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Resume Help

evilmrhenryevilmrhenry Registered User regular
edited May 2010 in Help / Advice Forum
REAL NAME

ADDRESS
CITY STATE ZIP
XXX-XXX-XXXX (home), XXX-XXX-XXXX (cell)
EMAIL

Summary:
• Four years of experience in development, with a focus on Python and PHP. Able and willing to learn new languages.
• Developed, released and maintained numerous open source programs.
• Significant experience under Linux and Windows. Network administration experience.

Education:
• Bachelor of Science degree from SMALL CHRISTIAN COLLEGE, in Computer Science, May 2004.
• Associates of Arts degree from LOCAL Community College, CITY STATE, June 2002.

Experience:
• Associate Manager at LOCAL STORE from October 2008 to present.
• Co-founder and manager of SMALL FURNITURE STORE from January 2007 to January 2008. Created and maintained the Windows-based network and the company website.
• Part-time associate at TAX & ACCOUNTING FIRM from July 2006 to present. Performed payroll services and network administration.
• Cashier at BIG BOX RETAILER from July to August 2003.
• Paid tutor in Mathematics and Computer Science at LOCAL Community College from December 2000 to June 2002.

Major Open Source Projects:
• Endgame: Singularity, a simulation game written in Python, with assistance of two other main developers. Currently in hiatus.
• The Monster's Tower; an arcade game designed for the Pyweek competition, written in Python over the course of one week, using OpenGL libraries. Currently complete, with no plans for further changes.
• Killer Steam-Powered Robots from Dimension X; an arcade game written for a different Pyweek competition. Currently complete, with no plans for further changes.
• Dragon Hunt; a role-playing game written in Python, requiring self-directed effort over the course of several months. Currently complete.
• ToME: No Limits; a modification of the Angband variant ToME to increase the level limit to 100. This involved working within an established code base to add large number support. Currently complete, with no plans for further changes.

All projects listed have further information and source available at my website www.emhsoft.com.

Private Projects:
• Porting of the NCI2APT utility from Mastercam 9 (C++) to Mastercam X (Visual C++) for LOCAL ENGINEERING FIRM.
• Assorted PHP utility scripts for FURNITURE STORE and TAX & ACCOUNTING FIRM.
• Installation and customization of the PHP OSCommerce module for FURNITURE STORE. (Site now defunct.)
• Installation and maintenance of Quickbooks Point of Sale for FURNITURE STORE and LOCAL RETAIL STORE.

Basically, I'm trying to get a development job; I'm more or less in retail, but that is *not* what I want to be doing for the rest of my life.

Now, the questions:
1) I graduated two years early using the Running Start program. Is there a good way to note that?
2) I was working on a Master's Degree, but ended up dropping out due to time constraints. Is there a good way to note that?

Any other notes would be helpful.

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  • SipexSipex Registered User
    edited May 2010
    For development resumes usually you have a skills section (similar to your summary actually) which lists: Known languages and years experience with each (along with focusing on what frameworks you've used), What operating systems you're familiar with and what you've developed on, any database knowledge like SQL or ORACLE and years experience and any other software which is relevant to the position (MS Office Suite for example).

    Got any recent experience in your field or projects that you've worked on? List those somewhere along with dates.

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    Horseshoe wrote:
    I've got good news and bad news about 6th level, That Guy. The good news is that Forbiddance spell allows you to prevent enemies different alignment from entering a consecrated area, which is actually useful! The bad news is that the only other new sixth level spell makes lunch for everybody. Guess which one the party is going to expect you to cast.
  • SipexSipex Registered User
    edited May 2010
    Additional tips:

    1) In the Educational section you can note your speeded up graduation with the Running Start program, something like "Bachelor of Science degree from SMALL CHRISTIAN COLLEGE, in Computer Science, completed early on the Running Start program in May 2004".

    2) Unless you plan on actively pursuing your masters (or going back to it) I can't think of an affective way to add it in.

    Also, I don't know where you'd add this in but emphasizing your ability to adapt to a situation, work effectively in a team or on your own and being unafraid to ask questions are all good things to have as a developer.

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    Horseshoe wrote:
    I've got good news and bad news about 6th level, That Guy. The good news is that Forbiddance spell allows you to prevent enemies different alignment from entering a consecrated area, which is actually useful! The bad news is that the only other new sixth level spell makes lunch for everybody. Guess which one the party is going to expect you to cast.
  • evilmrhenryevilmrhenry Registered User regular
    edited May 2010
    Alright, version 2:
    REAL NAME

    ADDRESS
    CITY STATE ZIP
    XXX-XXX-XXXX (home), XXX-XXX-XXXX (cell)
    EMAIL

    Summary:
    • Four years of experience in development, with a focus on Python and PHP. Able and willing to learn new languages.
    • Developed, released and maintained numerous open source programs.
    • Significant experience under Linux and Windows. Network administration experience.

    Education:
    • Bachelor of Science degree from SMALL CHRISTIAN COLLEGE, in Computer Science, May 2004. Graduated two years early through the Running Start program.
    • Associates of Arts degree from LOCAL Community College, CITY STATE, June 2002.

    Experience:
    • Associate Manager at LOCAL STORE from October 2008 to present.
    • Co-founder and manager of SMALL FURNITURE STORE from January 2007 to January 2008. Created and maintained the Windows-based network and the company website.
    • Part-time associate at TAX & ACCOUNTING FIRM from July 2006 to present. Performed payroll services and network administration.
    • Cashier at BIG BOX RETAILER from July to August 2003.

    Skills:
    • Python: Multiple Open Source projects, highly skilled.
    • C++: Main language used through college. Confident in my abilities.
    • Other languages: Light work in PHP, SQL, Java, Visual Basic, D, and Shell/Batch Scripting.
    • Windows: Administrated multi-computer networks; developed the port of NCI2APT under Windows.
    • Linux: Most projects developed under Linux, used daily for many years.
    • Teamwork: Familiar with team-based and individual development through open-source work.

    Major Open Source Projects:
    • Endgame: Singularity, a simulation game written in Python, with assistance of two other main developers. Currently in hiatus.
    • The Monster's Tower; an arcade game designed for the Pyweek competition, written in Python over the course of one week, using OpenGL libraries. Currently complete, with no plans for further changes.
    • Killer Steam-Powered Robots from Dimension X; an arcade game written for a different Pyweek competition. Currently complete, with no plans for further changes.
    • Dragon Hunt; a role-playing game written in Python, requiring self-directed effort over the course of several months. Currently complete.
    • ToME: No Limits; a modification of the Angband variant ToME to increase the level limit to 100. This involved working within an established code base to add large number support. Currently complete, with no plans for further changes.
    All projects listed have further information and source available at my website www.emhsoft.com.

    Private Projects:
    • Porting of the NCI2APT utility from Mastercam 9 (C++) to Mastercam X (Visual C++) for LOCAL ENGINEERING FIRM.
    • Assorted PHP utility scripts for FURNITURE STORE and TAX & ACCOUNTING FIRM.
    • Installation and customization of the PHP OSCommerce module for FURNITURE STORE. (Site now defunct.)
    • Installation and maintenance of Quickbooks Point of Sale for FURNITURE STORE and LOCAL RETAIL STORE.

    I noted the running start program under edu, added the Skills section, and cut out the tutoring, cause I'm out of space, and don't want to go to a 2-page resume.

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  • SipexSipex Registered User
    edited May 2010
    Development resumes are usually two pages actually, so that's fine.

    edit: You'll also need a cover letter.

    Sipex on
    Horseshoe wrote:
    I've got good news and bad news about 6th level, That Guy. The good news is that Forbiddance spell allows you to prevent enemies different alignment from entering a consecrated area, which is actually useful! The bad news is that the only other new sixth level spell makes lunch for everybody. Guess which one the party is going to expect you to cast.
  • khainkhain Registered User regular
    edited May 2010
    Isn't Running Start a high school program that allows you to take college classes in the last year or two? Maybe I'm mistaken, but on your resume it looks like you completed an Associates and then took two years to finish your BS in CS which I think is the normal amount of time it should take.

    You might also want to look up Functional Resumes since your experience really doesn't have a whole lot to do with the career you want to pursue, but your skill set does.

    In the Open Source section you don't explain what you actually did on any of the projects. In your resume this and the Private Projects section should be the strong points where you layout your experience since you have very little job experience in the field, but currently you don't even really say what you did on most of them and on the ones you do it's a single line.

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  • evilmrhenryevilmrhenry Registered User regular
    edited May 2010
    khain wrote: »
    Isn't Running Start a high school program that allows you to take college classes in the last year or two? Maybe I'm mistaken, but on your resume it looks like you completed an Associates and then took two years to finish your BS in CS which I think is the normal amount of time it should take.

    You might also want to look up Functional Resumes since your experience really doesn't have a whole lot to do with the career you want to pursue, but your skill set does.

    In the Open Source section you don't explain what you actually did on any of the projects. In your resume this and the Private Projects section should be the strong points where you layout your experience since you have very little job experience in the field, but currently you don't even really say what you did on most of them and on the ones you do it's a single line.

    I got my Associate's at the same time as my High school diploma.

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  • evilmrhenryevilmrhenry Registered User regular
    edited May 2010
    Alright, new version:
    REAL NAME

    ADDRESS
    CITY STATE ZIP
    XXX-XXX-XXXX (home), XXX-XXX-XXXX (cell)
    EMAIL

    Summary:
    • Four years of experience in development, with a focus on Python. Able and willing to learn new languages.
    • Developed, released and maintained numerous open source programs.
    • Significant experience under Linux and Windows. Network administration experience.

    Education:
    • Bachelor of Science degree from SMALL CHRISTIAN COLLEGE, in Computer Science, May 2004.
    • Associates of Arts degree from LOCAL Community College, CITY STATE, June 2002.

    Experience:
    • Associate Manager at LOCAL STORE from October 2008 to present.
    • Co-founder and manager of SMALL FURNITURE STORE from January 2007 to January 2008. Created and maintained the Windows-based network and the company website.
    • Part-time associate at TAX & ACCOUNTING FIRM from July 2006 to present. Performed payroll services and network administration.
    • Cashier at BIG BOX RETAILER from July to August 2003.
    • Paid tutor in Mathematics and Computer Science at LOCAL Community College from December 2000 to June 2002.

    Skills:
    • Python: Multiple Open Source projects, highly skilled.
    • C++: Main language used through college. Confident in my abilities.
    • Other languages: Light work in PHP, SQL, Java, Visual Basic, D, and Shell/Batch Scripting.
    • Windows: Administrated multi-computer networks; developed the port of NCI2APT under Windows.
    • Linux: Most projects developed under Linux, used daily for many years.
    • Teamwork: Familiar with team-based and individual development through open-source work.

    Private Projects:
    • Porting of the NCI2APT utility from Mastercam 9 (C++) to Mastercam X (Visual C++) for LOCAL ENGINEERING FIRM. This was an individual project, using an already existing code base. Porting consisted of making small code changes, adding a GUI and adding new input/output code.
    • Hour calculator script in PHP for TAX FIRM. This was an individual project, designed to make payroll data entry faster and more accurate.
    • Installation and customization of the PHP OSCommerce module for FURNITURE STORE. (Site now defunct.) This was an individual project, and included installation of already-constructed modules, and manual editing of the source code.
    • Installation and maintenance of Quickbooks Point of Sale for FURNITURE STORE and LOCAL STORE.



    ---PAGE 2---

    REAL NAME

    Major Open Source Projects:
    • Endgame: Singularity, a simulation game written in Python, with assistance of two other main developers. Currently in hiatus. Involved as the creator and main author.
    • The Monster's Tower; an arcade game designed for the Pyweek competition, written in Python over the course of one week, using OpenGL libraries. Currently complete, with no plans for further changes. Individual project.
    • Killer Steam-Powered Robots from Dimension X; an arcade game written for a different Pyweek competition. Currently complete, with no plans for further changes. Individual project.
    • Lawn Defense Force; an arcade game written for yet another Pyweek competition. Currently complete, with no plans for further changes. Individual project.
    • Dragon Hunt; a role-playing game written in Python, requiring self-directed effort over the course of several months. Currently complete. Author and main developer.
    • ToME: No Limits; a modification of the Angband variant ToME to increase the level limit to 100. Individual project, involving working within an established code base to add large number support. Currently complete, with no plans for further changes.
    • Porting several games by Kenta Cho from Windows to Linux. This involved learning the "D" language, then dealing with compiler bugs and bit rot in the programs. Individual project.

    All projects listed have further information and source available at my website www.emhsoft.com.

    I've removed the running start stuff for now; that seemed to create confusion. With the addition of the new page, I dropped in a few smaller projects, and switched private and OS projects to make things fit on the page better.

    I noted my involvement in the various projects, so that should be more explicit now.

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  • SipexSipex Registered User
    edited May 2010
    I like it so far. I'd also moves skills up between Education and Summary since it's a bigger focus on what your potential employer will be looking for.

    Add in a personal sort of section, hobbies and interests or something like that to the bottom of page 2. Doesn't need to be long, probably about 3 points should do it. It helps pad the resume and I find employers like to know that you have a little humanity in you.

    Plus it gives you a casual discussion point during an interview.

    Be prepared to tailor this resume to the position you're applying for by the way.

    Sipex on
    Horseshoe wrote:
    I've got good news and bad news about 6th level, That Guy. The good news is that Forbiddance spell allows you to prevent enemies different alignment from entering a consecrated area, which is actually useful! The bad news is that the only other new sixth level spell makes lunch for everybody. Guess which one the party is going to expect you to cast.
  • iamthepiemaniamthepieman Registered User regular
    edited May 2010
    We have similar experience and goals.

    I found when writing my resume that getting examples of friends already in the industry was really helpful.

    So here's mine for reference. Spoilered for long
    REAL NAME

    Systems Engineer and Analyst
    Address

    Skill Summary 6 years experience in software development, system analysis and web application design.

    Software:
    • Proficient with Java programming language and related languages including Jquery, Javascript, AJAX and CSS
    • Proficient with web service development and deployment using J2EE.
    • Proficient with XML and related technologies including: XSLT, Xquery, Xpath, XML databases (Marklogic) and XML schemas
    • Proficient with .NET development
    • Familiar with assembly language, PERL, C, C++, UML, Python and LUA
    Systems:
    • Training and technical course design
    • Software evaluations and technical proposals
    • Software integration with COTS products in a production environment
    • Object-oriented design and service oriented architecture.
    Analysis:
    • Intelligence analysis
    • System security auditing
    • Policy compliance and analysis

    Clearances Top Secret/SI/TK, Lifestyle Polygraph
    Education
    • B.S., Computer Science, Norwich University (2004)
    • National Science Foundation’s Information Assurance Scholarship, 2002 & 2003 link


    Experience Detail
    Company Name,
    Technical Support Specialist
    • Design, build, configure and install emergency communications systems for next generation enhanced 911 call centers
    • Create and manage Microsoft Sharepoint® team and customer portals
    • Troubleshoot and resolve customer software, network and hardware issues.
    Company Name Inc.
    Systems Engineer
    • Developer for J2EE web services application designed to aggregate multiple data sources into a user-friendly Web 2.0 interface with automated analytics
    • Designed analytic techniques to automate the correlation of target data across large disparate data sets
    • Created user-interfaces with consistent themes and layout using style sheets and templates
    • Implemented web services that allow system-to-system interaction based on web service standards
    • Worked on bringing familiar commercial technologies such as shopping carts, dynamic reports and user-profiles to a prototype government analytical system
    • Designed virtual environments for security force training and emergency planning using commercial visualization engines and modeling software.
    • Provided training and customer support for clients of visualization and web products including walk-throughs, system documentation and trouble-shooting.
    Company Name July
    Digital Network Exploitation Analyst
    • Lead Engineer for commercial technologies (Centrifuge, ENDECA, MarkLogic, GUPI) integration effort to improve mission and "as-is" processes.
    • Pursued leads on high priority targets and developed operational and exploitation plans to reflect the needs of intelligence customers through the use of open source and classified research. Led computer network exploitation efforts against identified targets.
    • Conducted analysis using multi-source data to understand global network topology and components for follow-on operations and intelligence needs.
    • Engaged members of the U.S. and Second Party Intelligence Community in guiding target development to maximize exploitation of key SIGINT efforts.
    • Led a team of voice collection experts to troubleshoot problems with voice collection systems. Tracked problems across multiple platforms, pinpointed failures and suggested solutions.
    • Mentored new analysts. Introduced them to tools, techniques and procedures for global network and target analysis.
    • Worked with military elements abroad and at home to develop requirements and fill information needs.
    • Created network maps using multi-source data in support of multiple high-priority efforts.
    • Attended classes through the National Cryptologic School including: Cisco Networking Wireless
    Security and Communication Networks, Computer Network Exploitation, and Incident Response.
    Construction industry – awaiting clearance May 2004—July 2005
    • While awaiting clearance, pursued private industry career in home construction.
    Office of Inspector General Veteran’s Affairs Washington, DC May 2003—April 2004
    Information Technology Policy Editor and Trainer
    • Created information security policy for the Veteran Affairs Office of Inspector General.
    • Responsible for writing and editing information security policy in compliance with NIST Federal Information Processing standards Publications and industry best practices.
    • Designed and taught a training course for the VA-OIG's encryption programs and public key infrastructure.
    • Conducted initial stages of security self-assessment on the OIG global database in compliance with NIST Special Publications 800 Series.
    • Performed general workstation and network troubleshooting for local departments of Audit, Investigations, Management, and Data Analysis

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  • thisisntwallythisisntwally Registered User regular
    edited May 2010
    i'd move education to the end. its not relevent and distracts from the strengths of your skills and projects sections.

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  • ransimransim Registered User regular
    edited May 2010
    You should really expand on your experience as well. You should list achievement or projects you worked on at those jobs. You should also really look at your wording.
    Summary:
    Quick study, web applications developer (You need a focus title here, what are you looking for?) with four years of development experience with a strong focus on Python, x and y. Hands on experience in development and maintenance of several open source programs such as, x, and intimate knowledge of network administration in both Microsoft Windows and Linux (what type?) environments.

    Bullets are great but you really need to help out a hiring manager. Give them some ideas of what you're looking for. What you want to do. That first paragraph should grab a hiring manager and give them a very clear idea of what you're skills are. You want to entice them to read further. You should be selling yourself. And remember you are writing to a hiring manager. Not a techie or even the IT department so try to keep the technical details in but don't try to over complicate it.

    As an example here is part of mine:
    Name Here
    123 Main St.
    Anywhere, US 00000

    ColdFusion Web Applications Developer

    Experienced professional with ten years in information technology, including project management and work with web development, and computer support. Over 4 years experience in web development, design and management, including web application development in HTML, PHP, Cold Fusion, MySQL, RSS, XML, and work with enterprise content management and portal software. Five years of hands on experience with resolving issues with software and hardware in a complex computer environment. Over four years of hands on experience with networking hardware such as routers, switches, and hubs, and with most computer peripherals and devices

    Experience:

    Jr. Web Applications Developer at -Major University-
    January 2005 – July 2007

    • Implemented web portal pilot project for 800+ students.
    • Organized a task force to study the feasibility of campus wide implementation for a content management system.
    • Deployed, supported and tested the Content Management system, including providing recommendations to the project task force.
    • Provided technical project management and business case development for several custom web applications in PHP, Cold Fusion, and MYSQL.
    • Developed and managed custom channels for portal to include dynamic content using method such as RSS.
    • Provided support and minor training in HTML, Dreamweaver, and use of FTP clients for functional users.
    • Provided technical documentation as necessary for all projects and applications developed. Assisted in the creation of presentations and other materials as needed for training, project meetings and feasibility studies.

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