Tips on Writing a Good Resume
Resume writing is the horror of all university students - whether a freshman or a senior. As much as we would like to delude ourselves in our daily carefree routines of life as a university student, we ultimately have to face the truth that we are going to graduate, and *gasp* find a job. But do not fret, for I am here to provide tips to write an excellent and eye-catching resume. I have also saved you the trouble of attending resume classes and compiled a list of advice taken from CFG2001, a career catalyst class.
1 // Short and sweet saves the day
Unless you are someone with many years of working experience, the rule of thumb for a fresh graduate is to keep your resume short and sweet. The general rule for a basic resume is a page, although some people do let it bleed into two pages. Honestly, job recruiters see so many resumes a day, many of which are pretty impressive. There is no need to list every single achievement or activity to impress the company. You have to be strategic in presenting your achievements – pick those that you know are relevant to the company that you’re applying to. For example, if you are applying to a tech company, list down the different coding languages that you know, and not list down that one published article you wrote for the National Museum of Singapore, no matter how impressive it was. Ultimately, companies pick their employees based on how suited they think the potential employees are to the company, and not how many clubs and hall activities that he/she took part in in university.
2 // Formatting is important
Unless you’re applying to a graphic design company, avoid making your resume all fancy! Follow a straightforward structure with consistent font size and colour, line spacing and headings. Do also note that it is most important to state your name and contact details right at the top of your resume, so the company is able to get back to you. In arranging your achievements and education history, always list them in reverse chronological order, starting with the latest one.
3 // Read, read and read again
You are finally done drafting your resume but do ensure that you have proofread it! When you submit a resume with minimal or no grammatical and spelling errors, not only are you announcing to the recruiter that you’re proficient in the language, you also show them that you are detailed and meticulous. If you are not confident of your command of the English language, have someone look through your resume for you. Besides, it is always good to have it reviewed by a fresh pair of eyes!
Of course, there are many other different ways to craft a resume. But the above tips are the fundamental foundations to start writing one. As you progress on, you will start to have a compilation of master resumes, resumes tailored to specific industries, etc. For now, it is good to start off with a basic master resume and then build it up as you continue on with university life.