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writing a good résumé

writing a good résumé

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Guidelines for writing a good "western" resume.
Guidelines for writing a good "western" resume.

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What is a résumé? (This is Times New Roman font 12 point)
A résumé is a brief document that summarizes your education, employment history, and experiencesthat are relevant to your qualifications for a particular job for which you are applying. A resume is aself-promotional document that presents you in the best possible light, for the purpose of gettinginvited to a job interview. It's
not 
an official personnel document. It's not a job application.
 
Researchhas shown than it takes an average of ten (10) interviews to receive one (1) job offer, so your résuméneeds to be persuasive and perfect.
(This is Times New Roman font 11 point)
What should it look like?
A brief summary of your experience – generally one full page.
Use bullet lists rather than long sentences and paragraphs.
Use Headers to identify the various sections of the text. Headers should be in
bold
A simple left-justified resume is easiest to read. Never use “align to left and right” – it spacesout words too much.
Choose a font style that is easy to read, like 11 point Times New Roman or Arial.
Avoid colors. The content of the resume is the most important thing.
The information in your résumé should be accurate and correct.
 No grammatical and spelling errors!
Above all, "keep it simple".
What should your resume include?
Contact Information
Include your name, address, cell phone numbers and e-mail addresses. Your name appears at the topof the résumé and is usually the largest item. Make sure your name and phone/email contacts are oneach page just in case the pages get separated after being printed out in hard copy. Only use professional-sounding email addresses.
Objective
The objective should be short and concise.
Education
In the education section, state the highest degree you have earned and provide the following details:
Institution where the degree was granted
Date of graduation
Level of degree (B.A., M.A., etc.) and field (Electrical Engineering), any minors (English).
Work Experience
The section on work experience is usually broken down by company or position. For each, providethe following:
 Name and address of the organization
Dates of employment
 
Position title
Responsibilities.
Begin with an action verb (see below) and be specific (e.g. quantify and qualify whenever  possible).You may also want to include skills learned if the job has little or nothing to do with the position for which you are applying. Try to connect your experience with your current job interest.
Optional Sections
You may also want to include other optional sections to provide a more accurate idea of your skills,achievements, education, etc. These can include the following:
Computer skills
Honors and awards
Languages
Certifications
Volunteer experience
Hobbies and interests
Foreign travel
Professional memberships
Community service, etc.
What shouldn't I include in my resume?
Photographs or illustrations
Reasons for leaving past jobs.
References. Indicate on your resume that references are available upon request.
Feelings about travel or relocation.
The heading "Resume."
Resume Action Words (This is Arial font 12 point)
Examine the words you use to describe yourself and your job. Do you sound like adynamic worker any company would be thrilled to have, or like a ho-hum employee?(This is Arial font 11 point)
Action verbs like "built" and "led" are better than passive terms like "worked with" and"helped."
For more verb ideas, check out Boston College's list of action verbs -http://www.bc.edu/offices/careers/skills/resumes/verbs.htmlExamples (but look atthe entire list):
Approved
Edited
Developed
Improved
Increased
Explained
 
Analyzed
Planned
Explained
Key Words
Many employers use database technology to store and search the resumes that are sent tothem by potential employees. Employers and recruiters search these databases usingindustry-specific keywords.
Keywords are nouns and phrases that highlight technical and professional areas of expertise, industry-related jargon, achievements, projects, task forces, job titles, etc.
IF your resume does not contain at least some of the keywords that theemployer is using, then your resume will be skipped by the computer,
even if you have all of the experience and skills required by the job.There are several ways to determine what keywords are appropriate for your industry and job.
Look through recent job ads online. Certain words will reappear consistently. Thoseare your "key" words.
Make sure your resume contains the key words and concepts used in the
 particular  job listing 
you
are applying to.
 
What are the key words in these positions? How can you include them in youresume?Example 1: Position of Sales Clerk
Key Responsibilities:
Provide quality customer services, including handling customer request, inquiries andcomplaints.
Provide administrative & clerical support to sales teams.
Requirements:
At least 1 year experience in sales administration or customer services
Proficient in computer operations (MS Word, Excel & Chinese Word Processing)
Good command of written and spoken English and Chinese, with knowledge inPutonghua an advantage

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