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I was involved in recruiting for a job recently and saw how much things seem to have changed. I was always taught that CVs should never exceed two pages. Some of the ones I looked at were 6, 7 or 8 pages filled with waffle and an immediate "off-putter."
I would say keep it concise. Many people would say to focus on the specifics being asked for but, in my opinion I was certainly swayed by seeing that someone had broader experience and was clearly adaptable to do something not in their normal remit.
I also asked a mate of mine who works for JobCentre Plus and his response was that the "rules" for CV writing are changing on a two weekly basis and what someone says is the way to do it this week, may not be next week.
Finally, the problem is, you don't know who'll be reading the CV. Some idiot from HR who is looking for buzzwords or someone who actually understands the job and the person required.
My preference is to keep it to two pages. As a some-time reader of resumes, I take an instant dislike to any longer than that. If I want to know details I will ask for them. Until then, I'll pass. For that reason, I would avoid details unless you have a CV of 1.7 pages and need to fill it out to 2.0.
"They have a consciousness, they have a life, they have a soul! Damn you! Let the rabbits wear glasses! Save our brothers! Can I get an amen?"
I would say always highlight relevant skills first, it might mean tweaking it but so be it, put a personal statement at the top, perhaps add some key skills as bullet points below this.
For how to detail changes to component level, well just put down that you have experience in obsolescence and part changes down to component level, if they ask you how you would manage this then say where applicable you would suggest a dual footprint on the design etc.
Your CV can be generalised but tweaked and it is the cover letter that gets tailored to suit the company in my experience.
Ensure that your CV does not span more than at an absolute MAX 3 pages, keep it shorter if possible but make sure it is readable i.e. don't put it at font size 6 to cram it all in, and make sure you use a decent font (no Comic Sans or Wingdings!)
And for the love of everything that is holy, fix your typos.
If you can't be bothered with that simple task for a document that's supposed to represent you, it speaks volumes about your attention to detail. And if you don't have that as a software developer, we're getting off on the wrong foot.
I don't have a study, although one could be arranged, with some doing. We'd have to rearrange.
My other half is a very sound sleeper, so I don't mind being in the same room as long as I have something to do. Reading is fine if I'm in the right mood to curl up with a book, but I've grown finicky as to what I'll read as I've gotten older for some reason. I'm less easily impressed maybe, and not great at tracking down impressive works.
After being "switched on" all day (ie. coding, cooking, shopping, playing games, making plans for the coming weeks etc.) I generally reserve the evenings for "shutting down" time. This means switching off most stimulating things and cracking on some mindless TV or a background movie, then an hour or so before going to bed I'll crack open YT on my iPad and watch some really mindless videos 'til it's time to call it a night!
I tend to find without having the time to properly wind down I can end up going to sleep thinking about too much (whether it's work-related or just thinking about future plans) and in those situations I can end up being awake at 4am It's really important to draw that line at some point in the day where you can commit to shutting down the laptop/computer.
Edit Should note that my wife generally goes to bed about 4 hours before I do. With her being in the bedroom it gives me that freedom to mess around and watch stuff.
I'm glad you found something that works for you. That's not my issue though. In my case, my sleep condition is a comorbid symptom of something I've got going on between my ears. It's neurological and not fixable, so I am learning to live with it, but the biggest challenge for me is what to do with all the empty space.
but the biggest challenge for me is what to do with all the empty space
I've noticed that when the brain is to tired to do actual work, there's still enough energy to fill it with knowledge.
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There's nothing wrong with not needing much sleep. Up to about 15 years ago, I needed only 6 hours sleep a night, so I spent those extra hours reading whatever I didn't have time for during the day.
I would suggest that you find something (other than work) to fill in the time. This could be studying a subject (plenty of stuff is available online), craftmanship (the quiet kinds, such as knitting or jewelry making), or anything else that takes your fancy.
Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four. If that is granted, all else follows.
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