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Gauss Road, Tatu city, Tatu firstname.lastname@example.org
Tel. 01234 5667 Mob. 0777 777777
- Well developed project management and IT skills combined with a flexible attitude to work.
- Strong organisational skills in a variety of situations to achieve deadlines.
- Have initiative and can work independently or as part of a team.
- Get on well with people at all levels, easily making good working relationships.
- Adaptable and quick to learn new skills.
2005-2008 THE UNIVERSITY OF TATU
BEng (Hons) Computer Systems Engineering (IEE accredited).
I achieved a 2:1 in my first and second years.
Selected Course Modules
- Object-Oriented Programming 68%
- Computer Systems 55%
- Further Object-Oriented Programming 63%
- Introduction to Electronics 59%
- Robotics Project 61%
- Digital Technologies 62%
- Engineering Mathematics 54%
- Engineering Analysis 71%
- Operating Systems and Architecture 58%
- Microcomputer Engineering 66%
- Image Analysis and Applications 56%
- Computer Interfacing 71%
- Instrumentation & Measurement Systems 63%
- Digital Implementation 63%
- Digital Signal Processing 67%
- Embedded Computer Systems
- Product Development
- Digital Systems Design
- Digital Control and Robotics
- Computer Networks and Communication
Group project based on sampling and study of an ECG signal via a single amplification circuit and software filtering and analysis systems. This required good communication between team members to ensure all work was accomplished within the specification. My role was to design and implement the software filtering system using LabView.
Final year project involved development and construction of a Controller Area Network (CAN) based system suitable for demonstrating the fundamentals of CANBus from an automotive perspective. I achieved a 2:1 grade
Electronics prize for a project to build a Digital Heart Rate meter in 2nd year.
Tommy Flowers School,
1998 – 2005
2005 A Levels: Electronics B, Physics C, Mathematics D
2003 9 GCSE passes at grade A to C including Mathematics, English and Science
Computing and Other Skills
- Applications: LabView, MATLAB, OrCAD Capture and Layout, Microchip MPLAB, ModelSim (VHDL using the Altera MAX+plus II 10 compiler), Tina Electronic package, Web design using Dreamweaver, MS Office.
- Programming Languages: Java, C++, SQL, , TLearn,
- Operating Systems: Windows Xp, Vista, Symbian, Linux.
- Can assemble Intel based PC’s from component parts and fault diagnose hardware. Set up a home Ethernet network including wireless networks and firewalls/routers.
- Full current clean driving licence
- Speak basic conversational Spanish and French
July – Sept. 2007 eaststone Engineering (technician), Manchester.
I worked on a mobile communications project and I was doing SMT Soldering and fault finding and manufacturing of prototype boards.
July 2004-September 2004 Tesco (Shop Assistant), Manchester
Duties involved taking orders and stock control, generally dealing with customers and organising other assistants. I built a strong positive relationship with customers and staff.
- I was vice captain of the university hockey team. This involved organising squads, training sessions and competitions.
- While at school I took part in many group activities the most important of which was the Young Enterprise Scheme. This scheme involved working in a group to manage and run a successful company and produce a viable product. The chosen product was a magazine which was demonstrated and sold at a nearby shopping centre.
- When in the Scouts, I was in charge of a group of 5 younger scouts. Scouts provided me with a variety of life skills including first aid and survival skills, but also gave me responsibility and leadership over groups of others at a young age.
- Member of the Institute of Electronics and Technology (IET)
I am happy to supply these on request
Skills-based CV with tips on content. This one is by a mature Humanities student looking to enter HR management. : skills CVs often work well for mature students as they demonstrate life experiences more effectively, but they can be used by students of all ages and backgrounds. Particularly useful if you are applying for careers that are not directly related to your degree subject or previous experience.
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Date of Birth – 5/12/67 Nationality – Kenyan Female
A graduate with strong communication and organisational skills gained in nursing, now seeking to move into personnel as a trainee manager.
- As Ward Sister it was important to be able to communicate with a variety of staff ranging from cleaners to consultants;
- Working with patients and their relatives requires the ability to communicate complex medical information and to handle difficult situations with tact and sensitivity;
- Presented my degree project on “The Impact of the Corn Laws in Kent” as a Powerpoint presentation at a History Society seminar as well as in writing.
- As Ward Sister managed a team of nursing and support staff, which included organising staff rotas and prioritising tasks. Also managed patient admissions, liaising with staff in other departments and other hospitals;
- As Secretary of History Society responsible for booking speakers and promoting events;
- My degree project required work to a tight deadline, researching in local archives and managing a database;
- Bringing up two children while working and studying has required flexibility and the patience of a saint!
- Worked as part of a team on a busy ward, sometimes under great pressure. Here flexibility and initiative were essential;
- The Psychology module of my Access course involved a group project where I worked with three other students investigating the effect of returning to work on women’s self-esteem. Responsible for co-ordinating interviews and qualitative analysis of interview transcripts. Our project was awarded the highest grade of any in that year;
- As an office temp it was necessary to fit into a team immediately and to pick up information quickly.
- As Ward Sister was responsible for the training and induction of new nursing and support staff;
- Helped children improve their maths and reading as a volunteer classroom assistant at my children’s primary school;
- Good knowledge of MS Word, Access and PowerPoint;
- Designed a web page to support our village heritage project
PAGE 2 SKILLS-BASED
EDUCATION AND QUALIFICATIONS
BA (Hons.) History, University of Nairobi, 2007 to 2010
Achieved 63% in Second Year Examinations. Expected Result 2:1.
Kiwan College, Access Course, 2005-2007
Subjects included History, Sociology and Psychology, in which I achieved 83% in my final examination.
KMTC, meru, Mt Kenya Region, 1984 – 87
Regional Registered Nurse Training Course
Including study of anatomy, physiology, diseases and treatment, ward mangement and practical nurse training
Slurbiton High School, 1978 – 1984
O-Levels including English, Mathematics, Science.
Elite Nursing Agency, Meru, 1998 – present
Part-time Nurse, whilst raising my family and studying for my degree
Mandera Hospital Ward Sister 1994 – 1997
Responsible for patient care, clinical procedures, administrative duties and staff training and development while in charge of a busy surgical/medical ward with a 4-bed critical care unit.
1985 – 1992: Senior Nurse – Kenyatta Hospital
Working with a multi-disciplinary team on a variety of wards
- Married with two children aged 9 and 12.
- Full, clean driving licence.
University of Nairobi,
|Mrs N. Parker
Elite Nursing Agency,
meru, CT1 8FF
Tel: 722 880770
This is an example of a good standard CV (also called a competency-based CV) for a student studying computer science.
Tel. (020) 351 4039
Nakuru, Nakuru city
Rift CountyDate of Birth: 5. 11. 1986
EDUCATION AND QUALIFICATIONS
Egerton University (Hons.) Computer Science 2005 – 2008
Software Engineering, Compiling Techniques, Computer Networks and Communications, Digital Systems, Operating Systems and Robotics.
I obtained 62% in my 2nd year exams equivalent to a 2:1
Nakuru Community College 2003 – 2006
‘A’ Levels: Mathematics B, Physics C, Chemistry D.
St. John’s Boys School, Nyeri. 1998 – 2003
Tourist Information Office, Kisumu 2006
Mombasa City Council 2004
Simple Simon’s Public House, Kisii. Sept. 2006 – present
Part-time barwork throughout the year serving customers and cashing up.
ACTIVITIES AND INTERESTS
- Secretary of the Japanese Society, involved booking speakers.
- Helped to organise a charity fun run for Rag Week
- Have fundraised for the World Land Trust who buy and save endangered rainforests.
- I enjoy running and play for the University football team.
- Other interests include current affairs and reading sci-fi novels.
- Computing Skills: Knowledge of Linux and Windows XP/Vista. Programming skills in Java, Haskell and Modula 3. Good knowledge of SQL and RDBMS.
- Good level of spoken French.
- Full, clean driving licence.
Having a solid and effective resume can greatly improve your chances of landing that dream job. That is beyond discussion. How does one make sure that his resume is top notch and bullet proof, however? There are several websites with tips around the web, but most bring just a handful of them. We wanted to put them all together in a single place, and that is what you will find below: 44 resume writing tips.
1. Know the purpose of your resume
Some people write a resume as if the purpose of the document was to land a job. As a result they end up with a really long and boring piece that makes them look like desperate job hunters. The objective of your resume is to land an interview, and the interview will land you the job (hopefully!).
2. Back up your qualities and strengths
Instead of creating a long (and boring) list with all your qualities (e.g., disciplined, creative, problem solver) try to connect them with real life and work experiences. In other words, you need to back these qualities and strengths up, else it will appear that you are just trying to inflate things.
3. Make sure to use the right keywords
Most companies (even smaller ones) are already using digital databases to search for candidates. This means that the HR department will run search queries based on specific keywords. Guess what, if your resume doesn’t have the keywords related to the job you are applying for, you will be out even before the game starts.
These keywords will usually be nouns. Check the job description and related job ads for a clue on what the employer might be looking for. You can read more about resume keywords on the article Tapping the Power of Keywords to Enhance Your Resume’s Effectiveness.
4. Use effective titles
Like it or not, employers will usually make a judgment about your resume in 5 seconds. Under this time frame the most important aspect will be the titles that you listed on the resume, so make sure they grab the attention. Try to be as descriptive as possible, giving the employer a good idea about the nature of your past work experiences. For example:
Bad title: Accounting
Good title: Management of A/R and A/P and Recordkeeping
5. Proofread it twice
It would be difficult to emphasize the importance of proofreading your resume. One small typo and your chances of getting hired could slip. Proofreading it once is not enough, so do it twice, three times or as many as necessary.
6. Use bullet points
No employer will have the time (or patience) to read long paragraphs of text. Make sure, therefore, to use bullet points and short sentences to describe your experiences, educational background and professional objectives.
7. Where are you going?
Including professional goals can help you by giving employers an idea of where you are going, and how you want to arrive there. You don’t need to have a special section devoted to your professional objectives, but overall the resume must communicate it. The question of whether or not to highlight your career objectives on the resume is a polemic one among HR managers, so go with your feeling. If you decide to list them, make sure they are not generic.
8. Put the most important information first
This point is valid both to the overall order of your resume, as well as to the individual sections. Most of the times your previous work experience will be the most important part of the resume, so put it at the top. When describing your experiences or skills, list the most important ones first.
9. Attention to the typography
First of all make sure that your fonts are big enough. The smaller you should go is 11 points, but 12 is probably safer. Do not use capital letters all over the place, remember that your goal is to communicate a message as fast and as clearly as possible. Arial and Times are good choices.
10. Do not include “no kidding” information
There are many people that like to include statements like “Available for interview” or “References available upon request.” If you are sending a resume to a company, it should be a given that you are available for an interview and that you will provide references if requested. Just avoid items that will make the employer think “no kidding!”
11. Explain the benefits of your skills
Merely stating that you can do something will not catch the attention of the employer. If you manage to explain how it will benefit his company, and to connect it to tangible results, then you will greatly improve your chances.
12. Avoid negativity
Do not include information that might sound negative in the eyes of the employer. This is valid both to your resume and to interviews. You don’t need to include, for instance, things that you hated about your last company.
13. Achievements instead of responsibilities
Resumes that include a long list of “responsibilities included…” are plain boring, and not efficient in selling yourself. Instead of listing responsibilities, therefore, describe your professional achievements.
14. No pictures
Sure, we know that you are good looking, but unless you are applying for a job where the physical traits are very important (e.g., modeling, acting and so on), and unless the employer specifically requested it, you should avoid attaching your picture to the resume.
15. Use numbers
This tip is a complement to the 13th one. If you are going to describe your past professional achievements, it would be a good idea to make them as solid as possible. Numbers are your friends here. Don’t merely mention that you increased the annual revenues of your division, say that you increased them by $100,000, by 78%, and so on.
16. One resume for each employer
One of the most common mistakes that people make is to create a standard resume and send it to all the job openings that they can find. Sure it will save you time, but it will also greatly decrease the chances of landing an interview (so in reality it could even represent a waste of time). Tailor your resume for each employer. The same point applies to your cover letters.
17. Identify the problems of the employer
A good starting point to tailor your resume for a specific employer is to identify what possible problems he might have at hand. Try to understand the market of the company you are applying for a job, and identify what kind of difficulties they might be going through. After that illustrate on your resume how you and your skills would help to solve those problems.
18. Avoid age discrimination
It is illegal to discriminate people because of their age, but some employers do these considerations nonetheless. Why risk the trouble? Unless specifically requested, do not include your age on your resume.
19. You don’t need to list all your work experiences
If you have job experiences that you are not proud of, or that are not relevant to the current opportunity, you should just omit them. Mentioning that you used to sell hamburgers when you were 17 is probably not going to help you land that executive position.
20. Go with what you got
If you never had any real working experience, just include your summer jobs or volunteer work. If you don’t have a degree yet, mention the title and the estimated date for completion. As long as those points are relevant to the job in question, it does not matter if they are official or not.
21. Sell your fish
Remember that you are trying to sell yourself. As long as you don’t go over the edge, all the marketing efforts that you can put in your resume (in its content, design, delivery method and so on) will give you an advantage over the other candidates.
22. Don’t include irrelevant information
Irrelevant information such as political affiliation, religion and sexual preference will not help you. In fact it might even hurt your chances of landing an interview. Just skip it.
23. Use Mr. and Ms. if appropriate
If you have a gender neutral name like Alex or Ryan make sure to include the Mr. or Ms. prefix, so that employers will not get confused about your gender.
24. No lies, please
Seems like a no brainer, but you would be amused to discover the amount of people that lie in their resumes. Even small lies should be avoided. Apart from being wrong, most HR departments do background checks these days, and if you are buster it might ruin your credibility for good.
25. Keep the salary in mind
The image you will create with your resume must match the salary and responsibility level that you are aiming for.
26. Analyze job ads
You will find plenty of useful information on job ads. Analyze no only the ad that you will be applying for, but also those from companies on the same segment or offering related positions. You should be able to identify what profile they are looking for and how the information should be presented.
27. Get someone else to review your resume
Even if you think you resume is looking kinky, it would be a good idea to get a second and third opinion about it. We usually become blind to our own mistakes or way of reasoning, so another people will be in a good position to evaluate the overall quality of your resume and make appropriate suggestions.
28. One or two pages
The ideal length for a resume is a polemic subject. Most employers and recruiting specialists, however, say that it should contain one or two pages at maximum. Just keep in mind that, provided all the necessary information is there, the shorter your resume, the better.
29. Use action verbs
A very common advice to job seekers is to use action verbs. But what are they? Action verbs are basically verbs that will get noticed more easily, and that will clearly communicate what your experience or achievement were. Examples include managed, coached, enforced and planned. Here you can find a complete list of action verbs divided by skill category.
30. Use a good printer
If you are going to use a paper version of your resume, make sure to use a decent printer. Laser printers usually get the job done. Plain white paper is the preferred one as well.
31. No hobbies
Unless you are 100% sure that some of your hobbies will support you candidacy, avoid mentioning them. I know you are proud of your swimming team, but share it with your friends and not with potential employers.
32. Update your resume regularly
It is a good idea to update your resume on a regular basis. Add all the new information that you think is relevant, as well as courses, training programs and other academic qualifications that you might receive along the way. This is the best way to keep track of everything and to make sure that you will not end up sending an obsolete document to the employer.
33. Mention who you worked with
If you have reported or worked with someone that is well known in your industry, it could be a good idea to mention it on the resume. The same thing applies to presidents and CEOs. If you reported to or worked directly with highly ranked executives, add it to the resume.
34. No scattered information
Your resume must have a clear focus. If would cause a negative impression if you mentioned that one year you were studying drama, and the next you were working as an accountant. Make sure that all the information you will include will work towards a unified image. Employers like decided people.
35. Make the design flow with white space
Do not jam your resume with text. Sure we said that you should make your resume as short and concise as possible, but that refers to the overall amount of information and not to how much text you can pack in a single sheet of paper. White space between the words, lines and paragraphs can improve the legibility of your resume.
36. Lists all your positions
If you have worked a long time for the same company (over 10 years) it could be a good idea to list all the different positions and roles that you had during this time separately. You probably had different responsibilities and developed different skills on each role, so the employer will like to know it.
37. No jargon or slang
It should be common sense, but believe me, it is not. Slang should never be present in a resume. As for technical jargon, do not assume that the employer will know what you are talking about. Even if you are sending your resume to a company in the same segment, the person who will read it for the first time might not have any technical expertise.
38. Careful with sample resume templates
There are many websites that offer free resume templates. While they can help you to get an idea of what you are looking for, do not just copy and paste one of the most used ones. You certainly don’t want to look just like any other candidate, do you?
39. Create an email proof formatting
It is very likely that you will end up sending your resume via email to most companies. Apart from having a Word document ready to go as an attachment, you should also have a text version of your resume that does not look disfigured in the body of the email or in online forms. Attachments might get blocked by spam filters, and many people just prefer having the resume on the body of the email itself.
40. Remove your older work experiences
If you have been working for 20 years or more, there is no need to have 2 pages of your resume listing all your work experiences, starting with the job at the local coffee shop at the age of 17! Most experts agree that the last 15 years of your career are enough.
41. No fancy design details
Do not use a colored background, fancy fonts or images on your resume. Sure, you might think that the little flowers will cheer up the document, but other people might just throw it away at the sight.
42. No pronouns
You resume should not contain the pronouns “I” or “me.” That is how we normally structure sentences, but since your resume is a document about your person, using these pronouns is actually redundant.
43. Don’t forget the basics
The first thing on your resume should be your name. It should be bold and with a larger font than the rest of the text. Make sure that your contact details are clearly listed. Secondly, both the name and contact details should be included on all the pages of the resume (if you have more than one).
44. Consider getting professional help
If you are having a hard time to create your resume, or if you are receiving no response whatsoever from companies, you could consider hiring a professional resume writing service. There are both local and online options are available, and usually the investment will be worth the money.