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    I've been in London for about 5 days short of 2 months now, and i'm starting to get kind of miserable about the whole deal - I just can't understand what I'm doing wrong, I'm barely even getting calls, so all I can think is my CV mustn't be very good.

    So, I thought I'd ask before I blindly post away, but would it be ok to post a CV/Resume for critique and advice?
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  • #2
    Re: cv critique ok ?

    Feel free to -- but sanitise it first!
    Tom Jones
    MCT, MCSE (2000:Security & 2003), MCSA:Security & Messaging, MCDBA, MCDST, MCITP(EA, EMA, SA, EDA, ES, CS), MCTS, MCP, Sec+
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    • #3
      Re: cv critique ok ?

      Naturally sanitised..

      appreciate any advice or feedback
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      • #4
        Re: cv critique ok ?

        Looks all right on a quick glance, but IMHO separate your IT qualifications (MCP etc) from academic ones so they stand out more

        I'll read it properly later and comment, but for this afternoon I'm spending quality time with the kids.
        Tom Jones
        MCT, MCSE (2000:Security & 2003), MCSA:Security & Messaging, MCDBA, MCDST, MCITP(EA, EMA, SA, EDA, ES, CS), MCTS, MCP, Sec+
        PhD, MSc, FIAP, MIITT
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        Scotland

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        • #5
          Re: cv critique ok ?

          The Profile is a great big block of words. Nothing jumps out. NEVER start a sentence with WITH. There were too many ANDs in a single sentence and always use full words instead of & for and. Numbers are a different and trickier item.

          Copy & Paste into a Word page. It looks much better than the format here. Choose a font that make it easy to read and stand out. That may be worth a Google to see what is best. I have heard bad things about Times New Roman and for me Arial is an email font.

          What is the front page of your CV? Needs essential info to provide a WOW!! this needs to be looked at.
          Do NOT use coloured paper to make it look different.
          DO have it bound with a plactic cover so it looks professional and they can see your WOW page.

          Check and check again spelling, grammer AND punctuation and then check it AGAIN!! When you are happy with it, get someone else to check it.

          I have 7 years experience in the IT industry.

          Five of these years were in a Public Sector environment supporting (enter user, workstation or server numbers or a possible combination of users and servers) with an additional 18 months in a Contracting and Consulting role.

          The Public Sector gave me extensive and in-depth exposure to large scale Microsoft Windows enterprise environments. The consulting role has allowed me to expand these skills and strengthen my abilities while gaining a greater understanding of environments of all sizes.

          My greatest strength is my ability to quickly analyse a situation, understand the environment and provide appropriate support.

          I have gained Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) certifications for XP, 2000, 2003 Server and a Microsoft Certified Technical Specialist (MCTS) for 2008, including the ITIL certification. I have comprehensive experience working with the following technologies:
          Active Directory, DNS, DHCP, IIS, ISA, WLBS, MSCS, Exchange Server, VMWare ESX. I have worked in a full range of 1st, 2nd and 3rd level support roles plus I am confident operating in Unix and Linux environments.
          1 1 was a racehorse.
          2 2 was 1 2.
          1 1 1 1 race 1 day,
          2 2 1 1 2

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          • #6
            Re: cv critique ok ?

            thanks biggles... will amend some of your changes - good suggestions
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            • #7
              Re: cv critique ok ?

              Did I mention my commission?

              Do you see what I mean about how the Profile stands out more when it is broken up and not left in on big block?

              I am not a CV expert, just offering suggestions.
              1 1 was a racehorse.
              2 2 was 1 2.
              1 1 1 1 race 1 day,
              2 2 1 1 2

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              • #8
                Re: cv critique ok ?

                I do see what you mean.. and I will make some changes.. bit busy drowning my sorrows right now.. :P
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                • #9
                  Re: cv critique ok ?

                  I'll toss a few pence in.

                  First a question:
                  • Will the resume be viewed on paper or a screen?


                  Then, some opinions:
                  • Too long! Never go over two pages. Try not to need the full second page either.
                  • To shorten it, leave out some things. For instance I go minimalist and don't individually list prior employers with their responsibilities below. I like to see two major things regardless of the employer: Major career projects and major career responsibilities Then list who you worked for, when and your title later in a short list.
                  • For your list of certs, show the Acronym first and then put the expanded version in parenthesis after it). I see you have an MCSA, but searching the doc for MCSA turns up empty. Same for MCTS. Are you studying for an MCSE? Put that down and include the acronym.
                  • To parrot Biggles, the font is meh. I prefer Verdana. I've heard that different fonts for different viewers is good. Georgia is a good screen font supposedly. Not so much a paper font.
                  • Make it easier to read by using line spacing. 120% of the font size for each line is a good rule.
                  • Varying indents make it messy looking and hard to read. Take a look at what I mean:

                    Each area has it's own indent size, and I'm not sure why it's so big for some and not for others. E.g., why do the years in your Academic Record have so much space? I'd lose the indents and find a way of showing the same info with bullets. For instance, your academic record's timeframe seems unnecessary. They don't need to know when you got them, just that you have them. Make a bulleted list of your certs (with acronyms!!).
                  • Also, person interests are of no value on a resume, IMO. Unless it's something somewhat impressive like president of the Queensland Chess Club or director of your local MENSA chapter. Even then I'd opt to not list it.


                  All of this is IMO, YMMV, disclaimed and disavowed should you be unemployed this time next year.

                  Heaps of info is out there on the intertubes, for instance here, here, here and of course here. To many places to count. You could get lost in a Google search for this topic. I know because I have.

                  If I could summarize, I think the resume (or CV as everyone else in the world seems to call them ) has too many words, too much information, too long, too disorganized. Yeah, that sounds really negative and discouraging. Sorry. You've got all the right stuff, it's just not displayed correctly. Once you put it on a strict diet and make it look a little prettier you'll have to beat the hiring managers off of you with a stick.
                  Wesley David
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                  • #10
                    Re: cv critique ok ?

                    Now I know you are telling lies. There is NO way to drown your sorrows in warm beer. You must be bathing in it. That may be why you are not getting a job.....you smell too clean. (You know, the money under the soap joke )
                    1 1 was a racehorse.
                    2 2 was 1 2.
                    1 1 1 1 race 1 day,
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                    • #11
                      Re: cv critique ok ?

                      Remove your nationalty and visa status. If they're interested they'll ask about that anyway.

                      Remove your availability, again if they're interested they'll ask.

                      Try writing your profile in the third person mode.

                      I would also remove the company information.

                      Neaten your indents and remove that line at each section.

                      Foramtting could probably be better across the entire document.

                      I was always told to keep the information on your CV to as little as possible to give the interviewer something to quiz you on. You obviously need enough in there to make them interested so it can be hard to do.

                      I would also tailor your CV for each job you apply for, yes its time consuming but can pay dividends when you need it to.

                      Just my opinion of course and your more than welcome to ignore it (Most do lol)

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                      • #12
                        Re: cv critique ok ?

                        thanks guys for all your feedback - I've incorporated heaps, and will give it a few days in a modified format to see how it goes.. if im still struggling, i'll include some more
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                        • #13
                          Re: cv critique ok ?

                          Found a good article for some guidelines on tech worker resumes:

                          http://everythingsysadmin.com/2004/0...ting-tips.html

                          So how's it going? Are you going to get a job before it's time to go back home? When's your return?
                          Wesley David
                          LinkedIn | Careers 2.0
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                          Vendor Neutral Certifications: CWNA
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                          • #14
                            Re: cv critique ok ?

                            it's time to go on our honeymoon in just over 2 weeks, so i've given up for now.
                            We're back here for 6 weeks after that, then over to europe again for 2 months.
                            THen back here for.. i dunno how long.

                            I expect to not have a job now until October.. :/

                            thems the breaks.. at least my wife is working..
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                            • #15
                              Re: cv critique ok ?

                              Well congrats on your newly acquired connubial bliss! Wait... just how long are you out of your homeland? A full year? Wow. Hardcore. You'll find something. It's impossible not to.

                              Of course, you might have to lower your standards and not be against wearing a fuzzy rabbit costume...
                              Wesley David
                              LinkedIn | Careers 2.0
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                              Microsoft Certifications: MCSE 2003 | MCSA:Messaging 2003 | MCITP:EA, SA, EST | MCTS: a'plenty | MCDST
                              Vendor Neutral Certifications: CWNA
                              Blog: www.TheNubbyAdmin.com || Twitter: @Nonapeptide || GTalk, Reader and Google+: [email protected] || Skype: Wesley.Nonapeptide
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