Honestly, I don’t believe in a “Perfect” resume.
But I believe, there are lots of formats and ideas that you may find,
to create your ideal resume.
Firstly, there are many kinds of jobs and industries which the world has yet to offer.
Second, resume is nothing more than just a ticket.
A ticket to score a Job Interview,
for that particular Job opportunity that you’re interested in.
By providing a brief summary of your areas of interest,
as well as qualifications in regards to the job position you desire.
Yup, basically, that’s what resume does.
In other words,
1.Resume isn’t your Autobiography
(It’s a snapshot of your career & education, not a life story)
2.Resume assists you pretty much up until the interview ONLY
(Not the whole job selection process)
3.Resume represents your suitability
(HR could filter suitable candidates as well as job opportunities)
In my opinion, here are the most significant elements you should have in your resume,
not to mention the Do(s) & Don’t(s) of each segments.
Just remember that you are currently in the ‘Job Screening’ process,
in which if you passed, you might just get a Phone-Interview or an Interview Date.
So, here’s the (7) Resume segments which I believe should be a priority.
(Last (2) segments are marked as optional ; I’m sure it might not be relevant/important)
- Personal Details
3. Work Experience
5. Skills & Strengths
6. Hobbies (optional)
7. References (optional)
The essential information of the candidate.
(e.g. Full name, contact number and email address)
*Other than these items above are considered optional
*The key is short & simple (Because this is just the first segment)
Include Full Name, Contact number and Email address.
(Yes, your picture is optional)
(e.g. Full body pictures, Selfies, Overly-Filtered Pictures)
Inappropriate email addresses.
(e.g. email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org)
Other Irrelevant information.
(e.g. Health Condition, Expected Salary, Marital Status)
Education background of the candidate.
Qualifications from schooling to the highest education level.
(e.g. SPM qualifications onwards)
*The education background should be sorted from the Highest level
Include the full name of the educational institutions.
Include Starting/Ending year of studies/programme, also end results (CGPA).
Use of short abbreviations.
Inaccurate education background information.
Relevant work experiences as well as the duration of the jobs.
Preferably job roles which are relevant to the applied job position.
Preferably the most recent job position with strong selling points.
*Avoid including part-time jobs in resume.
(but you can always notify HR during interviews, if asked)
Include the Name of the previous employer.
Include the position held.
Include the starting/ending date of the job.
Provide a short summary of the job scope.
Too many work experiences.
Information that are irrelevant with the applied job.
Last major professional accomplishments .
(e.g. Academic or Career).
Leadership roles held in any associations.
(Preferably, something you are proud of, and stands you out from others)
Activities that demonstrates candidate’s involvement in any events or campaigns.
(e.g. Debates, Sports, Music, Volunteer Work and etc.)
*Achievements are nothing without genuine Skills & Strengths
Include the positions held.
Include events that are considered crucial and related to the applied job.
Include brief information on your experience/views.
State your contributions/achievements.
Irrelevant information which does not serve any points towards the achievement.
Include events that are considered irrelevant.
Skills and Strengths
Set of abilities that the candidates possess,
which enhances their competency level among others.
(e.g. Languages, Communication skills, Creativity, Stress Tolerance, Computer skills)
*Skills and Strengths are important unique selling points in your resume; Works well with Achievements
Include your most important Key strengths.
Do not emphasize too much on irrelevant set of skills.
Hobbies and Interests (optional)
Good hobbies and your own personal interests.
Make it short & Simple.
Be mindful to not include overly-personal interest,
so personal that it might result to HR having wrong impressions of you.
List down interesting hobbies/interests that might captures employer’s attention.
Including hobbies and interests which may harms employer’s perception.
Contact information of previous employer(s).
(This is for employer’s reference, in case they have trust issues)
Include brief referee’s information.
(e.g. Employer’s name, referee’s full name, job position, contact details.)
Provide incomplete information referees,
or mentions only “References available upon request”.
Okay, I guess that’s it from me.
Lastly, I’d just like to say thank you for acknowledging my tips.
Wish you all the best in the Job Hunt.
Stay grinding, and I hope you ace the job interview.
I’ll just end this article with this meme that represents me as an Intern.