Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Cover Letter Tips


When writing your cover letter, keep in mind that the reviewer is only interested in one thing; the facts. DO NOT think of your cover letter as an autobiography; it should be brief and to the point. The purpose of the cover letter and resume should be one thing – it should demonstrate that you meet or exceed the requirements listed in the job description. It should demonstrate that you’re interested in the position, and that you are available to accept the position if offered. Additional information beyond this can be counterproductive, as it dilutes the core purpose of the cover letter and resume.

When writing the cover letter, avoid negatives. A cover letter is not the place to explain why you left or are leaving an employer, why there are gaps in your employment dates, etc. These "negatives" are best delivered in person during the interview so that your personality and can counter them.

Spend time thinking about the layout of your letter, and make it sure that it is easy on the eyes.

PLEASE do NOT
follow the advice of poorly written resume books and websites that advise on using platitudes and clich├ęs in your cover letter. The point here is to be different and stand out. The goal is to demonstrate your written communication skills by writing a good cover letter – Cutting and pasting a phrase from a cover letter / resume book is not impressive.

Your cover letter should be addressed to a specific person - avoid the "Dear Sir or Madam".Go to their company website, and search the "about us" pages for names of individuals to address your cover letter.It takes a few seconds; however will make your letter stand out.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Sharing: 100 Years to travel A Mile


Assalamu'alaikum wbt & Good Day

During this examination mood, Counseling Unit would like to share this story;

This is a short and summarized story about Gary Faye Locke , the current United States Secretary of Commerce, as told by him in his opening remark at the beginning of the conference, Presidential Summit on Entrepreneurship (PSE). I copy-pasted this from tini rahim (http://tini-rahim.blogspot.com/), as she got it straight from Dash's blog(http://dashinsights.blogspot.com/).
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- The day began with Secretary Locke giving the opening address. It was truly an inspiring speech. It reflects the American Dream.

- In his speech, Secretary Locke narrated the story of how his great grandfather emigrated from China to Washington and found a job as a servant. His father too a Chinese immigrant had a grocery store.

- Secretary Locke, when he took his oath as Governor mentioned that his mansion was 1 mile away from where his great grandfather used to sweep floors a 100 years ago.

- "....100 years to travel a mile", he said to an applauding audience.

- His bio says, Secretary Locke is the first Chinese American to hold this post in a President's cabinet.

Is this possible in any other country?

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I nearly shed a tear. Nearly. It's indeed true what they said, you sometimes find joy in the work of others.


Dear Students/Readers & I
Don't give up..we never know what's the best for us &
every time, you have an intention to stop, remember to start it again, as you might stop at your 100times of trial and you have a success on your 101 trials.

"a thousand miles journey begins with one single step"

Regards
Counselor

Monday, March 1, 2010

Updates of Counseling Unit

Assalamu'alaikum wbt and Good Day

Due to the load of activities, here's the big update.....

Counseling Unit had already finished assisting programs, which are as follows;

1. Muhibbah Dinner 2009 at Dewan Sri Bistari, Ayer Keroh Melaka
2. Desa Tercinta 2010 at Kuala Berang, Terengganu
3. Pogram Kecemerlangan Anak-Anak Melaka (ProKAM)

As pictures worth a thousand words, Counseling Unit would publish all those related pictures to our group of Counseling Unit STAD in Facebook as soon as possible. Join us now!!

About the brief of those programs, here's the stories

1. For the first time, Muhibbah Dinner has been conducted outside of the campus, which involved 15 clubs&societies in MMU(Malacca) in collaboration with International Workforce & Students Division from Malacca Chief Minister Department. This event also invited a few orphanage and old folks home to join us in celebrating the spirit of 'muhibbah' as well as to meet the concept of charity. It has been leaded by new student, Akunaji Farah Diva Harunar Rashid from Foundation in Law.

2. After six months of preparation, Anis Syazwanis Badarul Hisham with her team managed to accomplish mission of Desa Tercinta 2010 in Terengganu. The concept of this event is community service, that involved a village; Kg Payang Kayu, Kuala Berang. All of them has been adopted to the villagers for one week. All committees and participants also involved in facilatating students from three schools nearby, which are SK Sg Buloh, SK Kuala Ping and SMK Kuala Jeneris in term of academic assistance.

3. ProKAM is a serial in month program, originally based to University Peer Group, the President Fateen Najlaa Idayu Mohd Noor through FaciTeam leads by Mohd Shahmi Mohd Luqman. It had 4 sub-program,as follows:
a. ProKAM Induction at Kementerian Belia Sukan, Ayer Keroh (29-31 January 2010)
b. Program bersama Anak-Anak Yatim at Madrasah Darul Aitam, Teluk Mas (13&14 February 2010)
c. Program Kecemrlangan Akademik at Kompleks Falak Al Khawarizmi, Tg Bidara (26-28 February 2010)

Big applause and CONGRATS to all those committees and participants for all of your time, energy, commitment and sacrifice to make those happened in a very good way. Keep up the good work!

Now. we're looking forward for big event, EduCARE Fair 2010, in 20-22 April 2010 at Multimedia University (Malacca). All the Best!

'a thousand miles journey begins with one single step'

Regards
Counselor

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Recruitment of Committee for EduCare Fair

Assalamu'alaikum wbt & Good Day

We (Hi-Comm EduCare Fair 2010) would like to invite all students for an Open Interview Session for the recruitment of committee for EduCare Fair 2010 which will be held February 2010.

We would like to have dedicated and committed individuals for the following divisions :-

1. Technical and Logistic
2. Sponsorship
3. Special task
4. Publicity
5. Security
6. Marketing and Protocol

The details for the interview as follows;

Date : 12th November 2009 (Thursday)
Time : 8.00 pm to 10.30 pm
Venue : Sri Ruby Seminar Room


Please attend early on the date stated and you will be slot in for the interview- '1st come 1st serve basis'

Any inquiries you can call Keletso-017-6604039 or email kelsbw@yahoo.co.uk

'to unite, to develop, to give'
"a thousand miles journey begins with one single step"

Regards

University Peer Group & Counseling Unit
Multimedia University (MMU)
Melaka Campus

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Sharing Moment of Dr Irfan Khairi

Assalamu'alaikum wbt & Good Day

Counseling Unit would like to share; tips given by internet millionaire, Dr Irfan Khairi during his sharing in one of the slot at "Karnival Keusahawanan Politeknik Merlimau Melaka 2009" about internet & money.

How u can make money (become millionaire) through internet?!...

Main tips:
We should have a list of as below:
1) product/service (s)
2) website/blog
3) account payable
4) promotion

Through website, research shown first 8 seconds are the most crucial time to attract visitors to become buyers;
1) Impressive introduction by
- telling the goodness of your products/services
- giving a question/ creating worriness
- numbering your sequence/ figure
- state your target group

2) Picture of you (as administrator/moderator)
3) Picture of happiness people
4) Story mode in telling something
5) "Calls for Action!"
6) In addition, testimonial of users would help faster!

Example of story mode as he shared about;
There are 3 mens;who are selling product, juice drink and they could make a wish each for start their business. 1st man wishes for the most strategic place in the world to market his product. 2nd man wishes for the most perfectionist juice ever in the world. Said Dr Irfan, to become successful entrepreneur, here's the secret. The third man wishes for thirsty people. That's what we called demands!

His last message, be niche (focus on one!)

"a thousand miles journey begins with one single step"

Regards
Counselor

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Peer Counselor Board Training Program

Assalamu'alaikum wbt & Good Day

Counseling Unit would like to invite all MMU's students that interested & committed towards become a better person in helping others; by joining us, in program called Peer Counselor Board.

Those familiar with Faci Team (a group facilitator) may ask what's the different between those two?

Here's brief ideas of this program; objective to be achieved, input as planned & output to contribute.

Objective of this program
1) to promote basic helping skills in managing life of self & others
2) as an agent to Counseling Unit in promoting counseling as a way to manage life well
3)in helping self to help others

Input
1) Selection of participants through interview & inventory tests
2) Training program
3) Follow-up group
4) Graduation

Output:
1) a better way to help others, especially your peers.
2) counseling is a method to overcome issues in life
3) role model to others.

Those interested, please get and submit the application form in Counselling Unit at 2nd Floor, Plaza Siswa before or on 18th June 2010.

Let's start the journey

"a thousand miles journey begins with one single step"

Regards
Counselor

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Result Day

Assalamualaikum wbt & Good Day

Today, 29th October 2009 would be a big day for all MMU's students with emotion; either you're happy, excited, motivated or felt blur & unknown due to finance probs?!!
No matter what do you feel, Counselling Unit would like to welcome all those feelings to be shared about.
To all winner (you define yourself whether you're winner or not!); keep up the good work for this 2nd trimester. all the best

Best wishes from Counselling Unit

"a thousand miles journey begins with one single step"

Regards
Counselor