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Can you Help with my C.v please

Discussion in 'Employment & Jobs' started by Georgiesickjitz, Nov 21, 2010.

  1. Georgiesickjitz

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    Hi my name is georgie Canning, I understand the economic climate at present.But I have sent literally hundreds of companies my C.v.Obviously experience plays a massive factor as I have none within the I.T industry.Please feel free to look at my C.V to help.


    Georgie William Canning
    D.O.B: 7th August, 1983
    Southampton, Hampshire
    Xxxxxxxxxx
    georgiecanning@xxxxxxx.com


    I am a hardworking, enthusiastic and honest individual. I give 100 percent to every task, and strive for perfection in all that I undertake. I am a particularly fast learner who revels in new challenges and is driven to succeed. I am also a devoted family man who enjoys spending time with my young family as well as my friends.



    Background:
    After 10 years in the carpentry industry I am looking for a new challenge and a change in direction. I have decided to turn my computing passion in to my long-term career. Computing has brought me great satisfaction and I have 1 years experience in helping friends trouble-shoot and optimise their desktops. In 2010, I have invested in developing my computing skills more formally, gaining the Comptia A+ qualification through evening study whilst working full time. I am now studying for the Comptia Network certification. The study has been a fantastic new challenge, further growing my computing passion and increasing my drive to learn more in order to develop a long and fulfilling career within the IT industry.

    Main duties & responsibilities

    Work Experience: 2000 – Present Self Employed Carpenter, Southampton
    :
    · Team management
    · Recruitment of new team members (including interviewing, appointing and inducting)
    · Providing full staff training in all areas of carpentry
    · Liaising with clients and developing close working relationships
    · Pitching for new business and managing projects to completion within set deadlines
    · Constructing, erecting, installing and repairing structures, fixtures and fittings
    · Using carpenter's hand/power tools and other relevant machinery to complete all carpentry tasks
    · Completing tasks to specifications in detailed blueprints, building plans and drawings.

    Relavent I.T Skills and experience
    · A sound understanding of Windows XP/Windows 7 and MS Office 2003/2007.
    · I have recently passed the Comptia A+.
    · I have excellent communication skills and an excellent telephone manner.
    · Strong administration and organisation skills.
    · Basic I.T troubleshooting skills.
    · A basic understanding of a Network.
    · 1st class customer service.
    · Internet/Network Setup Connections and Security.
    · Anti Virus Products.
    · Peripheral Support.
    · Driver/Device Installation/troubleshooting.
    · Troubleshooting friends and familys Pc’s and Laptops.




    Teaching Experience:
    Over the past 5 years I have been responsible for training five apprentices, who are now all fully qualified in carpentry. I found this a very rewarding experience where both the apprentices and I were able to develop new skills. Each apprentice learned in differing ways and so I tailored the training for each apprentice to achieve the best results, which also taught me new ways of working. Skills which were regularly used and further developed include; patience, passion, people skills, organisational skills, empathy, determination, industry experience, and a drive to learn more.


    Education & Qualifications:

    2010-Current Comptia Network Home study
    Working towards.

    2010 Comptia A+ Home Study
    A+ Certificate (I.T. Technician)

    2008 – 2009 City & Guilds Onsite/Classroom
    NVQ level 2 Wood occupations/Site carpentry

    1994 – 1999 Redbridge Community School Southampton
    9 GCSE’s, including Math’s, Science & English



    Additional Training:
    CSCS Health & Safety Card
    Slinger & Banks-Man License
    Paslode 1st & 2nd Fix Gun License
    Spit Gun & Hilti License (Steel Fixing Gun)
    Driving licence


    Interests & Hobbies:
    Outside of my evening computing studies (for the Comptia network) I am devoted to my young family. Regular activities include camping in the great outdoors, swimming, cycling and adventurous days out together.



    References:

    Professional Referee Personal Referee

    Mr John Gale Mrs Deborah Rigney
    xxxxxxxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxxxxxxx




    .................................................................................................................................................
     
    Certifications: CompTIA A+,CompTIA Network
    WIP: CCNA
  2. GSteer

    GSteer Megabyte Poster

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    Hi Georgie,

    I'll try a point out a few things that caught my attention.

    -From a layout perspective, as you don't have any IT work experience (or haven't listed it) I'd put the IT Skills above your current job information along with the relevant IT qualifications, follow this by your carpenty job experience and then other qualifications, you want to show them first and foremost your IT skills.

    -Edit these bits:

    2010-Current Comptia Network Home study
    Working towards.
    - Remove this, general consensus is that having "in progress" or "working towards" is meaningless on a CV as the recruiter has no idea who long, how far through etc you are in the progress, best to keep as a talking point in interviews.

    2010 Comptia A+ Home Study - Remove the home study section, not needed.
    A+ Certification (I.T. Technician) - me being nit picky but I'd list it as Certification, also get on to Certmetrics and create a Transcript ID, list it here, make it easy for the recruiters to check.

    Relevant I.T Skills and experience
    · A sound understanding of Windows XP/Windows 7 and MS Office 2003/2007.
    · I have recently passed the Comptia A+. - You have this listed elsewhere, remove
    · I have excellent communication skills and an excellent telephone manner. - remove or replace with a different word, overused.
    · Strong administration and organisation skills.
    · Basic I.T troubleshooting skills. - Remove Basic, puts you on the backfoot and reads negatively
    · A basic understanding of a Network.
    · 1st class customer service. - Generally when writing you'd use First, the same goes for you background paragraph an the "1" years experience, change to "one years"
    · Internet/Network Setup Connections and Security.
    · Anti Virus Products.
    · Peripheral Support.
    · Driver/Device Installation/troubleshooting.
    · Troubleshooting friends and familys Pc’s and Laptops. - Remove the red bit

    -Looking at the Additional Training you've listed, unless it's relevant to IT or a specific role you're applying for remove it.

    -D.O.B - not sure of the current situation in the UK but I don't list my DoB on my CV, it's not required (or I think allowed here in Canada), but it wasn't on my UK CV, they can guess a rough age by other info on it.

    Hope that's of some use, half the time it's down to personal taste as well, have a hack around with tidying it a bit as above, then repost, ideally in a word/pdf format so we can see your layout/style as well, then I'm sure we can all chip in with some more advice.

    On a side note try and fit it all on one page, referees can be on a separate page entirely so don't try and cram them on.
     
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    Certifications: BSc. (Comp. Sci.), MBCS, MCP [70-290], Specialist [74-324], Security+, Network+, A+, Tea Lord: Beverage Brewmaster | Courses: LFS101x Introduction to Linux (edX)
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  3. Georgiesickjitz

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    gsteer,thank you so much for your valuable input. What you have said really does make sense. I will edit lots of points you have made and repost it within the near future.Thank you once again.
     
    Certifications: CompTIA A+,CompTIA Network
    WIP: CCNA
  4. JonnyMX

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    Could you post this as a pdf or Word doc, so we can see what it actually looks like?

    Makes all the difference...
     
    Certifications: MCT, MCTS, i-Net+, CIW CI, Prince2, MSP, MCSD
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    Last edited: Nov 21, 2010
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  7. GSteer

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    Hey Georgie,

    Looking better, I've attached a version I've edited slightly, you should be able to see the changes I've made in Word, I've turned track changes on, if you like them hit the accept changes button.

    Being picky it's CompTIA not Comptia, added a missing +, capitalised a few things, couple of minor word alterations.

    See what you think.

    Couple of things I haven't changed but would point out:

    1) Most CV's are generally written from a generic perspective not first person. So where you have I am, I have etc, most of the time you'd use an impersonal method, for example as an opening paragraph style

    "A hardworking, enthusiastic and honest individual who is CompTIA A+ Certified and has one year of computer troubleshooting experience. A particularly fast learner who revels in new challenges and is driven to succeed, giving one hundred percent to every task and striving for perfection in all that is undertaken." [ A devoted family man who enjoys spending time with his young family as well as his friends. - Note - I'd cut this bit out from here and add the time with friends in to the personal section at the end]


    I suggest taking a copy and trying to re-write it without using the personal I's as much as possible. Of course the Personal section at the end is fine for saying I etc.

    2) The Additional Training section - in all honesty I have no idea what those items mean except the driving license, what's a CSCS thingy and what are the three gun licenses? Recruiters might see the same thing, they have no relevance to an IT job unfortunately and so just muddle that section of the CV up in my opinion, of course if the are relevant let us know!
     

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    Last edited: Nov 22, 2010
    Certifications: BSc. (Comp. Sci.), MBCS, MCP [70-290], Specialist [74-324], Security+, Network+, A+, Tea Lord: Beverage Brewmaster | Courses: LFS101x Introduction to Linux (edX)
    WIP: CCNA Routing & Switching
  8. Georgiesickjitz

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    Gsteer,the edits you have made make perfect sense. Iam really greatful for you even looking at the C.V let alone the mass changes you have helped with. This has gave me a much clearer understanding, and a new belief in the human race.:D. I will reedit again then repost once more.thank you so much.
     
    Certifications: CompTIA A+,CompTIA Network
    WIP: CCNA

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