How to Write a Successful Resume in the Philippines

So on this series of “UN/EMPLOYED”, we will discuss on how to write a resume successfully. If you follow my tips here, you will definitely get that interview that you have been hoping for. Also, if you get my ebook “Living Successfully in the Philippines” – it will definitely help you out on successfully working while also in the Philippines, check it and please support us. Thanks.

RESUME – the real purpose.

I often tell my students that the resume’s real purpose is to get you that interview; the interview’s purpose then is to get you that job.

So, the first step on getting that job is to write a very effective and successful resume. You could do this by following these simple instructions on format and writing suggestions that will definitely ace the HR’s heartfelt offer.


Construction of Resume

First, you need to have a computer to type your resume. Gone are the days that you use typewriters and BIODATA which handwritten. Resume and CV (Curriculum Vitae) are now the latest eye catcher for job interviews.

So using Microsoft Word, you have to make a resume.

As far as the construction of the resume, I often provide 3 things:

  1. Cover Letter
  2. 1st Page Resume with Background
  3. 2nd Page with Reference (i.e. for CV)

Using a cover letter will make your resume more professional but also will make your application more personal and custom. There are bunch of templates you could search online on how to do this but typically you are saying…

“Dear Mr./Ms. Last Name:

I am interested _______ position at _____ Company, as advertised in XXX. I am currently employed as _______ of the _____ (Your Company). I believe that the skills and experiences I have gained at this position make me an ideal candidate for the job of ___________. ”

Remember, the resume’s real purpose is to get you that interview; the interview’s purpose then is to get you that job.

For the First Page of Resume

Provide your

  1. Name, Picture, and Address – Use the Header Part to put your name/address including your Picture.
  2. Profile – in a paragraph, write down a summary of your qualification, experience, expertise and goals.
  3. Education – From Tertiary to Highschool – provide your school and Degree.
  4. Employment – Provide your present employment and/or the recent 3 companies you worked for.

For the 2nd Page of the Resume

  1. Skills and Expertise – Licenses and Certification numbers and description.
  2. Additional Training – Seminars and/or Vocational Trainings.
  3. References – 3 Character References preferrably with Outstanding Background (No housewife or Neighbor as job description)


Instructions for the Resume Contents:

  1. Refrain from using “I” on your sentences. Refer with yourself with “The” most of the time or describe yourself in a “3rd person” – i.e. “Involved in Research Development and Analysis…etc” rather than “I am involved…”
  2. Do not ever make a grammatical error or even a misspelling. Doing so will only ruin your image of an intelligent applicant.
  3. Never involve controversial pieces on your resume, this is a no brainer, but do not include your political view or philosophy in life.
  4. Always write your resume in chronological order.
  5. Remember to memorize what you wrote down on your resume – they will ask you about it and you’ll need to answer or explain.

Last but not the least, always put a credible reference whom you could also call and vouch for you – do not underestimate the power of reference in the Philippines, you get jobs more often this way than not.

Sample Resume:

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This one could be effective, but remember, the format does not always matter – what matters is the content and the order.

There you have it, all you have to do is follow these tips when you make a resume and if you need an example, you could see one of the template here (you can change the color) and see if you would like to use its format on your resume. Remember, your job is only a stairway to success, don’t sleep on it, RISE UP OVER IT. So, get my ebook “Living Successfully in the Philippines” – your pathway to the rich life here in the Philippines.


Go for it!



"Jay Penn" is a Financial Literacy Mentor and Investor who is best known for his Book "Polymath's Profit". He is also an expert in the field of Maritime, Engineering, and Emergency Medical from his past careers. Experienced with Security Analysis, Crisis Prevention, Contingency Planning, and Global Maritime Distress Safety System. Currently instructs Nautical Sciences and is an avid Researcher of Business and Economics. He is also recognized as the "Top Maritime Instructor" for 3 consecutive years in the Maritime Education from 2014; raising the standard for the Maritime Industry and Training.

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