How we work for you
GM & Associates has an established network of companies and candidates that form the foundation for unique career opportunities. We actively seek new candidates who excel in their chosen field and wish to advance their careers. Through our networking efforts and our alliance with many companies, we offer our candidates a powerful resource and a recipe for career success that can leverage your most important resource, time.
It is extremely important that we spend the time to get to know you as an individual and understand what best fits your needs and qualifications. GM & Associates works hard to match your skill sets, experience, education and personality to a particular client company to insure an ideal fit.
Everything we discuss with you remains confidential. Our process for the release of a resume for consideration requires your approval as well as your complete understanding of the opportunity. Our placement business relies upon referrals from our network of professionals whom we placed or who maintain an ongoing relationship with us. If you receive a call from us, there is a good possibility that you have been referred to us - 95% of our placements were made to professionals who were satisfied with their current position! Our commitment to our network is long term with an emphasis on achieving the highest quality of relationships that result in superior career opportunities.
We work to leverage your career with outstanding companies. If you are interested in learning more about high quality career opportunities, we encourage you to send in your confidential resume. Once we have reviewed your qualifications, we will schedule a visit over the phone to explore your options.
Experience has taught us that it is not always the smartest or hardest working individual who gets ahead in their career, it is the one who was positioned in front of the right person at the right time.
- List your qualifications in order of relevance: Begin with the most relevant to the least. Only list your degree and educational qualifications first if they are truly relevant to the job for which you are applying.
- Quantify your experience wherever
possible. Cite numerical figures, such as monetary budgets/funds saved,
time periods/efficiency improved, lines of code written/debugged,
numbers of machines administered/fixed, etc. which demonstrate progress
or accomplishments due directly to your work.
- Begin sentences with action verbs.
Portray yourself as someone who is active, uses their brain, and gets
things done. Use the present tense for your current position. Use the
past tense for descriptions of previous positions.
- Don't sell yourself short. This is by far
the biggest mistake of all resumes, technical and otherwise. Your
experiences are worthy for review by hiring managers. Treat your resume
as an advertisement for you. Be sure to thoroughly "sell" yourself by
highlighting all of your strengths. If you've got a valuable asset
which doesn't seem to fit into any existing components of your resume,
list it anyway as its own resume segment.
- Be concise. As a rule of thumb, resumes
reflecting five years or less experience should fit on one page. More
extensive experience can justify usage of a second page. Consider three
pages (about 15 years or more experience) an absolute limit. Avoid
lengthy descriptions of whole projects of which you were only a part.
Consolidate action verbs where one task or responsibility encompasses
other tasks and duties. Minimize usage of articles (the, an, a) and
never use "I" or other pronouns to identify yourself.
- Omit needless items. Leave all these
things off your resume: social security number, marital status, health,
citizenship, age, scholarships, irrelevant awards, irrelevant
associations and memberships, irrelevant publications, irrelevant
recreational activities, a second mailing address ("permanent address"
is confusing and never used), references, reference of references
("available upon request"), travel history, previous pay rates,
previous supervisor names, reasons for leaving previous jobs, and
components of your name which you really never use (i.e. middle names).
- Have a trusted friend review your resume.
Be sure to pick someone who is attentive to details, can effectively
critique your writing, and will give an honest and objective opinion.
Seriously consider their advice. Get a third and fourth opinion if you
- Proofread, proofread, proofread. Be sure
to catch all spelling errors, grammatical weaknesses, unusual
punctuation, and inconsistent capitalizations. Proofread it numerous
times over at least two days to allow a fresh eye to catch any hidden
- Laser print the resume. Use plain, white
paper for copies you are going to fax. If sending via email save the
resume in PDF format so that the formatting is retained. For copies you
intend to take to the interview go to the office supply store and find
an interesting high quality paper. You want your resume to say quality
at every level, even down to the paper you print it on.