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International Chef WANTED.
• To manage kitchen, labour
costs, menu development,
ordering and monitoring
supplies. Experience, fluent
Spanish, fluent English needed.
Degree in Culinary Arts. Enthusiastic,
creative and fully
qualified to prepare international dishes.
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Applicants are also required to submit
a copy of the application to:
Chief Manpower Officer, Ministry of
Labour & Small Enterprise
Development, 50-54 Duke Place, Duke
Street, Port of Spain.
So you enthusiastically enrolled in an IT cur-
riculum, worked hard and graduated only to find
that the job market is not what you thought.
Now you need a powerful resume that will get you
in the door so you can apply your recently acquired
skills in the real world.
Here are some important tips to make sure you get
What is it you want to do?
Although you took courses in both programming and
networking, you need to decide what path you are pur-
suing: Programming or Infrastructure Support.
It is rare that companies want someone who can do
both, so decide right up front which direction you are
Then, improve the effectiveness of your resume by
following these 6 tips:
1. Avoid Traditional Resume Objectives
Objectives like "to grow my skills in a forward-thinking
company" are out.
The Objective statement is now replaced with nothing
more than a headline with the job title you are seeking.
So just put "Entry-Level Programmer," "Junior Network
Administrator," or "Help Desk / Technical Support" at
the top of your resume, depending on your goal, of
2. Categorize Technical Competencies
You need to have a Technical Competencies section
that shows what you know and supports keyword search-
es. Organize these by topic such as:
At the beginning of your career, it is okay to put in
things that you do not have that much experience in,
but do not overstuff it with things you really don't know.
Important: Even though you had exposure to pro-
gramming and networking, only put the
competencies relevant to your position.
For example, if you are seeking a network
support role, do not put Java and pro-
gramming languages here as it is con-
3. Showcase Your Learning in the
Experience Section (Plus a Key Trick)
Since most of your IT experience is
through your training, you need to really
showcase your learning. A good tip is to
detail your education on your resume in
the same way as you would list a job.
Here you can detail the courses you
took, how many hours of training you
had, and the technologies you learned.
Refer to your detailed curriculum (but
don't just repeat it) to refresh your mind
regarding subjects and technologies cov-
Key trick: go into detail about the
hands-on projects you completed as part
of your training, as below.
University of the West Indies
2008 - 2012
Inventory Control Project: Devel-
oped engaging user interface to capture
physical inventory counts, update inven-
tory database, and produce discrepancy
reports. Technologies used include Oracle
11g, SQL, Java, and Perl. Earned top scores
for quality and on-time completion.
Doing this lets you really detail the IT
experience you gained as part of your
4. Stress Transferable Skills
This is where most people fall down.
If you have held non-IT jobs, then these
need to be highlighted on the resume.
Don't just list your roles here, use this
to highlight the core skills you demon-
strated that would be relevant to an
entry-level IT position.
Remember that the most important
skill an employer looks for is good com-
munication skills. Other important traits
to stress are:
• Ability to work independently
• Customer-service mentality
• Track record of getting things done
• Attention to quality and accuracy
• Ability to juggle multiple tasks and
So, if you were a Bartender or Waitress,
stress your ability to build rapport with
a variety of personalities, perform in a
fast-paced environment, and build cus-
tomer loyalty through exceptional service.
5. Include Appropriate Keywords to
Get Past the ATS
Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) are
used by many companies and this is the
software that scans your resume and
ranks it according to the keywords the
company has listed. If you submit your
resume over the web (not my first choice),
your resume will go through the ATS,
and if you do not get a good score here,
you may not be seen at all by a human
Start by reviewing the job description
and make sure you have their keywords
in your resume. This can be a bit tricky.
For example, here is a recent posting for
an entry-level programmer.
• Any previous experience with C++,
Java or any other OO based language
(even with school projects)
• A strong desire to learn new tools
• Strong computer science theory and
• Open to work in different technology
environments and platforms
• To get past the ATS for this job, you
should incorporate the phrases above
to get a good match.
6. Add Testimonials
Finally, you can add a little oomph to
your resume if you have any testimonials
from professors or employers. Putting
"Grace is the consummate customer serv-
ice professional who delights the cus-
tomer" can be just what you need to
Use these tips to land that important
first job that launches your IT career.
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