WRITING EFFECTIVE RESUME

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					WRITING EFFECTIVE
     RESUME



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            OBJECTIVE

At the end of this topic, you should be
  able to:
• understand what a resume is.
• know the content of resume.
• develop a resume.
• write an effective resume.

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        What is Resume?

• A brief, written summary of your skills
  and experience
• An overview of who you are and a tool
  to present yourself to employers
• The goal - to gain a job interview which
  may lead to employment!

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 Purpose of Writing Resume
• To win an interview
• To pass the employers’ screening process
  which might favorably influence them.
• To establish you as a professional person.
• To have something to give to potential
  employers.
• To use as a covering piece or addendum to
  another form of job application.
• To help you clarify your direction,
  qualifications and strengths.
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        Content of a Resume
• Essential Component         • Optional Component
                                  – Career Objective
  – Contact Information
                                  – Personal Details
  – A Profile or                  – Community Involvement
    Summary of                    – Professional Involvement
    Qualifications                – Awards
  – Education                     – Technical Skills /
  – Skills                          Programming
                                  – Publications /
  – Work Experience                 Presentations



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           Contact Information

•   Name
•   Correspondence Address
•   Contact number
•   E-mail address (optional)


     Put them all at the top of your resume!


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              MARSYA AHMAD NAJAD
            54B, JALAN TUNKU IBRAHIM
                09000 KULIM, KEDAH
                  014 – 4453200 (h/p)
                   04 – 4909090 (off)
                 marsya@hotmail.com




MARSYA AHMAD NAJAD     54B, JALAN TUNKU IBRAHIM
                       09000 KULIM, KEDAH
                       014 – 4453200 (h/p)
                       04 – 4909090 (off)
                       marsya@hotmail.com


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               Career Objective
    Career objective is what you aim to achieve in
    the working world. It is a statement of your
    goal.
    Your objective should consist of:
•   The level or type of the job / position
•   The title of the position you are applying for
•   The skills you hope to use in the position
•   The field of the company or the industry in which
    you hope to work
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                     Example

 Objective:     Seeking an engineering position
                that allows me to use and
                expand my current skills set in a
                petrochemical plant.


              Career Objective:
To obtain a suitable engineering related position in
 the cement or related industry commensurate with
   my current level of education, experience and
                      expertise.
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     How to write the Objective
Seeking an engineering position that allows me
to use and expand my current skill set in a
petrochemical plant.

type of company         level of position          skills

To be a creative and successful System Developer.


              skills                      specific position

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Profile or Summary of Qualifications

   This part consists of several concise
    statements that focus the reader’s
    attention on the most important
  qualities, achievements and abilities
             you have to offer.



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  Profile or Summary of Qualifications
• A short phrase describing your profession
• A statement of broad or specialized expertise
• Two or three additional statements related to any of the
  following:
   – breadth of depth of skills
   – unique mix of skills
   – range of environments in which you have experience
   – a special or well-documented accomplishments
   – a history of awards, promotions or superior
      performance
• One or more professional or appropriate personal
  characteristics
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                   Example
           Summary of Qualifications
Diversified manufacturing experience in high and
low volume production with an extensive
background in manufacturing and industrial
engineering. Demonstrated success in introducing
new products into production, and in developing,
implementing and managing new processes to
improve quality and productivity. Hands-on
experience in fabrication, machining, assembly and
lean manufacturing. Creative analytical problem
solver with excellent team-building skills.
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     Educational Background

• Information regarding your education that
  you have received
• Your educational background should be
  relevant with the job you are applying
• The importance of educational background
  becomes relatively reduced as you gain
  more working experience.

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         Educational Background

•   Name of school
•   Degree earned
•   Date of degree
•   Location
•   Major and minor field of study
•   The final result
•   Honors


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                            Example
EDUCATION:

University of Michigan, USA, 2004
M. Eng in Computer Software
CGPA: 3.77
Area of emphasis: Interactive educational software for young learners

University College of Engineering and Technology Malaysia (UTEC),
Pahang, 2001
B. (Hons) Eng. in Computer Software
Major: Computer Software
Minor: Networking
CGPA: 3.46

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           Work Experience
• Your working experiences are the
  principal component of your resume. It is
  the flesh and blood of your resume.
• Listing down your employment history
  requires different information when you
  use different resume format.
   – Reverse Chronological Format
   – Functional Format

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      Work Experience – Reverse
        Chronological Format
• The relevant information to describe your
  work experience for Reverse Chronological
  format is:
  – Each employer’s name
  – Location of the organization
  – Dates of employment
  – Post held at the company
  – Specific duty and responsibilities
  – Accomplishments, awards
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                             Example
WORK EXPERIENCE:

Boccard Malaysia Sdn Bhd., Pahang
September 2001 – March 2004
Group Plant Manager

Responsibilities:
•Reported to Division Operation Manager
•Managed the production operations, plant engineering, warehousing,
distribution and quality control.
Accomplishments:
•Initiated “driver assist” program to reduce warehouse loading crew by
30%.
•Created task force that reduced product “shrinkage” by 85%
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   How to write the responsibilities

 To increase the effectiveness of presenting your
 responsibilities and accomplishments, you can
 use and maintain this formula:

         Action verb + Object + Result
  Coordinated two mega projects worth $5 millions
                            successfully.

Action verb              Object            Result


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 Work Experience – Reverse Chronological
                 Format
If you are a fresh graduate without any working experience, you
can include your involvement in students’ activities and the
responsibilities you have carried out at the university.

ACTIVITIES:

Students’ Representative Council, UTEC
President 2004/2005
Responsibilities:
•Brought students’ voice to the management
•Managed and monitored students’ activities and programs
Accomplishments:
•Conducted a Bakti Siswa program at a village in Pekan, Pahang,
 successfully.
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    Work Experience – Functional
              Format
Typically, you will list each job briefly, including
the place and dates of employment, location,
and position held. This becomes a short
section, providing the reader with relevant
information about where you have worked.
However, what you accomplished in each
position will show up under the Skills section.



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                   Example

WORK EXPERIENCE:

Boccard Malaysia Sdn Bhd., Pahang
September 2001 – March 2004
Group Plant Manager

Cyclect Industries (M) Sdn. Bhd., Pahang
April 1999 – August 2001
Plant Manager
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                      Skills

• Functional resume utilizes this section to
  highlight the skills instead of including it under
  employment history.
• To demonstrate your competence if you have
  developed skills in a number of settings.
• This put your competencies and
  achievements at a higher place.



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                          Example
SKILLS:
Counselling
•Led long-term psychotherapy groups for women
•Counseled individuals from diverse backgrounds in a community clinic.
Assessment and Diagnosis
•Conducted hundreds of psychological evaluations and in-depth
 interviews for individuals.
•Coordinated efforts with other health professionals and insurance
 companies to ensure the highest level of care for clients.
Training / Presentations
•Provided direct supervision to 35 psychologists during a three-year
 period of time.
•Conducted seminar for professionals on a variety of topics. Received
 consistently high ratings from participants.
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        Format of a Resume

•   Functional/Skill-Based Resume
•   Reverse Chronological Resume
•   Combination Resume
•   Electronic Resume



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  Functional/Skill-Based Resume
• It focuses on skills, experiences, and
  accomplishments.
• It categorizes them by function, emphasizing on
  the abilities.
• This is useful if you are changing careers, if you
  have little work experience and/or if you want to
  show how you can transfer your skills.
• A functional resume is able to show what you can
  offer to the employers.

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    Functional/Skill-Based Resume
     A functional resume works best for the following
    conditions:
•   Your work history is not related to the job
•   Your related experience is not your most recent
    job
•   You have gaps in your work history
•   You have not worked recently
•   You are just entering the job market


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Functional/Skill-Based Resume:
          Examples


           Example 1

           Example 2




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    Reverse Chronological Resume

• This is the one with which most people are
  familiar.
• It lists your most recent work history and
  employment dates first in reverse chronological
  order.
• It works for those with many work experience,
  and a steady job history
• It is a way for you to show your career growth.


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    Reverse Chronological Resume

• Employers prefer this resume because it is
  easier to read and it reviews the work history
  and work experience.
• However, this resume displays flaws more
  easily, such as employment gaps. If your work
  history has been spotty, you should not use this
  type of resume.


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Reverse Chronological Resume:
          Examples

             Example 1

             Example 2




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        Combination Resume
• This is the most commonly used type of
  resume.
• It combines elements from functional and
  reverse chronological resumes.
• This is a useful format if you are changing
  careers with a solid employment history.

                    Example

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           Electronic Resume
• This resume is quickly gaining popularity as
  the Internet becomes a key place to advertise
  and look for work.
• It can be organized in any of the three ways
  described previously.
• There are two types of electronic resumes
  which are scannable resume and plain-text
  resume.
• The main purpose electronic resume is for you
  to submit your resume electronically.
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Electronic Resume


      Example:
 Scannable Resume




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               Tips to Consider

    Presentation

•   Length
•   Uniformity and consistency of design
•   Standard font
•   Quality of paper and printing
•   Paragraphing


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            Tips to Consider

  Content

• Concise and Precise
• Verb Tense
• Language Use




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