If you're new in this thread, I suggest you at least skimming through all the posts, especially since Page 3 if you're extra short on time. A lot of stuff was commented on, explained, answered and suggested.
I've been actively looking for a job lately, spending little time in front of the screen and all, but so far unsuccessfully. Therefore, I've decided to write a decent CV, however when I thought about it... What CAN I put in there? I've no education and no experience!
I can put a list of what I can do or what I have done but can prove that I have or is insignificant compared to actual job experience.
So what should I do? Here's what I came up with so far, though it's translated, so don't pay attention if there's issues with the vocabulary or grammar. Of course there's name, phone, address, email as well in the real CV, and it has structure, but other than that, there's nothing else in it.
Here's what I can say about myself in a short casual-sounding column:Experience:
For the past 8 years, I help my dad sell his merchandise during the yearly fair
I freely speak and write in English and Hungarian
I have a solid understand on how technology and computers work
I have put together and took apart hundreds of computers
More than once I've installed FTP/SQL/PHP/MAIL and game servers in both Windows and Linux environment
I've created hundreds of sites for me and others
I've successfully administered gaming communities and websites
I've configured hundreds of computers for me and others
I've diagnosed technical and software-related problems of hundreds of computers
I have a solid understand of programming logic, as well as some minor experience with C, C++, PHP, HTML, CSS, SQL, JAVA and RUBY languages
I've successfully organized, planned and distributed the workflow of administration and programming teams for a game server
Often I'm able to intuitively figure out how software works, even if I haven't seen them before
I'm oriented towards the goal
I'm able to express myself well
I'm able to solve conflicts
I'm able to talk to various different people
I'm able to make decisions quickly
I'm open to new things
I've good organizational and planning skills
I'm able to motivate people
I enjoy challenges
I seek improvement
I always try to do things the best I can
I'm very rational
I've a critical/analytic thinking
I see the world realistically
I always have many ideas
I have a lot of various experience with everything PC-related - software, hardware, from building computers to using various software and even teaching university students (friends) how to use software I have never seen in my life - I get it intuitively. So far, everything I've done was out of curiosity, so at home, for friends, etc., but no employment. I have lots of interests and various "mental" skills, like ability to motivate people or talking them into doing something, organizing an event as in "do that, then that, then we're gonna do that..." kind of way, so in the end the plan would be executed without any hick-ups and efficiently. I have various experience with all of that, whether family-related, friends-related or my personal projects-related. Unfortunately - all that is "unofficial," I have not been employed nor took money for any of it, I don't have a paper nor could I get a reference from some workplace for doing anything.
So what should I do? What can and should I include in my CV? I bet at least some of you had to write a CV recently and would have some advice or comments. I've also created a project that made money before the worldwide financial crisis, but I can't mention that for other reasons which I won't mention here as well.