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Brian Villanueva
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Joined: Nov 03, 2011
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What can I do to improve my Resume?

"Firstname" "Lastname"
"address"
"phone"
"email"

EDUCATION
University of ">>>>>>>>>" City, State
BSBA in Finance (Investments and Financial Institutions), May 2012
BSBA in Management in Information Systems (Systems Analyst), May 2012

TECHNICAL SKILLS
Operating systems:
• Win 95/98/XP/VISTA/7
Languages:
• C, Visual Basic (MIS 210-310), MathCad (MAE 285), MatLab (MAE 285), Oracle 11g SQL (MIS 340), SAP(MIS 301)
Software:
• MS Office (2003/2007/2010), MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint, MS Access

EXPERIENCE
"Golf Course Resort and Conference Center" City, State
Pro-Shop Keeper, Maintenance Crew and Irrigation Specialist August 1998- Present
• Maintained the Pro-shop and trained staff on customer service and how to manage sales operating system
• Keep mowers in sound working condition, fixed mechanical issues on mowers, and operated three different mowers valued over $25,000 each
• Manually watered entire golf course, pro-shop area, and driving range
• Took initiative to repair all irrigation issues with watering system including but not limited to: Valve units, couplings, slide joints, swivel joints, Toro Heads, Nelson Heads, Quick Coupling, etc.
• Annual cart maintenance including adding new battery cables, checking and filling battery levels, oil and filter change, and prevent future corrosion on battery terminals

"U.S. Financial Service Company" City, State
Intern, (None Paid Position) August 2010- January 2011
• Duties included: Filing License certificates, preparing board room for meetings, creating lesson planners, assembling course booklets, assisted in marketing efforts, enhanced the overall design of website
• Communicated with peers and mentors across multiple functional areas and business units to gain detailed knowledge in several different areas of Lion’s Share’s business
• Fully understands Lion’s Shares business strategies and is capable of articulating that understanding to others.
• Studied financial investment skills and applied college course work to train for L&H, P&C, and Series 6 & 63 licenses

"Bar Franchise"
City, State
Director of Operations November 2006-July 2008
• Duties included: Managing 40 employees, conducted interviews and hired all employees, trained waiting staff, trained bartending staff, trained security staff, creating weekly schedules, contracting bands, created bar menu, setup touch screen operating system, assisted with design and layout of the establishment, worked with beverage vendors on beverage selection and test trail periods, tracked payroll and expenses, daily cash count totals and drawer totals, calculated individual sales percentages, etc.
• Gained valuable experience in making decisions and running profitable day to day operations

"Retail Company"
City, State
Full-Time Stock Manager September 2003-November 2006
• Duties included: Managing 25 employees, implementing floor semi-quarterly floor changes, following detailed instructions, maintaining unit levels in front of store, gave daily inventory figures and sales numbers to Regional Manger via conference calls, helped maintain a low SHIRK level and assist Loss prevention team, accountable for daily shipments and attaching theft prevention sensors to units
• Understands "Company" operating principles to include appropriate safety, security, ethics and communications guidelines
• Learned valuable communication skills which can be applied to improving the implementation of ideas between communicational boundaries
• Kept record and maintained inventory levels for the front of the store and the stock room
• Managed 25 employees and lead by example on how to maintain a profitable stock room using a team environment management strategy

LEADERSHIP ACTIVITIES
University of "______"
• Active Member, The Society of Physics Student, 2009 – Present
• Active Member, Chemistry Club, 2009 – Present
• Active Member, Chess Club, 2009 – Present
• Active Member, Investment Club, 2009 – Present
• Active Member, Association for Information Systems, 2011 – Present
Jimmy Clark
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Duc Vo
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Joined: Nov 20, 2008
Posts: 254
(1) You need an objective -> i.e. what type of position that you are looking for in what type of organisation ... Recruiters need to know if you know what you are looking for.
(2) You need a summary of yourself -> I'm a bla bla ... willing to take initiative .... innovative ... hard working ... outcome oriented ... good teamwork ... excellent communication skills .... etc.
(3) For each of the work experience items, you'll need to focus on achievement. Ask yourself questions like: what did I learn from this position? what did I achieve? what did I contribute to make it better?
(4) Since you just graduate, you may want to list all your university projects as well. And again, you'll need to focus on achievement in those projects.

G'luck!


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Campbell Ritchie
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Welcome to the Ranch

I think this discussion would fit better elsewhere, so shall move it.
Jeanne Boyarsky
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What kind of job do you want? I'm guessing something in finance or IT?

Try to spend more of your resume on relevant skills. What classes did you take that could help in a job? Did you work on any interesting projects - either at school or in your free time.

It's great that you have had jobs. No really; it is. You presumably have good soft skills. However I need some evidence that you will be able to grow into a position in the sector you are interviewing for.

"None Paid Position" - non-paid not "none". - and this isn't relevant. You gained experience whether you were paid or not. I'd omit the fact you didn't get paid entirely.


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Luke Kolin
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Duc Vo wrote:(1) You need an objective -> i.e. what type of position that you are looking for in what type of organisation ... Recruiters need to know if you know what you are looking for.


Anyone who puts an objective on the resume is likely lying to me. Their unstated objective is "get you to hire me". Anything else is just fluff.

(2) You need a summary of yourself -> I'm a bla bla ... willing to take initiative .... innovative ... hard working ... outcome oriented ... good teamwork ... excellent communication skills .... etc.


Oh please. Everyone is hard working, learns quickly, is team oriented, a self-starter, etc. etc. Any summary worth reading is also likely to be viewed negatively. If you're not willing to take that risk, don't waste valuable resume space with platitudes.

(3) For each of the work experience items, you'll need to focus on achievement. Ask yourself questions like: what did I learn from this position? what did I achieve? what did I contribute to make it better?
(4) Since you just graduate, you may want to list all your university projects as well. And again, you'll need to focus on achievement in those projects.


This is excellent advice. Focus on what you DID, not a laundry bag of skills.

Cheers!

Luke
Joe Harry
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Even I hate to see the Objective (sometimes highlighted in bold underlined) at the top of the resume. It seems pointless and sometimes even stupid sentences written for it. In essence, I would look for the following information from the resume:

(1) Contact address / telephone
(2) Educational background
(3) Project experiences
(4) Availability


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Jeanne Boyarsky
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I disagree on not having an objective. It may not be called that. It may be called a summary or goal or the like. However, if you send your resume to a company rather than a specific position, how does one know what you want to do.

For experienced people, this might be implied. If you have been a Java developer for the last 5 years, I will assume that is what you are applying for unless you say otherwise. If you just graduated college, I have no idea.
Tim Moores
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Joined: Sep 21, 2011
Posts: 2408
Luke Kolin wrote:Their unstated objective is "get you to hire me".

It's not really unstated, is it - the whole point of an application is to get hired. Actually, I see it as a two-step process: The point of an application is to get an interview, and then the point of the interview is to get hired.
Jimmy Clark
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Objectives or Summary sections on a resume are not needed, a general distraction and waste of space. In regards to conveying what you are looking for or how your experience applies to whatever, this is what "cover letters" are for. And a resume should never be sent without a cover letter.
Duc Vo
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Joined: Nov 20, 2008
Posts: 254
Well, resume is just like any business report about your past experience. So except if your resume is too short just 1 or 2 pages, not many recruiters would have to time to dig through your resume to know who you are, what you want or what can you do.

Of course if you write meaningless objective or lengthy summary with generic description which can be applicable for anyone, then it's better not to have them.

The resume objective is not only help the reader but also to help you to focus your writing of your skills and experiences for the objective I.e for developer pos vs for a ba pos vs for an academic pos vs for a graduate program.

The summary should make you stand out and make the reader wants to continue reading your resume. Though, the cover letter should have such info, it's not always the case that your cover letter will accompany your resume when it is passed through the chain of reviewers.


Jeanne Boyarsky
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Duc Vo wrote:The summary should make you stand out and make the reader wants to continue reading your resume. Though, the cover letter should have such info, it's not always the case that your cover letter will accompany your resume when it is passed through the chain of reviewers.

Well said. I haven't seen a cover letter in years. I'm sure they are sent. But they don't get to me as an interviewer.
Edwin Kelley
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Joined: Apr 24, 2012
Posts: 1
For that you need to refer some other sample resumes to check what are else missing in your resume for that you must refer;
http://www.aroj.com/resume-objectives/
Swetha Bhagavathula
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Joined: Jan 04, 2011
Posts: 112

Hai all. I resigned a job bcuz of some issues(It is not related to software ).Right now learning new technologies in java. I'm SCJP 5 certified in 2010(also post graduated in 2010) . Please help how to fill up my gap. I have two years gap.filling up my gap in the sense i want to be perfect on what i learnt and what I am learning.Please dont mis-understand.I dont want to cheat anyone.
can anyone tell me what a software company is expecting from a person with two years experience?or by change if i get into a software company as a java developer what things i need to be perfect with?Please help me how to build myseflf to enter into IT industry as a java developer.I have knowledge on servlets ,learning JSP,struts.If the way Im approaching is not correct please any one guide me.But my ultimate goal and life ambition is to become a java developer and further .. what ever it may be , all related to JAVA.........Also what a company expects in technical skills field (in resume) of a fresher,?also a person with two years experience.?Please help me!!!


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