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I am in the process of job hunting in the Middlesbrough/Cleveland area and have tweaked ...
4th June 2008, 04:57 PM #1
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Hi All hope your well;
I am in the process of job hunting in the Middlesbrough/Cleveland area and have tweaked my CV a little.
I am wanting to get a job working in a school with as little amount of travelling as possible (fuel prices are killing me)
Would it be possible for any of you lovely people to have a look at my CV and provide some feedback.
I have removed my full address on this version
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4th June 2008, 07:30 PM #2
cv should be no more than 2 pages....present employment should be grouped with previous empoyment imo....
be selective about the products you have experience with, not all of the skills you've learnt will be required for each and every job you apply for.
it seems obvious you're a bit handy with the web dev side of things, but you're not so far specialised in that field...so you can do a general IT role while saving you're prospective employer a bob or two on basic to intermediate web dev and sharepoint projects... that seems to be the overriding impression. fwiw i know of one or two existing network managers who are very similar to that...so i don't see any reason why you can't land a senior tech or NM job.
i'm assuming the web developer role is your day job and webmaster/it manager is part-time...do yourself a favour and relegate the second job to part-time status in the readers mind...first by dropping the IT manager. if you are html/css developer working on big projects for bbc tv licensing AND an IT manager for a small non-profit or whatever they are, in which case somethings got to give.....make it clear you help out as an IT advisor or webmaster.
Last edited by torledo; 4th June 2008 at 07:40 PM.
4th June 2008, 07:34 PM #3
Far, far too long as above max 2 pages. Customize it to the job title your applying for.
Should be including use of?
• Disaster recovery
o Including of Sophos AV and Symantec Livestate recovery
Could drop the websites section altogether, I don't think it adds much at the CV stage.
4th June 2008, 08:47 PM #4
The key thing to remember with a CV is it's only an advertisment for yourself to land you an interview, you don't have to put anything and everything on it.
Where you have a lot of different skills (as you evidently do) you should adapt your CV slightly for every position you apply for, using the job description or job advertisment as a guide. That's what I do, and it gets me a good result whenever I apply for jobs.
Also any employer that was previous-previous employment I normally cut down to a small summary, as it's only recent employment that future employers will be interested in. (unless you've changed jobs a lot in the last 3 years or so)
General format I follow for mine is;
Name + Address and other Contact information (Make the name nice and clear, slightly larger than the contact information)
age (DOB and actual age)
Education - most recent and relevant first, GCSEs can be summarised if you've got qualifications that better them (e.g. 9 grades a-c) Also can include things like first aid qualifications, and other relevant professional training you've received as a sub section.
Employment, most recent first, including employers full name and address
Hobbies and interests (not always necessary) normally as a paragraph insted of bullet points.
I put a section 'other relevant experice' which you can put things like personal websites you've designed etc. in if you want to and if it's relevant.
References (2 employment and 2 personal, even though your employers are listed above, still stick the names and addresses of references at the bottom as thats where employers will expect to find them, and it saves them time if they do reference you before interview)
That CV format described above has got me a ton of interviews, including Network manager posts, so it must work.
Also I'd loose the coloured headings. It looks nice on screen if you e-mail it, or if you send a version in the post you printed yourself, but 90% of people who receive it as an e-mail will print it out to read it and will most likely do that in B/W, or if you've sent a printed version you can garuntee it will be photocopied so the colour becomes pointless. I do use gray shades on my CV where I've used tables to make the header collumns clear.
Also loose the title 'curriculum vitae' as it's pretty obvious what it is anyway, so the title is meaningless. It also frees up space for you to fit more information on, because you really should try and fit it on 2 pages if possible. Saying that mine has flowed onto 3 as I really can't cut it down any more, and I've landed an interview with it recently, so it doesn't appear to do that much damage to the process.
Lastly avoid gimics like printing it on pastel paper if you do print it yourself and send it, it really doesn't work and a lot of employers will post it straight in the bin. Same for using high quality paper it's really not worth it, normal quality A4 paper will do, they're more interested in what's in the CV, not what it's printed on (It will probably be photocopied a few times anyway for different people to read)
Sorry, I sound really critical above, but you asked for opinions!
Last edited by maniac; 4th June 2008 at 09:02 PM.
4th June 2008, 08:59 PM #5
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Hi Thank you for your feedback
I keep trying to cut it down to the two pages but I keep adding more to it, i.e if i apply for a more web development based role then I emphasize that, same if its a IT Support / Management role then I alter (atempt to alter) for that role.
I have fixed my mistake Jona - Cheers
Torledo - I have added some info indicating that I am still working for the Federation of schools as a part time consultant.
Mike - Cheers - I wanted a critical review as I find that helps me and is a lot more useful then someone just saying 'nope I dont like it'
Cheers everyone - this is why I like edugeek as people respond really nicely.
Last edited by damienharrison; 4th June 2008 at 09:06 PM.
4th June 2008, 09:41 PM #6
There is also nothing wrong with skimping on information on a CV but have a covering letter that explains where aspects of your CV are relevant to that company / school.
Too many people have a generic covering letter and forget to tailor it for each application.
4th June 2008, 09:47 PM #7
Over References putting References on request at end is fine as well.
As they are not needed until interview and if they want them before they will either ask or make sure application form has them on it. But once go for the interview make sure have references typed up ready if they ask for them etc.
4th June 2008, 09:52 PM #8
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I used to do just that but my cover letter was pages and pages long (2 at least) would the recipient bother to read this? Or would they ignore that.
Hi Russ I always have a printed off copy of my references with me at interviews just in case.
4th June 2008, 10:00 PM #9
"collage" should be "college" in two places!
4th June 2008, 10:12 PM #10
General rule I follow for covering letters is one side A4 only. Make sure you lay it out like a formal letter, and use Arial or Times new Roman fonts only, 12pt is generally accepted size. If applying by e-mail then attach the CV and covering letter as seperate documents - do not write the covering letter in the e-mail body as you can't garuntee it will display correctly at the other end.
Lay it out like;
Introduction who you are, what post you'd like to apply for and a very general 'about you' introduction like you age, and how long you've worked in the industry and who your current employer is.
Then a 2 or 3 paragraphs with some more in depth information, pick out a couple of what you consider to be the more important aspects of the job description or the advertisment and focus on them and explain how and why you fit that aspect of the job based on your experiences and skills. Note: it doesn't always have to be work related, you can home in on your personal skills and out of work experiences as well.
One end paragraph stating you'll very much enjoy working for blah blah and look forward to meeting you etc.
That's the sort of thing I've always done, and again it gets good results.
Last edited by maniac; 4th June 2008 at 10:18 PM.
5th June 2008, 12:49 AM #11
Yeah check spelling and grammar (seriously), Leeds Collage is that where they teach you to cut out pictures and stick them back together?
Remember you want to convey why you are worth interviewing in as little space (and words) as possible. Try and keep it punchy, use bullet points.
There are 3 main ways you can convince someone on a CV that you know what you are doing -
1) Education / Professional Memberships / Certifications
i.e. relevant post or undergraduate qualifications, fellowship / membership of Societies or Guilds, Industry certifications.
Put these near the top! Especially if you have something worth shouting about! If you have a degree (of any kind/classification) put it down, if you have A's & B's at A-Level or GCSE put them down. I would be wary of putting down C's and D's so if it's weak put no 3) at the top.
I don't want to read paragraphs about how you know each operating system or IT component. If you're a sysadmin with an MCSA or MCSE put it down! same with networking and CISCO qualifications, A+ etc. If you have an MSc or diploma get it down there! Each qualification lets the employer assume a certain level of knowledge and ability, which is generally better than just saying "I know how to use Windows Server" for example.
2) Previous employment
List company name, job title, location and employment period and 1 or 2 sentences on what you did there. This can be more expansive if you do not have much relevant previous employment, but in practice this is what you are going to talk about at the interview.
3) Explain your goals and skills
A paragraph or set of bullet points on what you want to achieve and the skills you have to make it happen. Simple as that.
If you have deficiencies in any one of these areas the others can make it up for you so don't worry if you don't have a degree for example, a few years of experience more than make up for it. Conversely if you are a young graduate with a 1st in IT from a good uni and no employment experience then big up 1) and 3) and they will still invite you in for an interview. If 1) & 2) are weak then you are probably looking at an entry level post and clarity in 3) combined with a good interview will stand you in good stead for landing the post.
Last edited by somabc; 5th June 2008 at 01:09 AM.
5th June 2008, 10:32 AM #12
i really like the way you're current role comes across, the way you've bulleted the client projects you've worked on is what stands out....it tells a prospective employer you've been working on projects for some fairly big name clients - it's impresseve. I would leave that in, but delete the paragraph about you documenting processes or whatever (it was that memoerable that i can't remember what you put down - do you see my point ?) you've already caught their attention with the client names you've put down and the fact you mentioned cool stuff like xhtml and css. That's what would stick in my head not the other stuff.
right, i went back to the cv and copied the paragraph i'm talking about;
I have also produced email templates for use in email marketing campaigns – these templates where tested against all modern email clients including Outlook 2007, Thunderbird and Webmail clients including gmail, msn live, yahoo mail.
zzzzzz.......you wanna drop that paragaph like a hot potato.
Last edited by torledo; 5th June 2008 at 10:36 AM.
5th June 2008, 12:37 PM #13
5th June 2008, 05:51 PM #14
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Have just been offered a really good contract opportunity working for an NHS PCT as a Senior IT Officer -
Working on a multitude of really cool projects; SharePoint across 3 counties, Active Directory for what used to be 3 seperate domains which are now going to be joined together again across 3 counties 5000+ users.
Pays quite well £14 per hour for a 4 month contract which may role on (last person in the role was there for a few years)
Thank you all for the greatly appreciated feedback on my CV its much better with many more eyes going over it.
5th June 2008, 06:39 PM #15
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