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									Tips on English Resume Writing
& Interview Skills




                        Tammy Gau
                      TT&E Consulting
               Presented to Soochow University
                         06/08/2006
Table of Contents
    Importance of Resume
    English vs. Chinese Resume Writing
    Must Haves in Your Resume
    Tips on Resume Writing
    Sample Resume
    About Cover Letters
    Interview Methods
    Interview Tips
    Reference Websites
    Summary




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Importance of Resume

    A good resume will be a requirement for a serious job search.
    Your resume is your initial marketing brochure. Market
    yourself.
    Your resume is a professional reflection of you as the
    potential product.
    Take time to develop and update your resume as the very
    best reflection of you.




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English vs. Chinese Resume Writing

    No separate “resume” and “autobiography”
    No need for family information
    Only basic personal information needed: name, address,
    contact number and e-mail address
    Not legal to ask for age and sex
    Prefers simple and clear presentation
    Focus on key points and neatness
    Will not tolerant any dishonest statements




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Must Haves in Your Resume

    Personal contact information
    Objective – specific and simple
   (Job title/type, industry and/or locations)
    Summary – the “10-second self”
    Education (major, minor and key courses taken, especially
    courses relevant to the position)
    Experience (position, company, duration, responsibility and
    specialization)
    Activities/credentials (certificates, extracurricular activities,
    social or professional engagements, etc.)




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Tips of Resume Writing - 1

    Create your resume online
    Be honest – not even “a little white lie”
    Not your life history – make it simple and relevant
    Descriptive (not actual) job titles
    List your most recent items first
    List only the most notable items
    Use buzzwords (key words, acronyms)
    Degree first, college/university second
    GPA listed only if over 3.0
    List graduation date
    Do your homework – study the company
    Tailor resume to individual companies


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Tips of Resume Writing - 2

    One page only with high quality paper
    Use soft, light color paper and print it out
    Limit to 2 fonts or two sizes
    Times New Roman or other 10- or 12-point font
    Computer generated with spell check
    Best unfolded for personally delivered ones
    Leave working contact information
    No need for family information
    No need for extra personal information
    Have others double check for you
    Follow up by phone or notes (especially small companies)
    Role play – review it as if you were the boss
    Remember – garbage in, garbage out!


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Sample Resume
                                           Jane Doe

123 North Street
Hsinchu, Taiwan
Cell: 0912345678
Janedoe@edu.net

Objective:    Human Resources director position of a global company in high tech industry in Taipei area

Summary:      • Master of Social Work at UT Arlington, Texas, USA
              • TSMC Human Resource and Employee Relations Director
              • Extensive executive coaching, business management and global engagement experience
              • Executive consultant, graduate of Corporate Coach U, NY, USA

Education: Master of Social Work, MSSW, May 1979
              University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, Texas, USA
              Graduated with a GPA of 3.6 on a 4.0 scale
              Bachelor of Sociology, May 1977
              National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan
              Courses taken included: Social Work Theory and Practice, Communication Skills, Counseling Skills

Experience: HR Director and Employee Relations Director
              Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Corp, Taipei, Taiwan Dec. 1999 to Aug. 2004
              • Supported executives as their strategic partners on HR and ER related issues
              • Responsible for HR/ER related policy making, program design and execution
              Asia Pacific HR Regional Director
              Cadence Design Systems, San Jose, CA, USA May 1985 to Aug. 1999
              • Supported Asia-Pacific General Manager on HR and operational issues
              • Responsible for Pan-Asia HR strategies and daily HR operations
              • Specialized in executive consulting and organizational development

Credentials: • Graduate of Corporate Coach U, NY, USA 2002-2003
              • Member, SHRM, 1999-2003
              • Chairperson of Hsinchu Science Park HR Association, 1992-1994

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About Cover Letters

    Normally read after resume selection
    Suggested for middle to high level positions
    Critical for limited, targeted campaign
    Should be specific, personal and neat
    Address to a specific person at a specific company
    (especially if you take initiative for a job)
    It’s about your understanding of the company and how you
    would fit
    State what you can do for the company and why the
    company can benefit from you
    Relevant personal information should go here




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Interview Methods

    Personal and/or group interviews – can last a day
    Phone interviews or paper pre-screens
    Language tests
    Aptitude tests
    Professional subject tests
    IQ tests
    BEI style – Behavior Event Interview
    Onion-peeling style – get deeper with high pressure
    Funnel style – filter out & zoom in
    Chatting style – no focus but they will be listening
    Targeting style – open questions on key issues
    Observation on characteristics and interpersonal skills



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Interview Tips
    Do homework first, rehearse and role play – gain control
    Take paper and pen with you and take notes
    Take resume and other related documents/portfolio if any
    Proper dressing – neat and professional (turn off cell phone)
    Act like a professional – first 10 second impression is critical
    Watch out for sweat and ensure you smell fresh
    Light makeup for females
    Go to restroom beforehand and take a final look
    Arrive a little ahead of time and be patient while waiting
    Be open, honest, direct, polite and sincere
    Be confident, not arrogant – you are interviewing the company, too!
    Listen attentively and articulate with sharp response
    Clarify and confirm if not clear, do not assume anything
    Two way communication – feel free to raise proper questions
    Focus on how your past fits company’s current and future needs
    Watch body language (both sides) – be aware of little things


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Reference Websites

    104心理網--
    http://www.104heart.com.tw/cfdocs/heart/heart.cfm
    Cheer Magazine -認識自我工具箱--
    http://www.cheers.com.tw/feature/tools
    http://www.collegegrad.com/resumes
    (Quickstart Resume Templates)
    http://www.collegegrad.com/coverletters
    http://www.iqtest.com/test.htm
    http://www.helpself.com/iq-test.htm
    http://web.tickle.com/take/free-online-career-aptitude-test.jsp
    http://www.interview-techniques.com/sample_questions.htm


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Summary

    Do your homework – no pain, no gain
    Buzzwords (core competencies)
    Clear, neat and precise
    Honesty
    As concrete and specific as possible
    Your competitive advantages
    Your differentiations
    Tailor your resume each time as needed
    Adjust resume style by industry


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                     Remember…
    There is no such thing as a free lunch
    God helps those who help themselves
      Your bright future is in your hands
  Do your best first, and the results will come

                          ※※※

                  Do not waste your youth
             Study hard, play hard and enjoy life
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