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Easy Steps for Building Your Resume July 5, 2008

Posted by dapinoyemployee in Jobhunting Pinoy Style.
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If you’re at a loss when asked to write your resume, you’re not alone. But we all have to start somewhere. Here’s how to begin creating your resume today:

You, you, you
Your resume is about you. So the very first line should be your complete name, followed by your address, a home phone number or cellphone number, then your e-mail address. Some people might want to include their work phone number but if you don’t want to be contacted by a potential employer while at work, don’t include it.

The heading should look like this:

Your Complete Name (do not include your nickname and enclose in ” __”)
Blk. 10 Lot 4 A. Schwarzenegger St., Walang Talo Subd.
Brgy. Matipuno, Bayanco City
Tel. No.: (02) 888-9999
E-mail address: yourname@email.com

Your work experience
The next important part of your resume is the summary of your work experience. It should include:

– Your job title (and department, if necessary)

– The company’s name (you might want to indicate the branch if necessary but not the address)

– Inclusive dates of employment

– Important job responsibilities, accomplishments, awards, etc.

Your education
The educational attainment part shows the courses and trainings you’ve completed and the schools, universities and training centers where you completed them. Also included certifications you’ve already earned, particularly those related to your work, along with special awards and recognitions. If you’re a published author, include the titles of all your presentations and publications and brief descriptions of each.

A caveat: unless you’re a fresh grad with zero work experience, please do not include dated information. If you’ve been in the job market for 10 years and have been hired by several employers, don’t include that special award you earned in high school during your sophomore year. Quite honestly, HR people are more interested in what you have done recently in your career than what you have accomplished academically way back when.

Personal stuff?
Best not to include personal information, unless it’s indicated. Usually, this stuff will be asked if you fill out application forms later. Besides, it’s unethical for HR personnel to ask about your age, weight or height and marital status, unless it’s a condition of your employment.

Or at least, it’s supposed to be unethical. Many HR persons still ask these of applicants, which can be uncomfortable because quite frankly, it’s often beside the point. However, it may be indicated if they have set limits – yup, a bit discriminatory for you but discrimination isn’t such a big issue in the Philippines, sad to say.

Should you use references?
References are very important to your job hunting, so use careful consideration when choosing whom to include. Your city mayor or that popular councilor in your district may not always be effective references if they have no idea about the kind of qualifications you have.

Some references you can use for your resume in order of importance are:
1. Your direct supervisors, managers and former employers.
2. Colleagues and co-workers who worked in the same department with you and know you, also called professional references.
3. Teachers, professors, school department heads and guidance councilors who know your accomplishments in school, also called academic references.
4. Personal references, such as friends or members of a club or association you belong to.

The role of references is to establish your reputation as a worker and as a person. After all, your employer wants to get to know you and the only way to do that would be to hire you. If they made a mistake in doing so, it can be costly on their part, so they use your references to help them decide whether or not to let you join their company.

Be sure to use references who can truly vouch for you. Asking a hostile boss or a co-worker who holds a grudge against you can ruin your chances. And yes, don’t forget to ask your references’ permission to use them. It’s impolite not to.



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