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Need Help with Resume (PLEASE HELP!)

Discussion in 'Employment & Jobs' started by Rockets34Life, Jan 11, 2011.

  1. Rockets34Life

    Rockets34Life Bit Poster

    Hello everyone, this post will be long, but I desperately need help to condense my job description of my current job. My current position is a 6 month contract that's still going as a Sr. Desktop Support / System Administrator (level I think of sys admin is junior to intermediate)

    I have been working on this for a couple weeks now to list all the responsibilities/duties and I think I have everything. My resume barely fits on one page and I know this will definitely kick it to 2, but I want to see if I can get it condensed as much as possible so it summarizes what I do. Thanks in advance.

    Active Directory

    - add/delete/modify users and groups in AD
    - created/managed distribution/security groups in AD
    - setup email addresses with AD accounts
    - created/unlocked/disabled accounts and reset accounts password through AD
    - for terminated employees, disabled their account in AD and removed them from all groups except Domain Users in AD
    - once PCs were added to domain, moved them to the dept. OUs that were setup with group policies
    - created contacts that were associated with AD accounts when email addresses needed to be forwarded
    - created login scripts and associated it with user's AD profile so when they log onto ntwk, it's automatically mapped

    PC Software

    - support 500+ users locally (face-to-face), by phone, and remote
    - remote software for troubleshooting - LogMeIn, RealVNC, and Dameware
    - used ticketing program for documenting problem and troubleshooting steps to solution
    - used it as a communication tool with other groups to work with them on any higher level issues

    Software list I work with:

    Blackberry Desktop Mgr. - used to backup/restore Blackberry. if phone is setup with tethering plan, used IP Modem function to connect mobile phone provider profile and it would tether at 115.2Kbps
    Checkpoint Endpoint Connect for VPN
    McAfee Enterprise 8.5 or 8.7 (if not on image)
    Microsoft Office 2007
    Microsoft Live Meeting 2007
    Roxio CD Burning Software

    There's more, but these are the primary....

    PC Hardware

    - desktop models: Dell Inspiron, IBM Thinkcentre
    - laptop models: Dell Latitude, IBM/Lenovo Thinkpad, HP Elitebook
    - setting up new user with equipment (laptop, docking station, keyboard, mouse, laptop bag, basic image of software, external monitor, key fob, instructions on setting up key fob)
    - setup basic image for each brand model with company approved software. imaged desktops/laptops with Acronis True Image
    - PC hardware troubleshooting - replacing fans, PCI cards, cables, power supplies, etc.
    - upgraded broken desktops/laptops with parts from working desktops/laptops to use them as loaners for users who have broken systems
    - setup network connectivity at cubes by taking the data ports and attaching them to active ports on switches


    Worked with:

    - print server to install printers and drivers
    - telephone server - setup user with phone extension and setup name for digital display on phone
    - shared folders server (created home drives for users, worked with repository folder - TSS drive share, setup permissions/access for users on folders, etc.) - dal-file
    - Safeboot Encryption server - worked with McAfee Endpoint Encryption Mgr
    - blackberry server (BES) - added/deleted/modified users on BES. setup enterprise activation for mobile phones to authenticate with BES

    VPN and RSA Security

    - setup AD users onto RSA Security Console by adding them to RSA users. Next, associated a key fob for authentication via VPN
    - assisted users in installing/setting up VPN and making sure they can get access to corporate ntwk or corporate desktop
    - created batch scripts for VPN users to map shared drives after they are VPN'd in


    - replacing toner, cleared jams (anything hardware related, we called printer maintenance contracted company)
    - setting up/configuring network printers on print server - 1st: created DHCP reserveration IP, 2nd: configured printer with IP and tested printer. if individual printer (LPT1), install/setup with printer software/drivers on desktop/laptop
    - printer brands supported - HP, Epson, Okidata, Ricoh

    Office phones

    - setup phones by porting voice port from cubes to extension ports in IDF room
    - configured phones on Toshiba eStrata Network eManager - setup voicemail and display name
    - worked with telecom company to get extension list and what voice ports are available for deployment
    - also worked with telecom company to set voice ports of office numbers to be forwarded to remote users
    - setup headsets/bases (Plantronics, OfficeRunner/Sennheiser) for office phones


    - removed viruses from desktops/laptops using McAfee Virussscan and Sophos Client
    - updated virus definitions for both McAfee and Sophos
    - installed/encrypted using Safeboot and also decrypted Safeboot with Wintech CD
    - with McAfee Endpoint Encyption Manager, for the userIDs, we're able to reset to default password (12345) so it would be setup to authenticate with their AD account

    Adware/Spyware Utilities

    - used Malwarebytes and CCleaner to remove malware, adware, registry errors, temp internet files, etc.

    Mobile Phones

    - setup/configure/troubleshooted Blackberrys, iPhones, Nokia E7x phones, HTC Evos
    - setup email by authenticating phone with Exchange Server
    - configured phones with calling/data plans by calling Sprint/T-Mobile for assistance

    Live Meeting

    - setup Live Meeting accounts on Live Meeting Manager
    - usually setting them up as administrator, organizer, member

    Asset Inventory

    - kept track of inventory of all desktops/laptops/printers
    - we tracked the equipment by last name, first name, brand, model, serial number/service tag, tech specs, location, laptop/desktop, asset tag, warranty date, manager of end user
    - used Excel spreadsheet and kept it up to date when deploying/decomissioning equipment
    - ordered laptops/desktops/computer parts and accessories through CDW/Pomeroy by creating purchase orders to get approved by director and accounting for purchase

    Procedure Documentation

    - created documents on procedures (i.e, PC Build - Replacement Checklist, instructions for setting up Live Mtg accounts, instructions for new users on setup RSA/VPN, etc.) and it's been uploaded to our HomeBase Sharepoint site


    - setup user's account and authenticate it with the Exchange server so it downloads user's email/contacts/calendar, etc.
    - setup read/write/modify access (Editor, Reviewer, etc.) in Outlook for users who need access to other users' calendars, inbox, etc. or the whole mailbox
    - once users' have access to the full mailbox, added mailbox(es) to the user's Outlook
    - setup archiving for users and saved .pst files to their network drive so it doesn't take space on local HD and it will not be lost if HD is corrupted
    - ran Office diagnostics and Office repair when Outlook was having issues


    - setup conference rooms with laptop and projector to run presentations
    - setup guests who occupied conference rooms with hard-wired ethernet cable or wireless network connectivity

    Typical New User Setup List:

    - Laptop or Desktop
    - Active Directory - jdoe - usually 1st initial, last name
    - set up AD access and installed basic image software and any extras per user on desktop/laptop
    - Install Adobe PDF Writer (print to PDF) and Adobe Reader
    - e-mail distributions list (setup through AD) - most of the time mirrored after a person in their group
    - [email protected] - email address
    - Live Meeting Account - usually setting them up as administrator, organizer, member
    - Maestro access and password - login to access trouble ticket system to submit tickets
    - Needs Read/Write Access to Outlook Calendars for most of the time their managers/assistants
    - Office 2007 Suite – Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, One Note, Publisher, etc.
    Outlook w/ Live Meeting Add-On
    - Setup office phone, assign phone number and setup name on phone onto the phone server, go to telecom room and move phone number with voice port
    - Assign Blackberry with area code - Blackberry was purchased, called Sprint/T-Mobile to set it up with calling/data plan, and once it's setup, authenticated it with BES
    - RSA Token (key fob) and Checkpoint Secure Remote Software
    - Laptop / keyboard, mouse, bag, etc…..

    This was the job description when I signed up for this contract:

    Desktop Support Specialist


    • Manage and support remote user access through Checkpoint’s SecuRemote VPN connectivity.
    • Create and manage mailboxes in Exchange 2003 and MS Outlook (various versions).
    • Hardware and Software purchases
    • Monitoring of the local area network
    • Active Directory Administration
    • Account creation and deletion
    • Create and manage user and group accounts
    • Install new software releases, system upgrades, evaluate and install patches and resolves software related problems for Microsoft server environment.
    • Support PC environment by providing end user support on hardware and software, repair and upgrade hardware, install and move PCs and data cabling, user training in PC applications.
    • First contact for employees (local and remote) for all trouble reporting.
    • Evaluate new software releases, system upgrades, patches and resolves software related problems for Microsoft server environment.
    • Printing setup and administration
    • Ensure data integrity and security on the LAN and all PC's.
    • Workstations, including assembling, troubleshooting and upgrading
    • Install and maintain Anti-Virus on user workstations

    Skill sets

    • Windows 2000 and XP
    • Microsoft Exchange
    • Active Directory
    • Mcafee Anti-Virus and Sophos Anti-virus
    • Network infrastructure; i.e DNS, DHCP, WINS, print servers etc….

    I thought that was it, but it just got a lot worse when I came to this job. The infrastructure is a mess, which is a positive for me from a learning perspective, but it has also been a pain maintaining the environment. Our desktop support dept. consists of one guy who is a Lead Desktop Admin - he barely does any desktop support/sys admin stuff....just does a lot of paperwork, policies/procedures, and a lot of emailing to our director and me.

    I definitely didn't want to go off this job description for my resume.
    Last edited: Jan 12, 2011
  2. Apoc220

    Apoc220 Byte Poster

    This should really be in the employment board, but I'll let a moderator make the call on that. Anyway, is that literally what you have as your resume? The first thing I notice is that you have gone into too much detail for your resume. Is this the only position that you have held in IT? When I was looking for my second job, I kept it as simple as I could. Don't try and make up for experience by making your resume long. For me, I succeded by having a good objective statement, key skills (personal and technical), and a decent description of my duties at my current position. I believe it was around 6-8 bullets. One thing that I also notice is that you don't list results. It's one thing to say I did this and this. But what was the business impact? Employers love to see things like you saving the company money, or improving upon the functions of a system. It shouldn't be just duties, but also what were the results. There are tons of resume resources online, a good one being here: http://career-resources.dice.com/technical-resume/resume_tips_from_the_experts.shtml and http://career-resources.dice.com/technical-resume/10-second_rule_what_employers_look_for_in_IT_resumes.shtml. This should help get you started.

    A general rule of thumb is that your resume should grab the persons attention within 10 seconds or else they will bin it. You have to make sure that it isn't too lengthy or else you won't likely get it read. These people read through hundreds of resumes for a single position, so it's vital that they see your worth immediately as soon as they start reading. Hope this helps!

    EDIT: A later look made me realize that you're using a functional format. I feel silly for not noticing it earlier, but I would think that some results-oriented points would be good. Haven't ever used a functional format so I can only speak from my experiences with the chronological format.
    Last edited: Jan 12, 2011
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  3. Sparky
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    Can you not just change the Active Directory section to “Active Directory administration”, anyone technical reading your CV will know what the day to day tasks are.

    PC Hardware can also be cut down to “Deployed various PCs with Acronis True Image”

    Servers can be cut down to “Configured user shares and managed print server”

    Can the whole Outlook section and Typical user setup section – needs to be reworded.

    Just a few suggestions mate – I’m sure the other members will be able to help out. 8)
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  4. AJ

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  5. Rockets34Life

    Rockets34Life Bit Poster

    Apoc220, my original post is definitely not on my resume. This isn't the 1st IT job for me, but the most advanced. What I listed is the duties/responsibilities I do for my current job. I needed help with the plethora of stuff I do condensed into a job description so I can put it on my resume.

    Thanks for the assistance, Sparky. That steers me into writing some bullet points for my job description.

    Anyone else? It will be greatly appreciated.

    EDIT: I forgot this to add to the original post:


    - setup conference rooms with laptop and projector to run presentations
    - setup guests who occupied conference rooms with hard-wired ethernet cable or wireless network connectivity
    Last edited: Jan 12, 2011

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