Posted Marso 24, 2007on:
As a graduating Medical Office Management student, we are required to write a resume for our externship. For some, the term “externship” is new and they might be thinking that what I am probably referring to is “internship”. If you are one of them, please feel free to Google it :P
This morning, the director of the Allied Health Department taught us how to write an effective and professional resume. For some of my Filipino readers pay close attention to details and see for yourself how “our” resume format differs from that of the “western’s.”
Dr.. S, the director, started by sharing the importance of writing a resume. She said resume is a good record of work and educational history. Right after she said that, I just realized that most Filipinos do not need to construct a resume for two reasons: first, some of them do not have a very good educational history aside from their elementary and high school, and second, they do not have a “history” of work. It is no doubt that some Filipinos do not even know what a resume is.
After talking about the importance of writing a resume, she continued by enumerating the list of information that should be included in our resume: our name, address, telephone number and email address. It was funny how she told us not to use: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org . She said that as a director, she received a resume from email@example.com and in that very instance, she trashed the resume. She advised us to use our initial and last name as our email address. It gave me an idea of creating a new email, like firstname.lastname@example.org. I do not know if that email address has been registered already, but who cares. (Snickers)
She also said that we should not include our “age and marital status” in our resume. At that very moment, I remembered the look and feel of a “BIODATA” in the Philippines (the fill-able paper form you buy in any sari-sari store for 2 pesos maybe). The form asks for our age (a very good invitation for our employers to discriminate us based on our age). The form also asks for our birthday, as if answering it will allow us to receive gifts yearly. Other funny things in that form are: religion, parents’ names and their employment, sometimes their age, and a picture (ugly people have 100% chance of not getting a job, just kidding.) Enough of this bio-data craps!
I guess, what I am trying to say is that, in our culture, our resume contains information that can be considered as an invitation for and to discrimination. I am not sure if there are laws that explicitly or implicitly prohibit discrimination in any shape, way and form, but as potential employees, we should start teaching ourselves how to write a “reformed kind of resume” — a resume that reflects us and not our “junks”, unless we consider ourselves to be one big *u*k (junk!).
In ten seconds or less, name me at least 2 information that you have seen in a Filipino resume that you believe should not be there in the first place. Ticktack ticktack ticktack …