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.
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
Resume to 1-2 pages.
Use white or neutral
toned top quality paper
Use a good quality of
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
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
Use action verbs to
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 machineResume Sections
You must include your name,
address, mobile number, and e-mail address.OBJECTIVE
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.
3. Your objective must be specific. E.g. “Seeking a
database implementation, and content development.”EDUCATION
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.Relevant Courses
It is strongly recommended to add a list of
relevant courses if you are applying for an internship opportunity.EXPERIENCE
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.”TECHNICAL SKILLS
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++
Microsoft Windows, Mac-OS, and DOS
Query Language, MS Access, FoxPro, Oracle
Web development: Front
page, Java Script, Cold Fusion, HTML, XML
Various: Adobe Photoshop,
Illustrator, Page Maker, Quark ExpressActivities/Interests
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
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!ADDITIONAL