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First of all, never count future dates as part of your experience, that's a lie. You never gained the experiences from the future dates, on the date you are claiming to have the experience. You are supposed to present the existing experience, not the probable future one based on some random assumption. That said, in the current scenario, a 2-month gap ...


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It's very easy to explain indeed: it's just a rounded up number. Nobody's asking you how many days, hours, and minutes you worked. For all intents and purposes 3 years 10 months is the same as 4 years. Edit: Of course, as per one of the comments below, if you're prompted for a month count, then you have to be rigorous of your current count of months ...


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You work in the "Financial Services" industry, and your job title and skill set is "Software Developer". This will be important later in your career when you're applying for developer roles that want experience in the financial sector. It won't limit you to only working in software development roles that require financial knowledge however. The skills you'...


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"Maintenance and support of project x, including major refactoring yy modules to allow integration with zz. This allowed the company to progress with MI reporting solution / comprehensive unit test framework / some other usefulness, resulting in a reduced total cost of ownership, a saving of approx $4m." Repeat per project. Mostly fixing bugs Spin and ...


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Why calculate your experience for the reader? Quite frankly, the months don't matter. You are either a person with "almost 4 years of experience" or "more than 4 years of experience". 4 years precisely is only relevant on one single day. Is calculating your experience a desirable piece of data? It seems very obtuse when you should have simply written: ...


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Is there a way a developer who had been mostly fixing bugs for years at a company with some bugs fixing saving company a vast amount of money call that out in their CV? Yes - by simply calling that out as directly as possible! I can assure you that someone who has spent years maintaining business critical software, keeping things running, saving the ...


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My question is how could I present/word this "interlude" to a potential new employer when asked why I'm looking again so soon (about 6 months)? Ummm... explain it exactly as you've explained it here. Any potential employer that would fault you for wanting to work in a position commensurate with your education and skills is probably not somewhere you ...


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You asked, Am I working in software development industry, or financial services industry? In the comments on your question, you clarified what you were looking for by saying, I'm more interested in IF there is a convention of determining which industry I work in and if there is one, what is it? I guess in the end, this is more about "the determination ...


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At least for western companies, a few months of difference won't matter much. What counts the most is your capacity of delivery. Companies are more interested on your potential and energy you're bringing in rather than on how many months or years you stood 9 to 5 doing the same work over and over. You should, however, make it clear this information ...


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A software developer frequently has two parts of their job: developing software using a specific language, API, or framework; and their domain knowledge. In some cases the domain of their employer or their division within a large employer is very important. Software development and other IT positions are not the only positions that face this dilemma. Other ...


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Hiring managers are not looking for the slightest discrepancy for which to rescind your offer. They are looking for outright and intentional lies, deceptions, misrepresentations, etc. Your scenario doesn't appear to be a deliberate act on your part to misrepresent yourself. What you've stated seems like a simple mistake or misunderstanding and should be ...


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No need to freak out. At the point of sending out the resume, you held the position and the job. That should be proof enough for you. Edit: I was already offered the job and put the date that I left on the form for the background check. You did the correct thing. I'm reassuring you, nothing to be worried.


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There's no reason to get bogged down in the details - the general advice about job hunting and resume-writing stays the same - remain honest, but remember that you're marketing yourself. Generally when people are resume-writing while their degree is incomplete, but has a target completion date, they indicate along the lines of, BA in Mathematics, ...


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You're overthinking things, just list it as what it is: EDUCATION 2017 HSED (High School Equivalency Diploma)


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After I'm graduated, can I put a total of 6 years of professional experience as a developer on my resume? When people think 6 years experience they think 6 years of full time experience. I would not advertise myself as having 6 years of development experience when most of that time has been with a part-time job while also being a student. 6 years for a ...


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Should I justify my GPA in an application and if yes which would be the most professional way? You need not, you should not. If you say that it is known that the course of your study yields on-average lesser grade points as compared to other fields, and an organization which will be suitable for your knowledge and experience, you can also expect that the ...


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It is best, as in any situation when you do an honest mistake, to be the first to recognize it and try to do the needed repairs. So just go to the HR person, tell them that you made a mistake, and ask them to update the information. Maybe you provide also an updated CV, with the mistake corrected. You can do the same thing after they find the error ...


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How can I describe it in my resume? How should I include a brief description of my reason for leaving college? Don't include your reasons for leaving college. If you are asked about it during an interview, you can explain the reasons at that time. Anything you add to your resume should be relevant to your career and the position that you are applying to.


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Just say, if they ask, that you base your calculations on the start and end dates of your employment.


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If I'm a network/system administrator for a mining company then I am working in the mining industry. My profession is IT, but my industry is Mining. Your profession is Software Developer and you work in the Financial Services industry.


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There is no reason why you shouldn't tell the truth. It is not your fault and it doesn't show poor judgement on your behalf by taking the job in the first place. Just put it in that you are a research assistant and if anyone asks why you're looking for something so soon after joining tell them why.


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Your questions were, Can i add my current job as a experience in resume? Certainly you can - your resume is yours to write, you can put anything there that's truthful and helps represent your experience. How will it effect my resume? If you're really trying to ask, "how will it affect my chance of getting hired?" then there's some unfortunate news - ...


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The way I see it, you can now safely remove the previous, un-related work experience from your resume, as you've already established a notable experience in your newer line of work. If I were you, I'd simply add a section in my resume citing my past experience briefly, just in case future employers would wonder what I was doing in past years, i.e.: 2011 - ...


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I wouldn't be too worried. You've got your degree, and you'd finished your coursework by the date that you gave, and they're the things that will matter most. While it has been flagged, it's basically just an administrative discrepancy that may warrant further investigation. At worst, I'd think that you might be asked to produce some more paperwork, and ...


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Write two cover letters. Each tailored specifically for one job. Any cover letter should be tailored to the specific job you are applying for otherwise you would just have a resume or CV. You have no idea how their hiring process works, and it's possible that your cover letters will be sent to two different managers who are each looking to fill one of the ...


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Honesty is the best approach here. Explain to the hiring manager that you listed skills on your resume that you learned on your own and not on the job and/or you listed skills and you realize that you didn't have a deep enough understanding to be tested on in an interview. Acknowledge it was a rookie mistake and you're sorry it created confusion for the ...


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Explain it exactly how you have there. I wouldn't stick it out with a definitive date either because businesses can, and will, promise their employees the world and give them nothing instead. It costs very little for them to do just that, and employees are very "sticky" overall. This is especially true of employees who let themselves get steamrolled back in ...


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I would suggest mostly discussing as you have in your question. The twist, though, is you can present it as the company seeing this as your criticality, not a demotion. After four months, I was moved to a high profile project. I believe they assessed my repositioning based on wanting star players, but this project underutilizes my experience. In this ...


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Can i add my current job as a experience in resume? Certainly. You can add any experience that you think will help you. How will it effect my resume? It will add very, very little to the strength of your resume. And it would likely raise some red flags regarding leaving so soon. And of course it will raise the obvious question of "why do you want to ...


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There is an accepted rule that you provide in the CV only the information which is favorable to you. Otherwise, leave it out, and have an answer prepared for the case that they ask. It is going to be difficult (I guess) to find a job in aerospace without experience - also depending on the job you apply for. Maybe you try to get some experience in other ...


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