Reenvisioning the Resume

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Reenvisioning the Resume

Posted 10 June 2014 - 06:01 AM

So after a couple of emails stating that I just don't have the experience needed coding x and y. The idea came to mind how can I prove to them I do have the experience.
General Idea: Online resume showing areas of skill that are utilized based on time in job, as well as normal resume information.

So I go to phase 1:
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Are there any current websites that allow you to show your skill in programming?

Would github be a good way to do this?


I am thinking a small SQL Database with an ASP or Java front end. Does anyone have have a better suggestions?

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Re: Reenvisioning the Resume

Posted 10 June 2014 - 06:41 AM

That all may be fine and dandy, but remember that quite a few companies send folks through the HR grinder first - way a head before an actual IT-ish person would see your resume. Typically it is keywords and numbers matching game, right? While dumping some time into an online code repository to show devs is okay - realize that isn't a panacea for your issues. It would just look like more greek and nonsense goop to an HR drone.
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Posted 10 June 2014 - 06:56 AM

I was thinking maybe a physical representation of skill as well as an internal. The thought I have in my head is using a progress bar or numeric percentage based on time in job, what I utilized the most in the job.

So maybe a progress bar that showed (using my military entry as reference point)
5% Excel,VBA,Word out 6 years would show I used those skills for 109.5 (365 * 6 * .05)Days in that example. Or something similar. While on the underside of things, the coding can be looked at for an example of coding style for the IT department.
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Re: Reenvisioning the Resume

Posted 10 June 2014 - 07:11 AM

I am not sure how that would be helpful. In that example.. so what.. you are showing you maybe have used excel/word eighteen days a year for six years? What ground does that illuminate that saying "I am moderately proficient in excel/word, with six years of use"?
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Posted 10 June 2014 - 07:16 AM

why not put in your strength's on your resume-----

Maybe post it on a corner cubical and have us try to help you fix it for optimum performance
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Posted 10 June 2014 - 08:05 AM

Maybe the Corner cubicle would be a good idea. I am still not for sure how to get the tech firms I have been applying through to see that I have the skills that the jobs I have been applying for need.

In the example above, there would be more skills list. Combat Training, Medical Training, etc. As well as the certifications.
Thinking the Layout as something like:
Kansas Army National Guard
Kansas City, KS
January 2008 to January 2014
68W - Medical Health Professional - E4 Specialist
Combat Training [50%][1095 Days]
Medical Training [40%][876 Days]
MS Office Suite [5%][109 Days]
VBA [5%][109 Days]
Certified EMT-B (Expired March 2014)
Certified CPR/AED (Expired March 2014)
Certified First Responder (Expired March 2014)



This is just one Example I have. With my Current Job, the List would at lot longer and complicated. Not mention alot of my previous jobs.

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Re: Reenvisioning the Resume

Posted 10 June 2014 - 08:17 AM

Again - why are you trying to fine grain the whole thing down to days? I don't think I have seen anyone go that route, nor feel it would be effective.
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Posted 10 June 2014 - 08:24 AM

Talk to a headhunting firm. They sought me out on a job, I sent them a plain ol' resume and when it was sent back for the position I wondered whom they were talking about. It was just my resume and cover letter reformatted to be exceptional.
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Posted 10 June 2014 - 08:42 AM

hr doesnt care about "days" they want an over view

like if under a year say under a year
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Posted 10 June 2014 - 08:44 AM

I have been talking to Several IT and Job Firms, As well as Submitting for jobs through various sources. I keep getting, "You need development experience in language x for job y", I intern reply: "At my current job I develop replacement programs in language x that take over for program y"


So maybe my way of thinking is off. Maybe I will just run a website version of my resume( skipping the days part and % part) and have you guys take a look at it.

I think two of the biggest things that catch people is my military and that I worked as a Safety Security officer for a Mental Health Institution. No one sees (at least not immediately) that the Military was a National Guard (meaning I worked the same time I was in the Military) and that I handled most of documents and sub applications for my Security Job.

(Thank for the move guys)
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Re: Reenvisioning the Resume

Posted 11 June 2014 - 08:19 AM

If you're not looking for a job that relates to your military training don't highlight is so much. Just state the job title and dates involved. Highlight the jobs and duties that show experience in the duties required for the job you're applying for.

Kansas Army National Guard
Kansas City, KS
January 2008 to January 2014
68W - Medical Health Professional - E4 Specialist
Experiance:
   MS Office Suite, VBA


Current Job dates, skills etc.




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Re: Reenvisioning the Resume

Posted 11 June 2014 - 08:56 AM

I don't know if it applies to you, if you had clearance list that. It has come in handy for some of my positions.
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Re: Reenvisioning the Resume

Posted 11 June 2014 - 09:46 AM

This is my current resume. (With Modifications, Limited 5 dls)
It is the one I have been sending out.
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Re: Reenvisioning the Resume

Posted 11 June 2014 - 10:30 AM

@alapee


you no longer need to keep resumes to 1 page


Employment History:
employers want to see what you did at each company
limit your work experience to the field you want to get into
for instance if you want sales then all your work should be about sales
tech all about tech
they also like to see community work


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Excellent oral and written skills<--remove
Management: E-commerce, training, creating marketing plans and implementing them, designing websites and databases
Commitment to task<----remove
Decision making and problem resolving<----remove
Versatile Employee<----remove
Team contributor and leader<----remove
Great interpersonal communications skills<--remove




i found from a recruiter that the items above are assumed and not needed

Technical Skills:
if you do SQL Server (2008, 2010)<---, Visual Studios,<--do the same to everything--> Visual Studios(2010,2012,2013)


◦	Expert::HTML, VBA, Visual Basic, C#, C++, SQL
ok so what -- they want to know specific versions--
html ?
vb.net or just vb
c# or c#.net
you already said you knew a lot of this above
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Re: Reenvisioning the Resume

Posted 11 June 2014 - 11:14 AM

So extrapolation is best?
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