Is it allowed to use CN experience in the CV?

May 16, 2012 at 07:42:08
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Hi guys
Some of us we don't have money to continue to college or university so is it OK to use this site in our CV's?
For eg. 10 year experience of fixing computers at www.computing.net then the screen name link.
I don't plan to do this myself but i am asking if this is allowed.

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#1
May 16, 2012 at 08:19:34
I suspect it'd depend on the employer.

On one hand, it shows you were active in a tech support community.
On the other hand, "I post on a message board" sounds kind of desperate.

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#2
May 16, 2012 at 08:56:07
I would probably phrase it differently than "fixing computers at www.computing.net"

Something more along the lines of "supporting end users" because you're not actually fixing (which implies hands-on) so much as working like a helpdesk technician would.

Also, I just clicked on your name above and your stats page shows this:
Member Since October 10, 2008
So I wouldn't put 10 years. Chances are any employer who's serious might take a look. Keep in mind too that same pages shows all the threads you've responded too and is a quick easy way for them to do a little reading in order to get a rough idea how good you are and how much you know.

I don't think it's a bad idea. It's not like actual "work" experience in regard to paid employment but as Razor2.3 said, it shows you are active in the industry and believe it or not, pro-bono work counts.

You've got me thinking I should have added this to my CV back when I was actively looking on a regular basis. If I ever do find myself looking for work again I will most defintely add it in the "Volunteer Experience" portion of my own CV.

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#3
May 16, 2012 at 23:12:13
I was asked about this by an employer once. Not this site specifically but if I participated in any of this type. The job was for a help desk coordinator. It was a contract job that only lasted eight weeks. The interviewer said the reasoning was part of what I would be asked to do would be to take help requests over a private intranet site. He said it really wasn’t about my computing experience but more about working in this setting if you will. They didn’t ask for sites or user names. I think was more of a “would you be comfortable doing this” kind of thing.

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#4
May 17, 2012 at 06:19:22
Curt R

This site some how reports the oldest date as 2008. Many members, myself included, have been around longer. There was an explanation here but I don't recall what it was.


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#5
May 17, 2012 at 07:22:27
OtheHill

I had forgotten about that to be completely honest.

If memory serves me, Justin reset or changed something back in 2008 and now everybody who was here before then shows that as their join date. I know I first landed here within a month or so of Windows 98 being released and there's a couple people who've been hanging out here longer (I mean aside from Justin.....lol)

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#6
May 17, 2012 at 23:21:52
i think its depend on employer

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#7
May 18, 2012 at 02:15:45
Hi Kuwese,

would think referring to C.N on your cv would be considered a plus.

However do not recommend including any of the profanities you so like, as these would surely be considerd a minus!

Here in the UK, one tends to embellish one's cv, as the chances are it will not be checked.

As a matter of interest, where exactly in Tanzania are you based. I am in Hammersmith, West London.

Regards - Mike


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#8
May 18, 2012 at 13:28:40
I went to a DELL dealer to repair the Alienware and i saw this guy i knew(i think he is the boss). We started talking then i mentioned Forums and he said these Forums are like school(sometimes more than school because u can get rare information), u can learn alot from them. It appear someone in the forum helped him with his work(he is a programmer). After talking to him i started to think about including Forum experience in the CV.

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#9
May 18, 2012 at 13:35:11
Cut R
It sounds much better. Thanks for the changes.

Mike
I live in the commercial capital city called Dar es salaam.

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