Happy New Year everyone. Today, year of 2009 has left us and we are now in the year of 2010. A fresh new year brings a lot of new hope and new resolution. However, all the memories and experience from last year will not fade away. Furthermore, the experience matured us in variety of ways. Tears, laugh, pain and hard work – all this element makes us human and human will evolve to be more mature and more positive in life. Let us all pray together and wish this year, 2010, will be filled with blessing.
20th of September 2009 was a glorious day where the all the Muslims around the world celebrating the the first day of Syawal month. On that day, the eye of heaven was shinning brightly as the blessing from Allah, The Most Merciful shone on all the Muslims all around Queensland. On that day, tears of joy dropped onto the earth, Alhamdulillah, the Ramadhan month, a testing month and all Muslims going through it successfully. Brothers and sisters hugged and asked for forgiveness among themselves, the Ukhwah is tighten, friendship and brotherhood was bonded.
If you are looking for a job, then it is very important that you understand how to offer yourself in the best way to an employer.
This is done by writing a ‘CV’ (curriculum vitae – Latin for ‘life story’), called in some countries a ‘resume’.
Different countries may have different requirements and styles for CV resumes. So you must follow the correct practice for your culture and country. However, we will try to give you important principles and advice.
Employers do not want to see CVs which are all written in exactly the same way. Therefore, do not just copy standard CV samples! Your CV should be your own, personal, and a little bit different.
A CV should be constructed on a word-processor (or at least typed), well laid out and printed on a good quality printer. Do use bold and/or underline print for headings. Do not use lots of different font types and sizes. You are not designing a magazine cover
- Do use plenty of white space, and a good border round the page.
- Do use the spell-check on your computer! (Or check that the spelling is correct in some way).
- Consider using ‘bullets’ to start sub-sections or lists.
As you are using a computer or word-processor, you can easily ‘customise’ your CV if necessary, and change the layout and the way you write your CV for different employers.
Picture yourself to be a busy manager in the employer’s office. He (or she) may have to read through 100 CVs in half an hour, and will have two piles – ‘possibles’ and ‘waste-bin’.
So yours must be easy to read, short and attractive.
|There are two communication principles to remember:*’Keep it simple,.
*’If they didn’t hear it, you didn’t say it’.
So, when you have written a first attempt at your CV, get someone else to look at it, and tell you how to make it better.
WHAT TO INCLUDE
Name, home address, college address, phone number, email address.
Give places of education where you have studied – most recent education first. Include subject options taken in each year of your course. Include any special project, thesis, or dissertation work.
Pre-college courses (high school, etc.) should then be included, including grades. Subjects taken and passed just before college will be of most interest. Earlier courses, taken at say age 15-16, may not need much detail.
List your most recent experience first. Give the name of your employer, job title, and very important, what you actually did and achieved in that job. Part-time work should be included.
They will be particularly interested in activities where you have leadership or responsibility, or which involve you in relating to others in a team. A one-person interest, such as stamp-collecting, may be of less interest to them, unless it connects with the work you wish to do. Give only enough detail to explain. (If you were captain of a sports team, they do not want to know the exact date you started, how many games you played, and how many wins you had! They will ask at the interview, if they are interested.) If you have published any articles, jointly or by yourself, give details.
If you have been involved in any type of volunteer work, do give details.
Ability in other languages, computing experience, or possession of a driving licence should be included.
Usually give two names – one from your place of study, and one from any work situation you have had. Or if this does not apply, then an older family friend who has known you for some time. Make sure that referees are willing to give you a reference. Give their day and evening phone numbers if possible.
Maybe all you need to say will fit onto one sheet of A4. But do not crowd it – you will probably need two sheets. Do not normally go longer than this. Put page numbers at the bottom of the pages – a little detail that may impress.
There are two main styles of CV, with variations within them.
Information is included under general headings – education, work experience, etc., with the most recent events first.
2) Skills based
You think through the necessary skills needed for the job you are applying for. Then you list all your personal details under these skill headings. This is called ‘targeting your CV’, and is becoming more common, at least in UK.
But it is harder to do. So take advice on whether it is OK in your country and culture, and how to do it best.
It can be good to start with a Personal Profile/Objective statement. This is a two or three sentence overview of your skills, qualities, hopes, and plans. It should encourage the employer to read the rest.
You may vary the style according to the type of job, and what is accepted in your country and culture. So a big company would normally expect a formal CV on white paper. But, just perhaps, a CV applying for a television production job, or graphic designer, could be less formal – coloured paper, unusual design, etc!
Consider using a two column table to list your educational qualifications and courses taken.
Here is an anonymous sample CV which to GUIDE you in creating your own CV or resume. Good luck!!
- Jump start your career during the GRADUAN recruitment drive in Brisbane
If you are a Malaysian student interested in internship or graduate opportunities back home, this is an event not to be missed!!
The GRADUAN recruitment drive gives you to opportunity to have an interview with some of Malaysia’s based blue-chip companies who are in Australia looking to recruit Malaysian students and graduates. For the first time, scheduled interviews will be offered in Brisbane as part of the drive and we are currently looking for applications from interested students.
Companies participating in the GRADUAN Australia Recruitment Drive include:
2. Bank Negara Malaysia
3. SapuraCrest Petroleum
9. Contact Singapore
10. Many more!!
Employers listed above will be traveling to Sydney and Melbourne and whether they visit Brisbane will depend on the number of CVs collected from students. It is important that we make the most of this opportunity, as response to this recruitment drive may also determine if it is offered again in the future.
Interviews will be held at the UQ St Lucia campus on Thursday, 15 October from 9.00am-5.00pm. If you are interested in internships or graduate opportunities with any of the above companies or other organisations in Malaysia please make sure that you send your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible. Last day for accepting applications is 15 September, but the earlier the better.
PLEASE NOTE: by submitting your resume, you also indicate that you ARE AVAILABLE to attend interviews on 15 October 2009.
If you would like to meet with a particular company, please specify in your email.
Any questions can be sent to email@example.com
The Jom Makan Fundraising was held in conjunction with the upcoming National Conference & Games in Sydney to raise money in aiding the athletes and supporters who will represent the Malaysians in Queensland. A collaboration with all the team sports and UQMSA, everyone contributed by cooking separate malaysian delicacies sold at a very convenient price.
The revenue generated was then used to buy items such as windbreakers for the contingent and also cheering gears. The event was also a stepping stone to instill the ‘Queensland team’ spirit among all the team sports. All in all this mini event sparked the mood for the NCG and much credits should be given to the athletes and supporters themselves.
Ask anyone that has been around for quite sometime and they will tell that a very synonym trait with MASCA would be its sporting events. Advocating its members to a healthy lifestyle and inducing a good sportsmanship spirit in them, MASCA proceeded with its 2nd Queensland Sports Carnival from the 24th of April till the 26th of April.
The format for this year’s QSC was the same as the year before. Each participant was divided into 4 houses, yellow,blue, black and red. With various sports being contested, every participant battled it out hardly to secure and contribute points for their respective houses.
QSC ended with the yellow house being overall champions with the most points, collected from the sport events that were contested which were, futsal, touch rugby, netball, volleyball, basketball, badminton and frisbee. The prize giving ceremony was held together with a BBQ. Overall, new talents were discovered and many were handpicked and selected to be part of the respected teams competing for The National Conference & Games in Sydney. QSC was proven a success and much gratitude should be given to the project managers for the event, Hajar Pahmi and Nur Izzati Roslan.