Writing Your Resume
A Resume is a document depicting your academic qualifications, work experiences and competencies to what you can offer in a job. It is also used as a form of marketing tool to market yourself as a potential employee to your prospective employer.
Note that a Resume may not land you a job offer but certainly in getting an interview with your prospective employer.
Resume should be customized based on the job you are applying for and not having a master copy to apply for all jobs.
Pointers in writing a resume:
Keep in short. Restrict it to maximum 2 pages.
General Guidelines in writing a resume:
- Be truthful in what is written.
- Use short sentences and paragraphs in writing.
- Use correct grammar and spelling, avoid abbreviations and jargon.
- Use Roman Times or Arial typeface and a font size of 12.
- Keep the resume clean. No fanciful borders or tables.
- State your name, phone and email contacts (avoid using school email addresses).
- Insert a digital self photograph (preferably to be in business shirt and tie).
- A summary to state your qualities, abilities and what you can offer to the prospective organization.
- List your academic qualifications.
- This is the most important section of your resume.
- State the skills you possessed for the desired position you are applying for.
- List employer, designation, dates of employment and a brief description of your contributions.
- Highlight achievements and recognitions if any.
- Be specific in stating job description.
- List the activities you have actively organized and participated.
- Highlight those in particular that showcased your leadership and organizing skills.
Language and other skills
- State your specific language capabilities that are essential to the position you are applying for. More so if you are applying for a position that requires other languages.
- Relevant computer skills and knowledge if any.
Writing of a Cover Letter
A cover letter expresses your interest in working for your prospective organization, highlights your qualifications and work experiences and how they could contribute to the organization and requests for an interview.
A cover letter should be written short and simple. Approximately 3 short paragraphs should be sufficient to state your point.
Pointers in writing a cover letter:
- State the position you are applying for.
- Reference the job posting. If the posting is from online or newspaper, specify the day, the source (or URL) and the position.
- State what you can offer in the job based on your qualifications, work experiences and competencies.
- End the letter by re-affirming your interest in the job opening.
- Request for an interview and state how you can be contacted.