Saturday, September 30, 2006

For you newbies out there...

Here's a recent resume submission from an eager programmer fresh out of US-based "training" at college...short and sweet, but that's the rub. It's uninspiring.

Basic Comments:
- Has this person ever held a job, volunteered, done some research, or anything else to justify the kind-of-low 3.1 GPA in his major (which is typically code-word for "low grades in everything else")
- the objective is pretty uninspiring, how about a promising role in all kinds of Systems or Software Engineering (not just programming), that allows ME to contribute to YOUR success, save the whales, and otherwise provide much more than a "good" opportunity for growth.
- nice classes, but did he actually create anything? projects? a robot? High-score in the gaming community?
- C++ in VB.net....would be nice to see some C#, and basic C training
- Microsoft SQL - what does that mean? SQL Server, Access, etc.? I presume Access, since the OS experience (Windows 9.x/XP) doesn't include server platforms (i.e. WNT, W2K)
- "worked with several....including"; and "certain distributions"....need to list out ALL software/hardware titles, versions, builds, etc.....that's what the auto-resume reviewers are indexing.

Joe Needs a Necktie
Objective
To secure a promising position in Computer Programming that offers challenges and a good opportunity for growth.

Education
May 2006 - Bachelor of Science Computer Science Degree from XXX University, PA (XXX University's Computer Science program is accredited by the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology), Major GPA 3.1.

Computer Science Classes
Introduction to Programming
Data Structures
Introduction to Programming II
Artificial Intelligence
Discrete Structures
Computational Models
Computer Architecture
Operating Systems
Programming Languages and Software Engineering
Computer Networking
Database Management Systems
Computer Graphics
Network Security

Computer Experience
·Experienced programmer in C++ in varying development environments including command line development in Linux and Windows, as well as Visual Studio .Net.
·Worked with several other programming and scripting languages including Java, LISP and PHP.
·Experienced with Database Entity-Relationship design and querying in Microsoft SQL and MySQL environments.
·Knowledgeable with operating systems including Windows 9x, Windows XP, and certain Linux distributions.

References Available upon Request

7 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Got to fill up at least a page, otherwise there's nothing much to talk about in an interview!

7:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would be the "eager young" programmer for the above post. I was thinking about adding in this line to my resume. I don't know if it would be more fit for my cover letter though.

After a lackluster freshman year, I never missed a single class or day of work for the rest of my college career and my cumulative GPA either stayed the same or went higher every semester thereafter.

3:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

what work? its not on the resume.

7:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cashier in the summers and a couple jobs simultaneously during the school year, but none of which are related to computers.

11:54 PM  
Blogger DADministrator said...

doesn't matter...include them, since employers want to know you know how to actually show up for work. "Couple of jobs during the school year" is huge - that's evidence of a hardworking profile. Much of my work as a "Systems Engineer" or "IT Consultant" doesn't have anything to do with computers....more to do with relationship-building, planning, organizing, etc.

8:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Joe needs to include some job experience (even if he was just flipping burgers...) Certainly he has held a job somewhere at this stage in his life.

This is a good lesson for college student who will be looking for jobs in the near future. Prior to your senior year, you should be looking at resumes that your classmates are submitting. This will give you a 'feel' for what looks good and what doesn't in a resume. This will also give you an opportunity to assess your own experience/qualifications and identify any 'holes' that need to be addressed. If you do this prior to your senior year, you will still have an opportunity to fill in those gaps before you need to write your own resume.

6:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Joe needs to include some job experience (even if it was flipping burgers....) Certainly he has held some sort of job at this stage in his life.

This is a good lesson for any college student that will be looking for a job in the next few years. Prior to your senior year you should be looking at resumes that your classmates are submitting. This will give you an opportunity to get a 'feel' for what looks good and what doesn't in a resume. It will also give you an opportunity to assess your own skills/experience and to identify any 'holes' in your experience that need to be addressed. If you do this prior to your senior year, you will still have time to fill in the gaps before you write your own resume.

7:02 AM  

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