How to Write Resume & Sample


First, start summarizing the following:

Write down the position you are seeking and the skills you can provide.
  Write down the names of companies you previously worked for, as well as locations, titles, job descriptions, and number of years worked.
  Write down the name of school, major, and the degree earned. For educational background, writing the most recent and the second most recent should be sufficient. It is not necessary to write a lengthy background, as practiced in Japan. For recent graduates who end up having extra space on their resume, they could list internships or about six classes that were taken while attending school. Listing your GPA could work to your advantage, provided that your grades were good.
  It is not advisable to randomly write these down, but include them if you have specialized skills or certifications.
Honors, Awards, Activities
  You can include any awards you earned, or any special activities that you participated in.

Here are some tips when writing your resume:

  1. Always type your resume.
  2. For work history and education, start with the most recent one.
  3. It is not necessary to attach your photo. Date of birth, sex, and family details are not necessary either.
  4. It is advisable to include your “Work Status”, thereby informing potential employers about your work permit status.
  5. There are no set rules as to the format, but pay close attention to how organized and clear your written contents are to the reader. Keep all contents to one page, or two pages at the most, if necessary.
  6. Besides basic data, such as your address, name, telephone number, and E-mail address, there are no set rules on what information should be included. What items to be included, sequence to follow, and what points to be emphasized are at your discretion.
  7. Based on all of the items previously mentioned, create a draft first. Delete unnecessary wording and improve your sentence structures. Uncomplicated and “to-the-point” are what you want. This process should never be taken lightly no matter how pressed for time you are. Always proofread and check for grammatical mistakes and spelling, since they may have negative impact as to how the employer perceives you. It may be also beneficial to have other people look over your draft and give you some advice.

Resume Sample

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