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CV Advice?

Discussion in 'Employment & Jobs' started by rax, Oct 6, 2007.

  1. rax

    rax Megabyte Poster

    Curriculum Vitae


    phone number

    Personal Profile

    I am a very hardworking and reliable person who is always keen to adapt and try new things. I have great time-keeping skills and am able to perform at strength in time pressured situations.

    I am also a very good team-worker as well as being more than capable of working alone. I am a very level-headed person and therefore able to lead a group of people but am also happy to work below others.

    My communication and people skills are excellent due to working with the general public for a number of years and I am more than capable of dealing with any problems that may arise.

    Employment History

    Customer Services Assistant
    Somerfield Stores Ltd.
    Shandwick Place, Edinburgh
    Sep 2003 – Currently employed

    I have held a number of different positions within this company over the years that I have worked there and am therefore a multi-skilled member of staff.

    I held a position in the administration department for over a year (before transferring to an Edinburgh branch). This job included managing daily price hosting and promotions, also being responsible for getting the store in a position to open legally in the morning. Near the end of my time in this position I was acting supervisor for the department. In this department the work also involved the handling and maintaining of electronic devices used with the store, such as palm units and desktop computers.

    I have also worked on the grocery department where my duties include shelf-filling and general store presentation. It involves working within a strict time schedule.

    Another role I have occupied is that of a checkout operator. This job includes monetary handling and responsibilities as well as a high level of customer service.

    Something I achieved in the workplace was when there was a store take-over and I manipulated new programmes to enable us to carry out procedures from the previous system. This effectively reduced the workload by over 50%.

    Being employed with Somerfield has taught me a lot of valuable skills in the workplace such as good timekeeping and working well under pressure. I have been able to successfully prioritise tasks in order to allow the smooth running of the departments. The fact that I have worked on a number of different departments means that I have also worked a variety of different hours, both very early starts and late finishes.


    - Currently self-studying for the CompTIA A+ certification and hoping to progress to either
    MCSE or CCNA.

    - Peebles High School
    Peebles, Scottish Borders
    September 1997 – July 2001

    Standard Grades:
    • Physical Education – Grade 2
    • Biology – Grade 3
    • Craft and Design – Grade 3
    • English – Grade 3
    • Graphic Communication – Grade 3
    • Mathematics – Grade 3
    • History – Grade 4

    Interests and Achievements

    • Building, upgrading and repairing computers for friends and family.
    • Fitness – regularly attend gym.
    • Silver medal award for under-15 Scottish Hockey Championships. Actively played in National League Hockey Division.

    Additional Information

    DOB: 31/12/1984


    Available on request.

    The headings are in bold normally. Any suggestions or advice is welcome (should I put a specific skills section?). This is my first attempt of a CV and it does seem a bit long. I thought I would emphasise on my job as I have no relevant qualifications. The job I'm applyling for doesn't ask for any qualifications but they offer to put you on microsoft and cisco courses - I thought that by me already doing a+ it might raise my chances?

    Cheers Dave
    Certifications: ITIL v3 Foundation, CompTIA Network+
  2. greenbrucelee
    Highly Decorated Member Award

    greenbrucelee Zettabyte Poster

    It looks ok

    Have a look at mine and see if you get any ideas from it.

    Since I changed it every time I have used it to apply for jobs I have got an interview.

    Its attached to this thread
    Certifications: A+, N+, MCDST, Security+, 70-270
    WIP: 70-620 or 70-680?
  3. rax

    rax Megabyte Poster

    Hmm yea, your CV makes mine look a bit bogged down with text.

    I feel that I need both a personal statement and a detailed (enhanced) job details because I have no REAL IT experience or qualifications. I'm going to just make it say I passed all my standard grade exams though - telling them what poor(ish) results I had when I was a younger, different person, won't do me much justice.
    Certifications: ITIL v3 Foundation, CompTIA Network+
  4. greenbrucelee
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    greenbrucelee Zettabyte Poster

    I used to have all my school grades on there but from what I have been told etc employers don't want to know every grade you have.

    Also I don't work in an IT specific job but I use the technology that is why I have a skills section.

    I don't have a personal statement but I think my CV shows I am a learner and willing to learn

    I hope you can get some ideas from it. :D
    Certifications: A+, N+, MCDST, Security+, 70-270
    WIP: 70-620 or 70-680?
  5. BosonMichael
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    BosonMichael Yottabyte Poster

    Too much detail will kill a CV. Say it simply and clearly. Give the basics. Let them know what you can do... and then stop talking. If they want detail, they can ask for it during the interview. :)

    Bottom line, you don't want them to have to READ it. If someone who doesn't know you can skim it and have an idea what you can do within 15 seconds, you have a good CV.

    Here's an old one of mine, with the dates and companies obscured to protect the guilty. 8) Do you get a good idea of what I can do within seconds?

    Michael D. Aldridge
    1234 Anywhere Place
    Spring Hill, TN 37174
    Home: 555-555-5555 Cell: 555-555-5555
    E-Mail: [email protected]

    • Experienced with most versions of DOS, Windows, and NetWare; some familiarity with Linux and Unix
    • Experienced with routers, switches and firewalls, including Cisco, Watchguard, Check Point and Sonicwall
    • Familiar with database installation and maintenance, including SQL and Oracle databases
    • Experienced with software and hardware installation and troubleshooting
    • Developed and presented seminars related to telecommunications and IT certification

    • Writes and trains others at an easily understood level
    • Thinks analytically; possesses excellent troubleshooting skills and attention to detail

    September 2005 – Present Senior Network Engineer – Company 1: Nashville, TN
    Provided on-site and remote network and security services for clients

    May 2001 – September 2005 Developer - Company 2: Atlanta, GA
    Managed projects and developed content for computer-based IT certification exam training software

    August 1999 – May 2001 Lead Systems Engineer - Company 3: Nashville, TN
    Provided complete network solutions, installation, support and training

    January 1999 – August 1999 Technical Engineer - Company 4: Laurel, MD
    Provided hardware, network, telephony support and training for five call centers with extensive travel

    September 1998 – January 1999 Assistant Systems Administrator - Company 5: Franklin, TN
    Provided on-site and remote hardware, software and network support and training

    February 1998 – September 1998 Field Service Technician - Company 6: Nashville, TN
    Provided on-site and remote hardware, software and network support and training

    July 1992 – February 1998 Operations Analyst - Company 7: Nashville, TN
    Maintained several on-site and remote telemessaging systems; trained call center operators and managers

    July 1989 – July 1992 Electronic Warfare Signals Intelligence Analyst / Linguist, Specialist (E-4)
    U.S. Army: Active Duty, Honorably Discharged
    Collected and analyzed military intelligence data; attained fluency in Mandarin Chinese

    August 1993 – May 1997 Middle Tennessee State University: Murfreesboro, TN
    B.S. – Chemistry, 3.83 GPA (Magna Cum Laude)
    Minor in Physics / Research in Computational Chemistry

    MCSE+I on Windows NT 4.0
    MCSE on Windows 2000
    MCSA: Security on Windows 2003
    MCDBA on SQL Server 2000
    MCDST on Windows XP

    Check Point
    CCSA on Check Point NG



    CNE on NetWare 5
    CNE on NetWare 6

    SCSA on Solaris 9

    OCP on Oracle
    Certifications: CISSP, MCSE+I, MCSE: Security, MCSE: Messaging, MCDST, MCDBA, MCTS, OCP, CCNP, CCDP, CCNA Security, CCNA Voice, CNE, SCSA, Security+, Linux+, Server+, Network+, A+
    WIP: Just about everything!
  6. rax

    rax Megabyte Poster

    I would say it took me longer than 15seconds to read it and know what you can do but it was certainly shorter and more to the point that mine. This said however, you have a lot more things you can just jot down, I have less things and need to expand a bit more about certain attributes and skills that I have and gained I think.. I'm going to include a skill set in my updated cv and shorten the personal profile, going to actually add in my IT experience from home along with general skills.
    Certifications: ITIL v3 Foundation, CompTIA Network+
  7. ay5000

    ay5000 Bit Poster

    Remember to format and design the CV in such a manner that it can be easily read over, make use of setting certain key phrases as bold text but use this sparingly. Your profile/intro section should be one paragraph and heavily edited/revised to be as concise and straight to the good points as possible.
    Certifications: None
    WIP: A+, ACDT & ACPT
  8. onoski

    onoski Terabyte Poster

    All has been well said and done above as examples however I would stress that you go for the bullet point option.

    Secondly a statement letter outlining more of what you have done and can do. Cheerio and best wishes:biggrin
    Certifications: MCSE: 2003, MCSA: 2003 Messaging, MCP, HNC BIT, ITIL Fdn V3, SDI Fdn, VCP 4 & VCP 5
    WIP: MCTS:70-236, PowerShell

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