How to Create A Resume
When it comes to any scholarship or job application, do you know that your resume is equally important as your final interview? Your resume speaks a lot about yourself and helps you to secure a good first impression. JS Study Solutions is happy to share with you the tips to create a resume that helps you to have a smooth scholarship and job application!
What is a Resume?
A resume is a document used by a person to present their backgrounds and skills. Résumés can be used for a variety of reasons, but most often they are used to secure new employment. In the context for students who are still in secondary school or in universities, the document is also widely used during scholarship/ financial aid application.
Sections to include in a resume
- Education background
List down your complete education background, and be sure to include your most recent and updated qualification. For instance, if you have completed your degree course and you have received your latest results, make sure you put in your final grade.
- Work, volunteering and community service experience
If you have previously worked (part time or full time), volunteered or participated in any community service experience, ensure that you describe each of them precisely according to the time and duration that you joined. For instance, if you have previously volunteered in an orphanage or you are still part of the volunteering group, do not hesitate to include that in your resume.
- Student council, club, societies, sports participation
Include your highest position and participation in your co- curricular activities at school. For instance, President of the badminton club or Treasurer of the Debate Society. You can also include positions such as prefect, librarian as proofs of your leadership and organization skills. If you are an athlete, make sure to list down the most recent and prestigious competitions and level of your representation for the sports that you are playing.
- Achievements, honours and awards
This section is extremely important as it is what makes your resume different and set you apart from other candidates. Given that there are many students/ applicants with good academic qualifications, future employers or reviewers are interested to see a different and exceptional side of you. For instance, if you have won the best speaker for a national level debate competition, your achievements also show that you are passionate, disciplined and goal driven.
Order of information
It is important to have a structured resume. First and foremost, you should include your full name, basic contact information (address, mobile number) and a professional email address. From the perspective of an employer, fancy email addresses which include movie characters, cartoons are not encouraged. Be sure to choose a simple, name related professional sounding email as it could be used for your future correspondence with the companies. Next, you should include your education background, followed by co- curricular activities and non- academic activities participation. Make sure you list the most recent and extraordinary ones that is related to the application that you are sending.
Consistency in presenting your resume
When you are drafting your resume, be consistent in terms of the selection of fonts, headings and formatting. It is advisable to use 12 and the font Times New Roman throughout your resume in order to make sure that your content and overall design is simple and easy to read.
Remember that resume usually don’t go over two pages. It is essential to keep your content precise and straight to the point. Always make sure that all the information provided is ACCURATE and do not exaggerate about your achievements. Last but not the least, remind yourself to check your work from the beginning to the end. You can also ask someone else to proofread the whole resume before you send it to get some feedback and also to check if there are no spellings, grammatical error.
We hope you have a better understanding on this topic and you will be able to apply it yourself in the future. If you need more information on further education, you can visit our Facebook, Instagram and website and feel free to visit us at our Seremban office!
Wrote by Jeffrey Chong
Edited by Joycelyn Ong
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