Question by Comp Sci: Can a Computer Science Professional/IT Recruiter/IT Manager critique my resume?
I am a college freshmen working towards a BS in Computer Science. I competed in the IBM Master the Mainframe 2009 competition and was offered a chance to submit my resume to the IBM Student Opportunity System.
I had a few questions regarding what my resume should contain, etc. I’ve linked to my resume below, if an IT Manager/Recruiter with some spare time could please give me some positive criticism I would be very grateful. This resume will be submitted mainly for internships, and I intend to continue to build upon it. Also, please take into consideration I have only completed one semester so far, and my expected grades were 4 As (14×4.0 hrs) and 1 B (1×3.0 hrs) which means my GPA is a ~3.933 for this semester. I took dual-credit college courses in high school, so those Bs bring me down to a ~3.67, estimated of course. You may say my objective is too broad, but since I have only take one semester I don’t necessarily have any specialty or focus. I’m interested in “Large Systems/Enterprise Application”…whatever that means, I liked using the IBM Mainframe but I am not specifically looking to focus in it. My java programming experience is based off of my high school computer science classes.
What should my objective be? (I’m in my 1st semester)
Should I stylize my resume with color/highlights/colored text?
Should I avoid using trendy terms such as “cloud computing”, “tech-savvy” etc? Is this a deterrent for recruiters?
Should I list languages I’ve used and programmed with, such as PHP or MySQL, even if I am not “fluent” with them?
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Edit: Thank you all for your response. To reply: Yes I’ve been working part-time throughout high school. I’ve had experience working in restaurants cooking, tech support, coffee shop, etc. The avg time at each employer was ~10 months. Recently, I’ve worked seasonal jobs and I am working on getting a job on my campus.
Answer by Loverboy
1 Semester doesn’t mean crap. And btw, you need an internship. You need experience with your skills.
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