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Discussion in 'Employment & Jobs' started by tech291083, Aug 16, 2006.

  1. tech291083

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    hi,

    i am an IT graduate like many and i would like to know which sites are the best in terms of putting and updating your cv for IT related jobs. i am specially interested in sites that allow to created an account and where updating the cv/uploading a new one is rather easy. please let me know the good ones based on your experience. i m also making my cv and looking forward to putting in here on this forum for further assessment by the forum members. thanks.
     
  2. zimbo
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    www.cwjobs.co.uk looks good.... www.monster.co.uk is another
     
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  4. Stoney

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    Hey Tech,

    Don't fall into the trap of not tailoring your cv to fit the job your applying for. Employers can tell when you've just sent out a generic CV, compared to one where you've read through the job spec and identified where your skills fit into the role.

    That said, having a CV on a site that can be accessed by recruiters is a big plus when a looking for work. In my experience i have found these sites to be very good:

    http://www.totaljobs.com/
    http://www.reed.co.uk/
    http://www.jobsite.co.uk/
    http://www.cwjobs.co.uk/

    I never used CW's CV area, but i used the site quite a bit because they only post IT jobs.

    Another point you may like to know when job searching online is that recruiters may continue to advertise jobs after they have been filled. For sites like reed,a job will be advertised for 30 days, and if the employer gives a week for the deadline, then that's 3 more weeks the job will be posted for. So you could end up applying for a role that has already gone into the interview stage or further.

    This can be quite frustrating, especially when you consider the time you spend re-writing your CV to match the role you're applying for. However, if you use Jobsite, they only post roles for a maximum length of 7 days, so when a role has expired, it no longer gets advertised.

    You will most probably find the same role advertised on a number of sites. By finding it on Jobsite then you can get an idea that it is still available. That doesn't mean that just beacuse a job is not on Jobsite it has been filled, but if like me, you spent 2 hours every night job-hunting, then you will begin to notice the same roles and where they pop-up.

    Best of luck with your job-hunting, and no i don't work for Jobsite!
     
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  5. Boycie
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    Stoney,

    Some good pointers and links, thanks.

    Computer Weekly also has a fair few ads for jobs, although usually Europe as well as UK.

    Si
     
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  6. tech291083

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    hi guys,

    thanks a lot for the replies. i have taken a note of the names of the sites that all of you have kindly given to me based on your individual experiences of them. i will register myself with them and let you know the progress. i am right now in the process of trying out different types of cv in terms of layout and the most essential details. i have just finished one and i would like you all to have look at it and suggest me as much as possible. let me remind you that i m an it graduate with no experience. only had part time jobs during the 4 yrs at uni and now seriously trying to get my foot in the field. i have not mentioned my real details though. please help me with your vast experience. i need feedback in terms of

    layout
    content
    heading
    order of the content(education or work experience first?)

    thanks.
     

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  7. Stoney

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    Tech,

    You have the layout pretty much spot on but there are a few things I would change.

    Profile: Keep this short and sweet, tell the employer a little about you and then what you're looking for in a role. You've mentioned that you work well under pressure and are innovative, I would remove this and put them in your skills/experiences.

    Bin the Objective bit, that can be added in to your Profile.

    Skills: You have a good skill set, but you haven't told the employer in what capacity you can use those skills. Eg: I have used Microsoft Acces in the development of database driven Web Applications etc, etc.

    Employment: Big-up any work you have done, even if it doesn't seem relevant. Tell the employer about your responsibilities and duties. Having the same sentence for 3 roles shows that you can't be arsed to think of anything to say and is a big NO NO!!

    I would also remove your Personal Details bit, most of that can be included at the top with your other info. I would definitely put your language skills in with your skills/experiences as this is a valuable asset to have. Don't put that you are in good health, it just looks silly!

    Personally, I would remove the bit about references. An employer will ask you for references when they need them, so it's quite irrelevant having that on your CV.

    Hope this helps:D
     
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  8. tech291083

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    hi Stoney,

    thanks a lot for the suggestions you have given to me. i have noted them all on a piece of paper and i m already working on another version of the same cv based on your suggestions only. i have actually copied and pased the lines in the employment areas just to show that the cv is just an example. i m sorry about that. as i have mentioned earlier i have had no experience whatsoever after the graduation, i m struggling to make a good or decent cv that can get me atleast an interview. i have talked to a lot of people in this regard and they all have a bit confusing and contradictory. that is why i am asking for help. thanks any way and i m open to more suggestions.
     
  9. Stoney

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    If your lacking experience then why not put down what you did at Uni. Things like labs you created, software you developed, practical experiments that you were involved in . Anything like that shows that you have actually had some practical experience, even though it wasn't in a commercial environment.

    It all helps :)
     
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  10. tech291083

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    yes that is all i m gonna do. thanks.
     
  11. Boycie
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    I feel another big factor in job sucess, is where you live.
    Wales seems to be one of the IT slumps of the UK!

    Si
     
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  12. Stoney

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    I agree Boyce, location is key and you should be prepared to move to get the job you need to get your career going.

    I'm sure Wales will move into the 21st century soon! :oops: My parents used to live near Hereford (on the Welsh border) and it's like travelling back in time when i used to go home and visit. An absolutely lovely part of the country, but it has no real industry and they've only recently started to get Broadband! I'm sure as the infrastructure grows then the need for IT specialists will as well. But in the mean time, you will probably have to look elsewhere for work.
     
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  13. Boycie
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    Stoney,

    I am fortunate enough to have gained the first IT job and moved on to the more prosperous second, but i have to say Wales looks bleak when it comes to IT jobs.
    We could do with a MS HQ smack in the middle of Cardiff.

    Si
     
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    Cardiff is a place I use to live in, I could hardly find ANY good office/IT jobs there, that's why I moved to London where the door opens a bit more...despite the heavier transportation and living costs
     
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