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CV help please

Discussion in 'Employment & Jobs' started by jvanassen, Jan 15, 2012.

  1. jvanassen

    jvanassen Kilobyte Poster

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    Hi

    Attached is my current CV which ive been sending out to apply for 1st line support/helpdesk job roles. At the moment im not hearing alot back due to my lack of experience so after taking a bit of advice from people on this forum i decided to start advertising to do mobile computer repair around my local community. It seems to be going well and I feel that now ive done a few clients here and there and recieved good feedback via my facebook page that i should add this experience to my CV.

    I was just wondering how you guys think i should word it, should i be saying that its a a little business ive started just on the premises of gaining more experience to then get me a 1st line support role or should i just say its a business ive started and leave it at that. Should i be including my websites domain on the CV?

    If anyones interested in taking a look its Computers Resolved - Mobile Computer Repair - Home

    Any feedback would be much appreciated

    Thanks

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  2. Cunningfox

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    If it were me I'd include that on your CV 100%. In my opinion it would set you apart from the crowd it shows initiative and commitment and include the URL as well, I'd have that as top in the professional experience section. For me the CV looks pretty good but does need some tweaks (imo). I would simplify and shorten your opening statement, I would also compress the education section down to x GCSEs A-C or whatever as frankly no-one is going to give two hoots about a a C in PE for example. The question that springs to mind though is the voluntry experience, when did you do that? I would certainly include it but in an appropriate order with a date.
     
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  3. Fergal1982

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    Ok...

    First, Shorten the profile. I dont need to know your life story, I need to know at a glance what you will bring to my team. I don't care that you have decided to change career, or when.

    Include the Months on your experience, not just the year. Expand on the early career Background, similar to the current role. Specifically, highlight and responsibilities (its responsibilities by the way, not roles) that specifically relate to the jobs you are looking for.

    Ensure that the whole Education section is on the same page (expanding your previous jobs will likely do this on it's own though).

    Drop the Other Information. "Socialising with friends" - so you are a piss head then? Everyone likes this, there isnt a need to include it. Beyond that, I firmly hold the opinion that Hobbies and Interests is something that has no place on a CV. If they want to know, they can (and do) ask at interview. The CV is to highlight my skills and experience only.

    Personal Details. Lose the nationality. I'd drop the Driving License portion as well to be honest, but I can see that it might add some value.

    Drop the References available section. It's expected in all job applications that you will supply References. Dont waste the space by stating the obvious.

    Expanding your work history somewhat should help, but you have over half a page of white space. It doesnt look good. Try to expand your CV to take up the whole space. If it's well laid out, then it shouldnt be an issue really. Just dont leave huge gaps of white space, or fill the space with random "whittering" just to fill the space.

    Generally speaking, the only place I would suggest using First person is in the profile (and even then I would avoid it as much as possible).

    Also, on your education, try to group up the sections somewhat. Like work history, have a header section detailing the school/college, the year, and underneath detail the qualifications. Also - JSL. What is this? I have no idea what it is, so I'm guessing that older managers might also have no idea. It must stand for something, so spell it out.

    If you have a business, then detail it as part of your work history, include from-to dates. Indicate the activities, just like you would if it were an employer and you were detailing the responsibilities. Just indicate on the company section that it is self employed.
     
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  4. jvanassen

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    Thanks for all your advice guys, much appreciated. Am working on my CV at the moment and hope to post the new version up soon.

    Thanks for putting it blunt to me, helped me look at my CV properly and realise i need to stop telling a story and just give them the main details of what i can do for them.
     
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  5. Fergal1982

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    No bother mate. The fact that you self-studied is a good thing to highlight, but you already do that in your certifications, so it shouldn't be much of an issue.
     
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  6. jvanassen

    jvanassen Kilobyte Poster

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    Hi

    If you dont mind i thought id post up my "improved cv" after taking on board alot of your advice.

    I haven't expanded my Previous work experiences as they are very similar to my time at Dulux and it would just really be a complete repeat. Ive posted up as much detail as i can think of in my job roles but haven't managed to stretch it out into two pages as suggested.

    Ignore the EARLY CAREER BACKGROUND title being on page 1 its just the formatting where ive deleted my address etc.

    Thanks in advance.

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