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Resume Writing Guide
What is a Resume?
It is a written document that lists your work experience, skills, and educational background. It is used as a marketing tool for you, because the employer has no idea who you are.
Curriculum Vita (CV) VS. Resume.
A Resume is a one or two page summary of your skills, experience and education. The goal of Resume writing is to be brief. The Resume reader will spend a minute or so reviewing your qualifications.
A CV is longer. It includes a summary of your educational and academic backgrounds, as well as, teaching and research experience, publications, presentations, awards, honors, affiliations and other details.
Basic Resume Writing Tips
Keep your Resume to 1-2 pages.
Use white or neutral toned top quality paper
Use a good quality of laser printer
Make sure that your Resume is well organized and laid out in a logical manner
PROOFREAD. Resume should have absolutely NO grammar or spelling errors. Computer Spellcheckers don’t catch all errors.
Have equal margins on all sides
Have enough white space to ensure that the Resume is visually pleasing
Have someone provide feedback about your Resume - they may think of things you have not thought of and may be able to spot errors you didn’t
Remember the layout of the Resume can be different than the "norm" use whatever markets you best.
Be consistent in Resume set up (verb tenses, spacing, dates, bolding, underlining, italicizing)
Keep font size between 10 - 12 (for your name you can use a larger size)
Eliminate personal pronouns such as "I"
Keep sentences short and to the point
Use action verbs to describe duties
The Resume should be goal-oriented; show commitment to success (High GPA, involvement with student groups, job promotions, active involvement with associations)
If sending a Resume by fax, follow it up with an original by mail to ensure the professional image (you cannot control the quality of paper on their fax machine
You must include your name, address, mobile number, and e-mail address.
1. Use one or two brief phrases to expresses your employment goal
2. Do not state what you want to learn, but what skills you can use to contribute towards the progress of the organization.
1. Include University/College name, city, country, date of graduation or expected graduation year, degree, major & GPA. Tip: List your GPA if it is above 2.5.
2. If you have more than one degree, list most recent education information first.
3. High School Diploma details are required for undergraduate students.
It is strongly recommended to add a list of relevant courses if you are applying for an internship opportunity.
1. Experiences must be in reverse sequential order, most recent first.
2. Must include position title, name of company/organization, location (city, country), dates of employment, and bullet points that describe your job.
3. Do not include: reason for leaving, salary history, exaggerations, names/ phone numbers of supervisors, or things you plan to do in the future.
4. Use the appropriate verb tense (present tense for current employment and past tense for past employment).
Tip: If all your experience is technology related or related to the job you seek, you may want to add a section in your Resume titled “Relevant Experience.”
If you wish to list skills into categories: Vertically place the category that most relates to the job and/or that you are most proficient in at the top. Horizontally, place skills in order of importance to job. e.g.:
Languages: Java, Visual Basic, Scheme, C/C++
Platforms: UNIX, Microsoft Windows, Mac-OS, and DOS
Databases: Structured Query Language, MS Access, FoxPro, Oracle
Web development: Front page, Java Script, Cold Fusion, HTML, XML
Various: Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Page Maker, Quark Express
As a fresh graduate with little work experience, employers like to see evidence of your involvement in university extra curricular activities. e.g. membership of clubs, sports team, voluntary groups, organizing committees, etc. This can show that you have wide interests beyond just studying.
Tip: Don’t put watching TV or surfing the net. Everyone does this anyway, so it doesn’t make you stand out from the crowd!