I am currently looking for an internship or just some work experience (difference?) in software development. If somebody could have a look at my CV please and tell me if its awful / what changes to make before I apply.
Are you looking for a software development internship in the games industry or in general? Maybe you want to versions of this CV - one for each?
The rest of my comments are more resume vs CV. Since you live in Ireland, a CV is perfectly appropriate. Where I live, it seems very long and verbose. I have trouble scanning it and finding out the gist quickly.
Thanks for the tips , I will try shorten it to one page this evening, maybe by changing layout, adding bullet points, font size etc..
One question though, I have included a college course which I did not finish, multimedia. Is it a good idea to include this or not? does it convey that I wasnt able to finish it, or would the employer look at the 3 year gap between secondary school and my current course and wonder why nothing was included if I left it out?
also, yes I have a separate CV for games development, have to do a few things to my portfolio before I start sending that one out though
Frank Sween wrote:One question though, I have included a college course which I did not finish, multimedia. Is it a good idea to include this or not? does it convey that I wasnt able to finish it, or would the employer look at the 3 year gap between secondary school and my current course and wonder why nothing was included if I left it out?
Good question. I didn't even notice that. My eyes tend to gloss over CVs with a lot of extraneous information.
I would go one of two routes:
1) Leave out both the secondary school and Multimedia course - you are in college now. It is assumed you finished secondary school, no? If completing or 380 points is an accomplishment you want to highlight, you could have it listed without the year.
2) Keep the Multimedia course, but just say you took some courses rather than the lack of completing a certificate.
Joined: Feb 19, 2009
Took your advice, reduced it to one page
Would you call me up for an interview or throw this in the bin?
Looks much better. Where possible use action verbs and keep your sentences concise. As you acquire more on the job or self-taught experience, give more prominence to it than education. Do you have any self-taught experience in building a simple gaming program? This can reinforce your passion for development in gaming.
Oh boy I second that !! I have gone through quite a few resumes, and the ones that are easier to scan help a lot.
I see 'games development' in your interests section. If you have made one or attempted making one, you might want to sneak it in there. That would give the possibility of talking about it during the interview. Something like 'ohh I see you made a game called 'vumpus world'... talk me through it.'
Folks dig talking about stuff they have done and the technical aspects of a solution