeling using NEC Code to do both RCS prediction and antenna performance analysis. I also spent some time developing code to model reflector antenna performance. This involved using GTD to predict the antennas aperturedistribution in the near field and transforming to the far field (spherical near filed to far field). I also supported an improvement program at the Bistatic RCS measurementfacility.
I was involved in numerous Antenna modeling and measurement programs. In short almost every effort I was involved in at MIT Lincoln Lab was tied to antennas/ RCS work I was responsible for implementing the numerical RCS and antenna capabilities in our Group.
My antenna experience and systems knowledge were utilized by a group working with high dynamic range fiber optic links. I ran numerous filed experiments using Aircraft to collect the propagation data. Field experiments were also run aimed at determining the reflectivity of clutter environments. In short almost every effort I was involved in at MIT Lincoln Lab was tied to Antennas / RCS work .
Experience working in the Automotive, Aerospace, Satellite communications, Cellular and wireless industries designing Antennas, and RF hardware to include Remote Keyless Entry (RKE), Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems (TPMS) & Passive Entry Passive Start (PEPS) systems, also know as Remote Starters.


Dec 2000
– Present

ERS Antenna Company, Laguna Niguel, California & Goodrich, Michigan

Lead Low Observable Antenna engineer
Successfully aided in Writing our Radar Cross Section (RCS) Range Manuals and preparing for the upcoming Radar Range certifications conforming to the NIST standards.
Radar Cross Section (RCS) and Antenna measurements and techniques.
Designed of Low Observable Antennas.
Design of broadband, dual polarized Antenna’s and Phased Array Antennas for Ground based and airborne Radar Applications.
Design of a reduced signature test body.
Use of analysis codes for RCS and Antenna prediction.
Write software to perform data reduction and processing.
Designed Conformal Broadband Antenna for UAV applications.
Radar Cross Section (RCS) Range Engineer providing engineering support to programs requiring RCS fixtures and array designs, measurements and analysis. I was also responsible for the design of 3 anechoic chambers and an open air Radar Cross Section (RCS) range, used for both commercial antenna test and measurements, as well as DoD applications from small hand held antennae, to large aircraft, guided missiles and ground based vehicles.

Jan 1994
– Dec 2000

Integrated Aerospace Company, Laguna Niguel, California

Lead RCS/Antenna engineer
Lead RCS/Antenna engineer responsible for the successful integration of multiple sensors into existing platforms. Duties include the following:
Several years combined experience in Radar Cross Section (RCS) and Antenna Design / measurements and techniques.
Design of broadband, dual polarized Antenna with limited volume availability for conformal array application.
Design of a reduced signature test body.
Use of analysis codes for RCS and Antenna prediction.
Designed absorber materials to be used in the most sophisticated antenna / EMC / RCS test chambers.
Designed and installed anechoic chamber.
Formulate and implement risk reduction studies to evaluate design concepts.
Write software to perform data reduction and processing.
Radar Cross Section (RCS) Range Engineer providing engineering support to programs requiring RCS fixtures and array designs, measurements and analysis.
Lead Radar Cross Section (RCS) and antenna design engineer for “short fuse” program requiring significant Radar Cross Section Reduction (RCSR) to vehicle and sensor systems of existing weapons platform for a feasibility demonstration.

Aug 1987
– Jan 1994

Texas Instruments, Dallas, Texas

Co-op Antenna Engineer providing design and range support to engineering team.
Duties include the following:

Provide design and analysis assistance for antenna concepts.
Compile results of hardware test and analysis and give feedback to engineering team.
Provide engineering support for range test.
Use of analytical tools to evaluate possible antenna concepts.
Computer operating systems: (Sun/UNIX, SGI/UNIX, and PC’s).
Computer languages (FORTRAN, PASCAL, VNI)
Experienced in proposal/report preparation and presentation.

References and publications available on request


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