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The upgrade too many network administrators forget to do: Their resumes

A 1.5-minute clip shows the basics of outlining a professional background in running critical parts of enterprise IT. But there is always room for improvement


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There are a lot of things you don’t want to touch in the enterprise if you don’t have to. Email systems have tended to be one of them, as have phone systems (until IT departments start learning about the benefits of SIP trunking). On an individual level, it’s probably only when network admins are frustrated and ready to look for a new job that they start thinking about their professional profile.

Of course, LinkedIn has largely done away with the traditional written CV or resume, but there are still plenty of job sites that require something that’s not associated with the social networking platform and can be uploaded in Microsoft Word. For that task, this recent video I stumbled across might help.

I’m not familiar with LatestOffCampus, but it seems to be a compilation of templates and guides from career site based in India to help those in distinct professions to fine-tune their professional expertise for the benefit of potential employers. Check out this minute-and-a-half set of recommendations:

The order of items presented here makes sense, even if it doesn’t follow the format usually shown on LinkedIn. For example, networking jobs are very specific on the technical qualifications required, so that might make more sense than starting off with your objective.

In the more detailed sample on the company’s web site, I also liked the way it outlined how a a career objective could be phrased (though the spelling and grammar was horrible, and I’ve cleaned it up below):

To interconnect all the Government offices across xxxxxx, then providing Video/Audio conference, 2 Mbps Dedicated Internet connections, and to computerize the work flow done in the each and every Government Office.

I might rewrite this to suggest the use of unified communications to boost productivity and collaboration, reduce costs through SIP trunking and maybe better protect critical data through advanced network security. But then again, if you’re already doing all those things, you may not be the kind of network administrator who’s looking for a new job anyway. You’re probably more likely to get a raise or a promotion instead.

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