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Real Students' CVs Reviewed: Cisco Expert Jamie Gives Feedback

Jamie Green, Cisco Strategic Sourcing Manager for Staffing, is a human resources expert with years of experience in recruitment.

 

We asked Jamie to take a look at a couple of CVs that we have received from Networking Academy students and give some feedback and advice on how to improve them.

 

Jamie chose two random CVs – we have removed the personal information from them – to review. You can watch Jamie reviewing these CVs and giving his advice here.  A big vote of thanks goes to Jamie for giving his feedback, and of course, to our two guest CVs. We spoke to these two students and on behalf of the team, we'd like to wish them the very best of luck with their careers and to thank them both for being good sports.

 

Jamie's feedback: CV One 

 

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  • A really clear CV: punchy and concise.
  • Easy to read and the key information is immediately accessible
  • It might be good to add some detail about your main roles and responsibilities.
  • Also, information about your main or key achievements is always helpful – some is covered in this, but a little more information about what experience has involved.  Bullets would be good.
  • Good that the experience going back several years is there, but that it is kept short and concise. This gives a nice overview of the career structure, without over-burdening the reader with too much information.

 

Jamies's feedback: CV  Two

 

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  • A good technical CV with qualifications clearly spelt out at the start.
  • Great to see Cisco certifications – this will catch the attention of the recruiter.
  • Might be better to avoid long lists of technologies you know – unless you are very confident and comfortable taking detailed questions on your knowledge at interview.  Jamie would have placed this information at the end of the CV rather than the beginning.

 

This CV could be improved by making it clearer if the project work was part of the job described at the top of the page. Try to make this a little clearer – state that these projects were part of the job described.

  • The more recent experience could be expanded into longer descriptions. Shorten the less recent experience.
  • Jamie likes the inclusion of “interests and hobbies” in this CV.   

 

General Advice from Jamie

  •  Layout is key. Keep things punchy – information should be concise and immediately accessible
  •  Be really clear about your experience. Bullet points are good.
  • Reverse chronological order – most recent experience at the top
  • It´s important to give a good overview of each position you have held: key roles and responsibilities and key achievements. As you go back further into past experience you can keep information short.
  •  When you are writing your CV, always be mindful of the interview that you might have with a recruiter. Be ready to talk more about the information or the points that you include in your CV.  Be prepared to talk about how you worked within particular situations/roles – how you responded to problems and so on.
  • Make sure that whatever you include in your CV is something that you are comfortable discussing in an interview.
  • Recruiters reviewing your CV will typically look for 3 stand out points:

 

Experience within relevant companies or industries (if you have this)

 

Knowledge of the relevant technologies

 

The relevant job experience

  • Recruiters use data bases to search for CVs – so the more you do include on your knowledge and experiences that can be tagged for searches is good.
  • Including your interests and hobbies is ok – it´s a way of telling a recruiter  a bit more about your personality. This is especially interesting if your hobbies and interests are relevant to your job search.

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