Writing Effective Resume & Cover Letter

Prepare Your Resume Now
Resume writing is the most important step in presenting your abilities and getting the job you want. Resume allows you to highlight your work experience and achievements that will attract the attention of any employer and ensure the realization of obtaining your dream career.

Guide on Resume Preparation
A Resume is a summary of your personal profile, academic studies, work-related experiences and highlighting your accomplishments representing you. It is not only a record of your designations & academic achievements.

In your resume, you should emphasize your achievements within the role, either through work or participation in extracurricular activities. This helps to create the opportunity for you to promote yourself to the interviewer on how well you fit into this role and how you can add value to the company.

A Cover Letter & Resume are Essential
A Curriculum Vitae (CV) is a type of resume which is longer, contains more information and a Cover Letter should be included. A resume with 2 – 3 pages is a standard.

A Cover Letter should also include information about your personal skills, summaries of working experiences & achievements and confidence levels about doing this job. You should include the date, address and your signature in closing of your cover letter.

Writing of a Resume

Contents:

Personal Information:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Email address
  • Phone nos.
  • Other information

Career Objective/Personal Goal

  • what you hope to do or achieve in your career

Academic Qualifications

  • General Certificate of Education, Diploma, Degree, School Name, country and date of graduation or expected date of graduation
  • Major/area of specialization

Work Experiences (include industrial attachments/internship experiences)

  • State job title, Company’s name, country (if relevant), duration (list most recent job first and work backwards in time) remuneration and reason for leaving
  • Past employment and work experience is an important part of a resume
  • Write couple of concise statements and set apart from the rest of the text by bullets.
  • Describe/Elaborate your work experiences (emphasize those which is relevant to the position applied for)
  • Use alternate headings and highlight those related to your experience eg: Regional Sales Experience, Software Development Experience

Extra-curriculum Activities

  • State position held, organization, duration (list most recent job first and work backwards in time)
  • Describe experiences, relevant competencies and skills

Competencies, Area of Expertise, Career-related Skills

This section can be an advantage and important if you do not have much working experience. Under this heading, you would have subheadings that describe skills that you have acquired.

  • Computer/IT skills
  • Language skills
  • Leadership skills
  • Entrepreneur skills
  • Communication skills
  • Professional Development skills

 Related Professional Information

  • Scholarships, awards accomplishment & recognition achieved
  • Affiliations with civic and community groups, voluntary work
  • Testimonials, Licenses and certificates

 References

  • Usually two or three people who know you personally – professional references (work or school)

From the courtesy of THE MANAGEMENT AND STAFF OF TODAY’S CAREER PTE LTD. – 2011.