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6 Resume Tips For Your Next Career

Have you ever re-evaluated your resume, or simply just want to get it done quickly? Even though you understand how essential a resume is to the job search, but you wonder why you haven't received any interview invitation letters from your ideal company.

In most cases, recruiters only spend an average of 30 seconds to 1 minute to view a resume. Submitting a well-looking resume can be just as crucial as dressing right for a job interview. With so many types of writing styles around, you might feel a bit lost and don't know how to create an eye-catching resume. Don't worry, we've broken down everything you need to know about formatting a great resume.



1. Personal Information

Every day recruiters are facing hundreds of resumes and have to select a few candidates for interviews in just a short time. Your personal information is suggested to be neat and only listed essential information. Your personal information should only include:

✓ Name

✓ Phone

✓ E-mail

✓ Address

X Birthday

X Height/Weight

X Marriage status

X Anything else


2. Work Experience and Education

The work experience section will most likely be the key part of your resume. Even if you switching careers, recruiters still want to see what's your background and expertise can bring value for companies.


Work experience

✓ List your work experience from newest to oldest

✓ Make 3-6 bullet points describe your work, the skills you built, and the tools you used

✓ Quantify your performance, demonstrate how you contribute to concrete data

✓ Try to make this category in 1-2 pages. Considering keeping relevant experience to the job you're applying


Education

✓ Highest degree + graduation year

✓ If you're a recent graduate, it's suggested to list down on-campus activities


3. Resume Summary Statement

A summary statement of yourself, that you might find it useful to add clarity context near the top highlighting your experience and skills to indicate your value to your new path.

✓ What's your related experience

✓ What can you do

✓ What you want to do


4. Skills

In this section, it is necessary to engage your skills in your work experience. This includes hard and soft skills. There's also something named a functional or skills-based resume. This style of the format will specifically emphasize your skills and areas of expertise, rather than the description of duties of your work histories.

✓List your skills from your accomplishments such as Communication, leadership, project management, or any other often –used skills. And draft your achievement in a short paragraph.


5. Infographic Resume or Portfolio (If relevant )

This part is crucial if you're looking for a creative role or project-based career. This resume style is characterized by how it's formatted visually.

✓ Suggested for people applying creative roles such as designers, editors, video producers, or freelancers.


6. Editing and Formatting

"The initial impression must be inviting, attractive and professional. This determination is usually made within just a few seconds, before the reader actually engages the words on the page. The general layout and format of the resume should invite the reader into the text. If the resume fails in this first test, chances are the decision-maker won't go any further " -Official Guidelines, The Professional Association of Résumé Writers and Career Coaches-


Here's some basic advice for a well-formatted resume:

✓Professional font, such as Arial, Arial Narrow, Calibri, Cambria, Garamond, or Helvetica.

✓10-12pt

✓Single line spacing.

✓Space between every section to give readers some breathing room.

✓White colour based, and maybe select another theme colour (Colour shows professional such as dark blue, grey, dark brown to emphasize your name, or job title.



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