CV and LinkedIn review request for entry level SW

Hello!

I have completed the FCC Backend cert (after its issue was fixed :smiley: ) and I am restarting to job search. To that end, I would be really grateful if anyone could check my CV and LinkedIn (or even Github if you have the time) and provide any feedback on obvious mistakes or what could be presented better.

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I reside in Greece (GMT +3) and I am looking both in the local job market but also for remote positions. I aim for entry/junior in software engineering (general) but also would like to communicate through CV or LinkedIn that I am open in an array of positions (fullstack, backend, devops, cloud but for entry level I would be happy to start and I think I have to benefit in most tech related roles).

More specific questions I struggle a bit with:

  1. Should I remove the skills part of the CV and add projects instead (with the skills used in them listed shortly)? Also, how important would you rate such a change?

  2. Should I remove the work experience that is irrelevant and/or add my currect occupation? (Business consulting in the public service of employment)

  3. Should I add a MSc I have completed in an irrelevant subject (History) ? Should I list a Msc in Applied Informatics that I have just started or a couple of bootcamps / seminars I am currently midway?

  4. Should I add a summary in LinkedIn if I include one in the CV and I aim to write general things (since I do not have a lot of specific experience yet and also a not traditional career/education path)?

  5. Should I study and pass more LinkedIn skill assessments or try to ask friends / classmates for endorsements in skills?

  6. Should I include my current, non tech relevant role ? Again, this is because I work there for just 6 months and I do not wish to continue, and also since my previous work experience was a bit web development related, so I do not wish this to be seen as a “downgrade”. (I was freelance using WordPress, so the job change was for sustainability and tech choice considerations.)

  7. Is it a good idea to start sending CV’s or could I benefit from continuing to learn before starting?

To give an idea about the level of the local job market, I had a couple of interviews and a couple assesments, one position probably did not continue because I bombed an easy assesment. Considering just the CV and hr interview I would probably start in the position if I went better in the assesment.

Thanks to anyone that went through this text, any advice on what to improve (anything, even English/ communication skills if you can deduce something like this) would be really appreciated!

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Your resume looks really good

I don’t really have anything to add, as I have little to no experience in CVs and resumes.

But I do think you should showcase some of your work/projects.

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first this is just my advice but if you are getting interviews with the current resume, you can probably ignore my advice.

Your resume has a lot of content most of it won’t be read so keep the content relevant.

  1. yes remove the ratings and just have the list in a sentence.

  2. I would remove the languages and awards at least since it is too much information

  3. yes keep it

I am skipping the linkedin questions

  1. depends on the role but at least remove the additional info at the bottom since it’s expected/doesn’t add any value

  2. you should always be learning especially when you are just starting out since there’s still a lot to learn. Specially learn what your local job market is looking for. You can keep looking but keep learning based on what can be improved based on your interviews

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Remove ‘junior’. Interviewers will be able to gage your level of experience from your work history. You don’t need to give yourself a seniority label.

'Successful in problem-solving and managing multiple responsibilities through
organisation, persistence and a positive attitude towards challenge.’

This is generic and unnecessary. The first sentence is more impactful if not followed up by this generic stuff.

Remove the skills ratings. The interviewer will be able to get a gage on your skill level themselves. Also they’re totally subjective. ‘3/5 JavaScript’ doesn’t mean anything. If you feel you are (by your own definition) 1/5 on skills like React or TypeScript they shouldn’t be on your cv.

Other than that the formatting and presentation are good.

But your Github is too sparse… I would recommend building at least one major portfolio project that you can link to on your cv, and enable you to build more of a history on github.

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I would remove the “Skills” section and only list the languages you can work with. No point in using space for React if you don’t know it.

Looks very good, though would do what @miketandy suggests. Possibly subtly talk up maths-related things. If by any chance you apply outside Greece, list Greek as [native] language (maybe obvious but you might as well make sure).

As others have said, don’t use skill charts – they don’t mean anything, just list the skills that you can answer questions on if asked about them.

This also frees up some space. Re projects, depends but you need space for

Definitely yes, it’s absolutely not irrelevant. And definitely yes. And probably yes to the bootcamp, depends what it is.

Probably yes on LinkedIn, not as important on the CV as would would put that in a cover letter, tailored to who you’re applying to?

No, looks fine, maybe change the desc on the admin one to something technical if you can?

I see what you mean, probably yes though (depends what it is but you’d normally be asked what you’re currently doing…)

Yep, focus on what didn’t work/that you couldn’t answer and make sure it doesn’t happen again (and quite often, repeat that for a fair while, unfortunately).

Depends how confident you feel, but given last point might as well go for it, you’re not going to lose anything by doing that (at worst it’ll be disheartening but you’ll learn where gaps in your knowledge).

Edit: aaaalso, upload the CV into something that will try to automatically pull the information out of it (I know Indeed does this, I think maybe LinkedIn will do it as well??). This is just to check automated accurately pull the info out