Things to consider when updating your resume

If you’re thinking of breaking into a new career or changing jobs, updating your resume should be one of the first things to do.

The resume you prepared when you graduated might have been useful the first time around but now is definitely the time to update it.

In updating your resume, here are a few things to consider:

Update your resume frequently

Regardless if you’re content at your current job or are currently looking for new opportunities, updating your resume frequently (perhaps once a year) is always a good idea.

Throughout your career, your responsibilities may have changed and so your resume should reflect these changes as well.

Remove information that’s outdated

When applying for a position at a new company, make sure to remove any irrelevant information.

You may have previously included things such as a list of part time jobs during university just to pad your resume but now this list might be irrelevant for your potential employers.

So, if you think that some of the skills listed in your resume does not relate to the new job you’re applying for, maybe you should leave it out. However, you should retain the items in your list if those experiences and skills  are useful for the position you’re looking at.

Highlight the skills you’ve acquired

After a few years of working, no doubt you would have acquired more experience and skills.

So, apart from removing outdated information contained in your earlier resume, your priority now would be to make these new experiences and skills stand out.

This would probably require you to think about all the projects you’ve worked on and how the experience has helped you to grow professionally in your job.

For some of you, this exercise may not be as easy as you think as you really have to consider how your work has translated into useful experience and training.

Give your resume a makeover

Although substance will always be more important than style, it doesn’t hurt to make your resume more attractive or at the very least make it easier for potential employers to read.

Your resume should not be messy, rather it should stay simple and clean.

An easy tip is to choose an appropriate font. The “best” fonts will look good both on paper and on the screen, so make sure to try out several fonts and print out before actually sending your resume.

This is a weekly column by SarawakYES! – an initiative driven by Faradale Media-M Sdn Bhd and supported by Angkatan Zaman Mansang (AZAM) Sarawak – to provide advice and stories on the topics of education and careers to support Sarawakians seeking to achieve their dreams. Join us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

This article first appeared on The Borneo Post, published in the print version on Saturday, November 3, 2018.

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Ensuring your resume reaches more people

(Above) Job recruitment sites, like Sarawak Jobs, are great avenues to submit your resume online.

Thanks to the Internet, you have more ways now to make sure your resume reaches more potential employers.

In fact, applying for jobs online has become commonplace, with more and more people accessing the Internet through their computers or mobile devices for this purpose.

For employers on the other hand, going online is a faster and more cost-effective solution to find potential employees.

As jobseekers, so long as you’ve done the necessary employment and industry research and produced an outstanding resume, putting your resume up on the Internet will help to improve your chances of getting more job interviews.

Indirectly, your ability to utilise online tools to upload and update your resume could also suggest to your future employer that you’re naturally a digital native.

Job recruitment sites

There are quite a number of job recruitment websites in Malaysia, such as JobStreet, myStarjobs and Monster, as well as Sarawak Jobs.

There are also recruitment sites that focus on specific needs, for instance StartUp Jobs – for those who wish to work for start-up companies; and WOBB – for those who want to work in a company culture of their choice.

These sites not only enable you to submit your resume, but also let you browse through various job openings based on your preferred industry or specialisation.

For greater visibility, it is advisable to post your resume in several job sites, and fill in the information required by the sites to make it easier for potential employers to find your resume.

Your target employer

If you have a particular employer in mind, search for vacancies that it has listed in its website or on job sites.

Make sure you know exactly how to submit your job application, customise your resume to suit the position you’re applying for, and abide by the resume submission guidelines.

This would signal to your target employer that you are able to take the initiative, organise your information and follow directions.

Your own resume website

Creating a resume website is especially suitable if you have a portfolio – including work or project examples, testimonials and other work-related materials – to demonstrate your specialisation in a particular field.

With an effective resume website, you have the creative control to show your “personal brand” through your website design while still maintaining professionalism.

It can also be a quicker way to attract potential employers or clients as they can find you through a simple Google search.

This is a weekly column by SarawakYES! – an initiative driven by Faradale Media-M Sdn Bhd and supported by Angkatan Zaman Mansang (AZAM) Sarawak – to provide advice and stories on the topics of education and careers to support Sarawakians seeking to achieve their dreams. Join us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

This article first appeared on The Borneo Post, published in the print version on Saturday, August 11, 2018.

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Manfaat menjalani latihan industri

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Bagi para penuntut di Sarawak (dan di mana-mana sahaja, amnya), memilih pekerjaan merupakan keputusan yang besar. Ia juga boleh menjadi sebuah beban, terutamanya bagi mereka yang belum menemui minat sebenar atau kemahiran dimiliki yang boleh dimanfaatkan.

Adalah biasa di kalangan anak-anak muda bertukar- tukar kerja sehinggalah menemui karier yang menepati cita rasa. Tetapi, jika ragu-ragu tentang hala tuju anda inginkan, mungkin anda patut mempertimbangkan latihan industri.

Banyak sekali manfaat daripada latihan industri yang boleh didapati, dan itu belum termasuk kemungkinan anda diserap masuk sebagai kakitangan sebaik tamat latihan! Kalau pun tidak ditawarkan, anda tetap akan keluar daripada latihan sebagai calon yang mempunyai sedikit pengalaman (ataupun pengalaman yang banyak) tentang industri. Apa pun, lihatlah sendiri manfaat yang boleh anda nikmati daripada latihan industri.

1. Memperkukuhkan resume anda.

Katakan anda baharu saja tamat universiti tetapi mempunyai pengalaman yang terhad atau langsung tiada, resume anda akan kelihatan ‘lemah’. Tetapi, dengan menyertakan latihan industri ke dalamnya, resume bukan sahaja membuat ia tampak ‘berisi’, tetapi juga sebagai petanda yang anda seorang yang sedia untuk belajar dan bekerja keras (kerana anda pernah menghadiri latihan industri).

2. Anggapnya sebagai ‘tempoh pandu uji’ sesuatu karier.

Anda tahu tentang karier yang ingin diceburi, tapi masih ragu-ragu. Selesaikannya dengan menjalani latihan industri. Ia memberi penglibatan terus dalam industri yang anda minati, sekali gus memberi peluang untuk anda mempertimbangkan sama ada sesuai atau sebaliknya. Ambil kesempatan untuk mengetahui sama ada anda sesuai bekerja di syarikat besar atau kecil, membuat kerja-kerja pejabat atau turun untuk kerja-kerja lapangan atau sama ada budaya kerja organisasi tersebut sesuai dengan anda. Pada masa yang sama, anda berpengalaman merasai fungsi karier ini di dunia nyata.

3. Mengetahui kekuatan dan kelemahan anda.

Bila lagi waktu yang sesuai untuk menilainya kalau bukan sewaktu di latihan industri? Ia membantu dengan menjelaskan jenis kerja dan tanggungjawab yang bersesuaian dengan anda untuk terus berkembang. Selain itu, ia turut berfungsi memberi petunjuk perkara-perkara yang anda patut elak sekiranya anda ingin berjaya.

4. Wujudkan jaringan profesional.

Demi perkembangan karier anda, usaha keras dan mencapai matlamat sahaja tidak mencukupi. Tidak dinafikan yang dua faktor tadi merupakan peranan yang penting. Tetapi terdapat juga faktor lain seperti keupayaan potensi anda berkembang atau menerima tanggungjawab lebih besar sama ada di dalam organisasi semasa atau yang baharu bergantung kepada individu yang anda kenal. Ini dipanggil jaringan profesional dan tidak boleh dipandang remeh. Jalinkan hubungan profesional sewaktu masih di peringkat latihan industri, kerana ia banyak membantu apabila anda ingin memulakan langkah pertama dalam karier. Jika dilakukan dengan betul, karier anda mungkin berupaya berkembang lebih pantas.

5. Pelajari kemahiran baharu.

Sebagai graduan baru, anda pasti berkobar-kobar untuk memasuki dunia pekerjaan. Dengan menjalani latihan industri, anda bukan sahaja berpeluang merasai manfaat-manfaat yang dinyatakan di atas, malah turut mempelajari kemahiran baharu serta memperkembangkan pengetahuan. Ini merupakan kelebihan buat anda berbanding dengan mereka yang turut bersaing mencari kerja di luar sana, terutamanya yang tidak menjalani latihan industri, kerana resume anda lebih kukuh dan mempunyai kemahiran baharu untuk dilihat sebagai kelebihan oleh bakal majikan.

* Ini merupakan ruangan mingguan oleh SarawakYES! – yang merupakan inisiatif oleh Faradale Media-M Sdn Bhd dan disokong oleh Angkatan Zaman Mansang (AZAM) Sarawak. Ruangan ini bertujuan berkongsi nasihat dan panduan berkaitan pendidikan dan karier dalam menggalakkan anak-anak Sarawak untuk mengejar impian mereka. Ikuti kami di Facebook, Twitter, Instagram dan YouTube.

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The benefits of pursuing an internship

FOR students in Sarawak, choosing a career is an enormous decision. It can also be a very difficult one, particularly for those who are yet to discover where their passion or skills will lead them.

It is not uncommon for younger people to drift from job to job until they find their true calling. However, if you have doubts about what direction you should push yourself, there is one thing you should consider: an internship.

There are numerous benefits to doing an internship, not least the prospect that you may find your future employer. But even if the company does not offer you a full-time position after the internship has finished, you will walk away as a more attractive job candidate. The benefits, such as those outlined below, are invaluable.

1. Strengthening your resume. If you have just recently graduated from university but have little, or no, work experience, your resume is going to look quite thin. The inclusion of an internshinternshipip will not only give this a boost, it will also demonstrate to future employers that you someone who is ready to learn and work hard.

2. Test driving a career. Perhaps you have a few ideas about what career to follow, but still have some doubts. An internship gives you a certain amount of hands-on experience in a specific field, allowing you to essentially test drive that career as an option. You can leverage the opportunity to learn whether you are best suited to working in a smaller organisation or a large corporation, office work or in-field work, or whether the culture of that particular company suits you. At the same time you are gaining real-world experience.

3. Discover your strengths and weaknesses. An internship helps you get a better understanding of your strengths and weakness. The benefits of this can be enormous, as it can provide clarity on the types of jobs and tasks you will excel at going forward and also areas you should probably avoid if you want to succeed in your career.

4. Networking. Advancing your career is not simply down to working hard and delivering results. While that obviously plays a significant role, your ability to grow or move into higher roles either within the same company or elsewhere can also be determined by who you know. That’s why the value of networking cannot be underestimated. An internship is the ideal place to start building up those relationships which, if you nurture correctly, could open up some great possibilities in the future.

5. Learn new skills. Fresh out of university, most Sarawakians will be bursting with energy, ready to launch themselves into the working world. By pursuing an internship first, in addition to the other benefits described above, it also allows you to learn new skills and expand your knowledge. This can give you a huge advantage over other graduates who may have skipped the internship route – not only will you have a stronger resume, but you will have adopted new skills that you can immediately bring to any new employer.

This is a weekly column by SarawakYES! – an initiative driven by Faradale Media-M Sdn Bhd and supported by Angkatan Zaman Mansang (Azam) Sarawak – to provide advice and stories on the topics of education and careers to support Sarawakians seeking to achieve their dreams. Join us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

* This article first appeared in The Borneo Post (www.theborneopost.com

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