How to Write a Resume
Miss Mandy Low
16 May 2011
What is a resume?
• Pronunciation of “Résumé” [rézzǝ mày]
• As per dictionary resume is defined as “A brief
account of one’s professional or work
experience and qualifications, often submitted
with an employment application.”
• Also called “Curriculum Vitae (CV)”
What is it used for?
• To tell a potential employer about yourself
– Your personal particulars (address, phone)
– Your work experience
– Education background
– Strengths and weaknesses
• A marketing tool of why the potential employer
should employ you
Main Components of a Resume
Co-Curricular Activities (optional)
Skills/ Special Knowledge/ Language
1. Career Objective
• What do you want to do? This should be a sentence or
two about your employment goals. A customised
objective that describes why you are the perfect
candidate for the job can help your resume stand out
from the competition.
• Sentence should start with “To...”
• Eg. “To seek a front office position in the hospitality industry where my people skills and educational
knowledge in hotel and hospitality management can be
put to good use”
• A customised section of your resume that lists
key achievements, skills, traits, and experience
relevant to the position for which you are
applying can serve dual purposes.
• It highlights your relevant experience and
strengths and let the prospective employer know
that you have taken the time to create a resume
that shows how you are qualified for the job.
• In the education section of your resume, list the
schools you attended, the degrees you attained,
and any special awards and honours you earned
• In descending order, beginning with the most
current education (Republic Polytechnic)
• If not yet graduated, indicate “Diploma in Integrated
Events Management Candidate 2013”
4. Work Experience
• In descending order, begin with most recent job
• This section of your resume includes your work
history. List the companies you worked for,
dates of employment, the positions you held and
a bulleted list of responsibilities and
• Use verbs to highlight your strengths, initiative
Some Verbs to Consider for Work
Experience (ensure correct tense)
5. Co-Curricular Activities (optional)
• Include club/society and position held
• Describe responsibilities for the activities
• Highlight points that could reflect your
strengths. Eg. Team spirit, leadership
skills, interpersonal skills, organisational
6. Skills/ Special Knowledge/ Language
• Include skills related to the position / career field that you are applying for i.e. computer skills, language skills.
• Language proficiency, indicating fluency level. Eg:
7. Awards/ Achievements
• Include academic achievements, awards,
• Need not list them on the resume
• Can just indicated “Available upon
Top 10 Checklist
Contact details. Ensure right email/phone number so that you are contactable for jobs!
2. Career objective. Statement is important to show you are focused. 3. Qualifications. Highlight your strengths to show you can handle the job. 4. Education. If not graduated yet, indicate “Diploma in Integrated Events Management Candidate 2012”
5. Experience. Use verbs to highlight strengths. Ensure correct tense. Should...
References: No need any yet. But have two on standby.
10. Overall spelling, grammar, British English, layout, font and layout
consistency. Aesthetically pleasing. Max 2 pages.
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