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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Filling Up Your Resume

My name is Faisal. I will be 24 this 31st August. I was born in Perlis. After SPM in 2001, I went to MARA College Banting, undertaking the matriculation course. Then I entered Uniten Bangi and finished my Bachelor Degree in Electrical Power Engineering, in 2007. Soon after my final paper in my final year, I took a part time job as a staff crew in Baskin Robbins Alamanda, Putrajaya, while attending interviews for an engineer post by numerous companies. Finally after I month, I have been accepted to work in a construction company in Puchong Jaya as a Project Engineer. Mainly my job is to handle projects with TNB. I have lots of interests. Lately I am becoming more and more interested in cars. My other interests are tennis, movies, motorcycles, IT gadgets and vacations.

Filling Up Your Resume

by Faisal for Writing Contest 2008

There is nothing duller in this universe than an empty resume. Empty, in a sense that there is nothing printed on the resume except the writer’s personal particulars, academic qualification and perhaps some referees. Employers’ expectation towards their employee candidates are increasing day by day. Unless you are taking the critical courses, such as medical, engineering and accounting, it is really hard to get a job these days. Actually let me rephrase this, it is really hard to get a job that suits our qualifications. Big and multi-national companies like Shell, Western Digital and Sony not only want their employee candidates to have high CGPA, they also want their candidates to have multi-talents, such as leadership, management ability, innovation, and maybe athletic ability, to make sure that the candidate is healthy. I am writing about the executive level employees by the way.

Of course as a fresh graduate, all the talents are built during school and university days. You can join clubs in school and be active in it, like photography club, or computer club. You can participate in competitions, such as robotic competition and essay writing competition. You can also be active in sports. Even if you are not good in sports, you can be active in the sports club and can organize events like tournaments and stuffs like that. During your long semester break, you can get yourself a part time job. This will give the impression to your future employer that you are a hard working person. If you can, find a part time job that is related to your field of study. Then you will have a glimpse of how your real work is going to be. Now back to your resume writing, you can print all about your extracurricular activities and part time jobs inside it, and make your resume more interesting to read.

You can arrange the contents in your resume as you like as long as you have your personal particulars, academic qualifications, extracurricular activities, achievements, expected salary, related abilities and referees. The number one rule in arranging your resume is, there are no rules. If the content of your resume is impressive, the interviewer will question you less about your ability to be an excellent employee. Believe me, that is the only advantage you have when you are in a job interview session along with experienced candidates.
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  1. hello faisal..u did electrical power engineering? may I know more about it? was it tough? fun?? I will be doing thta degree next year.. pls send me more info on tht course. thank you.

    Li Lian

  2. True...an employer will certainly be impressed with a striking resume. For now, my resume looks a tad bit empty. I need to add more spice to it!

  3. Question: If the interviewer will question you less about your ability to be an excellent employee. What else do they question you about?

  4. The 7 most difficult opening questions in an interview

    1. Tell me about yourself.
    Since this is often the opening question in an interview, be extra careful that you don't run off at the mouth. Keep your answer to a minute or two at most. Cover four topics: early years, education, work history, and recent career experience. Emphasize this last subject. Remember that this is likely to be a warm-up question. Don't waste your best points on it.

    2. What do you know about our organization?
    You should be able to discuss products or services, revenues, reputation, image, goals, problems, management style, people, history and philosophy. But don't act as if you know everything about the place. Let your answer show that you have taken the time to do some research, but don't overwhelm the interviewer, and make it clear that you wish to learn more.

    You might start your answer in this manner: "In my job search, I've investigated a number of companies.

    Yours is one of the few that interests me, for these reasons..."

    Give your answer a positive tone. Don't say, "Well, everyone tells me that you're in all sorts of trouble, and that's why I'm here", even if that is why you're there.

    3. Why do you want to work for us?
    The deadliest answer you can give is "Because I like people." What else would you like-animals?

    Here, and throughout the interview, a good answer comes from having done your homework so that you can speak in terms of the company's needs. You might say that your research has shown that the company is doing things you would like to be involved with, and that it's doing them in ways that greatly interest you. For example, if the organization is known for strong management, your answer should mention that fact and show that you would like to be a part of that team. If the company places a great deal of emphasis on research and development, emphasize the fact that you want to create new things and that you know this is a place in which such activity is encouraged. If the organization stresses financial controls, your answer should mention a reverence for numbers.

    If you feel that you have to concoct an answer to this question - if, for example, the company stresses research, and you feel that you should mention it even though it really doesn't interest you- then you probably should not be taking that interview, because you probably shouldn't be considering a job with that organization.

    Your homework should include learning enough about the company to avoid approaching places where you wouldn't be able -or wouldn't want- to function. Since most of us are poor liars, it's difficult to con anyone in an interview. But even if you should succeed at it, your prize is a job you don't really want.

    4. What can you do for us that someone else can't?
    Here you have every right, and perhaps an obligation, to toot your own horn and be a bit egotistical. Talk about your record of getting things done, and mention specifics from your resume or list of career accomplishments. Say that your skills and interests, combined with this history of getting results, make you valuable. Mention your ability to set priorities, identify problems, and use your experience and energy to solve them.

    5. What do you find most attractive about this position? What seems least attractive about it?
    List three or four attractive factors of the job, and mention a single, minor, unattractive item.

    6. Why should we hire you?
    Create your answer by thinking in terms of your ability, your experience, and your energy. (See question 4.)

    7. What do you look for in a job?
    Keep your answer oriented to opportunities at this organization. Talk about your desire to perform and be recognized for your contributions. Make your answer oriented toward opportunity rather than personal security.

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