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How to find a job?

By shaunbed ·
My name is Shaun Bedingfield and I have been programming nonprofessionally
for over 16 years (I am 26 now). I know a myriad of technologies and feel
that I am very qualified to do almost any software development related task.
However, I can't find work because of a lack of industry experience.
I have been applying for jobs for a couple years now (yes, really) and I
am always turned down with the response that I don't have enough work
experience. I would hate to leave an industry that I have been in love with
most of my life but I just can't get work. I have tried everything and
anything all the way to begging and pleading.
I am sure that I am not alone with this problem and I was wondering how
others with little or none (I technically have 4 years) of industry
experience go about finding work. It seems to me like a chicken and the egg
problem with no solution.
What am I doing wrong?

Shaun Bedingfield

Below is my resume (updated 7/11)

Shaun Bedingfield MCAD for .NET
19606 Cottage Park Circle, Houston, TX 77094 | 281-579-3549 | 832-483-7858 |

Software Engineer/Architect/Developer

Strong programmer, software analyst and designer possessing a lifelong passion for making software and IT work. Skilled designer and analyst who designs software using an incremental approach which manages risk while ensuring a stable and workable product throughout development. Responsive developer who uses frequent user feedback and requirements gathering skills to ensure that the right software is developed and delivered. Experienced trainer who can work with staff to ensure that the full benefit of the software package can be materialized and mentor other programmers to help improve developer productivity and quality. Technically knowledgeable developer who can help insure that products are secure and utilize current technology to maximize business advantage.


B.S. Computer Science (University of Texas at Dallas)
GPA 3.667

MCAD For .NET (Windows and Internet w/ SQL Server focus)

Industry Experience

2/05 - Present Designing an Access database for Southwest Memorial Hermann Hospital
(Personal contract)
Description: Designed and implemented a system to Analyze Stroke Treatment in Access.
This system was designed as part of an initiative to improve stroke treatment at the
hospital. The system was designed to allow easy entry of stroke data and flexible
analysis. Training was provided to assure that the staff could fully utilize and
benefit from the program.

Skills used: SQL, VBA, Access, ActiveX Controls, Staff training, Risk Management,
Incremental Development, Prototyping, User Interface Design, Testing, ADO

1/05 - Present Ben Taub General Hospital - Volunteer DBA
Description: Provided reporting and maintenance for the volunteer database

Skills used: Access, Data cleaning, SQL, Data analysis, SQL Training

7/02 - 11/02 Neovox - Software Engineer
Description: Helping to deliver data access over cellular and voice connections

Skills used: SQL, SQL Server 2000, MySQL, PHP, Java, .NET, C#, IIS, HTML, ASP.NET, ADO.NET,
Nuance, Telephony Hardware, VoiceXML, XML

1/02 - 3/04 Officemax - Sales
Description: Selling products to customer

Skills used: Customer Service, In-depth knowledge of hardware and software products

5/00 - 7/01 University of Texas at Dallas - Research Assistant
Description: Mentoring Computer Science Students and later helping to test a program
for collecting telecommunications metrics.

Skills used: Regular Expressions, Java, VBA, Excel, Student mentoring

1/98 - 3/00 Texas Instruments - Student Employee
Description: Building a UI for a program used for automatic test code generation.

Skills used: Regular Expressions, Incremental Development, Constant User Involvement
and Feedback, C/C++, Solaris, Language Parsing Skills, TCL/TK, Network Deployment,

Additional Skills

VB.NET, UML, Object Oriented Analysis And Design, Design Patterns, SOAP, WSDL, COM,
.NET COM Interoperability, COM+, XSLT, Windows Internals, x86 Assembly, Windows Security,
Visual Basic, Requirements Gathering, Active Directory, Penetration Testing,
Common Security Vulnerabilities, Reflection

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"if given the opportunity"

by vltiii In reply to

One thing all job seekers have to be familar with, and intimately so is humility. The potential employer has the job opening, and you want it. In all of the posts "that I've read" the only intent was to give advice on how you can make yourself more marketable. Your response to Bobbabcock to some extent solidifies his observation. You are very defensive when all he is doing is documenting his observation. In reality he may be expressing what potential employers are observing also, but of course they won't provide you that level of feedback after reading your resume. They just won't call you in for an interview. Most of us don't want to hear anything about what can be perceived as a shortcoming on our part, but it is reality. We all have room for professional (and personal) growth. Either accept it now so that you may move ahead, or accept it later when you realize that you need to take a different approach to getting that phone call. As you read the responses here, there is very little reason why you need to rationlize anything (except in cases of "obvious" personal attacks). Your response should be limited to thanks for your input and I'll take it under advisement. Whether you actually do or not is up to you, but keep in mind that most responders to your post are only offering you advice based on their experiences in the work force and in some cases as hiring managers.

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selling work

by admin17 In reply to stay away from negatives

I am still in college and constantly looking for experience opportunities. On my resume, I have all experience listed under the simple header "Experience" instead of "Professional Experience" or the like. Professional Experience conveys that you received compensation for the services performed whereas Experience simply conveys the fact that you have the knowledge gained from experiencing certain situations, projects, and/or technologies.

Tying it all in, under my Experience section, I have listed non-paid internships that I feel make a contribution overall to my resume. I think that you are caught up in the fact that your experience is not necessarily Professional (you are compensated) in nature. Just list it as Experience and go on your merry way.

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Indeed never

by Tony Hopkinson In reply to stay away from negatives

put anything you haven't got on your cv.
If you are doing a cv to hit a recruitement site. Get the keywords in it and be fairly general.
The trick is to get contacted, then you can use your inherrent people skills to jump through the hoops and over the hurdles, of the obatcle race known as 'Giz a job'.
non-prfessional = amateur, not something a hirer wants to see on a cv. Unpaid, voluntary or extra-curricular are much more accurate ways of describing such effort.
The other classic let downs are spilling mestakes, poor grammar and bad layout and the real killer too many pages.
3 A4 pages maximum.
Send them something that looks like a russian novel and it will be straight in the bin.

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I disagree about brevity - in the public sector

by mmcdonal In reply to Indeed never

A short resume is good in the private sector. But it is a different process in the public sector. There they use HR bean counters who screen resumes and pass them along to the people doing the hiring. If you don't have enough beans, you don't get contacted.
IF you are looking in the public sector (and that includes education) then 10 pages is a good length. I got an interview within a month of submitting a 10 page resume and got the job 10 minutes after the interview, and I had no formal experience at the time as a techie. I had a very experienced fried whose resume kept getting bounced out of education until I told him what one education hiring manager told me: "If it is one or two pages, I feel like they are wasting my time." We bumped his up to around 9 pages, and he is now the IT Director for a very prestigious university medical school in Baltimore.
Know your audience.

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by JamesRL In reply to I disagree about brevity ...

I am sure there are exceptions to anything. When I was in the public sector I wouldn't read anything over 2 pages, because that is the standard. If I received a 3 page resume, I would try and determine in the first 2 pages whether they were qualified, but I do know that some HR folks don't even do that. Many resumes over 3 pages are quickly shuffled to the circular file.

When I was job hunting and not having much luck with the Ontario government, I spoke with a friend who is a manager in that government. She told me the HR screeners focus on the cover letter. They let the hiring managers review the resume, but if you want to get past them, make sure you have a very specific cover letter that says very explicitly that you have the skills asked for in the ad. Generic cover letters do not get you an interview. I was successful in getting an interview - 5 out of 500 applicants.


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by vltiii In reply to Generalizations

I'm assuming Canada and not Ontario, CA. This is indicative of geograhical/cultural differences in the hiring process. In the U.S. (and MMCDonal) did an excellent job of distinguishing between the two. Here, in the public sector, they often use software to screen out potential candidates based on keywords found in their resume. Once that is done, then the hiring manager has the responsibility of screening any resumes that were flagged by whatever software program they use. Based on that alone you want to document in your resume pretty much every job you've ever had and everything you've ever done to increase the possibility of getting your resume looked at.

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by jmgarvin In reply to How to find a job?

I agree with the others. Your resume needs help. You have a TON of content that isn't very meaningful.

Keep it simple. Start with an objective and then move into education and experience. If you really must included it, save the fluff for the cover letter.

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New resume

by shaunbed In reply to How to find a job?

Ok, I can understand where you are coming from. I am very technical so it is hard to see my resume as fluff but..

Anyway, this is a slightly redone resume please post comments.
Shaun Bedingfield
Software Engineer/Architect/Developer

281-579-3549 (available almost all the time)
832-483-7858 (when not available at home)


I am interested in all areas of software development and have extensive knowledge of many technologies. I am looking for any potential opportunities in your company and am very open on salary requirements.


B.S. Computer Science (University of Texas at Dallas)
GPA 3.667

MCAD For .NET (Windows and Internet w/ SQL Server focus)

Industry Experience - 4 years

2/05 - Present Designing an Access database for Southwest memorial hospital
- Built a system to store and analyze stroke treatment
- This system is part of an initiative to improve stroke treatment at the hospital

1/05 - Present Ben Taub General Hospital - Volunteer DBA
- Maintained the volunteer database which is used to store volunteer hours and donations
- Provided reporting for the database to allow the volunteer coordinator to track volunteering

7/02 - 11/02 Neovox - Software Engineer
- Worked on a system to deliver access to data over cellular and voice connection
- Helped provide alternative web based access to customer data

1/02 - 3/04 Officemax - Sales
- Assisted customers with technical purchase decisions
- Helped maintain the appearance of the store
- Helped ensure that customers were promptly serviced at check out

5/00 - 7/01 University of Texas at Dallas - Research Assistant
- Helped test a program used to collect telecom metrics
- Mentored Computer Science students

1/98 - 3/00 Texas Instruments - Student Employee
- Provided a user accessible interface to a program for automatic test code generation
- Deployed the test code generation program over Solaris

Knowledge (Not comprehensive)

Over 15 years professional and nonprofessional programming experience

Over 10 years professional and nonprofessional experience of the Windows Platform including in depth knowledge of system internals and security issues

Familiar with object oriented development and common design patterns and principles

Knowledge of Relational Databases especially Sql Server

Knowledge of Component and Service based development technologies

Knowledge of IIS(Microsoft) based web development

Heavily read on industry literature and issues

Experience mentoring programmers and the ability to write self-documenting, maintainable code

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Better, but let me point you to

by jmgarvin In reply to New resume
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Better, but now too far the other way

by Tony Hopkinson In reply to New resume

See what you fellow countrymen say, but my successful cv in the UK

Skill summary
(Just a straight list list of the skills keywords searched for on recruitment sites
Most recent and then back. The more recent the more detailed.
Biz speak description.
Subset of Skills used in this employment.. Technical and managerial.

Mentoring is a ver good thing, not the last line on your resume.

No intent, no character assessment, no hobbies. If they want any of that they ring me up and or interview me.
It's all about impressions, for instance

Knowledge (Not comprehensive)
Do you mean you don't have comprehensive knowledge or it's not a comprehensive list of your knowledge.
I'll take a wild guess, but that shouldn't be an option you allow me on reading the resume.

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