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What is missing in my skill set?

By edwardspratt ·
I would think that we are entering the stone age as slow as the technical market is right now. I am willing to move to a new position and have been quite busy working at learning more every day. Someone please advise me as to what is missing on my skill set and let me know why I am not getting a job.

Here is my resume:

OBJECTIVE: Strive as a valuable part of a great team, bringing success with every action.

SUMMARY
* Motivated, self starter. Able to perform within team or with no supervision
* Excellent computer and software experience; good planning, initiative, knowledge
* Provides strong leadership and direction for customers and employees

EDUCATION
AAS Midrange Computer Specialist, RCTC. Rochester, MN 2007
BS Information Technology, Information System Security University of Phoenix 2009

EXPERIENCE
OASIS Saint Louis, MO. Volunteer Computer Instructor. July 09-Present
* Teaching 50+ age group for basic to intermediate computer skills
* Following Curriculum and maintaining statistics for tracking

Tripod Computer Services, Inc. O?Fallon, MO. Owner. May 04-July 09
* Project Manager and design engineer for residential and commercial systems.
* Estimate tasks and man-hours, prepared proposals and contracts.
* Computer systems management, system design, network and hardware.
* Preparation for system faults and prevention of data loss through scheduled backup.
* Design networks and throughput maps with software & created reports.
* Design floor plans for computer systems drawings & specifications.
* Secure data through redundancy and diligence.
* Secure clients, represent in meetings, and conduct correspondence.
* VNC connect, connectwise and other remote support solutions.
*Repair all hardware issues and create software to solve needs

Homeless Connection Inc. St. Charles, MO. WebMaster and Designer. Jul 08-Present
* Design web interface for business to showcase resources and fulfill needs.
* Performed analysis and maintenance to website to improved monthly website ranking.
* Responding to emergency resource needs via network media.

Que Computers, Inc. Minneapolis, MN. (client) Server Administrator. Mar 08-Jul 08
* Design ghosting procedure to increase installs by 2000%.
* Divided workload and trained employees for new work structure.
* Designed and prepared plan sets for computer improvements projects.
* Planned & prepared submittals to owner for future computer solutions.
* Prepared specifications & cost estimates; calculated quantities and posted.
* Created database driven website viewable inventory for hands free ordering.

Chips Computer, LLC. White Bear Lake, MN. (part time) Remote Technician. Dec 07-Mar 08
* Computer system solution and documentation coordinator.
* Repair of home systems, local and network using connectwise and VPN.
* Scheduling of own tasks and preemptive maintenance on clients systems.

Echo Newspaper (RCTC) Rochester, MN Website Designer May 07-July 07
* Designed and implemented SQL database for dynamically driven website
* Self motivated to complete workload according to business needs.
* Designed secure interface to allow for reporters to submit stories from field


Keywords: Java, RPG, SQL, PHP, Windows, Network, Infrastructure, Server, Computer Systems, Windows NT, 95, 98, 2000, XP, Vista, Knoppix, Ubuntu, Fedora, OSX, OS/400, Microsoft Exchange 2003, Office 97, 2000, XP, 2003, 2007, imaging, Photoshop, Illustrator, Flash, Dreamweaver, Expressions, lime survey, php website, php coin, phpmyfaq, web calendar, web mail, phpchat, ext calendar, flash menu, moodle, drupal, publisher, joomla, mambo, Norton Ghostcast server, Ghost imaging, Harddrive imaging, deployment, slip stream, VMWare Server, VNC, Server 2003, DNS, RIS, IIS, Hardware, software, networking, computer maintenance, Java programming, research, security implementation, Acrobat Professional, MS Office Suite, Lotus, Fontographer,

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Well, if you're looking for opinions ...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to What is missing in my ski ...

You might try to make your Resume more believable:

You frequently cite what can only be described as gargantuan accomplishments given the exceptionally short tenure of the position.

You timeline for the different positions is all over the shop - lacking in sequential continuity.

"Design ghosting procedure to increase installs by 2000%" - sounds a teeny weeny bit fictional.

You'd better hope that no-one reading your resume ever actually visits your website, since there's nothing in it.

Finally, I've never seen a resume with Keywords before.

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doesn't appear to be much on that site indeed

by PurpleSkys In reply to Well, if you're looking f ...

and that neon green roll over menu color is horribly hard on the eyes...I also noticed the lack of length of time in jobs held. Employers I would think would be looking for persons with long standing commitment with other companies not what appears to be fly in the night. I've also learned over time that it pays to taylor your resume to the position one is applying for. I've seen some people with a lot of experience and qualifications get overlooked because employers think "we can't afford them, or they would just be looking for another job that paid more if we did hire them". Anyway, just my opinion.

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Yup "Green for Go" then when you click ...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to doesn't appear to be much ...

There's nothing there.

Promoting this site via TechRepublic posts is hardly the sensible approach either. It's not as if only the unwary will visit it - an entire raft of tech professionals will also give it a fleeting glimpse.

Odd to have 'accomplished so much' out in the field yet be staring into a void on his own website.

But, as you said, it's just an opinion.


Edited for silly typo! :)

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I'm with OldER Mycroft & PurpleSkys

by Darryl~ Moderator In reply to What is missing in my ski ...

You're all over the map trying to figure out when you were & were not working....and where.
You have very short terms of employment in some positions (that hinders me as well), you might consider not listing the dates or be a little more "general"
When it comes to listing software/operating systems/etc. you have experience with, maybe you should taylor it towards the position you're applying for & leave things that aren't relevant off....if you get an interview, you can discuss them at that time.

But like the others said....that's just my opinion.

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"Just my opinion"

by jdclyde In reply to I'm with OldER Mycroft & ...

is EXACTLY what the poster came here for.

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Yeah, I know...thanks for correcting me

by Darryl~ Moderator In reply to "Just my opinion"

I went through the same type of thing a few years ago & that is what I felt were my stumbling points.

You also recently went through a job search & would have a very large skillset....did you find it a hindrance by listing everything? I found if I trimmed it back (especially by removing any old or outdated skills) I usually got better results.

Plus, from a management standpoint, I know I don't want to go through multiple resumes that are 4 or 5 pages long....a couple pages is "usually" good enough to express the skills one would have which would be relevant for the position being offered.

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What I did, multiple resumes

by jdclyde In reply to Yeah, I know...thanks for ...

As I had blogged about, I had three resumes, depending on the job I was applying for.

I only listed the skills that were relevant or in high esteem regardless of field.

I also went with the functional resume, so it was more a list of accomplishments/tasks and abilities than a list of software packages I have worked with.

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I, on the other hand, had a line ...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to What I did, multiple resu ...

All of my CVs only ever required a simple accurate listing of where I was at any given moment in time.

Working in the Print Trade there aren't any 'packages' to be an expert in - there's just Print. If you turned up for an interview and still had the tips of all ten fingers intact you were looked upon as some sort of God.

Of course, you had to actually GET to the interview, so all I did was refine, then refine, then refine, then ask someone else to read it, then refine until I'd honed it down to a concise, technically accurate, account of my industrial life to date.

Sometimes LESS is MORE, and oft times MORE is headed straight into the waste bin.

The best advice I was ever given came from a bloke who could tell you the type and weight of any paper, by tearing a piece off and chewing it!! - It was all to do with the percentage content of wood-pulp, china clay, surfacing compounds, and supercalendering methods - (apparently different paper mills employ different degrees of heat in the finishing process).

He once said to me "If someone reads your CV and they don't like the smell of it, you'll never have the chance to give them a taste of you in person! If you get the chance you better taste f***ing great!"

Whether it was his influence I'm not sure, but I've never had an interview where I wasn't offered a position. Although, I have turned a few offers down. Print-wise I've had 12 interviews and I've had 8 jobs, turning down the other 4 offers.

After I did my Post Grad computer course, I never used a CV again. If I had done, I'd have been sending it to myself!

*Paddy McMahon, wherever you now are, Rest In Peace.


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CV - I commented to JD brfore reading your post

by Darryl~ Moderator In reply to I, on the other hand, had ...

I just don't get the whole CV thing....really...as a manager I just want a resume that gives me a quick overview of your skills....I don't have the time to look at all the "wonderful" things you've created over the past 30 years.

Who invented this "CV" thing anyway? Was it used in the accounting industry when you were there? It seems you don't care much for it either...is it a result of today's job market where people no longer have the same job for "life" & have to show a new "perspective" employer all the "wonderful things "I" can do?

I think a CV is the "new" yuppy way of doing things....I'm glad I'll be retiring soon.

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Curriculum Vitae ~ from the Latin ...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to CV - I commented to JD br ...

"A curriculum vitae (loosely translated as course of life) provides an overview of a person's life and qualifications. It differs from a resume in that it is appropriate for academic or medical careers and is far more comprehensive. A CV elaborates on education to a greater degree than a resume. A resume is tailor-made according to the post applied for. It is job-oriented and goal specific. One of the key characteristics of a proper resume is conciseness."

Excerpt from:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R%C3%A9sum%C3%A9

I still blame it all on the Romans!


Edit for all the instances of 'r?sum?' - damn that parser.

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