When we begin to enter the workforce or when we are on the lookout for new roles, our resumes are the most crucial documents we possess as it is the very first impression that an employer has of us.
As hiring managers generally view resumes in the span of a few minutes, it’s crucial to grab their attention through an impressive and well-put-together resume.
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Resume Summary & Objective
In a resume summary, a small paragraph of around 2-3 sentences can be utilized to summarize a candidate’s experience, achievements, and skills. Whereas in a resume objective, they mention the same but also highlight the aims and goals they wish to pursue.
Basics of a Resume
1. Short and Direct
Ensure that your resume is short and precise. Only include relevant experiences and details. It’s not necessary to add information that is unrelated to your work or the job you are applying for. For example, height, weight, driver’s license, marital & family status, religion, NRIC, etc.
2. Contact Information
Your contact details ought to be clear and immediately visible the moment hiring managers view your resume. Thus, include it in your resume header along with four (4) other important details.
First and Last name
Active Phone Number
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3. Highlight relevant skills and experiences.
When applying for different jobs and companies, it is necessary to take into account that your resume should be tailored accordingly. List your relevant skills, both soft and hard skills to showcase to employers that you are a well-balanced candidate. Also, make sure to list your experiences in chronological order with your most recent or current working experience at the top and then the rest that follows.
For interns or fresh graduates, your internships, volunteer activities, and all work-related experiences can be included.
For experienced professionals, your most recent and relevant work-related experiences can be included rather than including every experience which would then lead to the resume becoming too long.
In this section, you should include the following four (4) items:
Location of University
Year of Study
5. Additional Sections
If you have undergone any sort of training, or received certifications, or licenses, then you can mention this information either in a separate section at the bottom of the resume or within the education section.
Being able to communicate in both local and foreign languages can help to boost your resume so it is recommended to include a Languages section.
Lastly, if you wish to showcase that you have experience in doing freelance projects or work, you can include this either in a separate section or along with your traditional work experiences.
For interns or fresh graduates (download template)
For experienced professionals (download template)
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