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Resume Writing Guide

What is a Resume?
It is a written document that summarizes your work experience, skills, and educational background. It is used as a marketing tool for you because the employer has no idea of who you are. Your resume should not be more than 2 pages.

Resume VS. Curriculum Vitae (CV)
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.

Resume Sections: 

1) Contact Information
Name, address, mobile number, e-mail address, and LinkedIn (optional).

2) Career Objective/Summary
  • Use one or two brief phrases to expresses your employment goal
  • Do not state what you want to learn, but what skills you can use to contribute towards the progress of the organization.
  • Your objective must be specific. E.g. “Seeking a full-time web-developer position utilizing proven skills with HTML, JavaScript, database implementation, and content development.”

3) Education
  •  Include University/College name, city, country, date of graduation or expected graduation year, degree, major & GPA. Tip: List your GPA if it is above 3.0.
  • If you have more than one degree, list the most recent education information first.
  • High School Diploma details are required for undergraduate students.

Relevant Courses (optional)
 It is strongly recommended to add a list of relevant courses if you don’t have any experience.

4) Experience
  • Experiences must be in reverse sequential order, the most recent first.
  • Must include the position title, name of company/organization, location (city, country), date of employment, and bullet points that describe your job.
  • Do not include: reason for leaving, salary history, exaggerations, names/ phone numbers of supervisors, or things you plan to do in the future.
  • Use the appropriate verb tense (present tense for current employment and past tense for past employment).

Additional Sections
5) Skills: what skills do you possess
6) Technical Skills: you can mention the software languages you know or any technical skill that you have. (e.g. Java, Adobe Photoshop, Oracle, C++, HTML, etc.).
7) Extra-curricular Activities: As a fresh graduate with little work experience, employers would like to know your involvement in activities outside the university such as extra-curricular activities - membership of clubs, sports team, voluntary groups, organizing committees, etc.

8) Relevant Projects
9) Honor/Awards