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Resume Writing Guidelines

A resume is a document used and created by a person to present their background, skills, and accomplishments. It is a "summary" of relevant job experience and education. It should not be more than 2 pages long, and for enrolled students with no or minimal experience, 1 page will suffice. Remember that human resource personnel will browse your resume for a couple of seconds, hence you need to make it appeal visually.

The resume can be divided into sections of:

  • Personal details

  • Objective

  • Education

  • Experiences

  • Skills

  • Achievements/Projects/Participations

Click here to view the resume template.


Mistakes in a resume

Spelling mistakes and bad grammar

Get someone to review your resume, our office provides resume check-up/review from time to time.

Focusing on duties rather than achievements

If you have achieved something worthwhile during your work experience, highlight that instead of job duties.

Using clichés

Using terms such as "good communicator;" "can-do-attitude" and "team player" without substantiating them with facts or examples will add very little (if any) value and whoever is reading your resume will just tune out.

Incorrect information

Do not lie, you need to put the facts out. Remember, they might ask for references at a later stage.

Poor format

The format/design of the resume should be appealing and readable. Print out the resume to ensure that the fonts are not too small/big.

Failure to tailor

Every vacancy needs a fresh resume, hence tailor and accommodate the requirements as mentioned.

Too long

Your resume is not supposed to be a novel – if the employer is not convinced after 1-2 pages; it is likely they will not be persuaded in the next four. Keep it concise and remember less is often more.