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Sxeptomaniac

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Icon 1 posted October 22, 2008 13:14      Profile for Sxeptomaniac   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
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I just heard today that the administration at the college rejected a grant proposal one of our maintenance managers wanted to submit to have solar panels installed on the roofs of several campus buildings for free. The reason for the rejection is apparently "aesthetics".

ARE THEY F**KING JOKING? This is Fresno, CA, for heaven's sake. We only get around a few weeks a year of overcast weather. The college also has several flat roofs no-one would be able to see the top of (except from the upper couple of stories of one dorm building). In addition, we're in the middle of some major budget issues, and this could easily take some of the pressure off.

I'm getting so sick of the boneheaded crap our idiot VP pulls (this is very typical of him).
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On a related note, I'm getting my resume together. Any suggestions for a guy whose work experience is mostly unrelated to his actual degree? How about cover letters? I'm not very good at writing those.

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Grummash

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Icon 1 posted October 22, 2008 13:37      Profile for Grummash     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Geez - free solar panels in California..... even I understand that this one should have been a no-brainer, and I'm in Northern England (where we just look at pictures of the sun in books... [Wink] ). I'm sorry to hear your VP has so little imagination.

On the resume question, hardly anyone in the UK has a job which is connected to their actual degree (except for those perpetual students who win research posts...).
So I'm afraid I have nothing useful to suggest, other than scout around the bookshops for resume guides to find out what is "in fashion" at the moment for styles of presentation.

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littlefish
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Icon 1 posted October 22, 2008 14:33      Profile for littlefish   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Give evidence for your claims - don't say "I'm very good at organising", rather give examples such as "I organised senior prom for eleventy hundred students, managed the budget, making 200 bucks for sick kittens and sorted out the band".

Apart from that, try not to repeat yourself and proof read every application.

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Callipygous
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Icon 1 posted October 22, 2008 18:54      Profile for Callipygous     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Writing any CV is hard especially the "About Me" section. Try to write simply and avoid jargon or corporate speak. Above all please don't say that you are passionate about something, unless it gives you an erection, or moves you to either uncontrollable violence, or an irrational desire for crucifixion. [Wink]

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quantumfluff
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Icon 1 posted October 22, 2008 20:10      Profile for quantumfluff     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
What littlefish said. Say the things you did in active voice.

"I was responsible for X", not "Facilitated successful completion of X". And I don't care what technologies you used. The focus is on what you accomplished. The tools are a footnote to that.

I rarely care about the degree unless it is someone only a few years out of school. Focus on what you have done.

As for cover letters, they should basically say "Hi, I see your company does X. I have a lot of experience with that. Here's my resume.". The HR person is going to scan your resume for buzzwords anyway, and the interviewers will probably never see the cover letter. The only thing to remember is that the cover letter MUST appear to target the employer, while the resume should appear employer agnostic. A cover letter that does not mention any fit to the specific employer is of no value.

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Sxeptomaniac

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Icon 1 posted October 23, 2008 14:12      Profile for Sxeptomaniac   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Thanks for the tips, they all seem like good principles to keep in mind, so I'll definitely use them.

(Ugh. I also found out the VP's grant-rejecting spree also included our campus safety manager's grant request for two free cars to use for patrols. The manager also works part time for a local junior college, so he handed them the proposal, with the appropriate changes, and they now have two new cars, free of charge. I knew the VP was an idiot, but not this big of one.)

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