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Graduate Professional Programme: Power Up and Stand Out

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Graduate Professional Programme: Power Up and Stand Out

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  2. 2. One recent study showed that recruiters spent only 6.25 seconds looking at a candidate’s résumé before deciding whether he or she is fit for a job. ~Forbes.com (cc) Creative Commons 2017 Chuah Kee Man
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  4. 4. Résumé a concise outline (1-2 pages) of your skills, education and experience. (cc) Creative Commons 2017 Chuah Kee Man
  5. 5. Let’s Power Up Your Résumé (cc) Creative Commons 2017 Chuah Kee Man
  6. 6. #1 Use the Right Layout (cc) Creative Commons 2017 Chuah Kee Man
  7. 7. Messy and inappropriate (cc) Creative Commons 2017 Chuah Kee Man
  8. 8. Looks crowded (centre aligned) (cc) Creative Commons 2017 Chuah Kee Man
  9. 9. Looks catchy but messy (cc) Creative Commons 2017 Chuah Kee Man
  10. 10. Clean and professional (cc) Creative Commons 2017 Chuah Kee Man
  11. 11. Neat and organized (cc) Creative Commons 2017 Chuah Kee Man
  12. 12. Neat and contemporary (cc) Creative Commons 2017 Chuah Kee Man
  13. 13. Click Here for some useful templates: http://is.gd/resumetemplates (cc) Creative Commons 2017 Chuah Kee Man
  14. 14. Layout: The Basics  Stick to standard paper size (A4) and use left or justified alignment.  Use neat and professional layout (not too fancy/creative)  Use suitable font types and font size (10-11pt).  Use proper headings for each section/part  Stick to maximum of 3 colours (if you plan to use colours) (cc) Creative Commons 2017 Chuah Kee Man
  15. 15. Layout: Best Fonts • Arial • Verdana • Calibri • Garamond • Georgia (cc) Creative Commons 2017 Chuah Kee Man
  16. 16. Layout: The Standard Parts Use headings to indicate:  Contact Details (No fancy email)  Career Objective (Precise)  Education  Work Experience  Skills  Achievements/Awards  Activities and Interests  References/Referees Don’t forget your Portrait Photo. (cc) Creative Commons 2017 Chuah Kee Man
  17. 17. Education  Use Timeline (list the latest first).  Highlight your achievements or key skills learned instead of results alone.  If needed, highlight key courses taken too (related to the job). - Optional (cc) Creative Commons 2017 Chuah Kee Man
  18. 18. Sep 2011 – Sep 2015 Bachelor of Business Administration (Hons.) Marketing Universiti Malaysia Sarawak • Graduated with a CGPA of 2.90 and advanced competence in strategic marketing. • Key courses taken with valuable skills learned: promotion, online marketing and managerial finance. (cc) Creative Commons 2017 Chuah Kee Man
  19. 19. Use the quadrant rule to check. Make sure each quadrant is balanced. (cc) Creative Commons 2017 Chuah Kee Man
  20. 20. Portrait Photo (Headshots) matters! Get help to shoot a nice once. Smile, clean background, with professional attire and keep it recent. (Not too “passport-photo” like). (cc) Creative Commons 2017 Chuah Kee Man Sample pictures only. Google Images
  21. 21. #2 Use the Right Language (cc) Creative Commons 2017 Chuah Kee Man
  22. 22. Language Tips #1 Use strong action verbs when writing your experiences or achievements. (cc) Creative Commons 2017 Chuah Kee Man
  23. 23. Overused Best Words Best of breed Go-getter Think outside of the box Dynamic Synergy Thought leadership Value add Results-driven Team player Bottom-line Achieved Improved Trained/mentored Managed Created Resolved Volunteered Influenced Increased/decreased Won (cc) Creative Commons 2017 Chuah Kee Man
  24. 24. Language Tips #2 Be specific and concise when writing your key activities or tasks (cc) Creative Commons 2017 Chuah Kee Man
  25. 25. Example April – June 2014 Marketing Intern – (EverDrop Sdn Bhd) • Attended group meetings and recorded minutes. • Updated departmental files. Not good enough! Preferably “Quantifiable Evidence” (cc) Creative Commons 2017 Chuah Kee Man
  26. 26. Good Example April – June 2014 (3 months) Marketing Intern – (EverDrop Sdn Bhd) • Recorded weekly meeting minutes and compiled them for future organizational reference. • Reorganized 10 years worth of files, making them easily accessible to department members. Action words are used to describe each task done clearly. (cc) Creative Commons 2017 Chuah Kee Man
  27. 27. Language Tips #3 Keywords are the key (use those keywords mentioned in the ads) (cc) Creative Commons 2017 Chuah Kee Man
  28. 28. Top Keywords Problem solving Leadership Oral/ Written Communication Team building Productivity Adaptable If these keywords appear on the ads, do include them in your resume if you have such qualities/capabilities. (cc) Creative Commons 2017 Chuah Kee Man
  29. 29. Language Tips #4 Avoid “bombastic” words, keep it clear and concise. (cc) Creative Commons 2017 Chuah Kee Man
  30. 30. #3 Use the Right Focus (cc) Creative Commons 2017 Chuah Kee Man
  31. 31. Customise Your Resume! Make sure you modify your resume to fit the position. (cc) Creative Commons 2017 Chuah Kee Man
  32. 32. Customisation Example: Move specific parts up according to the job. E.g. Move up skills if your work experience is limited. (cc) Creative Commons 2017 Chuah Kee Man
  33. 33. Top 5 Most Wanted skills for Economic/Business/Finance Graduates 1. Verbal Communication 2. Commercial Awareness 3. Teamwork 4. Analysing and investigating 5. Time Management (cc) Creative Commons 2017 Chuah Kee Man
  34. 34. Workplace Communication (cc) Creative Commons 2017 Chuah Kee Man
  35. 35. Emails 1. Subject Line 2. Proper Opening 3. Impactful Ending (cc) Creative Commons 2017 Chuah Kee Man
  36. 36. Phone Calls 1. Greet and Introduce Yourself 2. Go straight to the point (politely) 3. Impactful Ending (cc) Creative Commons 2017 Chuah Kee Man
  37. 37. Job Interviews & First Impression (cc) Creative Commons 2017 Chuah Kee Man
  38. 38. Do a “self-test” Be sure what the company wants really fit your skills, career track, beliefs and experiences. (cc) Creative Commons 2017 Chuah Kee Man
  39. 39. Be fully prepared. Do necessary check on the company and also prepare your “weapons” (attire, resumes/cv, portfolios) (cc) Creative Commons 2017 Chuah Kee Man
  40. 40. Be there earlier 25% of candidates failed job interviews because they were late. 85% of those were merely 5 minutes late. (cc) Creative Commons 2017 Chuah Kee Man
  41. 41. Breathe Deeply Relax your mind by breathing deeply. Treat the interview like a conversation. (cc) Creative Commons 2017 Chuah Kee Man
  42. 42. Be Confident From the moment you walk into the room, until the last word you said. But how? Be prepared and be honest! (cc) Creative Commons 2017 Chuah Kee Man
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  44. 44. Be careful of your intonation when answering questions. o Be more authoritative in answering. o Don’t turn all answers to sound like you are not confident. (cc) Creative Commons 2017 Chuah Kee Man
  45. 45. Be Humble The best way to get what we want is to meet the needs of the interviewer. Follow the “flow”. (cc) Creative Commons 2017 Chuah Kee Man
  46. 46. Be Focused Listen attentively to the questions asked. If it’s not clear, say it, don’t pretend to understand. Stay focused on your qualities when answering. (cc) Creative Commons 2017 Chuah Kee Man
  47. 47. Be careful of these questions during interviews o “Tell me more about yourself” o “Why do you want this job?” o “Tell me your biggest weakness” o “Why should we hire you?” o “If we offer you lower pay, will you accept this post?” o “Are you willing to be relocated?” These are “trick” questions to test your passion and sincerity. (cc) Creative Commons 2017 Chuah Kee Man
  48. 48. Be Goal-Oriented Where do you see yourself in the next 1, 5 and 10 years? Chart your goals clearly and in a realistic way. (cc) Creative Commons 2017 Chuah Kee Man
  49. 49. LANGUAGE TIPS For Interviews (cc) Creative Commons 2017 Chuah Kee Man
  50. 50. Use action verbs when explaining your skills and experiences. Avoid “clichés” or overused words. (cc) Creative Commons 2017 Chuah Kee Man
  51. 51. Language Focus during Interview o Use active voice more instead of passive voice. (e.g. I conducted the project) o Use more first-person pronouns (e.g. I, we) o Avoid using run-on sentences. Pause at the right time to highlight keywords. (cc) Creative Commons 2017 Chuah Kee Man
  52. 52. Over-used Statements o I’m a team player o I’m a perfect fit for this job o I’m a perfectionist o I’m a workaholic o I have good leadership skills (Be specific, get ready the facts) E.g. If you are a team player, say “I led my teams during undergraduate years in two important projects namely….” (cc) Creative Commons 2017 Chuah Kee Man
  53. 53. It's competitive out there, but the best may not always win. (cc) Creative Commons 2017 Chuah Kee Man
  54. 54. Because in a fight, it’s not the best fighter who wins, it’s the fighter who fights the best. (cc) Creative Commons 2017 Chuah Kee Man
  55. 55. @keemanxp fb.com/chuahkeeman kmchuah@unimas.my www.chuahkeeman.com (cc) Creative Commons 2017 Chuah Kee Man

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