Ultimate Cheatsheet: Writing a Resume

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Ultimate Cheat sheet: Writing a Resume

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Writing a resume is a process almost everyone goes through at least once in their lifetime. If you are reading this, chances are that you have already attempted to write some sort of resume or are looking to learn how to write one. Nevertheless, we understand that writing a resume can be a painful process. With a billion templates online and each source trying to convincing you that they have discovered the secret to a perfect resume, choosing a template might feel like picking your first house. Let us help you as we breakdown the resume format to form the ultimate cheat sheet.

Resume Content
  • Personal Details

– Perhaps the most important thing to put on your resume is your name. Your name should be prominent enough and is typically placed at the top of the resume.

– It is also necessary for you to provide your phone number and email. Make sure a recruiter is able to find this information easily.

– It is not necessary to provide your date of birth or race. Employees dona��t really care and it also prevents any kind of discrimination from taking place.

– You may wish to provide links to your website or LinkedIn page if they are well-maintained. Interested recruiters can use these sources to find out more about you.

  • Work experience

– As a headhunting agency, we often encounter resumes that list work experience that have no relevance to the position that the candidate is applying for.

These jobs include waitress, cashier, reception, etc. Not only do these jobs do nothing for resume, they might even give a bad impression to the recruiter as it reflects a lack of effort to curate your resume.

– As for relevant work experiences, ensure that the descriptions reflect your achievements, skills, learning and growth.

But what do you do if you dona��t have any relevant work experience? This is where we reveal a special resume trick just for you.

  • Education

– A lot of students do not realise that they can actually talk about what they have learnt in their studies in their resume. But this is very important especially if you are looking for your first internship or job opportunity.

For example, if you are applying for a marketing position for the first time, do let the recruiter know what you have learnt from the marketing module you studied. Focus on the knowledge and skills you picked up. If you did a project for the class, you could also write about what aims you acheived.

E.g. Strategized positioning for XYZ company to launch a new product in the Singaporean market

– In addition to this, you should also mention the degree or diploma you are enrolled in, the major(s) you are pursuing and your gpa (optional)

  • Co-curricular activities

– Depending on how much space you are left with, you may wish to talk about your activities outside of academics. Keep this list short and only mention activities you were involved in over the past two years.

– In the description, do show qualities like leadership, perseverance, problem-solving and creativity.

  • Projects

– Do you have any passion projects? Any cause you like volunteering for? Under projects, you may mention anything you are passionate about.

E.g. Collaborating with ABC Agency to help disabled children to look past their physical limitations and provide support

  • Skills

– Clearly state skills which are applicable to the position you are interested in

E.g. MS Excel – Advanced (Macros, Pivot Tables)

– To brainstorm possible skills to list, you can look at your work experience and education to extract skills you may have picked up along the way

  • Hobbies

– A�Many sources will tell you not to put hobbies on your resume whereas some articles will advise what kind of hobbies recruiters find desirable.

– If you have an hobby that you are passionate about or is able to speak to your character, it might be worth mentioning.

character traits such as tenacity, level-headedness, ability to perform under pressure etc. may be displayed through your hobbies

Format
  • General Formatting Tips

– Make sure that there is enough white space so that the resume is easy on the eyes, can be read easily and doesna��t look crowded.

– Dona��t use too many different fonts, limit it to 3. Keep the font type clean. Informal fonts like comic sans should not find their way onto your resume.

– Keep your resume concise. It should be a maximum of 2 pages. However, recently we have seen a trend towards 1 page resumes.

– Submit as PDF to ensure that formatting remains intact across devices. Do rename your file.

E.g. Cassandra – Resume.pdf

  • Design

There are a number of paths you can go down regarding the overall look and design.

1. BASIC

– This is a standard format and is good for listing a lot of information in a limited space.

– This kind of resume has very little white space and may not be very eye-catching.

2. MODERN

– This category of resume templates and formats are us design to break down information into smaller, easier to read blocks. This is commonly done through the use of color, page layout formatting and further incorporation of white space.

– These type of resumes can be a challenge to design, especially if you do not have an eye for design. In that case, its best to make use of templates. You may find 30 free templates here.

3. CREATIVE

– These resumes are guaranteed to capture the recruiter’s attention. They are often witty but come with huge risk as not everyone may share your sense of humor. They take a streak of creativity and considerate amounts of effort to design. Find examples here.

All in all, these tips should help you to create a complete and comprehensive resume, ready to be sent out to the dream company of your choice. Do not overthink and it and keep your resume simple and clean. All the best!

CREDIT: ESHA AGRAWAL @ HATCHME