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Resume Writing Tips
1. Include your name and contact information
- Include your full name and contact information including email address and mobile phone number.
- Your name should be highly visible at the top of your resume with a bolded or larger font than the rest of the document
- Optional: your home address is optional and does not necessarily need to be included
2. Your resume summary
- It is always good to include a short summary of yourself (after your contact information)
- It should be a short statement that describes your relevant work experience and skills (no more than 1 to 4 sentences).
3. List your soft and hard skills
- Make a list of your hard (technical) skills and soft (interpersonal) skills.
- You can adapt this list based on the job description and requirements that the employer is looking for
- You can also list certifications and licenses here as well.
4. Professional / Employment History
- Write your professional or employment history in reverse-chronological order (the latest job you held is listed first)
- Start with your most recent job and provide a short description including the company name, time period in which you were employed, your job title and a few key achievements during your time at the company.
- Use numbers to measure impact where possible - include numerical achievements so that employers can see the value you can bring to their company. Example: "Redesigned procurement processes, reducing time to award by 25%, resulting in annual costs savings of RM 500,000"
- Be brief - recruiters have only have limited time to read resumes and they often receive hundreds of resumes and are likely to spend mere seconds scanning through your resume.
- Use action verbs to describe your professional achievements. For example, include “developed,” “saved,” “drove”, "coordinated", "led" and “managed.”
- If you do not have extensive work history, you should also include volunteer opportunities following the same format.
5. Education Details
- When writing your education section, you should include the name of the institution, dates of attendance and your degree or area of study.
- If you have certifications or licenses that are relevant to the job description, you can include them in this section as well.
6. Format your resume
- Formatting your resume will ensure it looks professional and improve readability - this is key to keep recruiters attention.
- Keep your font size between 10-12 points
- Select a clean and easy to read font like Arial or Helvetica
- Make your name and section headers (e.g. Professional History, Education Details) bold and slightly bigger (e.g. 14 points)
- Use bullet points when listing several different pieces of information, like under your education and professional history sections
7. Proofread your resume
- Carefully review your resume - check for spelling errors, grammar and punctuation errors.
- Ask trusted friends or family members to help read through and review your resume.
8. Length of resume
- Your resume should be no more than 1-2 pages long.
- If you have a lot of past experience, the maximum you should go to is 3 pages, whilst ensuring that a summary of all your experience is listed on the first page
9. Update your resume to reflect the job description requirements
Once you have your resume ready, before applying for any jobs and submitting your resume, remember to:
- Use keywords from the job description in your job history bullet points
- Update your key skills to reflect skills that the employer is looking for
- Change what you emphasize in the professional history and educational experiences sections depending on what’s listed in the job description.
Did you know?
Recruiters spend an average of only about 6 seconds on each resume before deciding whether to interview a candidate.
The top one-third of your resume often determines whether a hiring manager chooses to keep reading.
Your personal summary is the section of your resume a recruiter is most likely to read.