This post was written for a specific client but offers suggestions that will be helpful for most resumes

Writing a Better Resume for a job with Georgia Tech Research Institute

The Georgia Tech research Institute is a world-class applied research organization hiring engineers, developers, and scientists to perform important work and further the goals of their government and industry customers. GTRI places a value on bright, motivated and passionate employees and advanced degrees. What is unique at GTRI and is attractive to many candidates is the variety of the work, the opportunity for growth, the good work / home balance and being part of a world class organization.

You can help our recruiting team and the hiring managers make a match for you if you follow some of the resume suggestions below. Our job listing: http://www.gtri.gatech.edu/careers/opportunities

  •  Pursue jobs that you are qualified for or can stretch into
  • Write a resume that clearly shows your qualifications as they match the job requirements or stretch opportunity.


The recruiting team at GTRI wants to make good matches for both our hiring managers and our candidates. This will help GTRI build a stronger organization and deliver satisfaction and longevity to those involved. But most times it is difficult to read a resume to determine if there is a match. You can help yourself be selected for consideration by following the suggestions below.


A Career Objective or Objective is the single most important aspect of your resume as it is the first thing the hiring manager or recruiter will read. Your task  is to write a good Objective and support it with the rest of your resume.

Is your career objective in alignment with the job? If it isn’t why waste your time to pursue it? If there is alignment then create your strongest summary of your skills, experience, and accomplishments as they match up for the specific job(s).  Write 2-3 well composed sentences that will compel the reader to read the rest of your resume. Be clear and concise spelling out everything clearly so that any reader will understand what you and can see where you are headed and your capabilities.

** One important note for GTRI is that for many of their positions the ability to get a security clearance is mandatory. If you are not a US citizen or for some reason do not want to or can’t get a security clearance you need not apply. If you are a US citizen or have a security clearance you should state this near the top of your resume.


A well written resume should be presented in a 1 – 3 page chronological format. Please write your resume in a chronological format. The well written chronological resume removes all doubt as to your background, establishes credibility, and sets the stage for a good interview even if you have gaps or sidelines in your work history. The functional resume in most cases sends up red flags for cover-up and should not be used.

If your Objective Statement is a sound one then every entry in your chronological resume should be written to support it! Even if there are gaps or sideline assignments you should look for ways to support the Objective statement. The length for each position entry should be proportional to the amount of experience gained in that position. A five year position entry should in general have more detail than a one year position and so on. Go back only as far as you need to support your Career Objective Statement. Early work can all be summarized in a statement or two.

Most managers and recruiters read resumes to make sense of what you do and how your work aligns with the work that needs to be done in the new position. Make it easy for them to see the comparison. Lists of skills and credentials mean little out of context so you should show how you applied the skills listed as part of your accomplishment. Be prepared to discuss any breaks in employment during an interview but it is not necessary to detail them in your resume. It is reasonable to have some downtime between contract assignments or permanent employment opportunities. After all we are all human?


Today most resumes are read by computers and search engines even before a human gets a chance to view them. Extraordinary formatting might make you stand out on the printed page but it causes problems with scanning and reading so keep your format simple. The Times New Roman or Ariel fonts are good choices and fairly common. You can BOLD or a use italics when necessary. To make you resume easier to find and communicate you should use a very clean format without special boxes, columns, images etc. as these cause problems with scanners and some word processor programs.


Before you send off a resume always make sure that you spell check it or if possible have someone else read it. You only have one chance to make a good first impression. The hardest thing about writing your own resume is staying objective, providing the appropriate level of detail, and writing the resume in a market oriented style. Candidates have the greatest difficulty in recognizing that everything they have done may not be valuable to others. Take advantage of any free advice offered by your peers, recruiters, and friends.

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Author: Rick Zabor

Engineer / Scientist / Researcher turned Recruiter in 1987. Interested in the best way to do things and mixing with people who have passions for life. Writes on topics important to building winning teams and personal growth and accomplishment. Connect with me on Linkedin. Lives in Atlanta, GA.