Resource & Advice

Resume Tips

3 signs your resume is just right

IMPORTANT PRINCIPLES

Keep It Professional
You should keep your resume simple and professional. There is no place for pictures, unprofessional email address, or gimmicks. Although there is no specific rule on whether or not you should insert your picture in the resume, if you do, please put an appropriate and formal picture of yourself as in how you would present yourself in the interview. Stick to facts, be concise, and keep it professional at all times.

No lies on resume
Be honest on the resume – many HR departments have sufficient networks within the industry to conduct indirect reference/background checks. If you are caught with lying on the resume, your creditability is ruined not just for that company you’re applying for, but to the industry as well.

FORMATTING

Keep it Simple
When in doubt, follow the “Keep It Simple” (KIS) rule. You should always keep your format simple toensure it is easy and comfortable for the person screening your resume. Try to stick between 10 – 12 font size and leave a healthy amount of white space on the page.

Simple and concise
Try to narrow down your accomplishments and job duties with bullet points regardless of how long you have been in the job. You must be able to identify the core accomplishments and skills that the job require and value most, and summarize them into bullet points. Remember that you must be able to grasp the attention of the hiring manager immediately under the competition that you have, as the rest of the dozens or more of applications likely posses the same or similar experience within the industry.

WORK EXPERIENCE

Put the most important information first
Most of the time, your work experience is the most important part of the resume, so be sure to put it at the top. Hiring managers are most likely to quickly screen your work experience immediately from the top if the position requires relevant work experience.

Lists all your positions
It is advisable to list all your different positions and roles that you had within the same company and list out the responsibilities and skills that you had developed. The hiring manager will want to know how you progressed gradually, which would make more sense than if your resume showed that you had started in a junior position then was suddenly promoted to a significantly more senior position.

Use Keywords
Use keywords in your resume that is used most often in the industry and the job description. This can help your experience immediately noticeable and more relevant to the hiring manager.

Education
List your highest level of education first, then present your previous educations backwards. Be sure to include the key achievements you have made during your studies, as some hiring managers are interested in the specifics of academic achievements from the candidates.

Universal Skills
The job market is highly competitive at all times. It is best to set yourself apart from and above the competition by highlighting your skills that are in demand.

Team work
Most jobs will require you to work with external and/or internal parties. This means the hiring manager will want to see that you put the team and the company’s interests before your own.

Interpersonal and Communication Skills
Good interpersonal and communication skills is becoming a basic skill for almost all positions, as sizable organizations will mostly require collaboration between multiple business units and departments. You will also need to effetely communication with internal partners and external customers.

Problem solving and decision making skills
Problems can arise from any organization within any role, and how you handle these problems will determine how much damage you can mitigate or prevent. Making decisions that are in the best interest of the company, minimizing and preventing damages and mishaps, and having an efficient problem-solving mindset are all traits of an ideal candidate.

Prioritize, plan and organize
A former successful project can be shared to show that you are an efficient employee that can manage multiple tasks and assignments simultaneously. You should be able to demonstrate skills by categorizing these assignments via level of priority, and show that they are not affected by simultaneous assignments and tasks.

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