Must-include things in your resume as a recent grad

Writing out your resume for a job is challenging, and even more so if you’re a recent graduate with little or no working experiences. We understand the situation you’re in – probably lost on where to begin, what to add in and what to exclude.

Not to worry, we’ve picked out the most important things to include in your resume and increase your chances of getting hired, even if it means you’re competing for a position with more experienced candidates.

1. Career Objective

After writing all your personal details at the top of your resume alongside your photo, you should include your career objective next. It is a short blurb of the skills, knowledge and abilities you have. On top of that, state the position you are looking into and throw in some traits the company is looking out for that matches yours.

Here’s an example:

“Hardworking business management graduate with proven leadership and organizational skills seeking to apply my abilities to the position of junior business executive to the CEO at Warbucks Financial.”

2. Educational Background

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Next up, under this section, state the schools you’ve studied in previously. If you’re a fresh grad from university, you should include your university qualifications, university exchange program (if any), and polytechnic or junior college. While some companies may be alright with hiring diploma holders, others may look out for degree holders. Ensure you state the year of graduation as well as the course of study clearly.

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Here’s a few examples:

Singapore Institute of Management (SIM): attained Bachelor (HONS) Arts and Communication November 2015 – September 2018

Republic Polytechnic: attained Diploma in Mass Communication    April 2013-May 2015

National University of Singapore (NUS): Bachelor of Business Administration (Hons.), Major in Finance        Aug 2014 – May 2018

Lund University, Sweden: Exchange Program    Aug 2016 – Dec 2016

3. Past/Current work experiences

Every diploma/degree graduate would have at least gone through an Internship during their course of study. Apart from including your internship position, throw in any other part-time jobs of relevance to the job you’re applying for. Even if it was merely a position you held for 3 months, it’s at least an experience you’ve gained.

It’s a little hard to summarise all the tasks that you’ve done throughout the internship stint, so we’d suggest penning down tasks you undertook of relevance to the job you’re applying for. We probably have heard of cases of interns being tasked to do printing jobs or even be a ‘coffee boy’, you’d want to leave that out of your resume!

Here’s an example:

Internship: Chope Singapore

  • March 2016 – August 2016
  • Marketing & User Acquisition assistant
  • Worked on Chope’s restaurant pages and managed SEO of restaurants

4. Significant projects

HR managers are constantly on a lookout for employees who are independent and have undertaken roles in substantial projects. This includes school projects that have won awards – E.g. Designer for Singapore Kindness Movement Project: attained 3rd placing

During your stint as an intern, industry projects you were involved in should be included as well.

Here’s an example:

Michelin Singapore 

  • June 2016 – July 2016
  • Liaise with industry partners for guest list to the Michelin Guide Launch
  • Assistant Designer/ Social Media Personnel for the after-party event 


5. Any relevant skills acquired

Especially if jobs you intend to apply for requires specific skill sets, this is definitely essential. A few proficiency skill sets you may have include PhotoShop, Lightroom, Adobe Premiere Pro and not forgetting, all the Microsoft software(s).

If you have learned the basics of digital marketing tools such as Google Adwords and SEO, it would be an added bonus too.

Here’s an example:

Proficient in MS Word, Excel, and Powerpoint

Experienced and well versed with Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom

Experienced in using Google Adwords and Search Engine Optimisation

All the above mentioned are things we’d recommend you to include in your resume. Don’t lose hopes of getting hired just because you’re lacking working experiences. Most employers understand that fresh grads do not have substantial work experience, so they’d look out for traits such as your willingness to learn, your patience, and how hardworking you are.

Our advice is – write to impress. It’s your time to show off to future employers, especially since this document is your first impression to the company.

Now, start emailing those resumes and get your dream job!

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