Do you know that companies only spend 6 seconds vetting through your resume? This is according to a study conducted by TheLadders.

Writing a resume is a challenging and arduous task, especially if you have never attempted it before. But jobs are important – and writing a resume is the first step in securing a job – so what now?

Firstly, what are resumes? A resume is a document that describes your profile that you send to prospective companies. They include details such as work experience, past schools, and past experiences. Now that that is out of the way, let’s dive in to tackle the Resume Giant.

 

Resume Format

Your first step would be to find a resume format. Usually, resumes are one page long (and no longer!) and they include headers such as:

  • Personal Details
  • Education
  • Work Experience
  • Co-Curricular Activities/ Community Involvement Activities
  • Other Skills
  • Hobbies and Interests

Sounds like a lot to squeeze in?

 

Be Selective

When drafting your resume, be selective with the information that you wish to write! Most of the time, we have too many experiences, but too little space. Companies have numerous resumes to look through too, so make sure that yours is short, sweet, and to the point.

If you just graduated, you may wish to include the current institute that you have graduated from, and the previous institute as well. Remember to include the name of the course (if applicable), as companies would love to see how you apply what you have learnt in their offices.

For work experience, co-curricular activities/ community involvement activities and other skills, ensure that they are more or less relevant with the job that you are applying for. This means that under the descriptions, you should be clear and concise with what you have accomplished over the years. Bullet points works wonders in such situations - as every point is clearly stated, and each one of them slightly elaborated.

 

Strategise

Now, let’s say the company which you are interested in asks you to email your resume to a certain email, or submit it through their online job portal.

Do you know that most companies, including those in Singapore, use the Applicant Tracking System (ATS) in this case? ATS is a system where it susses out keywords that are applicable for the particular job scope, and it determines which resumes are relevant. Imagine if you are an ideal candidate for the job, but you lack certain keywords within your resume – your dreams are dashed.

Hence, try your best to figure out some keywords which you think that may be used by the company. If you aren’t too sure, you can try out our free resume scanner! You simply have to paste your resume and the job description, and the resume scanner will do the job for you. It will tell you certain keywords to include in your resume, to help beef it up and make it more desirable for your potential employer. It also has a target of 80% match rate, which increases your chances of landing yourself an interview.

 

Submit!

After finishing up your draft, get someone to vet for you and ensure that there aren’t any grammatical errors or misspelt words. Once everything is in order – and a quick resume scan is complete – you are good to go! Time to send your resume to your dream company.

 

If you would like to read about tips on how to make your resume stand out, click here!