With January and February known as the most popular hiring months, it’s time to either create or update your resume. If you’re writing your first resume, we know just how nerve-wracking it can be and have asked Sarah from Weber Shandwick Malaysia for help with a step-by-step guide. She oversees their internship program, which has provided her with years of recruiting experience. Read on for her tips on how you can put together an effective resume:
1. Don’t forget the basics!
Always include your name, phone number, email and address – these are the first things employers see and learn about you. An address allows them to know where you’re based. If you’re afraid of adding a photo because you don’t want to be judged – forget that perception! Include a smartly dressed photo of yourself to make it more personal, and put a face to the name.
2. Keep it short and crisp
Employers might have a minimal amount of time to review your resume, especially if they have a few to go through, so it’s important to make it a seamless process for them. Avoid submitting more than 3 pages (1 is ideal) by placing your information in easy-to-read columns or tabs. Summarise the content or use shorter sentences to provide a clearer and more concise picture – be careful of using jargons or short-forms that the interviewer might not understand.
3. Highlight your skill set
Remember, your resume should showcase a skill set that matches the job’s requirements. Elaborate on the relevant work you’ve done and frame it well – for example, instead of saying “contacted F&B vendors for an event”, you can present it as “managed F&B requirements for an event”. You would also need to highlight your proficiency in certain work tools/programmes e.g. if your work requires video editing, include what programmes you use and are well-versed in.
4. Add your important achievements
Got a milestone you’d like to mention? This is your time to shine! Add the awards you’ve won, such as ‘Employee of the Month’, to help prospective employers see why you would be a valuable employee. Think of your resume as an advertisement for yourself.
5. List down your past experiences
Don’t just share where you’ve worked, but also, how you’ve contributed to each company – and your best work! Details are important here (to showcase the extent of your work scope), but only highlight the key ones not every employer you’ve worked with.
6. Include your education and certification
Share your educational background and, more importantly, your professional certification for industries/careers where it is a prerequisite – for example, accountancy and financial planning.
7. Have references
Some companies may want to check in with referees to get a better sense your work style and capabilities. Make sure you suggest referees who can give an objective overview of your work experience and, if possible, someone who is central to the work you did (such as a direct supervisor).
8. Prepare supporting materials
Compile your academic transcripts, sample essays (including ones in the languages you are proficient in) or other work you’ve done (in any form e.g. photos, videos or designs). Always ask the interviewer if they require supporting materials, so you can prepare them for their reference.
9. Don’t overlook the design
You don’t have to be a designer to put together a clean, readable resume – simply make sure the formatting and alignment are in order. However, if you are a design student and the job you’re applying for is in the creative industry, you might consider adding shapes and colours, or using a more eye-catching layout to showcase your creativity and stand out from the crowd.
10. Make sure you proof read!
Some prospective employers may be put off if there are too many errors – this shows poor quality control and an inability to pay attention to detail. For a better first impression, make sure the language used is grammatically correct. Check your resume several times for grammar and spelling errors.
Even if you have a job, keep updating your resume so it’ll always be ready to send out. Who knows, an amazing job opportunity may come around and you’d want want to apply for it right away. Good luck!
There’s a difference between working hard and working smart? Of course!
Working hard is what work is said to look like – long hours, barely any breaks, burnouts. As millennials, we’re also faced with the pressure of hustle culture, but grinding isn’t the secret to success: alignment is. When you work smart, you’ll be able to efficiently manage your time and increase productivity. Isn’t that what we all want? It’s so much easier to thrive when you’re not trying to survive the stress of clocking in the hours, and instead are focused on how much work you can get done.
Even when it comes to working at home, where structure is hard to maintain and distractions are everywhere (my bed has never looked this comfortable) – working smart can help you fix your focus and finish your tasks for the day without tiring yourself. Here are 3 ways you can get your work done and still have enough time for self-care:
- Organise your tasks by energy level
If the underlying reason for your procrastination is actually anxiety, Dr. Courtney Tracy, better known as ‘The Truth Doctor’ on social media, shared a TikTok tip on how you can organise your tasks by how long it’ll take and how much energy it requires. This allows you to pick which task to do based on the time available, as well as your energy level.
- Follow the 4 Ds of time management
A well-known method for efficiently managing your time, your tasks are divided into four categories: do it now, delay it, delegate it and drop it. You’ll be able to focus on what’s urgent and important, and if you’re running a team – you can also offload tasks to your members to maximise productivity and optimise your work schedule.
- Try the Pomodoro Technique
The Pomodoro Technique was developed by Francesco Cirillo, and breaks down your tasks into 25 minutes of work followed by a 5 minute break. These short bursts will keep you fresh and focused knowing there’s a break coming up. Once you’ve done this four times, reward yourself with a longer 15 to 30 minute break.
Time management is the true key to productivity – by ensuring you have enough time to work and rest, you’ll have the energy to power through the day. Try these methods and let us know which works best for you!
Every year since 2012, the United Nations has observed October 11 as International Day of The Girl Child. The international organisation declared a Day of The Girl to recognise girls’ rights and the unique challenges they face worldwide. They reported that nearly 1 in 4 girls between the ages of 15 and 19 are neither employed nor in education compared to 1 in 10 boys of the same age. The International Day of the Girl demands for the commitment to tackle these challenges, boost empowerment and uphold human rights.
This year, following the theme, My Voice, Our Equal Future, the focus is placed on protecting adolescent girls from gender-based violence, harmful practices and HIV and AIDs, as well as providing them with the skills needed to succeed in the future of their choice, and supporting their activism to advance social change. Here are 5 Malaysian women who are breaking the barriers set by stereotypes and exclusion to create a more accessible and inclusive space for future generations:
1. Dr Chan Yoke Fun
The first Malaysian to win the Asean-US Science Prize for Women, Dr. Chan was recognised for her research on developing a single vaccine for both hand, foot and mouth disease, and brain diseases in children. She is the head of the Medical Microbiology Department in Universiti Malaya’s Faculty of Medicine and was picked among 10 national finalists who played promising roles in preventive healthcare.
2. Nor “Phoenix” Diana
Not only was Nor Diana the first hijab-wearing pro-wrestler, she was also the first female winner of the Malaysia Pro Wrestling Wrestlecon championship, beating out five men. The former clinical assistant was featured on this year’s Forbes 30 Under 30 list and has been training with the British independent women’s professional wrestling promotion – Pro Wrestling: EVE.
3. Arinna Erin
Remember when Nike launched their first modest swimwear collection? One of the models who appeared in the global campaign was Malaysian, Arinna Erin. The hijabi-model is signed to BAME Models in the UK, where she received her Master of Science in Business Intelligence and Social Media from Brunel University, London.
4. Yangsze Choo
We were all excited for Netflix’s The Ghost Bride – a Taiwanese/Malaysian drama set in 19th century Malacca. The cast and crew were mainly made up of Malaysians, but the story itself was also written by a Malaysian whose book was ranked on the New York Times’ bestseller list and Oprah.com’s Book of the Week. Yangsze Choo’s second novel, The Night Tiger, was also a success – securing her a spot on New York Times and Publishers Weekly’s bestseller lists, as well as Reese Witherspoon’s Book Club.
5. Steffi Sarge Kaur
Steffi Kaur was a national football player and futsal player known for representing Malaysia in the Southeast Asian Games and South Asian Games. Now she is a FootGolf player, recently representing Malaysia at the FootGolf Asia Cup in Australia. Kaur grew up wanting to be a scientist until she was captivated by the athletes at the opening ceremony of the 1998 Commonwealth Games.
Everyone has the right to a safe, educated and healthy life, but unfortunately, many adolescent girls are denied these guarantees and freedoms. Girls have the power to change the world because they make up almost half of the population – imagine how much more effective problem-solving would be if we all worked together to solve climate change, political conflict, economic growth, disease prevention and global sustainability? In the words of Michelle Obama, “Women and girls can do whatever they want. There is no limit to what we as women can accomplish”. Let’s get it, girls!
The first thing we can’t wait to do when we bring home a candle is light it up that night and bask in the calming candlelight. It’s our favorite way to unwind – the soothing scents melting the day away as we enter a relaxing rest-and-recovery mode.
With G Candles, the intricate designs have us thinking twice about burning the beautifully crafted bodies – instead, we look forward to decorating our dressing tables with these chic pieces that make for a captivating centerpiece.
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G Candles was founded by Ghazal, an Iranian architect living in Malaysia with an affinity for art. She’s been making candles for years, but what started as a hobby, to spruce up her home and spoil her loved ones, became a profitable passion project during the MCO – like many others, Ghazal started a business from her own kitchen.
How did you come up with the distinctive design?
I’ve always appreciated the beauty of the human body – all shapes, sizes and appearances. Everyone’s uniqueness always catches my eye, so to me, the human body is the best work of art.
Other than the design, what else makes your candles special?
When I was trying to figure out how I could separate my brand from the others, I realised that love was the key ingredient – I hand-pour my candles and spend hours experimenting with the colours, so I feel very connected to them.
Many people overlook the ingredients of a candle because they aren’t being consumed. Why is it important to know what’s inside of them?
Many candles contain paraffin wax and the hydrocarbon mixture is actually harmful for the environment. I produce natural, vegan candles out of soy wax, which is cleaner and safer for both your health and the environment – thankfully, bigger candle brands are shifting to soy wax and non-toxic blends.
It has become increasingly important for businesses to be more sustainable. How else have you been practicing sustainability?
We safely deliver our organic candles in plastic-free packaging.
If you’re looking to add more allure to your space, a candle from G Candles would be the perfect piece of décor – or get it as a glamorous gift! Her best-sellers are the sultry black and millennial pink, but customers are able to customise their candles with luxurious scents, dazzling designs and bright colours. She recently added a male torso candle to diversify her collection.
Shop her Instagram page here.
This weekend, pop over to Aitch Coffee Roasters in Mutiara Damansara for the very first edition of Ngegeh & Co – a new platform created to support female entrepreneurs through monthly curated events. Featuring Instagram’s fave homemade food and treats from founders Chiq Supply (Chiq Ruslan), Baked With Butter (Naddy Rahman) and Ephrodite (Ellysha Elkany), the pop-up spreads across both days from 12pm to 6pm.
With community support being more important than ever, Ngegeh & Co is building a network of women during this tough time to help their businesses survive and grow. The other vendors include female-owned startups Klean Supply, who sell naturally-fragranced hand sanitisers, and Nood Cosmetics, a vegan makeup brand.
But what does “ngegeh” mean? The Sarawakian term is commonly used to describe women as attention-seeking – a negative stereotype that continues to accuse and even dismiss females for “seeking attention”. Co-founder, Chiq Ruslan, stands up against this blatant sexism, sharing, “We aim to reclaim the world ‘ngegeh’ and change the narrative. We believe all women, including the ‘ngegeh’ ones, can build a name, business and even an empire for herself!”
Show these female entrepreneurs (and your tummy) some love at the sustainable event. If you bring your own tupperwares, bottles and bags – you’ll receive a RM2 discount from all vendors for helping to reduce waste and protect the environment.
Ngegeh & Co Pop-Up Weekend
Date: Saturday, 26 – Sunday, 27 September, 2020
Venue: Aitch Coffee Roasters, Mutiara Damansara
Time: 12pm – 6pm
Follow them on Instagram to stay updated on future events and vendor opportunities!