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The pathway to the career of your dreams begins here. Learn how to be an outstanding job applicant and get a headstart in your career!

Your academic results can help you open doors to boundless opportunities. But to ensure the door stays open, you need to be equipped for the journey ahead.

SEGi will ensure your future success by providing you with the tools you need. When you graduate, you will be imbued with the following:

  • Personal Professional Development (PPD) certifications from SEGi University
  • The ability to write a winning resume
  • How to clinch the job you want during an interview

Personal Professional Development (PPD)

All SEGi programmes include special modules that include communication skills and creative thinking skills to make studying at SEGi a valuable one. You will learn essential soft skills and also have the opportunity to practice them to prepare you for a rewarding future.


The PPD programme is conducted at three levels:

PPD 1 – Foundation/Certificate Level

Emphasis on effective learning

PPD2 – Diploma Level

Emphasis on learning and employability

PPD3 – Degree Level

Emphasis on career development

Upon completion of the programme, you will receive a PPD certificate from SEGi University.

Writing a winning resume

Congratulations, you are about to spread your wings and discover the career of your dreams! To get ahead, you need to know how to write a résumé that not only tells potential employers about yourself, but provide a summary of your abilities, education and experience, plus feature your unique assets and skills to enable you to stand out from other candidates who are seeking similar positions. Your résumé should create a positive impact that will make potential employers want you to work with them.

Besides attending résumé workshops at SEGi, you can also get helpful tips here. Click to know more!


The PPD programme is conducted at three levels:

Resume Tips

The resume language should be:

Specific rather than general

Active rather than passive

Written to express not impress

Articulate rather than “flowery”

Fact-based (quantify and qualify)

Written for people who scan quickly

Do not repeat these 5 most common résumé mistakes:

  • Spelling and grammar errors
  • Missing email and phone information
  • Using passive language instead of “action” words
  • Not well organised, concise or easy to skim
  • Too long

Instead, do the following:

  • Ensure your formatting and contents are consistent
  • Make your résumé is easy to read and to follow
  • Use spacing, underlining, italics, bold and capitalisation for emphasis
  • List headings (such as Professional Experience) in order of importance
  • Within the headings, list information in reverse chronological order (most recent first)
  • Avoid information gaps
  • Be sure that your formatting translates properly if converted to a .pdf

How to format your resume

Format your text

Choose a font size of 11 or 12. Times New Roman is the classic serif font, while Arial or Calibri are two of the better choices for sans-serif.

Set up the page

Your page should have one inch margins all the way around with 1.5 or 2 point line spacing. The body of your résumé should be aligned to the left and your header should be centered at the top of your page.

Create your heading

This is the section at the top of your résumé which gives all of your contact information including your name, address, email and phone number.

Decide on a layout

There are three general formats for creating a résumé; chronology, functional or combination.

Chronology résumés are used for showing a steady growth in a particular career field. These are best used for someone applying to a job within their career path to show an increase of responsibility over time.

Functional résumés are focused on skills and experience rather that job history.

Combination résumés is a combination of both a chronological and a functional résumé. These are used to show off specific skills and how they were acquired. If you have developed a specific skill set from working in a variety of related fields, then this is the best résumé option for you.

Writing a chronological résumé

List your employment history

Your jobs should be listed in chronological order with your most recent employment first. Include the name of the company, its location, your position, your duties and responsibilities while working there and the dates that you were employed there. For each listing, add a “major achievements” or “accomplishments” section with a brief description of something important you accomplished for that job.

Provide your education history

List all of your qualifications in chronological order with your most recent schooling first. List the name of the qualification, as well as the year you received it. For each listing, give the university/programme name, their address and your degree or area of study.

Give special qualification or skills

Create a section titled “Special Skills” or “Unique Qualifications” with a list of these things. If you are fluent in more than one language, list the multiple languages here. Be sure to make note of your level of knowledge – for example, beginner, intermediate, novice and advanced.

Give your references

You will need to provide 2-4 professional references (people who aren’t family or friends) with their name, relationship to you and contact information including their phone number, address and email.

Functional résumé

Provide your education history

You should list all of your qualifications in chronological order with your most recent schooling first.

Present your awards and achievements

If you were ever given a special award of recognition, list it with the name, date and purpose of the award. Even if you received an award for volunteering, you can also include it under this section.

Note your special skills

Create a short list of positive personality traits that you exemplify. For example: timeliness, outgoing, enthusiastic, diligent or team-player.

List your employment history

For each position, be sure to include the name of the company, the city in which the company is located, your position, your responsibilities and the dates of employment for each employer. Under each job description you can include a bold heading which reads “Major Accomplishment” or “Achievements” and list two or three achievements or a major accomplishment for that position.

List volunteer experience

If you are an active volunteer in social causes, make a list of it. Include the name of the programme, the dates you worked there or the total number of hours you volunteered and your responsibilities.

Give your references

The last thing on your résumé should be a list of 2-4 professional references. These are people not related to you, and whom you have dealt with in a professional manner.

Combination résumé

Choose how you want to format your résumé

Because you are writing a combination résumé, there are no strict format guidelines or boundaries which you need to follow.

List your employment history

Be sure to provide the general information for each employer/position including the name of the company, location, your position, your duties and the dates that you worked there.

Provide information about your education

For each school, college, university you have attended, list the name and location of the institution, the qualification you received and the years you attended.

Supply other pertinent information

Include any of the additional sections such as special qualifications, skills, awards and achievements or volunteer service.

List your references

Include 2-4 professional references (not family or friends) along with their contact information.


Make your content shine

Your academic results does not play the only role to capture potential employers – the entire content has to be outstanding to get the attention of the employers.

Create titles that will catch the employer’s eye

Make your résumé interesting and also descriptive so that it makes employers want to read your résumé.

Use action verbs to describe your responsibilities and accomplishments

This will highlight your skills and your ability to do the job for which you are applying. Choose verbs that describe your responsibilities and make sure to begin the descriptions of your duties with these verbs. An example is “Organised a team of students to conduct weekly tuition classes at a children’s welfare home near the university.”

Spell check and proofread your résumé

Proofread your résumé several times. Watch out for spelling mistakes, grammatical errors, incorrect contact information, typos and misuse of apostrophes, plurals and possessives.

Interview Process

You finally receive news that a potential employer was swept away by your great résumé and now wants to meet with you. A door is open, but the rest is now up to you to further impress the potential employer during the job interview on why they should hire you. We provide tips on how you can get through the process with flying colours.


How to control your body language at an interview

It is not only what you say that has an influence on the employer’s ultimate decision. It has been stated that 93% of communication is non-verbal so your body language is also of vital importance in a job interview. Your body language will be assessed by interviewers before you have even uttered a word.

Just as you have prepared written answers to possible questions, you should take time to rehearse how you sit, position yourself, use your hands and talk. Thought must also be given to the expressions on your face.

First impression

Ensure you are well presented, well groomed and that you dress appropriately for the environment.

Matching your appearance to the organisation is key – it demonstrates a very simple ‘mirroring’ which implies to potential employers that you will ‘fit in’.

Upon arrival for the interview

It will be good if you can visit the venue several days before the interview to determine the location, the traffic, plus a suitable place to park your car or to alight from the bus.

Make sure that you arrive at least 10 minutes before the time of your interview, to give yourself time to prepare.

Speak to the receptionist and visit the rest room for a final check in the mirror (smile to yourself too – it does wonders to your confidence!).

Wait calmly in the reception area, sitting back comfortably rather that perching on the edge of your chair.

Slow your breathing and steady your nerves if you need to.

Entering the interview room

Respond to the interviewer who invites you into the room with a smile.

Walk straight in with a confident manner.

Hold out your hand to shake hands, doing so firmly – but not too firmly. If there’s more than one interviewer, shake hands with them all.

During the interview

Your posture

Sit upright but not stiffly, leaning forward slightly in an attentive manner.

Do not sit on the edge of your seat, which makes you look nervous.

Keep your head straight, as this makes you look confident.

Hand gestures

Keeping them loosely clasped on the table or on your lap.

Avoid fiddling with your watch, cuffs or, worst of all, your hair or your face.

Do not cross your arms as it makes you look hostile or defensive.

Expressing enthusiasm or a desire to explain by waving hands around is also a bad thing, as it appears uncontrolled and therefore unprofessional.


Keep you legs straight to the ground.

Moving your legs around during the interview signals that you are nervous.

Crossing your legs by resting an ankle on the opposite knee looks too casual and unprofessional.

Eye contact

Eye contact and a smile are always a great start – it demonstrates that you are pleasant, paying attention and approachable.

Establishing positive eye contact is vital. You should always look at the interviewer while they are talking and while you are answering their questions.

If there is more than one interviewer, look briefly at the others during your answer, but always return to the questioner.

You should maintain eye contact, but remember to blink, nod your head or smile now and then.

Your voice

The calm confidence you express through your body language needs to be continued in the way that you speak.

Talk steadily without rushing or getting over-animated in your desire to communicate.

If you are not immediately clear how to answer, smile and repeat the question as this buys you a little thinking time.

interviewer is smiling and laughing too.

At the end of the interview

  • Be friendly and polite as you leave in a composed fashion.
  • Shake hands when you say ‘thank you’ and ‘goodbye’.

Factors that can cost you the job

Make sure you do not do any of these that will cost you to lose the job opportunity!

  • Being unprepared for the interview – you should always prepare thoroughly before any interview.
  • Poor/limp handshake.
  • Saying unfavourable things about previous employers – the employer will be wondering what you will say about them when you leave their employment.
  • Not being able to communicate clearly and effectively.
  • Being aggressive or acting in a superior way.
  • Making excuses for failures.
  • 10 most common interview questions

Here is a glimpse of common questions you could be dealing with during an interview. Prepare ahead on how you can answer them to the best of your abilities, and practice answering them in front of a mirror to ensure you consistently project a positive body language.

  • What is your greatest strength?
  • What is your weakness?
  • What is the biggest accomplishment?
  • What are your goals for the future?
  • What are you passionate about?
  • Why do you want this job?
  • Why should we hire you?
  • How do you handle stress and pressure?
  • How do you evaluate success?
  • Describe a difficult situation / project and how did you overcome it?

SEGi provides a special programme to high achieving final year students called the SEGi Talent Enhancement Programme (STEP) to provide them with an edge upon graduation.

Upon completion of the STEP programme, graduates are ready to be outstanding employees at the workplace, equipped with relevant training and experience similar to a management training programme.

The 3-month programme is a special programme for selected students which can add another feather to their caps and make their résumés stand out.

Current SEGi students can apply if they meet the following requirements:

  • Scored a CGPA of 3.5 or above
  • In final year of Bachelor Degree studies from any programme
  • An active participant in at least two Clubs or Societies in the campus and has shown qualities of leadership and teamwork

These students will undergo the following to be part of the elite STEP initiative:

  • Admissions tests (including personality and EQ tests)
  • Personal interview/assessment by SEGi and Manpower
  • Personal statement/essay

Contact the SEGi Career Office for more information on how to be part of STEP.

We understand the future can look foggy and confusing, and that is why we have career counselors you can seek for advice on how you can fulfill your dreams.

Fill in the form to make an appointment with our friendly career counselors and they will provide you with the guidance you need for the future – all free of charge.


Deputy Vice Chancellor, Student Affairs

Let me take this golden opportunity to convey our heartiest congratulations to all those who have graduated from SEGi University and Colleges from the day of its inception 40 years ago. SEGi is indeed very proud that you have succeeded in this important stage of your life. I sincerely hope you had a wonderful time while at SEGi and that your enjoyable student life not be forgotten, but instead cherished and treasured in the most meaningful way. It is time that you keep in touch again with your friends and lecturers, to begin to look back and reminisce about the days when you were a student at SEGi.


SEGi wishes to continue our strong relationship with you and, with your support, we wish to form a strong SEGi Alumni Association with members that are committed to recognising and nurturing the rich and proud heritage of SEGi, the Alumni, the faculty, the staff, current and future student body through the development of mutually beneficial relationships. The Alumni Association will open the door to renew your old ties and new friendships among all SEGians. Together we can influence the future of your Alma Mater, build a legacy that will maintain the name of the SEGi University and Colleges, strengthen the reputation of SEGi, and increase the value of our diplomas and degrees.


I look forward to your joining of the SEGi Alumni Association. Please register yourself with us as soon as possible. Your support and cooperation is much appreciated. Let’s aspire the “Best in you, made Possible” even you have left the University because SEGi is You and You are SEGi.


Diploma to Degree Rebate

- Available to local (Malaysian) students -

An attractive rebate that applied to current local (Malaysian) students aspiring to transit from Diploma to Degree. To be eligible for this rebate, the current local student must continue directly into the next programme. Other terms and conditions applied. Please refer to the bursary or local marketing department for more details.

Sibling Discount

- Available to local (Malaysian) students -

A generous discount on the tuition fee portion applied to those who have siblings that have graduated with SEGi. The discount will only apply to the net tuition fees after the deduction of other discounts / rebates. Other terms and conditions applied. Please refer to the bursary or local marketing departmentfor more details.

SEGiSphere and E-Library

SEGiSphere is a complete community portal for SEGi students and Alumni where you can have quick access to a multitude of goodies and services. This single gateway offers you different modules pertaining to education, leisure and social.

The E-Library contains online databases and journals that are available to SEGi students and Alumni for references.

If you are a SEGi Alumni and will like to get access to the SEGiSphere and E-Library modules, please download the application form here [pdf file].

Public Talks / Seminars / Workshops / Special Events*

SEGi Alumni can get access to Public Talks, Seminars, Workshops or Special Events organised either by the University or the event company on a regular basis. All these activities will be published directly on our SEGi Alumni facebook page - event.

*Please observe the terms and conditions as stated on each event. If you have any doublt, please contact the organiser directly.

*SEGi Alumni privileges are updated on a regular basis. Please do visit this page often to find out a new and exciting privileges!