I view length of experience like tenure. I shows very little about the qualities of the candidate. In some places, like where I work, it is simply a measure of being able to not get fired. I could simply claim my few years of experience because I am extremely unlikely to get fired, and so accrue experience from that fact. But that would say nothing about my actual skills or value as a candidate. I feel the same way about college degrees. I know too many people, both with degrees and with lots of time experience, that are poor choices for a lot of tasks, simply because who they are and the other skills they lack. Perhaps experience or a degree can be an ok initial standard for getting a resume past the basic screening, but any competent interviewer should be able to tell when that experience was good or just from time served.
When you leave out unrelated jobs to a position you apply for, the potential employer will notice those gaps. What does that tell them?
This is what I wonder... there is definitely a time to include and definitely a time to exclude. Avoiding gaps is often good, at least back to a certain point. And I like having a "starting point" on there, that shows what that "first job" is. For me this is an extra big deal because my starting job was long ago (1989), a very serious one (solo software engineering intern), and for a great company (Eastman Kodak was #19 on Fortune 100 while I was there.) Lots of people say they've been in IT or whatever and their starting date is based off of "I fixed my family's computer" or working in retail or something.
When I say that I've been in IT or SE for 30 years (technically not for a few more months) lots of people immediately say "we don't count playing with computers at home" and so having a Fortune 19 engineering job on there is pretty important.
I leave off my factory engineering work from a little later, or my restaurant and hotel management experience, and other things from about the same era, those are too unrelated.
Yeah, it makes perfect sense to include jobs that you worked at for a prestigious place, but that can also be done in a cover letter. We never got into the whole cover letter question whether they're worth it or not, but my feeling is that a resume is a bumper sticker, the cover letter is your story.
I've never worked anywhere that even received cover letters. They are normally, in my experience, stripped. I don't know any manager who gets them, or would look at them if received. To me, as a hiring manager, getting a cover letter tells me..
The candidate doesn't value their own time and is spending time fruitlessly writing up a cover letter than has nearly zero chance of being seen and nearly zero chance of being read if seen.
The candidate is desperate and willing to commit a lot of resources to a job before knowing if it is real at all (most posting by far are not), still open, or something that they'd even consider. It's way, way too early in the process to "care" at all about the potential job.
I don't do cover letters. It would just include the stuff at the top of my resume anyways, but in more words. I think it's pointless. I did, however, include a cover letter to explain my reason for applying to international jobs, so they don't just toss out my resume when they see I'm from a different country. That seems to have worked a couple times.
Yes, sometimes you have to point out that you KNOW where the job is.
Stupid that the opposite isn't true. Jobs from other regions reach out to me all the time and just ignore the fact that I'm not local.
I'm still young within my IT career, so it's not going to be possible for me to craft an impressive, look-at-what-all-I-have-built-and-managed resume and have that resume be connected to reality at this time.
It is not about age or time in the field. I had a resume better than most people with 10-15 years experience less than 3 years in the field. Find the right job (Consulting for a partner/VAR/MSP) and this can change VERY VERY quickly.
And focus on your lab, and what’s missing from your resume.
The line about Linux LAMP bothers me, it implies you only know how to setup LAMP stack. It's also on the same line as Windows servers, perhaps change it to "Experience with Linux and Windows servers". You list Apache and MySQL skills below, no need to be redundant.
Corrected, but with some redundancy for girls at agencies and search engines.
"I set up my own country which traded in stationery and office machinery" - perhaps you meant company here?
This line had been corrected by native NI English teacher. Never questioned, though it is an expression.
I don't know if I would list entire employment history, especially if it's not relevant to the position you're applying for. You have a lot of sales experience, but how does that relate to IT position?
I know in the USA irrelevant experience usually not mentioned. In Germany mustn't be any CV gaps. Looks like in the UK something in between, because that English teacher did many things in an effort to fit my CV in 2 pages, but never attempted to delete those.
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CompTIA Network+ N10-006 (March 2017)
15 years’ experience of support networked office & production equipment
Excellent PC troubleshooting skills in complex software and hardware problems
Experience support Windows, Apple, Linux desktops and laptops
Servers hardware knowledge and virtualization (Virtualbox, Vmware, KVM) skills
Experience with Windows Linux and servers, confident at command line interface CLI
LAN/WAN, VPN, TCP/IP settings, subnetting, cabling and troubleshooting skills
Strong problem-solving skills
Technical Skills: TCP/IP, Network routing, Cisco, Linux distributions (Ubuntu, CentOS), Linux console, LAMP, Apache, MySQL, PHP, Tomcat, HTML, CSS, Puppet, DNS, NFS, Samba, SNMP, Bash Shell Scripts, MS Server 2008 2012, MS Exchange Server 2010 2013, Active Directory
Education & Training
Diploma of Higher Education in Civil Engineering, Vilnius Gediminas Technical University (2002)
(This is equivalent to BTec Level 5 / SQA Higher National Diploma (HND) Standard)
I have completed multiple IT and customer support training through my employers and taken continuing private education in Linux, DevOps, Cloud, Database and Networking.
Danwood Group Ltd., Belfast (Mar 2010 – Mar 2015)
Install, maintain, troubleshoot and repair a wide range networked machinery and Windows, Unix and Linux based print servers and network controllers in office and production environments and integrate new equipment into clients’ existing systems, Including OS and software installation
Install and troubleshoot software solutions on customers' servers and desktop computers (Windows, Apple). Install printer drivers, configure network scanning, importing address books, configuring LDAP address books, checking Active Directory and Exchange settings.
Support customers on-site, by phone and email. Support and assist colleagues
BMK (Biznio Masinų Kompanija) Ltd., Lithuania (May 1999 – Nov 2009)
Mostly the same as with Danwood
Senior engineer called to the most difficult problems
Driving Licence: Full Category B Licence
Languages: I am fluent (including technical language) in English, Russian and Lithuanian
Personal details: Nationality Lithuanian, Live in Antrim town