Advice for Writing a “Boeing” Resume By Terry Pile, GCDF
Boeing continues to be a popular place to work. And it’s no wonder. They treat their employees well,
pay fairly and make a world-class product. But getting your resume seen at Boeing can be almost as
difficult as getting a 787 off the ground. If you are trying to get a job at Boeing here are some suggestions for creating a resume that will show up on the new Careers@Boeing application system and improve your chances for an interview.
Read the job description thoroughly.
You’ve been looking at the Boeing website daily and finally found the perfect job fit. Before you spend a lot of time creating a resume, read the job description thoroughly. Do you qualify for most of the requirements? Can you give examples of your ability to perform them? If so, this is a job you will want to apply for. Note: At some point in the application process you will have to answer a series of qualifying questions. If you answer "No" to any of the questions, you won't be eliminated from consideration but you will rank lower in the list of applicants.
Include key words.
There is no magic to key words. They are simply the skills required to do the job. In the old BESS system, a computer was screening for key words. I am told that in the new Careers@Boeing system, every resume is screened by a recruiter. If that is the case, it is even more important that the recruiter see you have the skills required to do the job.
It is best to read the job description thoroughly first. Then go back and reread it underlining the skills you think are most important for the job. (For example, read blueprints, use shop math, teach others.) Use as many of these key words as you can justify on your resume without making it look like a cut and paste job.
Prove you can do the job with examples.
Applicants will increase their opportunities for consideration by demonstrating compatibility with the job by providing strong examples that they can do the work. This is particularly important if you are applying for a salaried position. But even an hourly job requires proof of capabilities. If the job requires using power tools, describe the type of power tools you use and in what capacity. If you managed a project, describe the circumstances briefly and quantify the results of your work by using numbers or percentages. For example, “Managed a project to reorganize assembly line activities, increasing productivity by 15 percent.”
Tailor each resume for the job.
Although you may be applying for similar jobs, each resume should be customized for the specific job. The job title at the top of your resume should match the title of the job you are applying for. Include the requisition or job number as well. You may be applying for aircraft mechanic jobs, but if one is for commercial aircraft and one is for military, be sure to point out that distinction on your resume.
Your profile counts.
When you apply for a job you will be asked if you want to download your profile with your resume or fill in your employment profile manually. I always opt for the latter. Complete your resume first, and then cut and paste it into the employment profile. That way you will be sure the reader sees the most important information in employment profile as well as on the resume.
The longer your resume is “under consideration” the more likely you will be invited to take the next steps. Be sure to check your email every few days. If your resume is rejected immediately, don’t get discouraged. There are many reasons why the application was rejected that may have nothing to do with your qualifications. It is not uncommon for the Boeing hiring process to take 10 to 12 months, so along with an effective resume, patience and perseverance are significant attributes when seeking a job with this aerospace giant.
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