Chan Nim Yin

Comments on resume

Good Points Bad Points
  • Good to have a photograph. According to the Careers Education and Placement Centre , including a photo is a desirable practice when applying for jobs locally. But make sure it is a good mug shot.
  • Use of action words
  • Concise sentence structure
  • Quantification of achievements
  • Listing of relevant achievements, e.g. "Leadership Ability" – unanimous re-election indicates interpersonal skills. Courses such as "Foreign trade and investment in China" are especially likely to catch the eye of the bankers.
  • Availability date
  • This is what is called a Functional Resume, because it groups your experiences according to your skills/characteristics that you have demonstrated in your work. Thus, it is an inappropriate form for recent graduates. List experiences chronologically. Add one or two functional categories to highlight particular strengths.
  • No need to give too many personal details, e.g. I.D. card no. and marital status (unless you are married!) are not necessary.
  • No need to state your sex so explicitly: if you have a Christian name like Nancy, it already indicates that you are a girl
  • Is the title "Resume" necessary? According to the Careers Education and Placement Centre it is important to have the resume titled. But according to some references, a "resume" is a "resume" and therefore it is redundant to have it titled.
  • No phone number
  • What is EAC? – Avoid abbreviations. Also, no need to mention – only mention elective courses.
  • No need to list courses and all grades, just mention that you achieved an "A" average.
  • Experiences: some of the jobs and achievements sound too rich and grand for an undergraduate. Employers may ask: is the candidate telling the truth?
  • Hobbies: call them "Personal Interests". But why mention them. Everyone (almost) reads and jogs (while listening to music).
  • Do NOT mention a salary. Even if you do (as when the advertisement asks for it) give a range.