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By ree_ree2702 ·
Greetings fellow eggheads,

I am currently in skool upgrading my Computer Certifications (CCNA, MCSE, and MSSQL). I am also in the process of tweaking my resume.

What I need some assistance on is generating a job description:

1. How long should it be?
2. How Technical do I get in the descriptions?
3. Is there really a page limit for resumes?

I know I can pay somebody to write a resume for me, but I would rather no go down that route as it can be expensive and time consuming.

Last but not least, my job for the last 6 years has been support PC based controls for what is known as the SCADA industry (Industrial Plants, Manufacturing, Oil&Gas, Chemical, and Food Manufacturing). I am trying to get out of this pie slice industry and into mainstream IT, hopefully a management position.

Also, I live in Houston, Texas, USA.

Thank you in advance for your suggestions as they will all be welcome.

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Not a simple question

by Tig2 In reply to Resume Writing

So I don't want to hit you with a simple answer.

I have a format that works well. My resume is five pages with the chron. The first page is a series of 4 bullet points that highlight skills and accomplishments and also provides technical skillsets in grouping- e.g. OS has Unix, Windows, and Mac OS X together. In general, the front page is the meat of the rest- if the prospective employer doesn't see what he likes on page one, he can toss the balance. I have frequently only send page one and let them know that I have a chron available if they are interested.

Page two carries chron information- where, title, brief description of the project/role and is followed by 3 or 4 bullets all relevant to accomplishments in that role.

I finish with Education and Certifications although you might want to highlight these in those four bullets on Page One.

When I read a resume, I like to see an Objective Statement. This is especially handy if you want to change fields. My expereince has been that transitioning to general IT isn't difficult- people understand that every industry uses IT therefore every industry has IT qualified people. But clearly stating your objectives will help the employer understand your direction.

I help people write resumes. I encourage anyone to write their own- there are great tools on the web and available through your Employment office to help you define the best resume approach for you.

Good Luck!

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apply information accordingly

by fungus-among-us In reply to Resume Writing

My ex sis-in-law is an HR manager for her district. When I was job hunting she gave me these tips.

1. Be as breif but as descriptive as possible.
2. Tailor your resume to the job you're applying for (which means, leave out the history that does not relate to the job you are applying for)
3. HR mamangers love single page resumes.
4. Don't list references, but do make the offer to make them available upon request.
5. When sending a correspondance, always refer to the reader as Ms. (never assume marital status) or Mr.

You can also go to your county's (if there is one available) employment services agency. Many government agencies that assist residents with financial aid also offer help in finding work. They should have public access computers for job searching and resume creation. Many times there are plenty of printed materials that assist the user in creating a good resume. They may even offer the materials needed to help you create and distribute your resume(s) (High quality paper/envelopes, laser printers, etc...)

Good Luck

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Some "to-the-point" answers for you...

by Prolifiq In reply to Resume Writing

Ree_Ree,

1. Resume length - HR professionals I've surveyed recommend either a two-page maximum, or 8-10 years of experience - whichever one is shorter. They all agree that your resume's length indicates to a hiring manager that you're either concise or wordy, and what future reports and paperwork from you as an employee would look like. The point: keep it reasonably concise, but make it powerful.

2. Degree of technicality - Technical descriptions, jargons, acronyms, etc., aren't nearly as important as the dollar value you've added to your previous positions. Of course, there'll always be exceptions; some managers may want to read six or eight pages on how adept you are at OSPF or SQL, for example. But MOST hiring managers would rather see a track record of added business value (i.e., money you've made or saved for the company).

3. Resume page limits - This goes back to Question #1. Page limits vary per "expert", but think about it:

If I have to hire a new employee by the end of the week (and today's Thursday), and I've got 30 resumes left to sift through, and your resume is eight pages long while the other 29 in the stack are one to two pages each, guess what... your resume "booklet" is either going to the bottom of my stack, or in the trash. Make life easier for the hiring manager with a shorter resume, and it'll make it easier for her or him to call you up for an interview.

A concise but powerful resume that makes a real dollar impact... 9 times out of 10, that's the key.

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