Quick resume tips – let your best qualities shine through

by Career Times

A punchy resume can work to your advantage. While most of you understand how to substitute bullets and short sentences for lengthy paragraphs, there are a few more rules to obey:

Overall directions

  • Relate your resume to the position(s) applied
  • Keep it brief if you only have a few things to say (there’s nothing wrong with a one-page resume)
  • Do not enclose a whole stack of certificates (unless so required)
  • Be creative but avoid anything cheesy
  • Spare those famous quotes please

Personal particulars

  • Full name in both Chinese and English
  • Is your other name awkwardly unpronounceable?

Extramural activities

  • These should be explained in the briefest manner
  • Make sure an activity is followed by a result
  • Be honest about your achievements (even the smallest ones can make you look good)
  • Highlight key learning and how this will contribute to your own development and the job
  • Display self-confidence and leadership potential

Facebook pages

  • Include a link to your facebook page only if you have a decent number of friends or “fans”
  • Use a profile picture that depicts the real you (ie, go easy on photo enhancement)
  • Do not ask your friends or “fans” to talk you up
  • Make sure there are nothing too “playful” or too dull

Personal websites / blogs

  • Contents on your personal website can make or break your chance of an interview
  • Make sure you did not use or reproduce any copyrighted materials
  • Grammatical errors don’t have to be fatal if you show a positive and creative spirit

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