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Jumpstart Your Career: 5 Resume-Writing Basics

Upgrade your job-hunting skills!
by Gelo Gonzales | Oct 23, 2012
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Job hunting is not unlike looking for a girlfriend. You mark a prospective target, attempt to make an impression that you’re not entirely psychotic, dress to impress, prove that you’ve got the goods, while also keeping your cool, and staying confident though your heart’s about to burst. It can be scary business especially if you’re kind of just winging it, and leaving it all to luck. If only we had some sort of cheat sheet that’s going to help us through such ordeals!

Well, today might just be your lucky day because Summit Books, Summit Media’s book publishing arm, and Jobstreet.com, the country’s leading recruitment site, have just released a book to help you land that dream job, Jumpstart Your Career.


Think of it as FHM: A Man’s Guide To Hooking Up minus all those chapters on supercharged sex.

With this book, you’ll learn how to assess possible employment opportunities, identify your strengths, and gauge what job or career might be mutually rewarding for you and and a company. It gives you a glimpse of the current job market, the state of different industries and the kind of people they demand, what companies want from prospective employees, and subsequently, how you transform from prospective employee to a hire that makes the HR people look good.

Of course, before you even get a call, you have to submit a resume. And making one that gets a second look takes a bit of work, which is why one section of the book is devoted to it. To get you started, here we've listed down five resume-writing tips.

1) Keep the information professional
By "pro info," we mean relevant data including educational attainment, work experience, job objective, skills, and other notable achievement relevant to the job you're applying for. Don't include "village singing champion" unless you're applying for a talent contest.

2) Contact details: crucial
You seem like the perfect guy for the job, so now they dial you up. You didn't forget to put your address, mobile or landline number, and email address now, did you?

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3) Use a proper picture
Your resume is not your Facebook page, so no matter how much you'd like to show your fun personality with a fun photo from your grad party, it's generally more advisable to use a formal I.D. picture with you flashing a nice smile.

4) Proofread!
If you're going to be a grammar nazi, the best time to do it is when you're writing a resume. Take the time to weed out the spelling errors and the little miscues, or better yet, get your writer friend to clean it up for you.

5) Don't use an unprofessional e-mail address
While we might be able to humor "toosexyforyou@hotmail.com", in the professional realm, you'll only scare off headhunters with such an e-mail. Using your name is really the best way to go about it.

Jobstreet.com's Jumpstart Your Career is available in all bookstores and newsstands nationwide for P195.

WORDS BY GELO GONZALES
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