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  1. Internship, need tips for resume

    Hellooo Asik! Great work so far! I can see the difference between the two drafts already, it looks to be coming along nicely. I'm not an industry vet like other posters here, but there are a few things I can recommend! 1. Objectives are a relic from the 90s. And just like shoulder pads, you shouldn't use 'em! A skills summary or personal summary would probably go over smoother. See the second note on this page. 2. Game programming experience section is great - it shows straight off the bat what you know and how you've applied it. Unfortunately, only your Autumn 2009 experience is the only one that goes in to any detail. Quantify your experiences - I specifically wanna hear more about your XNA projects, they seem interesting! Additionally, maybe the website could be located somewhere more prominently, after your personal details, maybe? 3. You've already had a couple of years at university - is there anything there you're particularly proud of? One point frob made in my thread is that it's difficult to ascertain the weight of specific courses, so outstanding subjects may not be as applicable (though I'm sure EA will want to know this later on). I replaced my oustanding subjects with a couple of projects - here's one: o MGMT202: Marketing Management – Year-long project with 3 other students working together closely toward a full marketing plan for a new product in the beverage market. Comprised of three major assessments, each with a five minute presentation to tutorial class of 30. Just remember, I'm not a programmer and as such you must take my advice with a pinch of salt. I wish you the best of luck in your internship hunt, you seem to be making the most of your education. :)
  2. Striking the right balance

    Hey frob, just thanking you for all your help once more. I went ahead and sliced out the grades in favour of projects that highlight teamwork and interviewing skills. Also fiddled with the summary, but will have to shift that around a bit until I'm satisfied. I also applied for my first position today, and it was quite the rush. Thanks again. Pity I couldn't kick up a discussion.
  3. Striking the right balance

    Hello again - sorry for the delay in reposting my stuff. I've gone ahead and uploaded the newer edition. I've subtracted the superfluous skills section, the retail position, and the website. In its stead, I've got a personal summary, worked toward more descriptive and quantifiable points under employment, fleshed out the education section and added rights to work. I've added the latter to allay any fears employers may have and reassure them of my eligibility to work. I do feel the summary is more fragmented than I would like, and that the Mandarin thing may come across as an out-of-left-field tangent. Anyway, here goes~ PDF v2 PNG v2
  4. Striking the right balance

    Hey frob! First, thanks for your input - it's great knowing how my resume is received by all kinds of people, not just 'business people'. I'm mainly applying for testing and assistant producer roles. I think my skills and education lie especially in the latter, but you're right in that my resume lacks any main missive. Part of the difficulty in maintaining a firm outline was quantifying my first internship, a lot of what I did was regular intern gruntwork and clerical stuff, so I'm left struggling to describe anything particularly meaty, with the exception of the GUI assignment. I've been thinking about adding a skills summary up the top - a simple sentence or two that explains my desired direction to try and alleviate that, and now I'll go ahead. You made good points regarding the website, skills and education sections, so I will go ahead and update those as per your suggestion. Now, as for the last 20 months, I've been thinking for about 18 of them how to explain myself. I've done a few temp jobs through a couple of agencies, but nothing substantial, the longest lasting two weeks. I'd also gone back to school for a semester in 2009, spent a few months preparing and interviewing for my green card, but otherwise I was just helping out at a family friend's farm and doing housework. I don't feel it necessary to include this information on a resume per se, but I hope it's a satisfactory answer when it inevitably comes up during an interview. Likewise, I have difficulty trying to explain how I left. The sum of which was just a kind of natural end to the internship - the 6 month contract was up, and the company had already navigated through its growth stage, so there was no real room to move. Additionally, the bulk of my work was in accounts, of which I was largely inexperienced, and I'd let management know of the need or a full-time accountant which they later hired. Anyway, I'm going to get to work on the new resume right away, and hope to have a new revision up by tonight. I'll post it, and frob, if you could see if it alleviates your concerns, it'd be greatly appreciated. Thanks again for your input. If anyone else is working on their resumes - don't be afraid to post 'em in here!
  5. Striking the right balance

    Right, here is my third or fourth draft of a cover letter I hope to send out early this week. Here we have the exact problem I face when striking a balance - how do I express a genuine appreciation for their work in the community without sounding insincere or like a sychophant? PDF format PNG format Is there a preferred format/space to upload here, btw?
  6. Hey-ho Developerinos! Have any of you had difficulty in striking the right balance when writing resumes and cover letters? I am my own worst critic when it comes to writing resumes - in the period since 2007, I have had 4 major rewrites with an unmentionable amount of revisions. What I find particularly difficult is writing cover letters, particularly in setting the appropriate tone. What I would really appreciate is any insights you have uncovered, as well as any specific pointers you may have for my own work. I'm a recent immigrant from New Zealand, so I have a somewhat limited idea of what kind of resumes and cover letters Americans appreciate. I've tried all sorts of tones: chatty, formal, deferential, aspirational, humble, brazen and I've been unsatisfied with most. Any time I try to step out of the box and inject some personality into my applications, I end up sounding verbose (much like this post). The end result is usually a muted, overly-formal and weak letter. So what I propose is a little Q&A session. Those who need help working on their resumes and cover letters, post your work, and those who can help refine other's work, however small their contribution, shall be lavished with love, praise and offers of first-borns. I've gone ahead and attached my current resume. Please be as honest as possible. Cover letter is a WIP and will be posted in the next 24 hours. PDF format, optimised PNG format, simplified