Questions relating to resumes and curriculum vitae (CV).

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How to explain a long (4 years) employment gap?

My partner was laid off during the peak of the recession (2011) from his job as a technical illustrator. He is currently 50 years old, and still looking for a job in that field. He's literally been ...
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Should I tailor my resume for each job application? [duplicate]

I have skills as web developer and a graphic designer, and when advertising my strengths, traits such as "innovative" seem to be good for software design, but not really important for graphic design. ...
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Plagiarism in resumes?

I'm in a position to evaluate some resumes and I notice that one of them has copied a company description from the company's website onto their resume directly. It stood out because it was in much ...
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As a new graduate, how can I make myself a stronger candidate?

As a new grad, I have nothing in my resume that anyone couldn't do and I feel like I will never go beyond average. My job and even money are just means to allow for a good life and I will never take ...
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Resumés for freelancing

I'm a professional freelance translator-interpreter, but I've only been working in the field (on a freelance basis) for a few years. I often get asked by agencies to submit a resumé, which they would ...
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Should one mention job experiences out of his field on LinkedIn?

A friend of mine who has water-treatment engineering degree recently moved to another country but struggles to find a job in his field. Because he did not want to stay at home unemployed (and because ...
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How should I refer to static or client-side websites on a résumé?

In my current job, I've built a number of static, mobile-first, single-page websites. Generally, these sites embed event live streams from YouTube and highlight social media. These sites don't ...
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Should i ask agencies about the name of their client

usually agencies doesnt include the name of their client( usually a company) should i ring them? or should i just put " your client's blah blah"? Question is, Is it okay to just put the "your client" ...
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How to communicate relevancy of my degree to interviewers?

As I mentioned in my previous question, I'm looking for a job. Now that I started with job interviews, I fear I'll face a very uncomfortable and stressing situation. As soon as I finished high school ...
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Should I mention programming skills in a resume? [duplicate]

I'm a fresh grad in civil engineering, I have to apply to write my first resume. I don't know if I should add "Programming Skills": At first, it seems really irrelevant to the job and it is more of ...
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Indicating That Company XYZ Is 'Kind Of A Big Deal' On Resume/CV?

Most resumes and CVs that I've seen simply state the name of the company, title or position and dates of employment. I've always done the same. However, I've heard people express, in one way or ...
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Should I start a blog to help build my online “resume”? [duplicate]

There seems to be a general consensus that putting blog links or public profiles like LinkedIn or StackOverflow on your resume is considered a good thing to do if the contents of your blog or profile ...
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I'm updating my CV and wish to omit some old and less respectable items. Should I?

I'm about to begin working on my old résumé which has been gathering dust for some years. With a fresh look at the things I find myself willing to get rid of some of the old items I believe to be no ...
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How to describe current job on CV

I took my current job because it gave me an excellent opportunity to work in another country. The job has been successful for lifestyle and personal growth reasons, but I am worried that it hasn't ...
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Bad idea to state lower salary expectation for telecommuting?

Inspired by this question, which asks whether it's generally a bad idea to undercut the average salary for your profession and skill level: I'm a programmer. My online resume states that I'm willing ...
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Is having a resume with color/design ok if you are not a designer?

I'm wondering if it's ok to spice up your resume up with a bit of color as someone who isn't a graphic designer, or will this make people take you less seriously? Of course it would have to be ...
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Title on Resume [duplicate]

My title was changed to a lesser position, but I still perform the same duties. How do I handle this on my resume and at an interview?
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Degree in one area, applying for a job in another

When looking at job postings for Software Developers, I often notice one peculiar requirement in some of the postings: a degree in Computer Science, Mathematics, Engineering or related field. ...
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How to include activities demonstrating leadership from games onto a resume?

Over the past 4 years while at school I've been almost fully responsible with running the ins and outs of my guild. Its been a full time job managing literally hundreds of people ranking from the ...
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Should I list specific router and server models in my resume?

I've been told before to be as specific as possible with this, but I'm not sure that's the way to go because it would quickly turn into a laundry list of router and server models. How should I list ...
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Should I include a job I worked at for 4.5 months on my resume?

I left the job as I had some work permit issues and had a period where my new work permit was delayed and I was unable to return to work for a few months. The relationship between my employer and I ...
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Apply through website or directly email director?

I'm applying for a job with a large company that uses an online application system. I found the opening through a discussion group specific to the (small) field - posted by the department director ...
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Irrelevant jobs vs long employment gap

In your resume, is it a good idea to put an irrelevant job rather than having a long employment gap? I just move to another country and things are very different. I keep looking for a job in my field ...
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What does “will recontact you …” mean to my CV?

I recently sent a CV to a technology related company, and they asked about my previous work experiences in more detail by emails. After some conversation through emails, their last response was ...
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How to properly add a technology that I'm currently learning to a resume

I am a web developer and am constantly learning new technology. Currently I am heads down on Angular.js but also the pending JavaScript release (JS.NEXT), Node.js and React.js. These technologies ...
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Highschool Experience Resume [closed]

I am a high school student looking at applying for an internship. The specific company is a programming-type company. I need to make a resume but have absolutely no experience in doing so. My ...
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Why are video resumes not more popular?

It seems like for certain jobs (e.g., Sales, Consulting) soft skills are critical. Video resumes, in addition to paper resume seem like a good fit. Why are they not more popular? Are their any ...
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How should I address academics on my resume if I had a mediocre GPA? [duplicate]

I've had a few jobs now on my resume, I had great sat scores, but a mediocre GPA... Since I already have experience, I don't list my GPA, but left the SAT scores. What is the best approach to my ...
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Need information about edX course certificates [closed]

I'm writing this question in order to understand how well known and recognised are the edX online courses. I made some research and found that i have to pay in order to get a "Verified Certificate", ...
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How to list sequence of promotions within a company?

Suppose I was hired as a Junior Manager from 2010 to 2012, then was promoted to Senior Manager from 2012 to 2014. On a resume/CV is it appropriate to list my title as Senior Manager (2010-2014)? ...
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Should I include university education on my resume if I dropped out? [duplicate]

I have already seen similar questions, like this one: How to explain that my experience makes up for my lack of qualifications?, however I don't think that they fit my current situation. In my ...
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Resume Question regarding graduate school

I am about to graduate from college (undergrad) in the upcoming months and have been accepted into graduate school for computational mathematics. Truth is, grad school is my second choice and would ...
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How should I describe my employment in a startup that failed on my resume, to a recruiter or at an interview

In a nutshell I describe my last position as a "start-up that stopped", slightly flippant I know but if's difficult one to describe. A number of recruiters, when fishing for leads are intent on ...
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Uneployment gap at resume because of army: how to indicate that? Should I put army years to the software engineer's resume? [duplicate]

I'm a software engineer. My job history looks as follows: Company B, 2009 - present Company A, 2004 - 2006, 2008 - 2009. So, there is a time 2006 - 2008, during which I was in the army (There is ...
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Mentioned Client name on CV, would be be a problem during the HR interview?

I'd worked with a leading IT Services company before, now on my CV I have mentioned one of the Client names that I had worked for a longer duration while I was with this company. I've applied to ...
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How does one show (not tell) community SysAdmin work they've done?

As a developer and SysAdmin, I do a lot of community work (like online community). With development, I can host my home projects on a repo like Github to show it to potential employers. I can link to ...
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Listing short but relevant work experience on resume

I'm updating my resume and would like to emphasize a short but relevant work experience from 3 years ago (web development), which was followed by a year of work outside my usual competence area (c++) ...
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Do you have to change your last name with your Alma Mater if you legally change your name?

I am wondering if employers might try to verify that I attended a college and if I need to update them with my current last name as it is different than the one on my diploma.
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How do I recover from faked experience on a résumé? [duplicate]

I padded my résumé because I wanted to write experience commensurate with my (real) skill level (and years of effort which can't be directly documented). The bright-line I used to justify this was, ...
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Performance statistics to highlight for web dev work on a resume

I recently launched a new Wordpress website for an organization I've been working for, and I'm wanting to update my resume as a result. I know "I made this website" isn't enough - a lot of people ...
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Which is more beneficial: more internships, or longer internships? [closed]

I am a sophomore computer science major and I plan on only taking three years to graduate. Consequently, I have a limited amount of time augment my experience and resume. I came into computer science ...
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impact on resume if business fails

I'm thinking of quitting my job and starting a business that might possibly fail within a year (I heard a lot of them do) Will I have problems getting hired again if the business fails? Will this be ...
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Software Development career - how to add or change languages?

I am a software developer that has primarily worked in Windows development in the Delphi language. At present, I am looking for a new job, and want to work in a different programming language (C# or ...
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How to boast not “sitting on the job” on resume? [duplicate]

I'm a proactive engineer, always looking for improvement points, and giving support to my colleagues, and after running out of tasks, I ask for new ones I do classes and code open-source in my free ...
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How to Explain Taking the Summer Off? [closed]

We're nearing the summer when internships are crucial for budding developers, and I have yet to receive more than a handful of interviews. I had an internship at a fantastic company last year, but ...
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What's the difference between a Resume and a Curriculum vitae? [duplicate]

In a lot of ways they seem to be the same thing with different names, but I've seen a lot of professionals who provide both on their online portfolios, and I was encouraged to prepare both for my own ...
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Is there anything that I shouldn't include in my CV?

I've worked a lot of random jobs; bike mechanic, bus driver, warehouseman, theatre technician, systems support specialist II, web developer, plus more. I've only ever prepared specialized resumes in ...
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How to include online courses skills in a resume [duplicate]

I'm looking for an entry-levels job, and (almost) all my relevant skills come from online courses on coursera.org How should I list these in my resume/CV? Should I create a section 'Continuing ...
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Is it appropriate to use Myers-Briggs Type Indicator as selling point in a personal statement?

I have a personality type as indicated by Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) of INTJ (introversion, intuition, thinking, judgment). This is one of the rarest personality types, occurring in only 1-2% ...
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Should I emphasize my non-traditional career path in a cover letter?

I have an unconventional career path from management to engineering, which is considered backwards to traditional, when a person first gets hired for sort of junior engineering position and then grows ...