Employers receive hundreds of resume and you want yours to be on your potential employer’s desk and not on the waiting list. A resume is a professional way to let your employers know of your experiences and accomplishments. Here is a checklist of the typical resume.

1) Contact Information
Include your name, address, phone number, email address at the top of the page. You may include your professional web page if you have one too.

2) Education History
Start with your most recent education institution. (i.e. reverse chorological order) An example would be National University of Singapore, National Junior College, St Andrew Secondary School.  You do not need to include your primary school details unless that is your highest educational level. Include your major, the name of your school, the year you were enrolled and the year of graduation.

3) Work Experience
Both paid and volunteer work should fall under work experience. Include the company’s name, job title and the date of employment. State the skills and responsibilities under your scope of work. If you are a fresh graduate, include your experiences for internships and temp jobs. Identify transferable skills that may help you in the job you are applying for.

4) Skills and Interests
For this section, include office skills, computer and foreign language that may be relevant to the job. For example, you could write “proficient in MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint, MS Office, Lotus Notes and Photoshop”. You could include skills you picked up from Co-Curricular Activities (CCA) you participated back in school. Such skills may include leadership qualities from being an exco in your previous CCA.

5) Awards
Include both academic and non-academic awards.  You can write about scholarships received, competitions won and other outside-of-school awards.

Select Times New Roman or Arial for your font and have your resume printed on a plain white or cream coloured paper.

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