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  1. scaminatrix

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    72hrs p/w is savage. The most I've ever done was a 300 hour month. There was with a 50 hour shift in with that just for the giggles (2 days straight w/ sleep-in wage :D ) and I don't recommend it.
    Someone I used to live with worked at loads of bars, pubs and clubs, and he never left for work before 6pm. I think it might be crossed wires; 12 hour shifts are more common in warehouse/logistics roles so might be stray info about the other job floating around. I hope so for you, sounds like it could be a nice career oppurtunity.
     
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    well its more of a bar in a restaurant. but we shall see on thursday. if it is 72hrs though I will need a serious think about if i should stay on and do it...while pouring myself some scotch from behind the bar
     
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    Quick advice guys.

    Touching up my CV for an IT Techy position :D However, I've only ever had one smallish job. Should i list all the programs i know and my hardware knowledge?

    Need to pack it out abit :(
     
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    its good to list your experiences. but if its too much the employer might just not bother reading it and toss it straight in the bin
     
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    Man up Freedom, and do the 72hr/wk. At first its going to be tough, but I promise you that you will soon get used to it.
     
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    How's this for a free upgrade, grabbed an i7 860 off ebay for £130 and sold my i5 760 on there for £130 too :toast:
     
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    Freedom, I was under the impression that it was illegal to work now for more than 46 hours per week, unless you had government exemptions (Police, Armed Forces, Fire, NHS etc)??

    my advice for what it's worth..... give it a go, think of it as a trial, if things aint working out after a couple of months then at least you have some money in your pocket!
     
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    You must sign an opt out form if you wish to work more than 48hrs a week afaik.
     
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    F'ing OLD royal mail where are they?????
     
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    List other skills that you can bring into the job. Did you do catering for example? Then you know how to organise your work space for maximum efficiency and also understand the dangerous of contaminating your food.

    Think about what other things you have that you can apply to this job, and put them down. Even if it's just organisation, prioritising etc.
     
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    Nice:toast:I'm swapping out for an i5 2500k setup this weekend myself, albeit with slightly less graphical power but at no extra cost :D

    I shall put a few benchies in for anyone that is interested.
     
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    Quality thread guys
    This is why i'm proud to say i'm British
     
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    All this talk of swapping & trading makes me want to move to mATX. I don't need much convincing mind, I've been wanting to go back to a SFF for a while now.

    Before I do though, I'm going to mod some cable management holes into my Antec 300 and spray it all black.
     
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    Once you go black there is no going back my man :eek::D
     
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    All my rigs bar my first Shuttle have been black.

    :rockout:
     
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    Remember to keep it as only one page; if you need a proper hand chuck me a PM, I've done courses on CV writing and the info's still fresh in my head. The guidelines of CV writing change all the time (from an interviewer's perspective) so gotta keep it fresh.
    What you got listed for hobbies?
     
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    Not bad, the mistake most people make is putting "Reading" as a hobby, interviewers hate that, it's the calling card of a template-jacking :laugh:

    I had an interviewer ask me once
    "Are you interested in training and progressing in a career here?"
    I thought, what a silly question. Anyone who wants the job will say Yes, but I think it was a test by the interviewer to see whether I could elaborate on an obvious answer with more detail. Instead of just giving a one-word answer, I said some schiit.

    And people list key skills as:
    • Punctual
    • Hard working
    • Smart
    and stuff like that, trust me I've seen some laughable CV's in my time. People spelling thier own name wrong and stuff.
    Someone was supposed to send a CV to this place to apply for a job, instead he printed off an abusive (funny abusive, not anything bad) letter and sent it to the head office of the course operator, signing it in the tutor's name...
     
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    Was that intentional?

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    Actually, no! Oh wow, I though it was "I before E, except after C."
    Looks like my grammar school edukashun didn't work!!

    "I before E, except after C." I heard it in a Charlie Brown cartoon like 15 years ago. Is it an American-only teaching as it doesn't seem to apply over here?
     
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    @Freedom: +1 on WhiteLotus' advice. Get it even if just to stuff your CV and have money and do something during the day.
    If you have studies or any work experience do a very simple reverse chronological order CV with emphasis on skills you picked up along the way useful to the role you're applying. You can then compliment that with a nice beefy cover letter. That way you can make a small CV look full of potential.
     
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    Emhasis on the very simple. People hate to read a ton of pages. Just a short, clean CV and a short, clean cover letter. Too much info is a no-no. 1 page MAXIMUM for a CV.
    The hard thing is, even the pro's will contradict eachother. I had my old CV checked by a trained interviewer, and he show me how to make it perfect. Then I showed it to someone else (another pro) and he said "No, more simple."

    Sam Coates
    60 -snip-
    Tel: -snip-
    e-mail: -snip-​

    Profile:
    A fit and healthy young man who works well under pressure. A well motivated and organised team member with an eye for detail and a professional approach to work, looking for a chance to use my skills and experience in an electronics based environment.

    Key Skills:
    * Troubleshooting and problem solving exercises
    * Logical, fast thinking quick learner - actions become instinct very quickly
    * Strong sense of spatial awareness and safety in the workplace

    Column 1 Column 2
    0 Education: Achievements:
    1
    2 Grammar School Maths
    3 Folkestone English
    4 Physics
    5 Chemistry
    6 Biology
    7 All GCSE Pass Grades


    Work History

    -big snip-

    Additional Information:
    Full clean driving licence.

    Interests:
    I build and fix computers and other electronic devices and I like to keep up to date on the latest technology advancements .
    I like to keep fit; I enjoy basketball and I am very keen on extreme sports.
    I am fond of crosswords, Su-Do-Ku and other problem solving related puzzles.

    With the work history filled in, that's a complete CV and that's as long as it should be.
    Some pro's will tell you that the Key Skills listed are "wrong", but they are "me". Rather than just using something out of a template that looks right, it's recommended to use something more tailored to you.

    Cover letter should be very very short. like this:
    Dear Karen,
    I am e-mailing to apply for the Multi Drop Driver position advertised
    on the *insert newspaper/website*. I am a very safe driver and I am also smart
    and flexible. I am willing to undergo security checks and I have a
    good knowledge of local areas.

    Please find enclosed a copy of my CV for your attention. Thankyou for
    your consideration.

    No longer than that. The CV is for giving info, not the cover letter.
    I was being trained to become a manager last year (basically just NVQ5 with a little bit of extra), Interviewing was one of the things I needed to learn for it. I learnt the lot, but then they decided to keep me as a Team Leader (I got seen smoking some stuff outside work so now I'm not "manager material").
    Now I'm jobless so my CV will need some attention before it gets chucked at every local employer!!
     
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    Hehe, when I was on the dole the JobCenter kept sending me to "experts" and each one redid my CV over and over too. The successful CV was also the simplest like you say.

    I've not updated mine since I started at my current workplace, but the CV is pretty much identical. Only difference is I was told to keep my education section short too. So here's more or less the difference:
    Education
    Sep 2003 – Jun 2005 [Enter place of study]

    BTEC National Diploma Software Development (FT)
    City & Guilds L2 IT Practitioner Computer Repairs & Networking (PT)
    Sep 1998 – Jun 2003 [Enter place of study]
    8 GCSE including Maths, English & IT

    Languages
    English – Fluent
    Spanish – Native (Fluent)
    French – Basic

    Career History
    *snip*
    Nov 2007 – Jan 2008 [Enter company]
    Nov 2007- Jan 2008 Sales Assitant (PT)
    ▪ Customer service
    ▪ Woking as part of a team to successfully meet targets
    ▪ Store cleaning and upkeep at end of day
    *snip*
    In the hobbies/interests section I even put something I wasn't sure about but I'm very proud of:
    Interests
    Recently I've become a member of the World Community Grid project. This allows me to put my knowledge of computers towards a voluntary global project aimed at finding cures for diseases such as cancer and muscular dystrophy.
    *snip*
    Does look better on paper. But either way, you keep it simple and you put what's relevant and/or clearly describes your good points.
     
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    That's a good one. Conversation starter. Oppurtunity to spray intelligence. :laugh:
     

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