Thursday, December 1, 2011

A Resume—The First Step To Success

The following is one students view on how to write a strong resume.

In the near future, a group of college students will be graduating from school and stepping into society. They will be faced with the difficulty of hunting for jobs, delivering resumes and having interviews. This is a twist in everyone’s life and not all persons will go through these smoothly. Delivering a successful resume will be a fortunate start.

As far as everyone knows, a resume needs to contain the basic information about yourself, like name, sex, age, educational background and health condition. Then, before you start introducing your job experience, it’s necessary to attach a brief account of your abilities and specialties. The recruiter will take ten seconds to decide whether to go over your resume. So the first 1/3 will be the decisive part that determines if the recruiter takes interest in you.

Next, you should display your job experiences during the past 10 years (if you have any). The best way to arrange what you have written is in reverse order of time, so that the recruiter will know exactly what you have done most recently. Remember, the year, position and the name of the companies are all needed to be set out.

Are all these enough to compose a resume? No, they are far from attracting interest in you. It will be better to add achievements you have obtained in your position. Have you ever reached 150% every month? Have you invested or improved something to save expenses up to 1,000,000 dollars every year for the company? Have you ever made an active promotion for a new product of the company? These are your specialties which will make you unique in your position.

Thirdly, to display your special training in the relating area will be preferable. It will show your progress and you may get additional scores in your job hunt.

Last, but not least, you should pay attention to the format of your text. Details determine whether you fail or succeed. It’s not a wise decision to use cheap paper in inferior quality. A4 paper is the best choice. The size of words should be proper to be distinguished easily. The typeface or type setting needn’t be too fancy. Mistakes in spelling or grammar should never appear. It’s a basic requirement not to be stained with a spot of water or coffee. The most important thing is the reality of what you’ve written. Lying or cheating in any condition is shameful. You needn’t tell the total experience. You can just outline the advantages and avoid the disadvantages.

If you have achieved all of the above, the only thing you can do is wait. Nevertheless, you may not succeed in the first attempt. But don’t give up hope. The person who can hold on to the last will be the lucky one.

Tao Yuting is currently a Woosong Student majoring in Railway Communication Engineering


How does this article help students who will be "graduating in the near future" when it is clearly written for someone who had work experience? What should you write in the experience column if you don't have any? That was never addressed in the writing.

While it is easy to cut and paste information like this from an online source, it is better to actually copy from an article that applies to it's target readers, "future graduates".

And to anyone who reads this article, if you don't have any work experience for the last 10 years because you were in school, the best thing to do would be to show your prospective employers, volunteer positions, activities you had at the University (for example: were you presented of any student group,etc.)

The purpose of the resume is to give the reader a sense of who you are, without them knowing how you look, how you speak, walk, etc. Hiring managers receive 100's of job applications, so your job is to make your resume stand out, and be different. Because believe it or not, if there's nothing in your resume that catches the eye of the hiring manager, in 2 seconds your resume is in the trash. Yes, focus on achievements you've had, both in school, part time jobs, or in extra activities you had in school/university, and GO OUTSIDE the norm of what a resume should look something different in your resume that will make it standout and different than the other 99 resumes the hiring manager has in his/her desk. It could be the difference of you getting an interview or NOT.

This is a common sense and insightful approach...I'll be sure to pass along.Resume Format

Many thanks for such a write-up. I undoubtedly cherished reading it.Resume Samples

The Chronicle of Higher Education remarked that “proprietary institutions tend to concentrate their resources on a narrow range of offerings, a business model that makes it easier free resume builder for them to respond to changes in student demand.”

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