Questions relating to resumes and curriculum vitae (CV).

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Do career-unrelated jobs look bad on a resume?

I'm a software developer who has worked professionally for 2.5 years (5 years total experience). During my senior year of high school and a while after, I was programming for a company as an intern ...
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How to move into a development career with no formal programming education, but lots of informal experience [on hold]

I am becoming extremely frustrated and I don't know if my current situation is common or if I am doing something wrong. A little on my background: I am a technical person by nature. I moonlighted on ...
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How Should One Write Certifications on His Resume?

If one completed a certification program, and he keeps it through the years by 1) paying a membership fee or 2) taking the course again when required (around every year or so), how should he write the ...
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Should I mention an interesting but failed task in my resume as an achievement?

I recently implemented a very interesting feature - centralized logging system with the help of Logstash, Elasticsearch and Kibana. But after a few days I had to revert it, remove from the project, ...
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One column or two column resumes [on hold]

I will be applying for graduate student internships for summer 2015, and I am interested in making a good quality resume. I am planning to use latex to typeset it. Most companies, such as JP Morgan, ...
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Submitting resume in microsoft word doc format or a pdf generated by Latex? [duplicate]

I am a graduate student and am planning to apply for an internship for Summer 2015. After looking at the websites of various companies offering internships, the most common file-formats acceptable ...
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Should I mention on my CV that I want to get a buy-to-let house?

I am changing careers and therefore will be starting from the bottom again. The new job I am applying for will be in a business call center for a bank and I am hoping to work my way up again. A goal ...
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How should I handle Resumes with coded Projects made entirely by me? [closed]

I am looking to go to certain job sites and submitting my resume/cover letter/reference letter. However, these jobs are either software tech jobs or dev jobs that normally ask for project experience. ...
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Experience on my resume: Intern or Volunteer?

In the past, I have worked for a small company where I knew the owners. Although I worked for free and was never registered as an "employee," I only did it for the experience. On my resume, I ...
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How does one get past HR Gatekeepers? [closed]

I am looking for a new job but, it seems to be a complete lottery in terms of getting past the recruitment gatekeepers. It seems that, if you ask 5 HR consultants what should be on a CV, you'll ...
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List very basic language skills, or not at all?

Say I'm applying for a job which has some global scope and in which foreign language skills might occasionally come in handy. If I took 1 semester of Portuguese, 1 semester of Spanish, 1 semester of ...
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(How) do I mention related mainstream software package on my resume?

I'm applying for engineering jobs which for the most part have extensive experience in Solidworks as an essential requirement. However, the package I have experience in is SolidEdge. Now, I know ...
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How do I represent a lengthy career marred by a recent short stint at a role I was let go from in my CV?

I left a Team Lead / tech lead with minimum management role in a large organization after 9 years to join a small company. Unfortunately, the new role was above my skill level (more management than ...
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Does writing 'About me' section like this give me negative affective? [closed]

Currently, in my CV, the first section is the About me section. It says like this (I'll reserve the format of the text): Broad knowledge, is what my friends proud of me. Never stop asking ...
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How to put education on your resume that you have not yet completed?

Currently on my resume for education I have the following: University I went to Graduation date: Month, year Bachelor of Science in Subject I studied GPA: 4.0 ...
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Advisable to include certifications in progress but not yet completed in resume

I am currently a CFA candidate pursuing the chartered financial analyst certification from the CFA institute. This certification demonstrates expertise in investments knowledge and is highly regarded ...
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How much help should I get from my boss when solving difficult questions?

I am working as an intern for a GIS (Map) Team. The team is relatively new and small with about 6 people. As an intern I am working on some very back-end stuff. These are things I have never done ...
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How far back should employment history go for programmer/architect role?

I've been a professional developer/team lead/architect continuously since 1992 so have a lot of experience. Most of the rules of thumb I've seen say to list around 10 years of experience, mostly ...
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politically-driven demotion in public sector

A friend of mine was demoted in his/her job in a government agency. There seems to be no wiggle room to discuss this decision, as it was driven by political rather than performance reasons -- they did ...
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Is it better to admit that I failed part of my degree, than to have a 8 month gap in my CV? [duplicate]

I have just started looking for a new job which will be my second job out of university and so far I've had one telephone interview which went mostly well. The interviewer did raise some concern that ...
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Should one put future employment on one's resume?

Should one put future employment on one's resume, e.g. a job one will start in a month or two months?
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Should I include specialization or focus courses during my studies in my CV? [duplicate]

I am a student of mathematics with an interest in computer science/numerical analysis. Should I specify in my resume the courses in which I emphasized and focused the most during my studies? (The ...
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Terminated after 5 months, should I add it to a resume?

I'm FOR SURE being terminated from an "at will" position on Thursday. Things didn't work out on both sides. They expected more out of me, and I of them. (I was told I would be mentored, which ...
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To what extent can my volunteering and social responsibility experiences damage my career, if the causes are debatable/political?

Volunteering and social responsibility/charity work is widely encouraged here in the UK as part of ones' professional development - and recruiters/firms/career advisers expect people to list this ...
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Advisable or not to include politically oriented organization on resume if one held a employer desirable skill [duplicate]

I am a graduate student actively looking for post graduate work. One of the qualifications for a job that I am considering applying for is excellent communication and exemplary leadership ability. I ...
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Is it good to put experience if the job is for fresher (entry-level)?

Is it good to put experience if the job is for fresher (entry-level), I am little confused about this, I am thinking that if they mention that the job is for fresher then they will be looking for ...
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why applications & resume contains sex instead of gender? [migrated]

We are enough to understand what is the meaning of Name,Age &Address etc in applications & Resume, but why they use sex instead of gender? meaning of gender - The properties that ...
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Should I put a www-site on my CV?

I made a website whilst working within a team. However, when the project was almost finished, the boss decided to fire me out as they managed to finish it without me. Now, the page HTML-source has the ...
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why there are so many formats for single resume? [closed]

I've searched all over Google, and there are so many types of resume. Why there are so many different formats? Also, could someone tell me which format is the correct one?
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Group work experience as a consultant on resume?

A friend asked me for help to translate her resume. At first her experience seems fractured (lot of short term positions), but after reading it a couple of times I noticed that these were as a ...
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How can I get hired despite employers distrusting why I quit a big name company and moved back to my country? [closed]

I am 29 with a degree in Marketing and I come from Romania. I graduated when I was 24, then I started to work abroad. I had an internship in the UK for 6 months, then one in Germany for another 6 ...
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When showing certifications, should I group by subject or certification level? [closed]

I realise this is a very trivial question, but in the continual pursuit of a perfect CV/LinkedIn: I have several qualifications from a particular vendor. The vendors certificate 'levels' are ...
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What can i tell as a reason to the interviewer about being unemployed [closed]

Most freshers/recent graduates and job seekers face a question of why were you idle for so many days after completing the studies. What answer can he give as a reply? Here are a few cases: Done a ...
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Should I give the interviewer a resume?

I have a interview coming up very soon for a position as a Legal Secretary in a Law Firm. I am 19 years old. Freshman College student, just taking basic general ed. classes. NO experience as a ...
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How to show unfinished Grad program in resume and explain it in interview, since I am ashamed of talking about it? [duplicate]

This is not a duplicate. Incomplete projects are not equivalent to 2 years of education from a prestigious university gone down the chute. Some projects always goes down for one reason or other. ...
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What is the importance of mentioning start/end dates for projects?

I have seen a number of resumes mentioning a list of significant projects worked on, which also mention the start and end dates, like so: McCool Project (Jan 2009 - Jul 2009) ...
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How to deal with listing employment history in reverse chronological order?

I have been employed with two employers, and am now looking for a third one. My employment with the first employer was fairly long-term (>5 years) and rather short with the second one (<1 year). ...
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My online work is posted under an alias, how do I present that on my resumé? [duplicate]

My last name is weird and unpronounceable in my country's language, and I'm undergoing a name change procedure, which can take many years. Now, legally I still have that old name, but all my online ...
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Should I include mini projects in my resume as a fresher? [closed]

I am a university fresher in Information Technology. As a fresher, I have nothing to show as my experience in my resume. But, I have done some academic projects during my study. Some of them are ...
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Screwed my online application (no cover letter by accident). Move on or contact HR? [closed]

I applied for a position (software engineer) through a company's JobScore portal and there was a checkbox to include a cover letter in raw text. I pasted a cover letter prepared beforehand and I ...
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Is using the first person in a résumé really that bad? [duplicate]

I have been told that using first-person pronouns in a résumé is bad form. It is suggested usually to drop pronouns altogether. I feel awkward writing in this disjointed form, however. My résumé has ...
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How to describe web application design experience [duplicate]

How should I elaborate about my experience in web application design on my resume? I'm having a hard time deciding what would be adequate. Are we talking about UI, classes, specific components? ...
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If I quit an internship can I still put in on my resume?

I'm currently working at an unpaid internship and I'm absolutely miserable. My coworkers are rude and they don't let me help. I feel useless and asking for more work is futile. It's costing me money ...
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Is it advisable to have a detailed intoduction of yourself on your homepage for the purpose of PASSIVE job search? [closed]

I'd like an opinion from those on the hiring side. I'm considering writing a description of myself and publishing it on my personal website. Things like what I do, why I do it, how I approach things, ...
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Listing Self-Taught Credit-Based Courses on Resume

I would like to put them on my resume, because they enhance my profile. I put it under education since it's ongoing; should it be listed somewhere else? I don't want potential employers to skip over ...
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Graduation year on resume for older candidate [duplicate]

I wouldn't say I'm old, but I'll certainly be getting there soon enough. I was reviewing my resume today, is there ever a point where a job candidate should not list their college years or graduation ...
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How to get over long (5 year) unemployment rut in software development? [closed]

I graduated 2009, Bachelors of Computer Information Systems, minor in Math, in western Canada. That's all my local University offered and I rationalized the minor helped even me out against Comp Sci ...
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Date of employment: what to do with last month?

What should I do with the last month of my contract. Put the current month in which I ceased the activity, or put the next month? For instance, if I worked from Sep 1 to Oct 31, should I put Sep - ...
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Best way to display added responsibilities in same company on resume

I've been working for a small company for 1.5 years as a Software Developer. Recently the Technical Writer was let go and I was asked to take on his responsibilities on top of my current duties. Being ...
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Including High School work experience in graduate Resume/CV?

Back in year 10 of (UK) high-school I carried out "work experience" as part of my schools curriculum. I worked for my uncles electrical Services company as an electrician's assistant. This was back in ...