The mission of the Alumni association is to continually build and grow an organization of devoted and proud ECT graduates committed to preserving and promoting the rich history and traditions of the Emirates College of Technology. The alumni association is dedicated to being an organization that all alumni, faculty, students and the greater community can become connected to and feel welcomed within at all times.
The Office of Career Development provides a comprehensive career development process that includes career coaching, major/career assessment, job search assistance, and multiple experiential learning options for students & alumni. Our services provide students and alumni with the knowledge and resources to make informed career choices and personal skills to reach their objective.
Career Development Office Objectives
Assist all students to choose their majors according to their interests, personal skills, and aptitudes.
Enrich students’ skills to build their professional CVs.
Help students to identify the effective ways in searching for a job.
Prepare students to pass the job interviews.
Enabling students/alumni to set a self-development plan.
For Any Further Assistance, please head to Career Development Office, Tel: 02 626 60 10 Ext: 269 Email: [email protected]
A resume – sometimes called a curriculum vitae or CV – is a summary of your education, training, work experience and skills. A good resume demonstrates how your skills and abilities match up with the requirements of a job.
A resume isn’t an exhaustive list. If it’s too long it probably won’t get read. The best resumes are usually no longer than one or two pages.
If you’ve just left high school – whether you finished or not – a one-page resume is perfectly reasonable. If you’re at university, or you’ve finished university, you’ve probably got enough experience to fill two pages.
If you need to go over two pages that’s okay, but make sure everything you include is necessary to explain how good a fit you are for the job.
The worst thing to do is to pad out your resume. There’s nothing wrong with a one-page resume as long as it has all of the relevant information on it. More is not necessarily better.
You need to change your resume for every job application so that it lists the skills and experiences that are most relevant to the job you’re applying for. Not every job will have the same set of requirements, but every resume you send out needs to be 100% relevant to the requirements of that job.
The point of a resume is to convince a recruiter or employer you’re worth interviewing. A tailored resume makes that case better than a generic one, so it’s worth the extra time.
First, find out what the job requires. If you found out about the job from a job listing, the key requirements or skills should be in the ad. There may also be a position description, which is a document that outlines exactly what kind of skills and experience a job requires. If you found out about the job from your networks, ask the person who told you about it what skills and experience the employer is looking for.
If you feel like you need more information you can always contact the recruiter or employer and ask them. There should be a phone number or email address either on their website or the job listing.
What can you tell me about the ideal candidate for the job?
Is there a position description that I can look at? (only ask this if the job and didn’t mention a position description).
Are you expecting any internal applicants? (If they are, you could ask them if they think the internal applicant(s) are well suited to the role).
Be polite and introduce yourself when you make contact. Showing you have the initiative and ability to research the job can make a good impression. Next, make a list of the job requirements and think about jobs that you’ve done or experiences you’ve had that required those skills. These are the experiences you need to put on your resume. Anything that doesn’t match up to those job requirements should not be included. It’s important to do this every time you apply for a job. For some jobs, you might only need to tweak your resume slightly. Other jobs might need a complete rewrite. Either way, it’s worth the effort and can improve your chances of getting an interview
Things like your academic record and work experience can show how suited you are to a particular job, but these aren’t the only things you can include. Other things that can demonstrate your abilities include:
Volunteering or extracurricular activities (including sports or hobbies)
Any extra training or courses that you’ve done (including on-the-job training)
Any awards or recognition you’ve received
If you include this sort of thing, make sure it’s specifically related to the job. There’s no point mentioning that you coach your sister’s soccer team if you’re going for a job at a cafe.
Here’s a brief rundown on the essential things to include on your resume.Personal DetailsPut your full name and contact details on your resume, including your address, telephone number(s) and email address. Make sure you use a professional-sounding email address. Email addresses like [email protected] don’t create a great impression. If you haven’t got a professional-sounding email, get one. Make it as close to your real name as possible – something like [email protected] is ideal. The best place to put personal details is in the header of your resume. That way it will appear on every page. This will also leave room for (and focus attention on) the most important stuff: proof you have the skills and experience for the job.Education and TrainingThis is a summary of your education and training history, starting with your most recent studies. Make sure that you include all training that’s relevant to the job you’re applying for, including any on-the-job training you’ve done. If you haven’t done much study or training, just put down what you have done. Don’t pad things out with things like First Aid ..etc, unless they’re relevant to the job you’re applying for. Remember: More is not always better.Employment HistoryGenerally speaking, it’s best to start with your most recent job and work backward, listing:
The name of the employer
Your job title
The dates you worked there
Your duties and responsibilities
Any major achievements while you worked there
Make sure that each job that you list demonstrates how well you are suited for the job you’re applying for. Emphasize the skills that are asked for by the recruiter or employer. If you’ve done a lot of different kinds of jobs, you could list your work experience in a way that links those jobs to the job you’re applying for. You could list the jobs in related fields first, under “Relevant Work Experience” and then briefly list the other jobs under “Other Work Experience”.You can also include any work experience or volunteer work that you’ve done. Only include volunteering and work experience that’s relevant, though. No sense mentioning that you volunteer at the Red Crescent if you’re going for a job in IT! Remember – a short resume is a good resume. More is not always better.
Make sure your resume has page numbers on it, even if it’s just one page. Page numbers on a one-page resume make sure the recruiter or employer knows they’re looking at the whole thing. Page numbers on a two-page (or three-page) resume ensure that if a page is missing, they go looking for it so they don’t miss out on any information about you.
Here are a few things that you should consider including in your resume – but only if they show you’re a good fit for the job.
A profile directly links the job’s requirements to your skills. It’s kind of like a mini-cover letter, designed to grab a recruiter or employer’s attention and encourage them to read on. Some recruiters may jump straight to resumes without reading cover letters, especially when there are a lot of applications to read. A professional profile can help to grab their attention right at the start. You can create a professional profile by asking the following questions:
What skills and abilities can I bring to this employer?
What excites me about this role?
How can I show that there is a link between the skills listed on my resume and this job?
If you include a professional profile, make sure it’s only a few short bullet points and make sure that it stays relevant to the requirements of the job.
Keep resume to one page in length.
Make sure your information fills the page without looking crowded.
Emphasize major headings using capital letters, underlining or bold.
Use Bullets, Bold, Italics, Underlining and indenting appropriately.
Proofread your resume to make sure it is free of grammatical errors.
List dates consistently throughout the resume.
Use only appropriate fonts (Times, Arial, Verdana, etc)
Keep font sizes 12 pt. for text and14 or 16 pt. for headings and name.
Set margins to approximately 1 inch on all sides
Put your full name on the top line of the resume.
Include complete mailing address.
Include telephone number with area code (be sure it is a number where you can be reached).
Make sure your email address is professional
Target your objective/profile to the specific job you are applying for.
Do NOT use personal pronouns such as “I, me, or me.”
Highlight key skills or qualifications relevant to the job.
Use a profile to summarize key accomplishments relevant to the job (recommended for graduate students).
Write the full name of your degree and major, using no abbreviations.
List the name of the institution that granted the degree, along with the state.
Include the year of graduation or expected graduation.
Do NOT list dates of attendance.
Include GPA if it is 3.0 or higher.
List the highest degree first
List only honors earned after High School.
List any Scholarships, Assistantships, Grants, Honor Societies, Deans Lists, and Awards.
List any relevant technical skills.
Reflect skill level accurately (proficient, working knowledge, etc.).
Include language skills that are accurately reflected (fluent, conversant, etc.)
Only include courses relevant to the job you are applying for.
Write full course names; do NOT use course numbers.
Include Internship/Co-Op Experience, relevant paid work, and relevant volunteer work.
Include the position title, company name, city, state, and dates of employment.
Begin each job description with an action verb.
Focus descriptions on accomplishments.
Quantify and qualify descriptions when possible (ex. Increased sales by 30%).
Use bullet points and action verbs when describing the experience.
Leadership & Activities
List campus and community activities as you would a job or internship.
Highlight leadership positions and describe accomplishments using bulleted points.
Include Title, Organization, Location, and Dates of Participation.
Generally, do NOT include organization names that reveal political affiliation, religious preference,
Do NOT include High School activities.
Use additional categories if relevant to the individual and the job being sought.
Examples of additional categories include but are not limited to Research, Publications, Professional Associations, Certifications, Licenses, Military Service, and Presentations.
May include the statement “Available upon request” at the end of the resume when space allows.
Do NOT include names and contact information for references on resume; list on a separate page.
Career planning has many steps and options. This system is designed to help you explore education and career opportunities, you will choose from the tabs from your Personal To-Do list to begin making decisions about your future.
Please contact the Career Development Office to assist you to create your account and start utilizing the system through [email protected]