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What is a résumé?

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A résumé is a brief document that summarizes your education, employment history, and experiences that are relevant to your qualifications for a particular job for which you are applying. A resume is a self-promotional document that presents you in the best possible light, for the purpose of getting invited to a job interview. It's not an official personnel document. It's not a job application. Research has shown than it takes an average of ten (10) interviews to receive one (1) job offer, so your résumé needs 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 spaces out 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 top of the résumé and is usually the largest item. Make sure your name and phone/email contacts are on each page just in case the pages get separated after being printed out in hard copy. Only use professional-sounding email addresses.

The objective should be short and concise.

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, provide the 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?
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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 a dynamic 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.html Examples (but look at the entire list):  Approved  Edited  Developed  Improved  Increased  Explained

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 Analyzed  Planned  Explained

Key Words
Many employers use database technology to store and search the resumes that are sent to them by potential employees. Employers and recruiters search these databases using industry-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 the employer 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. Those are 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 your resume? Example 1: Position of Sales Clerk
Key Responsibilities: • Provide quality customer services, including handling customer request, inquiries and complaints. • 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 in Putonghua an advantage

What are the key words in these positions? How can you include them in your resume? Example 2: Sales Assistance Intern
Key Responsibilities: • Sales support on routine work—customer related documentation, correspondence, mail dispatch, stationary purchase, etc. • Screen email, translation, draft presentation for sales director • Information gathering, some documentation for Marketing related to trade shows’ Expense Report • Other as required to assist sales managers Requirements: • Good command of English and high proficiency in Chinese • At least 30 working hours per week; • Fast-learner, detail-oriented; • Good character and open-minded

Example 3: Junior Accountant
Key Responsibilities: • Will assist the Regional Directors with Accounting / Auditing, and administrative work for our North America operations • Your duties will be to work with the existing team on Accounting, Financial Accounts, Sales Tax and Payroll for the U.S. region. • Successful candidates who work fast and pay attention to detail, will have the opportunity to gain exposure in other Operational duties. Requirements: • Minimum 1-3 years of accounting experience. • Previous experience working in North America CPA Firm is a MUST. • Accounting Degree or Diploma Holder (From Overseas Western Institution a bonus) • EXTREMELY analytical and must be able to analyze data and figures and provide management graphs and reports.

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