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CV example: Andrew Tiles

Andrew Tiles

Andrew is a graduate looking to change career-path within his company, now applying for a graduate placement in corporate affairs.

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18 Hallborough Street

E-mail: Tel: 07844654321

A physics graduate with strong analytical skills, who is keen on problem solving.

2004- 2008 University of Warwick, Coventry
MPhys. (Hons) Physics. Obtained result 2:1
Completed additional modules in accounting and finance, C programming and scientific programming.

Tallow College, Barnsley
2004 A-levels (A2): Physics A, Chemistry A, Mathematics A, Biology B.
2003 Key Skills course: Information and Communication Technology (Pass).

Vale street school, Barnsley
2001 GCSE: Mathematics (A*).
Prefect, Anti-bulling initiative, Awards in maths, science and graphic. design.
2002 GCSEs: 10 GCSE passes including English (2 A*’s, 1 A’s, 6 B’s, 1 C).

Work experience
Sept 2009- Present Rayne Brunel Systems engineer

Putting together design verification plans to test and ensure that prototypes meet customers specifications.
Performing and supervising on site during qualification tests.
Help develop new products.
Developing algorithms for data analysis

Jun 2009- Sept 2009 Roundton Installations Oil and gas Analyst

Maintain and edit databases.
Produce models and analysis.

Investigating the oil and gas industry and taking views of various markets and companies.
Communicating with various clients to produce analysis and reports.

Jan 2009 – Apr 2009 Topstyle Retail assistant

Picking and sorting orders for collection or delivery.
Security, checking purchases before they leave the store.
Serving customers at the checkout

Interests and extra-curricular
In my spare time I enjoy playing a variety of sports at a recreational level; these include squash, basketball, football and cycling. Play for my companies graduate football team, taking part in tournaments around the south east. I am the representative for the graduates at my site for discussions with managers about graduate development.

In 2003, I participated in the UK Engineering Education Scheme;
Worked together with professionals to solve an actual engineering problem.
Elected as team leader, and I enjoyed the challenge
Gained valuable skills in project management, and working under a budget.

Voluntary work

2007 Warwick welcome service Warwick student ambassador

Welcome visitors to the university open day.
Be friendly and approachable.
Approach groups of prospective students and parents, and speak about university life.
Take groups on tours of the campus.
Direct visitors to seminars.
Help with general queries.

Other Skills
I speak fluent Hakka, which is a dialect spoken in Hong Kong and china, it is midway between mandarin and Cantonese and therefore transferable to both. I have started learning Italian to help communication with the Italian half of my company. Recently completed a NLP course to further develop my communication and negotiation skills.

IT Skills
During my degree course I have completed several programming modules and have acquired computer programming skills in C. I will continue to develop my knowledge, along with skills in a range of other software packages including the Microsoft office suite.


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