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Old 07-17-2013, 03:05 PM
 
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Hello,
I am looking for some feedback on my resume. I am looking for work as a Web Designer or a UI/UX Designer. Thanks
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Old 07-17-2013, 04:29 PM
 
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I don't know anything about your field but I see a fair number of resumes. Your layout is just odd, the qualifications section takes up too much space and should not be at the top of the resume and the personal attributes column just needs to be gone because it is full of buzz words or words that really don't mean anything.
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Old 07-17-2013, 07:42 PM
 
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Ideally, your resume will get feedback by managers or executive managers. Hopefully, somebody with that background will respond. I completed a successful resume rewrite, after it was reviewed by a small business CEO and a retired Fortune 500 SVP. After the rewrite, two companies offered $12.5k/yr and $25/k yr more than my old job. I used the same advice, 3 years later. I got another $12k/yr and $20k/yr raise by 2 companies. I increased my salary by $50k in 3 years with the new resume.

With their advice in mind, the layout is difficult to read. A manager should be able to skim your resume for the finer points. The layout needs to be completely redone.

The skills section in education is a rehash of the skills section on page 1. There is no need for 2 skills section.

Professional history and relevant experience is redundant. Relevant experience has no dates, while the professional history has no information about the work involved.

As Joe said, the personal attributes section needs to be tossed. In their experience, job candidate self-assessment can vary wildly and is usually disappointing in real life. They need the facts(What? When? Where? How?). Show them specific examples. Did you have a great idea that saved thousands of dollars? Was it a specific project? Did you mentor new employees(leadership)? Did you lead a team? The accomplishments would go under your job history(relevant experience? professional history?).

The current version is definitely hurting your chances at the higher paying jobs. You will be getting calls every week, if the resume is completely redone.

Last edited by move4ward; 07-17-2013 at 08:45 PM..
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Old 07-17-2013, 08:43 PM
 
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Hello,
I am looking for some feedback on my resume. I am looking for work as a Web Designer or a UI/UX Designer. Thanks
I agree with Joe. I think your resume format is odd. But perhaps that is because it's just so different from mine. It's funny, I looked online and there's a lot of different resume formats, not many of which I consider good. I may be highly biased here.

Still, there's definitely a lot of superfluity here.

-There's no need for your name to be in 36 font across the middle of the page. It's already on the top.

-You need an objective. I can't tell what type of position you want.

-Education: -> A few lines with where you graduated from and with what major. What year too if you wish. No skills learned unless you are switching careers. On the top if you have a recent degree, on the bottom if you got it in the stone ages (though I always put mine on the top regardless).

-Professional history. Dates should head each job, not be a separate section. Your entire history need not be on there. Just the most recent 3-4 jobs that are relevant to the job you are applying to (my opinion).

-Since you are in IT, Web Design, languages and certs in a separate section.

If you condensed, it would probably come out to one page which is better. But that's just my opinion. Short, concise, clear. You don't have to tell your life story.

My idea of what a good resume looks like...

Medical Sales Resume Example: Sample Sales Resumes
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Old 07-17-2013, 11:09 PM
 
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I like a traditional, chronological resume layout that reads left to right and not up-and-down newspaper columns.

Here's how I would change your resume:

Quote:

Deb So-and-So
[address]
[phone]
[email]

TECHNICAL SKILLS:

Web design in Adobe CSS2 and CSS3, Joomla, HTML, XHTML, XML
Web programming in Ruby, PHP, ColdFusion
JavaScript, JQuery
Scripting using MySQL, SQL

CREATIVE SKILLS:

Web Design
UI/UX Design
Illustration, Story-boarding, Mockups
Conceptualize Designs
3D Modeling, Lighting and Texturing
Video & Motion Graphics
Typography
Photography
Interactive Media

WORK EXPERIENCE

Sharepoint Developer Intern, Manitoba Hydro, Winnipeg, MB, CA (May -Aug 2011, May-Aug 2012)
  • Conceptualized and gathered Sharepoint site requirements for 3 departments
  • Implemented/deployed Sharepoint sites within project requirements/specifications
  • Organized and set up data in a user friendly fashion and created user documentation
Web Design Strategist, Web Wizards Inc. , Winnipeg, MB., CA (May -Jul 2010)
  • [roles, responsibilities, accomplishments]
Freelance Web Consultant (2002-present)
  • [sample work/websites]
Desktop Publishing Specialist, Pegasus Publications Inc., Winnipeg, MB., CA (month-month 2008)
  • [roles, responsibilities, accomplishments]
Unix Website Administrator [which is it? website admin or UNIX sysadmin? those are different things], Nutech Digital, Winnipeg, MB., CA (month-month 2007)
  • [roles, responsibilities, accomplishments]
Desktop Operator, Kellet Copy Centres Ltd., Winnipeg, MB., CA; (month-month 2002)
  • [roles, responsibilities, accomplishments]
Creative Content Designer, MTS Advanced, (Viewcall) Winnipeg, MB., CA (month 1998- month 1999)
  • [roles, responsibilities, accomplishments]
Comic Coloration Specialist, Digital Chameleon, Winnipeg, MB., CA (month 1993- month 1994)

EDUCATION:

BS Business Information Technology
Red River College, Winnipeg
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Old 07-19-2013, 12:22 PM
 
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Hi thanks all!

My job objective, even though I just received IT training for 4 years, is actually an enhancement. I'm a graphic interactive web designer. I am going for UI/UX designer and I feel with all my years experience and this extra IT training (web development stream) I truly have a competitive advantage. This is because now I know the technical end about 5 times more than a typical web designer, I have the experience from the past where I was actually doing UI/UX and I didn't know it... So I want this to really be projected fiercely. I want them to know, I'm one of the best.

I was reading that career objectives are out of style, and that you should just put skills. Anyway, whatever, I had career objective to begin with.

As I've gone through my career, everyone has had pointers to give me. I've been to renown a job club in Toronto, 2 in Winnipeg, and this resume is the version I got an A on in class, with the template they suggested. I also went to see a career councillor there as well!

But as soon as I changed my resume to their standards, I used to have calls all the time, and now I have nothing. Obviously this college has done nothing for me in respect of finding a job! At first, before I took their advice I had 3 interviews when I walked out the door (graduated). As I said, it went down to zero.

I shouldn't say that, I got caught up in some older technology from them, now I'm racing along with programming knowledge and doing lots of responsive designs.

Ok. So my question now is, how can I make this resume really say "experienced web designer with UI/UX experience and tons of IT and design training, you should be paying me 100k...just kidding!" No honestly, I'm very sure I have a huge competitive edge and I want to take it to the next level now!

-Deborah
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Old 07-19-2013, 12:56 PM
 
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really? you think those are buzzwords? I completely removed all jargon and came up with original terms! These were my buzzword omissions last week of which I dreamt up and then realized that my my city is so traditional that I bet those buzzwords are their keywords, so that's why on the version you have, I further equalized it so it was less buzzy, but only slightly original and cool, or humorous.

BEFORE:
Personal Attributes

Motivated, Enthusiastic Thorough Learner
Excellent Written Skills
Work with Clients/Consultation
Innovation, Conceptualize
Problem Solving - Troubleshoot, Improve
Systematizing – Organize, & Develop Techniques
Work on a Team as an Individual
Project Planning
Up on New Trends

AFTER
Personal Attributes

Driven, unyielding learner
Fluid prolific writer
Consultation with clients
Conceptualize, Modernization
Novel solutionist
Standardize, integrate
Collaboration with a squadron
as a singular force member
Project strategist
Role Model


I changed Driven, unyielding learner because that sounded too silly, it would have been more standard to put " driven unyielding visionary" or leader or something like that. Then I realized, that's so silly, I should just make them feel safe and put, "fast learner". good enough.

I changed Conceptualize, Modernization back to Innovative, even though it's cool, Innovative may be a keyword.

I changed "Collaboration with a squadron as a singular force member" to "Collaboration with a Group of Professionals as an Equal Member "

I refuse to use the word "team" for a job. It's like using the word force, team implies sports, and jobs are a competitive sport, they are jobs, and a force isn't a job either, a force implies military. As you can see, my sarcasm probably would be too overwhelming for a traditional group of people. "Collaboration with a Group of Professionals as an Equal Member " sounds perfect! I loved it when I created that, it's better than anything I've heard before.

I changed Role Model, to Leadership, because basically, that's the main way to lead anyway. It's how I've always been.

So, please don't say I didn't omit the buzzwords, I just created my own. Those aren't buzzwords, they are my innovative way of revamping buzzwords so as to not be buzzwords anymore but very unique descriptors of who I am. Instead of saying it their way, I was very pleased to say it my own way!

Why do you think these are buzzwords?

-Deborah
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Old 07-19-2013, 01:23 PM
 
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really? you think those are buzzwords? I completely removed all jargon and came up with original terms! These were my buzzword omissions last week of which I dreamt up and then realized that my my city is so traditional that I bet those buzzwords are their keywords, so that's why on the version you have, I further equalized it so it was less buzzy, but only slightly original and cool, or humorous.

BEFORE:
Personal Attributes

Motivated, Enthusiastic Thorough Learner
Excellent Written Skills
Work with Clients/Consultation
Innovation, Conceptualize
Problem Solving - Troubleshoot, Improve
Systematizing Organize, & Develop Techniques
Work on a Team as an Individual
Project Planning
Up on New Trends

AFTER
Personal Attributes

Driven, unyielding learner
Fluid prolific writer
Consultation with clients
Conceptualize, Modernization
Novel solutionist
Standardize, integrate
Collaboration with a squadron
as a singular force member
Project strategist
Role Model


I changed Driven, unyielding learner because that sounded too silly, it would have been more standard to put " driven unyielding visionary" or leader or something like that. Then I realized, that's so silly, I should just make them feel safe and put, "fast learner". good enough.

I changed Conceptualize, Modernization back to Innovative, even though it's cool, Innovative may be a keyword.

I changed "Collaboration with a squadron as a singular force member" to "Collaboration with a Group of Professionals as an Equal Member "

I refuse to use the word "team" for a job. It's like using the word force, team implies sports, and jobs are a competitive sport, they are jobs, and a force isn't a job either, a force implies military. As you can see, my sarcasm probably would be too overwhelming for a traditional group of people. "Collaboration with a Group of Professionals as an Equal Member " sounds perfect! I loved it when I created that, it's better than anything I've heard before.

I changed Role Model, to Leadership, because basically, that's the main way to lead anyway. It's how I've always been.

So, please don't say I didn't omit the buzzwords, I just created my own. Those aren't buzzwords, they are my innovative way of revamping buzzwords so as to not be buzzwords anymore but very unique descriptors of who I am. Instead of saying it their way, I was very pleased to say it my own way!

Why do you think these are buzzwords?

-Deborah
Those adjectives don't really tell the employer anything. Everybody is going to say that they are those things.

Resumes are such crapshoots. Everybody can say they are great. Interviews too, to a lesser extent.

If your school GPA was good, include it.
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Old 07-19-2013, 03:24 PM
 
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I guess what I'm going for, is what I learned in advertising art "Good Advertising is the Truth Well Told". That's who I am. I'm a person of integrity, not a flake.
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Old 07-19-2013, 03:42 PM
 
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To me, the truth well told is to tell it in an interesting fashion. Not spin it, or bend it, but say it in a appealing way, no matter who my audience is. For example, which is more appealing to you? "Diet Beer", or Meister Brau "Lite"?

And which would you tell people: "Here's a beer that will help you lose weight", "Here's a beer that is not as tasty to you as regular beer but it tastes a lot better than the other diet beer out there", "Miller Lite; Tastes Great, Less Filling", or "Miller Lite…..everything you ever wanted in a beer, and less."

It doesn't matter to me how much or little I write. I could easily shorten it, but it might then become 10 pounds of poo in a 5 bag. I'm trying to write eloquently, not less is more, sure. Less poo is more poo!

Ok so here I am. Drive a 10 mile radius around you, and see if you can find someone who has 3 diplomas, 20 years experience both technical and as a designer in the web industry. Go!

Now see? You probably couldn't! I know this. So how can I find and interesting way to tell this? This is a very important distinguishable truth about myself.

How about this: I've been doing this for a while, I'm getting old, (42) and if people don't see this, and I get left behind, I might not survive, so, here's how I can tell it:

Just don't go without me.

I need to express myself meaningfully. How can I verbally translate this very important distinguishable truth about myself onto my resume?

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