Create an Impressive Resume

A resume is like a movie trailer. It should give a brief but compelling preview of your skills and experience to pique the interest of the hiring manager and entice them to learn more about you. 

This guide will help you create a powerful resume that highlights your credentials to stand out from the crowd. 
Create an Impressive Resume

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Structure Your Resume

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Identify Relevant Experiences and Skills

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Structure Your Resume

Structure Your Resume

While it is tempting to get creative with your resume design, following a standard resume structure will actually help you stand out. A standard format ensures the recruiter can quickly find the information they need and evaluate your fit for the role. 

A reverse chronological resume is recommended for fresh graduates. This means listing your relevant work experience, education, and other qualifications, beginning with your most recent position and proceeding backwards. 

Essential Sections to Include in Your Resume 

  • Header including your Name, Contact Details, Linkedln URL 

  • Objective or Summary (optional): Consider including a brief objective or summary statement that highlights your career goals and provides a snapshot of your skills and qualifications. 

  • Education: your degree and any previous relevant qualifications 

  • Relevant Coursework (optional): Consider including a section that highlights relevant coursework or projects related to the job or industry you are targeting, particularly if you lack significant work experience 
  • Work Experience; including internships, part-time jobs, freelance work 

  • Co-curricular Activities, Volunteering, External Projects, Competitions 

  • Awards and Honours 

  • Additional Sections (optional): Depending on your experiences and interests, you can include additional sections such as additional skills or certifications, language proficiency, or relevant professional affiliations.

Presentation Tips 

One Page
One Page


MM YY format
All dates in MM YY format
All bullets
All bullets must be properly aligned across the entire document

Use standard fonts
Use standard fonts such as Verdana, Calibri, and Helvetica in size 11 and 12.

Ready to Get Started with a Trusted Resume Template? 


On the NUS VMock Resume Platform, you will find approved resume templates crafted by your NUS Career Advisor. Once you login, you will be able to download the sample resumes for your faculty and select one of the blank templates to create your own!

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Identify Relevant Experiences and Skills

Identify Relevant Experiences and Skills

When writing your resume, always keep the end goal in mind; to convince the employer that you are the right fit for the role. To demonstrate this, you will need to tailor your resume to the specific job description and highlight your relevant skills and experience. 

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Start By Analysing Job Descriptions

By analysing several job descriptions, you can identify key skills and qualifications that the employer is seeking and focus on highlighting your relevant skills in your resume. 

For deeper information on the skills required for specific industries and job roles, you can also refer to the Skills Frameworks for the major industries in Singapore.

Technical skills

Technical skills

Technical skills refer to the knowledge and expertise required to perform the required tasks or use specific tools in the role. These skills will vary across industries and functions and could include skills such as programming, web design, lab skills, and experience using specific software.

Transferable Skills

Transferable Skills

Transferable skills refer to those types of skills that can be applied across careers. Your transferable skills can enhance the technical skills that you bring to the job. See a full list of these skills here

What Are Soft Skills CCS

Identify The Key Skills Required

Once you are familiar with the meanings of technical and transferable skills, look over job descriptions and mark the keywords that indicate these skills. 


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Link Your Experiences and Skills

Link Your Experiences and Skills

Now that you have a good sense of the skills required for your target roles, you need to select the skills, experiences, and qualifications that will position you as the ideal candidate for your chosen career. 

Experiences to Include in Your Resume 


Research Projects


Personal projects / Side gigs 

Wondering how you can use these types of experiences to demonstrate specific skills?

download Download this guide for some inspiration.

Increase Your Relevant Experience and Enhance Your Resume 


Learn directly from leading companies and gain valuable career skills by completing virtual experiences with Forage.


Complete online courses from platforms such as  Edx, Coursera and Google.


Complete a short-term project from leading employers via the NUS two-sided gig marketplace, Internship-As-A-Service (IAAS).


Take up a leadership position in a Student society or community group 


Be Results-Oriented

Be Results-Oriented

Ready to write about your experiences in your resume? Before you start writing a long list of everything you did for each of your experiences, stop! For each experience, consider the most important tasks that you completed—the ones that required resourcefulness and strategy in order to solve.

After that, use the C.A.R. framework to succinctly and effectively demonstrate your skills. 





Start each sentence with a strong action verb that highlights the competency that you're trying to communicate. For example, if you want to demonstrate your teamwork skills, start by describing how you ‘Collaborated”. 


Explain who you worked with and the tools you used to achieve a positive outcome or desired goal, stating simply how you were able to affect change. 

Results or Reason

Express the quantitative or qualitative outcome of your action. For qualitative results, you can state the purpose of your action. For example, "to investigate the role of market supply in consumer behaviour". 


Want to learn more about creating an impressive and impactful resume?

Register for CFG’s essential career courses based on your year of study:

Career Catalyst

CFG1002 Career Catalyst

For year 1 or 2 undergraduates.

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Career Advancement

CFG3001 Career Advancement

For year 3 or 4 undergraduates.

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Once you have created your first draft, you can also reach out to your dedicated career advisor for expert advice on tailoring your resume for specific roles and industries. 

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