This month many of our "kababayan" are busy writing their resumes hunting for jobs so I would like to write about a flawless resume.
In one of my blogs, a certain reader , John (not his real name) and I don't know his nationality or position, suggested that I devote some of my literary expertise to "my fellow compatriots' resumes". He further said, "Most are atrocious grammatically..."
Not all Filipinos are like what John described. I don't know what gave him the right to give a very strong comment about my co-Filipinos ‘resumes. How did he have access to Filipino resumes? Is he with the human resource department, a school director, or has he just seen a couple of Filipino resumes and then makes a generalization? Whoever he is, I think he has shown concern for our "kababayan." Otherwise, he wouldn't give a damn. Anyway, we should just take his comments with a grain of salt.
When I was at the Refugee Processing Center in Bataan, Philippines, we were prepared by our company, International Catholic Migration Commission (ICMC) for the retrenchment and closure of the camp. It hired an American expert to train us on resume writing. Since then, I have used that same format to apply for any teaching jobs. So I hope I have the right to write about this topic.
In making a resume, refer to some of your friends' resumes. Choose one from what you have gathered. How do you choose? Use the rule of thumb. Once you have chosen your model, do certain revisions that suit your liking and fit your qualifications. Then write your draft. Edit your draft. Revise it. Revise and revise. Finalize your resume. Have someone check it for you. Ask another friend whom you trust for editing, particularly in grammar or you can e-mail me. I can offer you a free service. Get another opinion from someone who knows grammar. Make sure that you have fewer pages too because your employer has to read a lot of resumes. Never staple your resume but put pages if you have more than one.
Of course, it must have your e-mail, contact number and date of availability. Other than that, have the basic data in your personal information, with a list of your experiences, achievements, education, and 2 or 3 references with their contact numbers.
You have to make your resume impressive. Remember you can't apply for a certain position when a native speaker is needed. Neither can you apply when you are not a graduate of education or its equivalent.
Lastly, make your application simple and do away with trite expressions. Now, you are ready to print your resume. With these things, I do hope you can minimize, if not, totally avoid grammatical errors in your resume.
Good luck. I hope that this blog will reach those who are concerned, will have a flawless resume, and get the boss' attention.