Monday, March 14, 2011

Fresh graduates, read this. How you can go about the school to work world transition smoothly. (Part 2 of 5)

From school to the work world -- 'tis a very crucial transition. But there's no reason for you to freak out; just follow what your seniors and the career experts are telling. Singapore wants to make things easier for you and so here's a detailed outline of the steps that you'll have to pass to get to your destination.

STEP TWO: Create your resume

We’re not going to give you a checklist of do's and don'ts here, so save that snide for something else. Do what your school counselors at school have taught you. As for what we've written below, use them to polish your draft.

Clicking on Career Advice
will take you to our highly recommended resume writing tips from popular trainer, Sandra Sandu-Reeves. In her book, Getting Ahead in your Career, Sandra argues that personalisation is the key to resume writing. This is the reason why we want you to follow what you've learned from school for your first draft.

Review what you've done so far. Are there typos and misspellings? Correct them. This is our first editing task for you.

• Name, address, contact telephone number and e-mail address
• Personal data
• A summary of your work history, roles, experiences, and achievements
• Summary of your professional qualifications and memberships
• Summary of your educational history

Those are must-include details in resumes, according to Sarah Histed-Shergill in her article that we've featured on Career Guide. Our second task for you is to check whether you have them all.

Done? Next, have you highlighted your strengths? Companies judge candidates through skills. Make sure yours outlines your competencies properly so you can make yourself more noticeable.

A run-of-the-mill approach will not do you any favors. You will use what you've done so far as a template for your applications. Get back to your list (the one we've asked you to do in step one) and read the job profile of each of the openings you've listed there carefully. Make edits for each advertisement.

Of course a cover letter for each application is out question. Will this make a difference? Yes. A cover letter can bring your resume into sharper focus, Katharine Hansen believes so in her article that we've also featured on Career Guide. You may search for templates online if you don't know where to start.

Related articles you might want to read too:

Resume Errors Can Damage Your Employment Prospects

Useless Resume Objectives

The Eternal Question: Resume Length

Should You Use A Career Objective On Your Resume Singapore
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