Ok i lost my job about 3 months ago now under a stupid 90 day rule and the business said they couldn’t afford me. I went to my employment agency afterwards and redid my CV etc. I handed out a few cold CVs to businesses and some of those businesses were really impressed with my CV but had no positions available. Plus a lot of other people have seen my CV and say its great and I even have an IT guy I know act as a mentor and he really likes it.
The big problem is when I apply for an IT graduate job that has advertised I can’t even get an interview. They just say there are candidates better qualified and have more experience. I know they are full of BS when they say that. I have an IT uni degree and 6 months IT work experience applying for jobs that require no experience. My CV is below. Anyone have any ideas why I keep getting turned down at the first step.
To gain employment with a company or institution that offers me a consistently positive atmosphere to learn new technologies and implement them to add value to the business.
Date:October 2010 – December 2010 (3 month contract)
Description:Vistic Limited is a small IT consultancy business. Vistic uses a diverse range of technologies to meet its customers requirements. My role while I was there was as a .net Developer. Technologies used while there include SQL Server 2008, Visual Studio 2008 and 2010, Sharepoint 2007 and 2010. Operating Systems used include Windows 7, Windows XP via Virtual PC and Windows Server 2008 R2 via Virtual PC.
Projects worked on included making an ASP .NET web application that would be used internally in a business to access data stored in SQL Server 2008.
Sharepoint projects worked on included developing an Approval system for Hardware Requests. Another project involved in developing and maintaining a collection of sites for contractors to enter their daily work records where it awaits approval. Support was provided to the contractors.
Date:July 2010 – September 2010
Description:Unpaid IT work experience. Had exposure to Mac OS X and Linux. Mainly providing support for Mac OS X and a small amount of Windows XP.
Employer: McDonalds Courtenay Central, Wellington
Date: May 2008 – January 2010
Duties:Customer service, cash handling, EFTPOS, food preparation, food safety, inventory control.
Victoria University of Wellington (2007 – 2010)
Bachelor of Commerce and Administration
(Majors in Information Systems and E- commerce)
Areas of Information Technology studied:
Information Systems Management
Database Management and Programming
Web Design and Development
New Plymouth Boys High School (2002 – 2006)
NCEA Level 1 (Economics, Maths, English, Spanish, Graphics)
NCEA Level 2 (Accounting, Economics, Maths, English, Legal Studies)
NCEA Level 3 (Accounting, Economics, Calculus, Statistics, English)
Operating systems used include:
Windows XP, Vista, 7 and Server 2008 R2.
Mac OS X (Snow Leopard)
Sharepoint 2007, 2010 and Sharepoint Designer
Visual Studio 2005, 2008 and 2010
Microsoft Office 2003, 2007 and 2010
SQL Server 2005 and 2008
Programming languages used include:
Other skills include:
Available on request.
Employers don’t like to read. Noone likes to read. Not even on applications.
Take all the wording out and “bullet” the points you want to make. Reduce the words.
Change it up so that it’s not all flush on the left.
How is your voice and appearance when you are applying for these positions?
You need to be confident, you have great qualifications!
How are you presenting yourself?
Walk up, hold your hand out, smile, say “hello, my name is _______”
Get a name of the manager or hiring person before you go in to cold call to apply and use his/her name when introducing yourself. Then follow up later in person again.
Get to know the employees when you go in to hand in your resume or application. Leave an impression and remember them. They can be great allies.
Go in person. If they say they aren’t hiring, ask if you can leave the resume with them anyway.So what if they aren’t hiring. Follow up with them until they are. By then you will know that the guy plays golf and his oldest daughter is starting college this year, etc.
change your objective to what you can do for them, not what they can do for you. Your objective is to work for an employer who will consistently do something for you? no,no,no! You want to work for a company who can utilize your talents so that you can contribute to their profit margin or whatever. They don’t want to offer you a positive work environment. You aren’t paying them. They are paying you. What can you do for them? You can say you want to work for an employer where you can contribute to their positive atmosphere, etc but you can’t EXPECT them to do something for you. Why would I hire you if you want something from me? Your objective is to gain employment with a company, etc where you can use your skill or aptitude or whatever. You get the idea.
Don’t write “Employment History” and then “employment”. It’s redundant, just like the date, etc
Vistic Limited (Caps or bold) October 2010- December 2010
Responsible for .net development
Used various programs such as
SQL Software 2008
Visual Studios 2008 & 2010
(It’s ok to keep the sentence that says “Projects worked on…..)
Get rid of what the company does ( is a small cons. business….Vistic uses a diverse range, etc) They don’t care about Vistic, they care about you.
You need help with your resume. It’s your resume and maybe presentation that is hurting. Sorry can’t help more with resume but don’t know what that stuff means.
Good luck and get help with resume. TOO LONG. TOO WORDY.
by: Special K
on: 2nd April 11