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