I'm applying for a job at my local Apple Store... CV check please?

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  1. MasterHowl, Sep 25, 2011
    Last edited: Sep 25, 2011

    MasterHowl macrumors 65816


    Oct 3, 2010
    North of England
    Hi there :)

    I just moved to Manchester for university, and there's an Apple store here! I'd love to work there for some extra cash, and because I love Apple so much :D

    Could someone please quickly check my CV for me? I'd be extremely grateful.

    Constructive criticism is welcomed. I edited my "normal" CV to make it more Apple based. Everyone on it is 100% true, so I'm not BS-ing at any point.

    Thank you very much!

    http://dl.dropbox.com/u/27585750/Curriculum Vitae Apple Version MacRumours.pdf
  2. EvanLugh, Sep 25, 2011
    Last edited: Sep 25, 2011

    EvanLugh macrumors 68000


    Aug 29, 2007
    Developer land
    i'm going through it now and will reply/edit this post when i've done :)

    Edit: Okay looks pretty good, aside from a few obvious spacing errors. Also, Tim congratulations on the Chief Scout Gold - i also achieved this a long (long long) time ago, and it's a great thing to have (and i don't think it's equivalent to broze DoE, as you stated/may be wrong).

    I'm not sure what else you could add, apart from expanding on certain aspects such as why you liked Keynote so much, why iPhoto appealed to you, etc. Hopefully someone else will be able to give you some more positive advice.

    All the best for the job, you might see me popping in ;)
  3. dukebound85, Sep 25, 2011
    Last edited: Sep 25, 2011

    dukebound85 macrumors P6


    Jul 17, 2005
    5045 feet above sea level
    Do not write your resume like a novel

    Your contact info should not take up ~1/2 of your first page

    List your education/work experience/etc....do not make a story out of it

    Your resume is very time consuming to read (not a good thing when employers are looking at tons of resumes)

    You do not have to list your class work and grades...your gpa is enough and if they want a transcript, they will ask for it.

    Listing any education (like middle school) prior to university is irrelevant

    Conventional wisdom is to keep your resume to about a page

    just some very quick thoughts
  4. MasterHowl thread starter macrumors 65816


    Oct 3, 2010
    North of England
    Thank you :) Sorry, what a "gpa"? And how could I shorted my contact info?
  5. EvanLugh macrumors 68000


    Aug 29, 2007
    Developer land
    Actually it's usually 'required', personally i've always looked straight for the results table. Maybe it's an English thing ;) :p
  6. dukebound85 macrumors P6


    Jul 17, 2005
    5045 feet above sea level
    in the us, gpa is an indicator of your course grades all averaged together

    As far as how you should sort, I know pages has resume templates that will give you an idea

    Oh really? well definitely keep it with what's the norm in the UK. Cultural differences I suppose lol
  7. kingpin86 macrumors newbie

    Sep 24, 2011
    it's a little much.

    When I write my resume, it's very to the point.

    I write in bullet points and not in a story.

    The Cover Letter is where you tell your story
  8. MasterHowl thread starter macrumors 65816


    Oct 3, 2010
    North of England
    Thanks for the advice :) I'll try cut it down and include some things in the cover letter
  9. r1ch4rd macrumors 6502a


    Aug 5, 2005
    Manchester UK
    I'm not a fan of the layout and it's very wordy. Some things that I would do...

    (As a disclaimer from the start, this is just from personal experience in the UK. Formats differ across the world and I am not a professional in this area.)

    Name etc. I always just put in the top right, as if I were writing a letter. It's a format people are used to and doesn't take much space. I always make my name a bit bigger on the first line. Something like this...

    A N Other
    123 Fake Street
    Piccadilly Basin
    M1 1AB

    Tel: 0161123456
    Mobile: 07850123456


    Then, I would re-order. It's good to try and go reverse chronological and have the important stuff up front. So I would go with the following...

    (Short) Personal Statement -- to give an intro
    Eduction (reverse chronological) -- to show what you are doing now
    Work Experience (reverse chronological) -- what you have done in the past
    Interests -- other

    Next have a nice big heading for each section and then subdivide. Be sure to include dates. So for employment you might have something like

    Employer 1 (August 2006 to September 2007)
    Some text about working some place etc.

    Employer 1 (August 2004 to September 2005)
    Some text about the place you worked before that

    Once you have that, try and cut down each section a bit. Try to have a little intro and then bullet points with the key items. So taking one of your examples

    McDonalds (August 2006 to September 2007)
    During my years employment I worked as part of the food delivery team, working to deploy maximum food enjoyment. I was responsible for
    • Taking money
    • Serving Customers
    • Handling Complaints

    This has helped me to build skills such as
    • Team Working
    • Communication
    • Time Management

    Obviously, put a bit more effort into the words than I have.

    On your eduction section. Concentrate on what you are doing at university (write a little paragraph and then bullet points as above - keep a consistent format with work experience). For anything prior to that, just list out what you got. Don't bother with a table. Mention anything they ask for specifically. Otherwise for GCSE it may be enough to just write 6*A, 4*B, 1*C (or whatever you got).

    Another important thing. Avoid sentences like "I believe I am empathetic". You need to be sure of yourself and you need to back it up. So, go for something like "Through my work with MenCap I have proven myself to be empathetic".

    Generally, I think you have too much information. You are going to have an interview on top of this to discuss in detail. Keep to the key points. Calling bingo numbers is not important - what were the absolutely key, really impressive, things you did for MenCap?

    I don't really want to post my CV on a public forum, but if you would like a copy drop me a PM.

    Go to the Careers Centre (it used to be in the University precinct centre - near the Kilburn building). They will help you out with your CV and interview technique etc.

    If you can cut it down and make a Word copy available, I'm also happy to add more specific comments inline.

    On a side note - how are you enjoying Manchester?
  10. jav6454, Sep 25, 2011
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  11. wpotere Guest

    Oct 7, 2010
    Guys, make sure that when you give him advice you are not using American standards. You have no idea what is or isn't acceptable in the UK then best not to post it as it will only confuse matters. The standards there very likely to be different than ours for a resume.
  12. zioxide macrumors 603


    Dec 11, 2006
    Like the poster above me said, the US and UK are obviously different when it comes to resumes/cv's. However.. what I do know is that you want to keep it short and sweet. Do your best to wow them with as little as possible. The people reviewing these have lots of work to do, and they don't want to read through 3 pages of stuff. Since I guess in the UK you need to include that table of grades, I'd say MAX 2 pages. Just try to cut down the rest of the stuff, make it more brief and get straight to the point.
  13. steviem macrumors 68020


    May 26, 2006
    New York, Baby!
    Yeah, no GPAs in the UK. So you'll need to list them. As you get older, they will become insignificant and you'll just put' x GCSEs at grade y or above'... Until then, they're helpful in there.
  14. bradl macrumors 68040


    Jun 16, 2008
    You're thinking of a resume. He is writing a curriculum vitae. those are two completely different things. The CV is supposed to list all of this, where a resume is short, like what you're suggesting.

  15. PurpleMarmalade macrumors regular

    Aug 29, 2010
    Pursue, not peruse. It should not be more than two sides of A4. There is some repetition and verbiage in there, so cutting it should not be a problem. You might also want to tailor it to the job a little more; think about what qualities Apple might be looking for, and structure your CV around those.
  16. sk1wbw Suspended


    May 28, 2011
    Williamsburg, Virginia
    Don't hold out hope about getting a job there. Apple stores don't want people working there who know something about what they are selling. If you look hip and act like a doofus, you might get a job there. But if you are 40 and have been using Apple hardware since the beginning and actually know how to network OS X and Linus and Windows 7, then just walk out the door and don't go back.

    The quality of people working at Apple stores is sub par from what I've seen. I'm not even sure any of them were even born after 9/11. It's quite sad really.
  17. MasterHowl thread starter macrumors 65816


    Oct 3, 2010
    North of England
    This is like gold dust to me! Thank you so much. I'll drop you a PM later on today when I get back from lectures about how I'm getting on in rainy Manchester :D

    Thanks for that! I'm a terrible speller. I'll try get it down to 2 sides of A4.

    I disagree... why would they want people working for them who don't have clue how to use a Mac?! Luckily I'm not 40, I'm 18 :) Thanks for the advice anyway.
  18. garybUK Guest


    Jun 3, 2002
    I think r1ch4rd's advice was great, I'd just make it clear using Bold's or bullets when listing, it makes it easier on the reader, also keep it to just 2 sides of A4.

    The idea is, the person reading will not have time to sit and read 4 pages when they may have 50 to go through, make it easy for them to pick out the key words they are scanning for and to see if you meet their requirements.

    Good luck! Which one are you going for? Arndale Centre or Trafford Centre ?
  19. anjinha macrumors 604


    Oct 21, 2006
    San Francisco, CA
    Because whether you're knowledgeable about Macs or not you're going to get training for it.
  20. Macman45 macrumors G5


    Jul 29, 2011
    Somewhere Back In The Long Ago
    Looks Good

    Good simple lay out, personal statement perhaps a little dry? Never hurts to mention your passion for the company you want to work for.

    Maybe your activity here to where you" help others with Mac related issues?". I would certainly give your CV a proper read were it presented to me.

    Astrophysics? You might be the first person to travel faster than light ( I'm trying to get my head around the recently released paper from CERN)

    Good luck with the interview....I'd say you were in with a good shout, make sure that the manager, and not any other member of staff gets the CV.

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