ResumeWriter.SG Career Advice For Jobseekers

Welcome to our career advice hub!

Job hunting today is a complex process. Don’t worry though, we’re here to help!

In fact, we’ve been helping jobseekers for over 10 years now. In this page, you’ll find all the best tactics and guides from our more than decade long experience. There’s plenty to cover. We strongly recommend you bookmark this page. Come back and refer to the relevant sections as your job search progresses!

We’ve split up all the information into sections. Each section corresponds to a different phase of your job search.

If you’re looking for a particular section, click on the text below to jump straight in!

1. Preparing your Application Documents
2. Job Search Strategies
3. LinkedIn and the Importance of Networking
4. Interviewing and Negotiating
5. Planning your Career Trajectory
 

Job Application Documents Preparation

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” – Lao Tzu

So you’ve decided it’s time to look for a new job.

Please don’t jump straight to applying on the job boards! Just as a lumberjack sharpens his axe before chopping wood, you too need to sharpen your application documents before applying for jobs.

The CV / Resume

Today’s HR departments are inundated with job applications. It’s not uncommon to see over 100 applicants to a job opening.

Many large companies now use ATS software to filter candidates. If your CV template isn’t well setup for these automated systems, you’ll likely get rejected without your application ever being seen by the actual recruiter. If you’re not familiar with these ATS Softwares, read our guide on how they work (and how to beat them!)

To further help you out, we’ve also got 11 free ATS formatted and optimised CV templates that you can download and use at zero cost.

Next, be sure to format your CV properly. It’s the first impression you make, and perhaps the most important.

Now that you’ve got a good CV template, you’ll need to fill it with great CV content.

Every CV has a few main sections that are critical to include (as advocated by Workforce Development Authority of Singapore). They are expected, and if your CV lacks them, or if they are written poorly, your chances of landing an interview are much, much lower. Spend some time reading about how to properly and effectively craft each major CV section. If you’re in a hurry, here are a few quick tips and tricks you can use to tide you over.

If you need a bit of inspiration, check out some CV samples written by our team of professional writers. You’ll notice that our CVs are filled with relevant power verbs to help the candidate stand out from the crowd.

When crafting your CV, think deeply about your competitive advantage (career narrative). What makes you special or different? Why should the recruiter pick your CV over other applicants? Once you’ve identified your unique selling point, ensure it’s well presented in your CV. The recruiter must be able to identify it immediately.

Our firm focuses on clearly identifying and presenting our client’s competitive advantage in the CV. It’s helped our clients land interviews for the most competitive jobs, at top firms such as Google and McKinsey Consulting.

The Cover Letter

With your perfect CV now in hand, get started on writing a great cover letter. Exceptional cover letters give an added edge to your application.

Cover letters don’t need to be formal. You can be creative. Use them to showcase your personality. I’ve seen applicants write captivating cover letters which helped them get interviews at roles which they were completely unqualified for.

For a head-start on an awesome cover letter, check out the sample cover letters written by our team of professionals.

A great complement to a cover letter are reference letters. Ideally good ones. Here’s a guide on how to ask for a reference letter and increase your chances of actually getting it!
 

Job Search Strategies

“The essence of strategy is choosing what not to do.” – Michael Porter

Job searching, when done right, is effortless. There are lots of effective strategies that will increase your chances for success. We’ve got a step-by-step guide that goes over each in detail, and builds you a strong foundation to launch your job search from.

Importantly, stop wasting time searching online. Read my article on “Job Search Tips You’ve Never Heard Before”. There, I’ll show you how to use job search engines most effectively, find the best job openings, and use your time wisely. I’ll also explain how to reach out to headhunters, update your LinkedIn, and get past ATS Scanners!

Upon identifying the right roles, don’t rush to apply just yet! You’ll need to tailor your application. Here’s my guide on tailoring your CV and cover letters for each job opening.

Should you ever find a job opening that you’re dying to interview for, use this hack: How To Reach The Hiring Manager Directly (Bypass Job Boards). It’s time consuming, but the results are incredible. Some of my clients have landed jobs in under a week using this technique!

If you’re a senior candidate, you’re probably working with headhunters. These headhunters are the gatekeepers to some of the most sought after positions in the job market. Learn about how recruiting actually works, what headhunters look for in a CV, and what to expect in an interview with a recruiter, and avoid common mistakes jobseekers make with headhunters.

Lastly, here are some Frequently Asked Questions from jobseekers, to me:

Should I Include My Salary Details in My Resume?
Should I Send a Cover Letter When Applying for Jobs in Singapore?
What Should I Include in My Resume?
How Long Should a Resume Be?
How Do You Write a Resume If You Have No Experience?
 

LinkedIn Strategies

“Active participation on LinkedIn is the best way to say, ‘Look at me!’ without saying ‘Look at me!” – Bobby Darnell

LinkedIn is such a crucial resource in your job search that we’ve dedicated an entire section to it. Think of it as the Facebook for professionals. Networking is extremely important, and what better way to do so than from the comfort of your own desk?

To us, LinkedIn is a game changer. It’s turned the entire recruiting industry on its head. It’s now easier than ever to find jobs, identify great talent, and reach out to top managers.

LinkedIn isn’t the most intuitive of social media sites, so we’ve written a short guide here. We’ve also got a series of tips and tricks to help give you that extra job search boost.

At some point in your search, you’re likely going to be dropping messages to headhunters, senior executives, HR, etc. at your target firm. Be sure to send effective messages to them. Here’s our list of headhunters, and best advice on cold messaging hiring managers on LinkedIn. 

Also, here’s a fun story on how Farah Got 300 Interview Requests From Linkedin
 

Interviewing & Salary Negotiation

“One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self-confidence is preparation.” – Arthur Ashe

I hate interviews. In fact, I think the way companies interview candidates is filled with bias. I really like the work Google’s HR team have done to attempt to fix it.

Nonetheless, most companies still practice traditional interviewing technique. Here’s our guide on the most common interview questions and how to answer them correctly, another on how to prepare for and interview well, one on how to improve your chances of getting shortlisted, and one specifically for questions to expect from recruiters. We’ve even got one on common interview mistakes and how to avoid them!

Post interview, don’t neglect to send the interviewer a thank you message. One CEO I spoke to said she’s only ever received 4 thank you emails from candidates after an interview. Unsurprisingly, she gave all 4 of them a job. Here’s a guide (with samples!) on writing effective follow-up emails after interviews.

When you get to the last stage, here’s how you should/shouldn’t negotiate your salary. By doing your research, knowing how much you’re worth, and how to handle counteroffers, you’ll be able to get a significantly better package for yourself.
 

Career Planning

“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” —Confucius

We spend most of our waking hours at work. And yet, we don’t think enough about the work we’re best suited for.

So, as a final piece of advice, I highly recommend you check out the below career-path focused articles:

Thinking Long Term About Your Career
Great Ways to Pinpoint Your Career Aspirations
How To Plan A Career Switch
Returning Moms: How To Reenter the Workforce

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