This week's book giveaway is in the OCMJEA forum. We're giving away four copies of OCM Java EE 6 Enterprise Architect Exam Guide and have Paul Allen & Joseph Bambara on-line! See this thread for details.
while reading a lot of threads discussing the CV preparation subject i read some oppinions saying that you have to prepare your CV based on the country that you are trying to get a job into.
I'm thinking of structuring my CV like this:
- Personal Information (contact details etc)
- Programming Skills (what i know to do, e.g. Java, Php etc)
- Previous Work Experience
- Previous Projects (apart from my work experience)
- University Degrees
Anything else i should include or i should pay attention to, especially for the UK Job Market? Also, I don't know if it matters, but I'm not English.
Any help (even to re-arrange the structure) is more than welcome.
I would tend to have a summary of accomplishments/achievements in the first page.
-- When I write my CV, I would assume that my first page is the one going to be read and rest of the pages are going to be scanned.
-- I would also customize my first page to the position I am applying for. I would look at the job spec and put myself in the employer's position to write my first page.
-- In the skills summary also, it is better to include th skills that are relevant to the position, role, etc. Anu other non-relevant but useful skillls can go towards the back under something like "other skills".
Note: These are genral comments. Not specific to UK.
George Goubak wrote:while reading a lot of threads discussing the CV preparation subject i read some oppinions saying that you have to prepare your CV based on the country that you are trying to get a job into.
It's not even a matter of the country that you're trying to get a job in as much as the company and the position you're hiring for. You don't have a single resume. You send out a different resume for every job you apply for. You can have a single base resume from which you derive, but every resume should be tailored to the position you're pursuing.
There is no right or wrong way to order a resume. It depends on what the company and the position will find important. You show your educational credentials at the bottom, but what if you're applying for a job in academia? Or perhaps a public library? They might well place more value on your educational background, and so that should be at the top.
You have "previous projects" at the bottom, whatever those may be, but if they are aligned exactly with what the company is looking for, then by all means put that at the top, or mention them in your professional summary.
You should always start your resume with a professional summary of who you are. Nobody is going to read your entire resume unless you give them a reason to, so make that top 4-5 bullet points just below the contact information grab the reader and compel him to read the rest.