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Resume writing | Reply
Many people have a difficult time writing a resume that will get a prospective employers attention. Does anyone have a question for the Employment Services folks on how to write a solid resume that will highlight your skills, and catch an employers' eye to land you an interview?
Re: Resume writing (response to post by kclune) | Reply
So I was told that increasingly, employers these days are looking for CVs as opposed to resumes. Is this true?
Re: Resume writing (response to post by NeverMore) | Reply
It is true to some extent. I think most employers will look at either, but the question is, how well does it highlight accomplishments and promote the individual? Either way, a resume or a CV is the first thing a hiring manager or a recruiter sees, and they will typically spend no more than 10 seconds looking at it if they don't see exactly what they are looking for right off the bat.
Re: Resume writing (response to post by kclune) | Reply
Okay, then if possible, can you briefly highlight the main differences between a CV and a resume? I realize the thread says "Resume writing", but maybe you could point out some tips for CVs too. :)
Re: Resume writing (response to post by kclune) | Reply
Not sure if this comes strictly under the topic of 'Resume Writing', but i've been told that to get into the entertainment industry as an entrance-level programmer, you really need a good demo.
I was wondering if anyone had experience in making / reviewing demos, or what an employer usually looks at in a demo (i.e. clean code, OO, efficiency, etc...)
Thanks!
Re: Resume writing (response to post by NeverMore) | Reply
The main difference between a resume and a CV is the resume is supposed to be geared toward particular positions and job descriptions, roles and responsibilities, as well as educational background. A CV is more geared toward particular areas of interest, educational background, degrees received, additional courses taken, and awards received, as well as a list of jobs one has had. The key to both of these is to be to the point. CV's should never be more than a page long, and resumes, while the norm is one page, can sometimes run over. In your job descriptions, employers do not want to have to figure out what you did at any job you've had, so be direct, give a good description of your roles and responsibilities and move on. Same thing with CV's. I hope this helps.
Re: Resume writing (response to post by kclune) | Reply
Wow! Should never be more than a page long? Well that's new...
Re: Resume writing (response to post by kclune) | Reply
Could you please take a look at my resume (the one that I've just updated at my TC profile) and give me your opinion, preferably by email?
Re: Resume writing (response to post by kclune) | Reply
Can you give us a brief outline of what the resume should look like? I just need to know the headings and their order.
Re: Resume writing (response to post by dimkadimon) | Reply
Sure. Resumes should not only get your point across that you are someone an employer should consider you, but they do also have to look nice. I like looking at resumes that have a brief 3 or 4 line statement (Executive or Professional Summary) at the top that states what you are looking for in a company, type of job, and why. For example:

A dedicated software engineer with 7 years of experience designing and developing cutting edge software applications seeking new challenges with a growing company which will allow me to utilize my current skills and help me learn and develop new ones.

It doesn't have to be much, but it helps the reader understand very quickly who you are, what you do, and what you are looking for. For people with more than one year of experience, your Professional experience should come next on the resume. List jobs in chronological order from the most recent, back. Give a brief but pointed description of what your roles and responsibilities are/were, technologies used.

Next should come your certification classes, and any certifications you have. Following that, is your educational background. If you have more than a few years of expereince, you do not need to list your GPA since it is usually irrelevant after you graduate and get real jobs. If an employer is interested in that, he will ask for it. And finally list any additional skills that are not eveident in your job descriptions.

Hope this helps.
Resume file format (response to post by kclune) | Reply
What is the best choice of file format for the resume? Microsoft Word? HTML? PDF? TXT? or else?
Re: Resume writing (response to post by NeverMore) | Reply
One page per degree earned is always what I have heard for a resume.
Re: Resume writing (response to post by Rustyoldman) | Reply
Also keep in mind you're not limited to one resume.
Re: Resume file format (response to post by amitz.sekali) | Reply
In addition, what format topcoder prefers my resume in?

Microsoft Word 97 seems like a generally accepted format as far as I know. But other format can probably impress prospective employer on my consideration of their Information System. HTML can be read almost anywhere but I can't control how it will be displayed and the file is relatively difficult to archive (many files for images or probably other stuffs). PDF display is controllable by author but AFAIK windows by default can't read PDF. TXT is ugly.
Re: Resume file format (response to post by amitz.sekali) | Reply
When I was writing my first resume 4 years ago, on my 2nd year, I decided I didn't care for employers that can't read PDFs.
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