In a saturated job market, it’s essential to stand out from other job applicants. Consider these pointers from career experts on how to make your resume shine.

  1. Determine how relevant your resume is to your current career objectives. Your resume is a work-in-progress and should always be revised as many times as possible throughout your career.
     
  2. In your resume, add, and then highlight, action words such as “promoted” and “increased”. This will emphasise the milestones that you have achieved in your career.
     
  3. Substantially pepper your resume with industry buzzwords and lingo to demonstrate your insider know-how. Show your employer that you are aware of the terms used and how you are able to fit into the industry.
     
  4. Edit your previous job responsibilities (within reason) in order to match the job description of the position that you are applying for. 
     
  5. Use the active voice and bullet point to organise your information clearly. Steer clear of passive verbs in your resume so that information is easier to digest.
     
  6. Fit your resume onto one page only, regardless of how extensive your experience is. Filter out and cut down redundant words if possible.
     
  7. Choose stationery that reflects your personality. Otherwise, send your resume by e-mail.
     
  8. Plan beforehand to submit your resume so that it arrives at the most opportune time.
     
  9. Leave lots of space on all four margins. This allows your resume to appear neater and more reader-friendly.

You should also take note that if you are sending your resume via e-mail, use standard fonts, and avoid bolding, underlining or italicizing text. It should not appear too fanciful unless you’re applying for a creative position.

Any information about race, age or political, religious or sexual preferences should be left out.

To create the perfect resume, visit Resume Builder. More tips and guidelines are available at www.stjobs.sg/. At STJobs, your ideal job isn’t hard to find.