Writing the Killer CV

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  1. tripwire45
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    Thanks to member Pete01 for originally posting the link to this one. Cheers. :)

    http://www.contractoruk.com/news/00405.html
     
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  2. zimbo
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    nice one trip... even though i managed to nail a job with my current CV (yeah i know!! :biggrin ) im still looking for ways to improve it in the future lets say... would you or anyone else have an article of entry-level CVs or a way to set it up?
     
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  3. Sandy

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    Interesting posting thanks Trip. Alot of jobs that I go for are by application form only. I was looking at a post this week saw they had a PDF application form but no Word or RTF form - emailed the HR department to be told they don't provide such a form. Looks like I need to buy a pen!:oops:
     
  4. Phoenix
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    with adobe writer you could add form elements to the pdf and thus fill it in that way :)
    if the forms not protected in any way
     
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  5. Pete01

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    After much thought I've substituted 'achievements' (I'm not a programmer or particular project person I just fix things) with 'working practices extablished through experience' which for my CV is more support friendly.

    I wracked my brains for a while trying to think of some achievements that would sound better than stuff like 'my users insist on coming straight to me!' without sounding like a hairdresser..

    So I tweaked the 'template' to be more support and less coder, mine reads like this:

    "WORKING PRACTICES ESTABLISHED THROUGH EXPERIENCE
    • Ability to hit the ground running developed by being outsourced to diverse range of sites over 3 year period.
    • Proficiency in taking ownership of issues, seeing them through to completion and becoming the point of contact for clients/users with problems and projects.
    • Documentation and change control to clinical detail subject to government inspection.
    • Acute business awareness and decision making in crisis situations.
    • Creative troubleshooting and versatile resourcefulness. "


    Not exactly achievements but definitely skills gained from learning the hard way....
     
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  6. jobless_panic

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    Any more pointers for one who has never done an IT Job before or never got around to doing a CV that is good enough to fit in?
    I don't know where to start or how I can make my CV work to nail an IT job (even at entry level).
    I have an HND and BSc in Information Systems and also am A+,N+, MCSA and MCSE certified. I also have an HND in Business Studies. At the moment I am studying for a postgraduate diploma in Strategic Business IT and hope to top it up an MSc in Strategic Business IT.
    I work for a Supermarket at present. It's non-IT Administrator job I am afraid.
     
  7. wizard

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    Been reading some articles on monster.co.uk about CV writing, saying you should tailor your CV to the job you are applying for, so using a generic CV may not be the best idea.
     
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  8. Baron210

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    Hi, and thanks for the tips,

    Since modifying my "Conventional, and professionally re-written" CV, one which was made for me by a Recruiter who specialises in CV creation for clients, I have had quite a few phone calls and interview offers.
    My old CV ( the one created by the recruiter - I'll try not to bore U lot too much), looks a little like this (Page 1 of 2 pages),

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    The above one gained me one interview after possibly 2-300 online applications (I kid U not).

    Then I modified it genetically to look like this, same info, but better ordered and "In your face"


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    Not joking, but since I released this, I've had a barrage of phone calls from newly applied for positions from agencies and recruiters, Now to pass some interviews!
    Thanks for the brilliant advice! :p :p :p
     
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  9. jobless_panic

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    Great tips here. I think the sample CV that you've mentioned looks very promising. I will use this as a guide for my own.I do have a few good professional and academic qualifications under my belt but none were ever put to use (BSc, HND, A+, Network+, MCSA/MCSE 2000, MCSA Messaging). I worked at a Supermarket as a Customer Services Supervisor for just under 10 years and am now on the brink of being made redundant or demoted. :( Alongside I have been studying for a Postgraduate Diploma in IT and Business Studies and should complete that in a month or so.
    Just a few weeks for me until the judgement is passed. I do operate a few workstations at my workplace, do a bit of troubleshooting on an standalone machines and printers etc (again at work) but nothing network related. This is in addition to my Customer Services obligations. But I am baffled as to how I can target an IT entry level job (at the very least) from where I am and how my CV should read and where should I start? Can anyone point me in the right direction? Cheers.
     
  10. jobless_panic

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    Also if I to be made redundant at my current job with the Supermarket, how will this affect my future prospects and my job prospects in applying for an IT job?
     
  11. wizard

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    I must be a harbinger of doom upon myself, found out yesterday that I'm going to be made redudant by Christmas.
     
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  12. jobless_panic

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    Sorry to hear that Wizard. Hope you get a good job well in time.
     
  13. Gaiden

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    Just the information i need to jump start my resume and bring it back from the brink of blumbering blurb.
    Hope this can at least let me get my foot into the door, i know once i get an interview that i'll have the job, it's just getting my foot in the door.
     
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  14. leeroy2612

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    alreet peeps,

    after reading this thread it was obvious that i needed to 'fashion' my cv specifically for the roles im aiming for.
    ive had a good go at it and would appreciate your 'constructive' critisism. i hope Pete01 and Baron210 dont mind, but ive used a couple of line uot of yours. seeing that you both have vastly more experience than me and you dont live in my neck of the woods i dont think were in direct competition, but please tel me if you think im a cheeky:tune and ill take them off.
     
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  15. leeroy2612

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    dont try to read the attachment i forgot to change the format from works to word:oops: :oops: :oops: :rolleyes:
     
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  16. leeroy2612

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    second time lucky:rolleyes:
     
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  17. Modey

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    Some quick thoughts on your CV Leeroy. The formatting and layout of it are a bit poor to be honest and I would definitely lose the handwriting style font you have used for headings.

    Also, there are some quite bad grammatical mistakes in the first paragraph which is a very bad to have on a CV. Don't want to be too negative, it's hopefully some constructive critisism for you.
     
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  18. leeroy2612

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    damn you microsoft works!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:x :x :x :x.

    any criticism will do now:cry: :cry:
     

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  19. leeroy2612

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    try the second attempt mate, the formatting screwed it up. i am a numpty but my grammar isnt that bad honest:tune
     
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  20. leeroy2612

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    sorry modey thought you were wagnerk
     
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