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Check my CV

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Guest2, 7 Jun 2010.

  1. Guest2

    Capodecina

    Joined: 6 May 2009

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    I've recently been made redundant and editing my CV. Not sure if I should include the 'skill matrix' or the 'career highlights' part. I added the career highlights part and edited the skill matrix but 4 pages might be too long.

    There isnt much writing/waffle but could chop it down some more

    Thanks

    http://www.2shared.com/file/uBJ6uwbL/CV_online.html

    edit - the link is here---- Save file to your PC: click here----
    not any of the other rubbish
     
  2. Beerbaron

    Soldato

    Joined: 28 Feb 2006

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    Location: Beds

    Its too long as should be a maximum of 2 pages,
    I would cut it down to your last 3 jobs,
    Remove the skills matrix,
    Career highlights is also too long.
     
  3. Guest2

    Capodecina

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    thanks. Ive cut out the skill matrix and older jobs.

    Its now 2 and half pages. Career highlights is still a page. How could I cut this down? (if i need to)
     
  4. J.B

    Soldato

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    I cant access it, just wont download.
     
  5. Burnsy2023

    Man of Honour

    Joined: 17 Nov 2003

    Posts: 36,648

    Location: Southampton, UK

    Your nationality is British, not White British. That is your self designated ethnicity, which isn't required.

    Saying that, get rid of that whole bit.

    Edit: Actually, at the top you only really need the driving licence bit. Get rid of the rest.

    edit2: you don't need the bit "The following grades were achieved:-" under GCSEs.

    Edit3: Skills matrix is still there on my version, like has been said, get rid of it.

    Edit4: You used PowerPoint for user manuals? Oh dear.
     
  6. Guest2

    Capodecina

    Joined: 6 May 2009

    Posts: 17,059

    ta. scrapped white and got rid of sex part, got rid of following grades and skill matrix is gone. I did use powerpoint because that what the project manager wanted, got rid of that so it just says users manuals created
     
  7. Beerbaron

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    say "References are available on request" instead of listing them
     
  8. [TW]Taggart

    Wise Guy

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    its also a .DOCX file, not everyone has updated to the new office so best make a DOC or RTS version as well.
     
  9. matthewhotdude

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    wow is that site full of spam or what
     
  10. Beerbaron

    Soldato

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    Location: Beds

    and then there is the adverts :p
     
  11. Burnsy2023

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    Or PDF which is what I use. Can you rehost your current version?
     
  12. meghatronic

    Capodecina

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    I can't imagine anyone sensible using anything but pdf. Unless you're going through an agency (that like to use their own systems).
     
  13. Knubje

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    Looks good to me and what everyone else has suggested. If you are lacking in space perhaps cut out the Interests and Hobbies and keep it brief to a few lines. You could always elaborate further another time.

    Someone having a skim read really won't give two monkies where you have been skiing and what you enjoy in your personal life. Keep the bit about what sports you like and the weight training (good for showing goals + dedication).

    Keeping it to two pages is ideal I think.
     
  14. gambitt

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  15. Infam0us

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    Location: Birmingham

    Is it common to put "7 GCSE's" on a CV rather than individually list them? And why do you put references available on request rather than just putting them on the CV to begin with?
     
  16. Guest2

    Capodecina

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    They take too much space up and are worth sweet FA. Unless you have 10 A* then put something like 10 GCSEs at A* grade.

    Not sure why having 'references on request' is better either

    edit - thanks gambitt, I scrapped off the skill martix all together, will think about putting some of it back as you have listed then shorten the education part. My housemate got advice from a few people and his CV opens with a personal statement. To me it just looks like a load of waffle that people will start reading then think "screw it, too long" and bin it
     
    Last edited: 8 Jun 2010
  17. gambitt

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    You're correct, waffle is bad on a CV. I think the skills matrix is a good idea though. Whoever is going through 500 CVs that get sent in for a role will only skim through the first page looking for keywords that relate to the role.

    My personal statement is short, only 3 lines and states my profession in bold followed by the the biggest company I've worked for recently. So something like "C# Developer with 10 years experience, last 4 years for major IT consultancy firm XXXX Ltd."
     
  18. Guest2

    Capodecina

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  19. meghatronic

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    I would drop the British bit, it's not really relevent.

    I would also change the bold keywords (e.g. Vista) to italics instead.

    You really need to make it more active/take ownership. "Active directory management and group policies have been used to make employees work more effectively."... why are you telling me this? Did you do it? If not I don't care.

    It also seems very texty, I'm not sure I'd read it all if I had 100s to get through. I also struggle to find any skills on your cv... sell yourself!

    " I actively weight train because it is very satisfying to achieve goals through hard work."... because sounds very, very odd there.

    Finally it's not references, it is referees.

    Sorry for being negative, bad mood.

    tl; dr: add skills throughout.
     
  20. Guest2

    Capodecina

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    changed the bold to italic, i thought it looked a bit add too.

    'You really need to make it more active/take ownership. "Active directory management and group policies have been used to make employees work more effectively."... why are you telling me this? Did you do it? If not I don't care.'

    To show I can use group policies to make people work faster. e.g. I added and modified office 2007 group policies to change parts of office. So yes, it was me who did it

    How about as instead of because?

    changed to referees

    not negative, i like knowing whats wrong or that might be wrong and how to improve

    tl; dr: add skills throughout. - I dont understand that bit