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Questions tagged [resume]

Questions relating to resumes and curriculum vitae (CV).

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Should I include work done under another name in my resume/CV?

Most of my experience is from my online freelance work. However, as I started when I was 16, I had to use a fake name on a freelance site and and ask users to pay me through PayPal (I couldn't take ...
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I saved my employer a good chunk of change during my internship. How do I add this to my resume without disclosing too much information?

I am just about to complete what I would call an extremely successful internship. I'm 20 years old and I've been coding since I was ~12, and having this internship has made me realize that I am pretty ...
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How to create a desirable resume / career for international software development work

What qualities in a resume / career path for a software developer are desirable enough that would make an employer look as far away as international to find new employees? For Example: I want to work ...
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Citing work experience when it ended terribly

At one point, I worked somewhere, and while the vast majority of the time things went well, it ended quite poorly (quitting on less than ideal terms). It is highly unlikely that I would be able to ...
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How should “years of experience” be affected by activities other than full-time employment?

In resume writing, should the years of experience reflect only the years of paid full-time employment? Or can certain types of gaps in one's employment history be counted? Here are some examples of ...
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How to portray “senior” levels of experience in relatively young technologies?

I am a software engineer with experience primarily in web technologies. I started learning HTML around 1996, and added CSS/PHP/Javascript around 2000, Java in 2001. I've been working seriously, full-...
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How do I represent career progression within a single company on a CV

I started in a Company 5 years ago as a Service desk operative. Although I had a lot of experience in computer administration for many years, I was out of the "computer workplace" during college (fine ...
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Presenting open source development during a resume-gap?

Say one has an extended leave of absence from the workforce as a software engineer. During that time, over a period of time, one makes a series of non-trivial contributions to an open-source project, ...
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How specific do I need to be with resume keywords?

I know that many companies use software to narrow down the pile of resumes by searching for specific phrases. I would like to know how strict/forgiving the screening software is. For example, if they ...
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What is the accepted method of indicating a company being acquired on a resume?

For conditions where you are presently employed at a company that has been acquired and your job (title, responsibilities, assignment) has not changed because of the acquisition, what is the best way ...
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How should reducing development costs metrics be listed on a resume?

Every few months at work we add a feature X. On average it took 10,000 LOC (lines of code) to develop. Through design improvements I reduced it to an average 1,000 LOC, which meant fewer associated ...
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How to mention project names on CV where name can't be disclosed due to non-disclosure agreement

As the title pretty much says, how should we mention a project name on a resume or CV where the actual name can't be revealed due to a non-disclosure agreement. Funny it may sound, while the ...
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Should I make a personal website so that I can write that on my resume?

There is always a field in a typical resume which is website. I don't have a personal website and don't like to make up stuff. Although I've once built a website 10 years ago, I really do not like ...
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After a few years of professional experience, should I leave college jobs on my resume?

I've been out of college and employed as a software engineer for about three years now, and in addition I've been doing a decent amount of freelance work at the same time. Now that I've started ...
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How do I explain getting fired for a very bad reason to potential employers?

I was recently fired from my janitor position because I drew the SS (Schutzstaffel) logo on a teacher's whiteboard. The teacher reported me because he assumed it was a hate crime (it wasn't, I didn't ...
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Is the length of a resume significant? If so, what's the best length? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why is a 1-2 page resume recommended? I've read that a one-to-two-page resume is the best, but why? And is it significant? I understand that employers have to read multiple ...
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When asked to prepare a business plan as part of the interview process, how does the interviewee ensure that their IP rights are protected?

Especially if the hiring process does not result in gainful employment. The interview is for an early stage startup and the role will be a senior role (VP/ CxO). The person in this role is expected ...
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Will an unpaid internship be considered experience for getting a paid internship?

I am currently a major in computers and information technology with a concentration in web development. I have the education but I don't have much work experience. Right now the only web development ...
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What is the difference between a resume and a CV?

I've heard the term CV thrown around all over this site. I know it is somewhat related to a resume. How exactly do the two differ? (Why) would you maintain two separate documents?
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Is it a good idea to use an employer from a job irrelevant to the one your applying for as a reference?

Right now I am trying to apply for a part time job at my university working at a desk in a computer lab. I am currently a major in computers and information technology. However the only previous job ...
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How to handle a simultaneous job search in multiple fields

I've recently spent a lot of time focusing on writing code, and would like to get a job as a developer. At the moment, I have a decent job in wholly unrelated field (Occupational Health and Safety). ...
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Should studying on a scholarship be listed in a resume?

If I am two years out of university, is it still worthwhile listing that I was studying on a scholarship on my resume? It wasn't anything especially prestigious, just a standard Merit Scholarship. ...
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Switching career tracks back , how to get recruiter's attention for an interview?

I have a Master's Degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering (graduated in 2010). I took courses in the areas of signal processing and digital communications. I have also had teaching and research ...
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Effectively adding “Self-taught” skills on your Resume

I am preparing my resume for development jobs. I have several self-taught skills that I need to add to my resume. I am not sure how to articulate these items on it. The only technical school I have ...
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Should I send a resume before the second interview with a new person?

I have applied for a job. A contact person was a group leader. I sent him my resume and a cover letter. Later, I had a phone interview with him. Now they want me to have the second phone interview ...
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Asking a mentor about listing him as a reference on my resume

I am about to complete my degree and look for jobs. Having worked as a developer in open source projects, what is the etiquette for asking mentors or managers for references in a resume? Also what ...
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Should I list skills that I am familiar with in my Resume?

I have just finished my Advanced Diploma in Computing, and I am currently looking for a job as a junior .NET Developer. There are few Languages/Technologies that I’ve used in real projects, like: C#, ...
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Should one mention case of force majeur (exceptional circumstances) in a CV/Resume?

From a discussion I had with someone, we were wondering whether cases of force majeur (exceptional circumstances) should be mentioned in a CV/Resume. For example, imagine a start-up entrepreneur ...
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Side-stepping age discrimination with graduation year

I've been asked in a couple of interviews what year I graduated from college. Of course, I think an offer should be made contingent on showing proof of degree with transcripts that will indicate ...
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How do I explain not actively looking for a job until a year after I was laid off?

I was laid off from a quality assurance job about year ago. I was never actively looking for work until recently (I was living off savings). During that time, I really just wanted to relax and catch ...
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Should one omit experience in tasks unrelated to the position applied for?

When one has accumulated a number of previous positions, and writes a CV for a new one, there will likely be some positions held, often entry-level jobs, that are nothing at all like the sought ...
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Generic resume vs position-specific resumes

I often hear advice that one's resume should be targeted for every position he applies to. But for me it seems to make no difference, I receive standard "thanks for you interest" replies just as often ...
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Is mass distribution of your resume effective in getting you interviews?

I've seen several job applicants who sends generic resumes to a bunch of companies (apparent from the to-field in the email). It is apparent that they're doing the mass distribution approach of their ...
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How relevant are maths competition results to software development positions?

I competed and was highly successful in a number of maths competitions. A few points: Regarding the applicability of maths to programming, from experience I know it to be a major advantage in ...
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Should I list the ability to remember a shuffled deck of cards in a resume?

I am currently learning how to memorise a deck of cards. I haven't quite mastered this skill yet (I can only memorise up to about 40 cards and I usually make 1 or 2 errors), but I expect to within ...
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When is having attended a highly selective school not worth including on my resume?

I attended James Ruse Agricultural High School, which, in Sydney, is widely known as the most selective school in the state (ranked first in the state's end of school exams for the 16th year in a row ...
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Is it beneficial to show online certificates on a CV?

Coursera offers quite a lot of very interesting courses and provides certificates after completing them. They're good not only for learning new things, but also revising the material that has been ...
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How will you make a webdeveloper resume in 2012? [closed]

It's been a while since the last time I updated my resume. Now it's time to give it a refresh, but even if I have a strong experience and I worked recently on many big projects my resume "feels" ...
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Question about resumes and LinkedIn for employers [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Listing LinkedIn profile as a full CV - looks lazy, or convenient for recruiters? Do you think that it's lazy or unprofessional to use LinkedIn to make a resume? (I'm talking ...
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Indicating that the candidate had help preparing their resume.

I am helping a friend who has limited English skills to prepare a resume for mostly general labor jobs (e.g. cleaning/maintenance of apartments). Do I 'dumb down' the resume so it seems like it was ...
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Do prospective employers usually call or email for scheduling interviews?

I know there is no direct answer to this but i am hoping those have been through the process or are HR managers can help me with this. I sent out resumes to maybe 5-8 places and it had my old phone ...
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What username to use for my own domain on a resume? [closed]

I've been reading around, but I want to see what would employers or what does the general prefer to use or see for their e-mail address? I have my own domain. Some say to do: resume@johndoe.com And ...
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What are some good tools one can use for creating and maintaining an online CV? [closed]

I've recently started to look for some jobs online, and it appears that each time I want to apply for some position I have to either fill out some online profile at a specific website, or try to ...
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Including the Cover Letter at the End of the CV

I figured out I may as well send a .PDF file featuring my CV and Cover Letter. It sounds simpler to handle on the other side. The cover letter begins on a new page so when it's printed, it looks like ...
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Do employers visit online resumes/websites for extended versions of resumes? [duplicate]

How realistically can I expect an employer to visit an online and extended version of my resume? I'm currently a Junior in college, studying Computer Science. Since I'll be graduating about this time ...
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Sending a CV to a Company with No Visible Information

I found an open position announcement for summer term in my department's job announcements board. The announcement contains only the qualifications that they're looking for, but no information about ...
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Generic cover letter, or none at all?

I'm an undergraduate student that is actively looking for any involvement in personal projects, internships or employment opportunities within my field of study. As a result, I tend to carry plenty of ...
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Do employers expect a ultimate career goal in career objective? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Should I include a career objective on my resume? There is a field, career objective, in CV which is confusing to me. I am certain that employers do not want some vague ...
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How could I explain a 2 year gap in obtaining a degree due to dropping out and then returning?

I began college in 2007 and then dropped out in 2009. I returned late 2011 to finish my final year and have completed it just last week. So basically it took me 5 years to do a 3 year degree. It was a ...