Fresh grads’ba­sic hacks to avoid re­sume writ­ing mis­takes

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As to­day’s job ap­pli­ca­tion process be­comes more dig­i­tal and on­line-driven, re­sumes have be­come the most con­ve­nient brand­ing and per­sonal shout-out tools to get a re­cruiter’s at­ten­tion.

They make or break your first, or maybe only shot to get your foot in a com­pany’s door. And while know-hows aren’t cast in stone, lucky for you I can help you point out some don’ts that should be avoided.

Sub­mit­ting a 3-5 page re­sume

Well, just put your­self in the po­si­tion of a very busy hu­man re­source re­cruiter, who got piles of pro­files on his desk. Hence, the trick here is to craft some­thing short to cap­ture at­ten­tion, but in­for­ma­tive enough to be called for an in­ter­view, not im­me­di­ately a job. Okay?

You’ll even­tu­ally no­tice that the more sea­soned you be­come, the less im­por­tant your ed­u­ca­tional ex­pe­ri­ence be­comes in job ap­pli­ca­tion (but never ir­rel­e­vant of course).

But since your com­ing fresh, it will help to put de­tails such as GPA, awards and co-cur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties. But keep the # TMI (Too Much In­for­ma­tion) things at the bay. It’s nice to know that you’ve won a barangay bas­ket­ball league, but that won’t nec­es­sar­ily help you get an of­fice desk. So, skip it. Your #Pal­abokTac­tics may have saved you in your col­lege es­says but not any­more. Save all the sto­ries and de­tails for in­ter­view, that’s what it is for.

Let go of the ‘ca­reer ob­jec­tive’state­ment

We all have the same, generic goal. And that is to find a com­pany that will max­i­mize your skills and like­wise share the pur­suit of their mis­sion-vi­sion (Re­ally? Well, a lit­tle cheesy.) Hence, I per­son­ally re­place this with a ‘sum­mary state­ment’ smacked af­ter my name. It’s a sen­tence or two that will sum­ma­rize your ed­u­ca­tional back­ground, in­tern­ship and other job-re­lated ex­pe­ri­ence, which is com­pelling enough to tell them what you can do re­gard­less if they skip the rest of your pr ofi l e:

“A grad­u­ate of AB Phi­los­o­phy with rel­e­vant ex­pe­ri­ence in writ­ing, pub­lic speak­ing, im­mer­sions and hu­man for­ma­tion.”

Though you’ll never see “Wanted Philoso­pher” in any job ad, this won’t re­duce me to a spe­cific role with­out leav­ing room for flex­i­bil­ity when the com­pany can of­fer mul­ti­ple ca­reer paths like in ad­ver­tis­ing, train­ing or hu­man re­source.

Leav­ing ty­po­graph­i­cal er­rors unchecked

Yes. Ba­sic tip, but this mis­take has been painfully taken for granted— lost punc­tu­a­tions, mis­spelled words, and sim­ple sub­ject-verb agree­ment are the eas­i­est way to earn a bad per­spec­tive. Re­mem­ber, you have to put your best foot for­ward for now. There’s no loss in get­ting a friend or a men­tor to proof­read your work. Moreso, apps that check and cor­rect your use of English.

Ly­ing about any in­for­ma­tion

For ob­vi­ous rea­sons. (In­sert a smile emoji hear)

Happy job-hunt­ing! Stay Ac­tive un­til our next chat!

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Need more tips in life, ca­reer and be­yond? In­vite me to speak in your event or reach me at “Coach Pat de Leon” on Face­book.

BE­FORE the elec­tions, Duterte would kiss the flag, and boast that he will ride a jet­ski and plant that flag in Scar­bor­ough and die for the coun­try.

Last April 9, on the Day of Valor, Duterte flew to China, planted sweet words like: “I sim­ply love (China’s Pres­i­dent) Xi Jin­ping, he un­der­stands my prob­lem.”

The irony that it hap­pened on the Day of Valor which com­mem­o­rates the death of around 5,000 to 18,000 Filipino and 600 Amer­i­can sol­diers dur­ing in the Death March from Bataan to Pam­panga dur­ing the Ja­panese in­va­sion in World War II.

The DDS would ar­gue that we are not at war. In this age of prag­matic Duter­tismo, China is the Pi­noy’s best friend for the “Build, Build, Build.”

Never mind the logic that a Euro­pean Union aid is dif­fer­ent from a China loan, where the former is given with not much strings at­tached. EU likes to re­mind the pres­i­dent

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