A Comprehensive Guide To Job Search Websites In Singapore [2019]

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Welcome Job Seeker! If you are reading this guide right now, you have likely been scouring through different job search websites and job portals, finding the best jobs suitable for you.


Now, you are probably looking for some help and inspiration in this complex job search process.

I can completely empathise. I have also searched for a full-time job myself for a few months now.

This process has been frustrating and frankly, depressing at times.


But as I was going through this stressful job search process, several thoughts surfaced:

“Why not use this opportunity to document all my efforts put into my job search?

Why not share this job search journey with others who might be on the same path?”

And these were the thoughts that led to the birth of this guide!



You see, I understand that finding jobs is certainly a real pain.

When you are scouring through job search websites to find interesting jobs, only to see that they require 3, 4, 5 years of experience (or more! For entry-level roles?!);

Or when they are looking for ready-made, perfect candidates with different skills and relevant experiences;

Or when there are numerous job search websites in Singapore out there that can be hard to navigate and make sense of.

Now that I am desperately looking for a job myself, I can fully empathise with this torture.


Unfortunately, I can’t help you gain more years of experience or skills, nor can I find you a job.

But hopefully with this guide to job search websites, I am able to share a comprehensive list of useful job portals and some of my thoughts about them.

With this guide, I hope that you can have an easier time during your job search too.


To make sense of this large number of job portals, I have categorized them into a few groups:


1) Up and Coming Disruptors

This group of job search portals each has their own unique proposition that seeks to disrupt and improve our modern job search process.


2) Niche Players

This group of job search websites is tailored towards specific groups of jobseekers by offering niche categories of jobs.


3) The Old Guards

These are your household names: job search websites in Singapore that have been around for a long time.


Let’s get right into it!


Author’s Note: This post was written from the perspective of a university graduate looking for an entry-level role, and thus might not be fully relevant to some readers. Please take and apply areas that are relevant for you!


Up and Coming Disruptors



We start this guide by introducing TalentTribe: This is a really interesting career platform founded by a pair of Millennials. What I find most unique about them is that they also uncover the veil behind many companies, giving us audiences an inside look into the company’s culture, and more!


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TalentTribe helps jobseekers to discover more about different companies and careers, through interactive videos and interviews with employees of these companies. Some of the companies they have featured include Shopee, Changi Airport Group, Singtel and many others.


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As undergraduates or fresh graduates, we might not ever have the chance to visit or interact with these companies. This is a great alternative option to visit and interact with these companies virtually!


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Recently, they launched their own beta version of a Jobs feature too: In particular, I like their clean and easy to navigate user interface. There are also a good and large variety of jobs to choose from and you can easily filter via job type and other attributes.



This Japan-based HR job platform offers a bunch of interesting internships and full-time jobs, with companies ranging from established companies to startups, and everything in between. Their focus is on providing jobseekers with the jobs they love, and creating a world where “people are excited about their work”.


I love how you can also easily sign up for an account with your existing LinkedIn account (another good reason to stay active on LinkedIn)!


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At your profile, there’s a whole long page of details that takes some time to properly go through and complete. As you are doing so, there are also helpful indicators of your profile’s quality with a “Wanted score” at the top right corner.


After you have completed this profile, go forth and apply to all the jobs to your heart’s content!


In each of the job postings, they also make sure to include aspects such as ‘What We do’, ‘Why we do’ and ‘How we do’, to give a more in-depth look into each company and to build mutual interest between the jobseeker and the employer.


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Pro tip: Be sure to fully fill up your profile before choosing applying for the job – they will use this profile and not prompt you to upload your resume again.



‘You are Wanted!’ What an encouraging tagline, much needed in this excruciating job search journey.


Jokes aside, the Wanted job platform has several unique features, one of which is its referral program: Refer someone you know to a suitable job on the platform and earn a good buck! This is based on their belief that referrals are a more effective way of recruitment and hiring.


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Another interesting feature is their Matchup feature, where you can complete your resume on the platform to potentially receive interview offers directly from hiring managers. In essence, instead of searching for jobs, companies search for you instead.


While the website is rather clean and easy to navigate, a slight concern that I have is with regards to the number of jobs they have: There have only a small number of companies on the platform – and while there are good quality, well-known companies, it makes for a relatively underwhelming job search.




Many of you readers may be no stranger to Glints. They have previously made the headlines on multiple media channels as the group of founders who gave up scholarships and university education in America to start the business.


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Their platform is very well designed and very easy to navigate, with a huge range of job listings in different functions. They also have an extensive depository of career-related resources in their Hired blog, ranging from general career advice, career hacks to career advancement advice specific to different roles!


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If you prefer hanging out on social media, they have a really interesting Instagram account too! They share many career tips and advice in bite-sized forms to help you get a step closer towards your dream job.



Niche Players



Cultjobs is an interesting niche job search website, targeted at jobseekers looking to join the creative industry. Some jobs that are available include areas in Design, Arts, Content, PR, Marketing and social media.


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It is a rather simple and straightforward job portal as well, and its main appeal is definitely its focus on the creative industry. It is also regularly updated with new jobs – either relevant to creative or business aspects in the creative field.


They too have their own Cultjobs Profile – where a jobseeker can easily set up a profile and keep track of all his/her job applications. In fact, you can easily set up a profile with your existing LinkedIn account too!


Tech in Asia Jobs

Tech in Asia jobs offers a large variety of jobs specifically in the Tech and Startup space, with a large range of functions and locations available, even beyond Singapore.


Author’s Note: For Singaporean audiences, do remember to specify ‘Singapore’ in the Location tab, or any other country that you would like to work in!


Similar to other websites, it allows for jobseekers to create a profile – this includes adding your resume, skills and portfolio. Once this is set up, it can be easily used to apply for other jobs in a fuss-free manner.


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Another unique feature they have is a Jobs Recommendation function – sharing jobs that you might be interested in based on the skills you have indicated in your profile.


Author’s note: While this can be helpful, I somehow prefer the process of personally scrolling through jobs and possibly finding gems from the pack! This is a personal preference though, feel free to also let me know if you find this feature useful!


Old Guards


LinkedIn Jobs

This is a site that needs no introduction. But for the sake of the unfamiliar, LinkedIn is not just a ‘online resume’ platform but is also platform where you can actively make connections and apply for jobs too!


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As an established global job portal, there is definitely much to like about LinkedIn jobs: They recommend you jobs based on your past career interests, recommend you jobs based on your past viewing behavior, and have a bunch of helpful filters such as your experience level, location and more.


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Of course, you can also have the option to search for your job types, and even create job alerts for specific types of jobs. LinkedIn will then regularly send you recommended jobs based on the job alerts you choose!


Its major advantage is its huge depository of jobs as a highly established platform, especially with more established companies in general. It can also be useful to find out about new jobs and opportunities with posts from your first or second level connections on LinkedIn as well!


Of course, there is also a premium function where you will be a featured candidate!

Author’s note: I have no comments about this function right now as I have not used it. If you have, do drop me a message and let me know whether you find it advantageous.



Another one of the most established job search websites, Jobstreet is a household name that most should be familiar with.


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A feature that is convenient is its profile feature: You can simply set up your profile once, and use this same profile to apply for many other jobs easily. When you are ready to apply, you can simply customize a pitch to the job listing and send in other details that were already previously filled in the profile.


Author’s Note: Of course, this is not to say that this is definitely the best way to go about job applications. In fact, I would argue against having one single resume to apply for all different types of jobs! Find out more about my thoughts on resumes here.


It also offers useful information in the job listings, such as whether the job offers similar salary to that of your desire. Jobstreet definitely also has a huge database of all types of jobs for all types of jobseekers.


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They also have an automated email system that regularly sends updates recommending new jobs and sharing jobs ‘right for you’. While the jobs they recommend do not necessarily fit what I am looking for, the effort is certainly commendable.



Similar to JobStreet, Jobscentral is another established job portal that has a huge depository of jobs available.


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They have a profile system that you are probably familiar with by now – allowing you to setup a profile and use the profile for all job applications. Another interesting feature is its database mining feature: It allows recruiters and employers to view your profile and contact you if they see a good fit.


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Interestingly, they also regularly send emails to tell you which employers have viewed your open profiles.


Author’s Note: I’m not too sure of the benefits of this system, but most  employers that have viewed my open profiles and called  were from financial services companies.


They also have an email system – but instead of recommending jobs, they often recommend learning courses that they have. In their email settings, you can choose to update your preferences regarding educational/training information if you are not interested in them.



So there you have it: A whopping list of 9 job search websites that each have their own unique features!


If you are a job seeker, I definitely hope that this Comprehensive Guide To Job Search Websites will come in handy during this job search process for you.


If you have any other job search websites that you have found useful and is currently missing, feel free to reach out and I’ll update this list.


Till next time!



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Pursuing A Successful Career? Here are 3 Useful Career Tips

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Career success! Isn’t that something that most of us dream of and work towards, but somehow feels so elusive and unattainable?

This is most likely because career success means different things to different people. So it can be hard for any article out there to give you a definitive answer on this.


I recently attended a talk where a speaker from a global MNC spoke about his top tips for career success.


While not all the tips were immediately relatable, I found many of them useful and took notes diligently.


Today, I would like to share these tips and chime in with some of my personal thoughts!

As a reader, you might not relate with every one of these tips immediately.

But keep them in mind, and this article in future. You might make sense of them in time to come.


Here goes!


Career Tip 1: Don’t follow money, follow experience

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Do you only want Money?

Especially relevant for young job seekers, salary is often a big factor in your career consideration.


I get it. When looking for jobs, I am often caught in this conundrum as well.


Do I go for jobs and companies that pay well, but am less interested in –

Or should I pursue jobs that I can have a good growth experience in, but might pay less?


This first tip resolves this dilemma well.


In short, pursuing jobs that can give a greater learning and growth experience should be of highest importance. If you follow experience and learn well, money will in turn follow in future.

A great way to do this is by taking on several internships!


This is also related to taking long-term view of your career. Taking a calculated ‘risk’ with less pay today helps to further improve your expertise. This will then give you a better pay in future, which can then justify this decision.


But this is not all about money. Even if we take money out of the equation, continuous learning and gaining new experiences will also give you greater career fulfilment.


Which brings us to the second tip!


Career Tip 2: Find many mentors

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Helpful mentors are great!

This tip suggests that we should find good mentors. After finding these mentors, look for top 3 skills from every mentor you have and learn these skills from them.


Not only will you find 3 valuable mentors to learn from, you will also develop 9 core skills that will be important in your life (quick math)!


Indeed, having mentors is definitely invaluable. But I know what you might be thinking: “How do I go about finding 3 good mentors?!”


If finding mentors seems out of reach, you can first start by building a network of connections to learn from. You can connect with people whom you look up to, or people in similar roles/fields as yours. A good place to start is on LinkedIn!

Learn from their stories, their experiences and their strengths in general.


Here’s another tip – Marketing guru Seth Godin also suggests this:

“If you can’t find mentors, find heroes”.

Heroes are your top leaders and businesspeople in the world. Say Jeff Bezos, Sheryl Sandberg or Jack Ma.


When faced with decisions, you can ponder:

“What would Hero X do?”

You can also take 1 attribute he/she is strongest at and try to learn and emulate it.


This way, this hero becomes your virtual “mentor” and a guiding stick as you go through your career and life.


Career Tip 3: Never stop learning

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Spiderman doesn’t stop learning. Neither should you.

After you have found a good job, do you take a sigh of relief and get comfortable?


Your career and life does not take a standstill after you’ve found a job. In fact, learning and growth has only begun!


While pursuing your career and doing your best at work, take time off outside of work to continue learning.

This can be as simple as reading a book, an online article, or even listening to a podcast on the way to work.


If you want to deep dive into a specific skill, there are many platforms offering online courses at low prices – such as Skillshare and Udemy!


Singaporeans also can take advantage of SkillsFuture credits to upskill yourselves.


The world doesn’t stop evolving. Our learning efforts have to be on pace with the rapidly evolving world.



So there you have it, 3 simple yet useful tips to help you work your way towards career success.


Which of them do you find most useful? Do you have any tips that you would like to share? Let us know!


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Looking Back at My 4 Internships: What Did I Learn?

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When I started my first internship, I was 21. Today, I am 5 years older, and hopefully a little bit wiser.

Which helps me to reflect upon the 4 internships that I undertook during my university days.

Were 4 internships too many? Were they really useful?


We’ll come to that in a bit. But first, back to 21-year-old me:



I recall that during my first year of university, out of the confines of Junior College, I was truly excited to explore new horizons.

It was then that I decided that I wanted to pursue internships in areas I was truly interested in, and not for any other external, superfluous reasons.


You see, things like peer pressure, and internships that look good on a resume were (and still are) very relevant during university.

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5 years on, I can proudly say that I have stayed true to this path, for better or for worse.



As I am embarking on a new phase of my career, I thought that it would be a good time to also look back and reflect on my experiences in 4 vastly different internships.

Here are some of my reflections: From 4 internships, that took almost a total of 2 years of my time – condensed into a single post:


Internship 1: Events Management at Adrenalin Group

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This was my very first internship! Adrenalin Group is a social enterprise that primarily does event management of various types and has been in business for over 10 years now.


During my first year in university, I remember being very interested in social enterprises, fascinated by the prospects of using business to do good.

When I came across a talk with founders of social enterprises, I immediately signed up. It was after that talk that I managed to have a quick chat with the founder and CEO of Adrenalin Group.

There, I excitedly expressed my intention to do an internship with the company. He gave me a name card, I shot an email, went for an interview and I eventually secured the internship!


As my very first internship, my time at Adrenalin was very fruitful. In my day-to-day responsibilities, I was involved in liaison with many different stakeholders, planning of events and their execution.

Beyond these experiences, my main takeaway from the internship was the soft skills gained in this first ‘proper’ work setting. (No, I’m not counting part time flyer distribution and waitering here.)


Above all, one skill stands out to me even till this day: Professionalism.

To me, I learnt that professionalism comes from concepts such as consistency and attitude. The internship taught me this key lesson: Every piece of work needs to be consistently done well, to the absolute best of our abilities.

The work I delivered is not just representative of myself, but the business and the people involved as well.

There I learned the importance of displaying professionalism, taking pride in the work we put in, and delivering the best results we could.



Internship 2: Market Research at Agility Research and Strategy

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My internship with Agility Research in the next year was borne from a rather sudden interest in marketing analytics. As a marketing specialization-hopeful in school, I was interested in how market research could be useful in influencing marketing strategies.


However, my initial applications were far from successful: I did not receive any replies for most of the agencies I applied to, and was rejected by the few that were kind enough to send a rejection email.


I decided to take matters into my own hands.


I cold-emailed and called a number of market research agencies, eventually received a response from Agility Research, went down for a physical interview, and the rest was history.


Working at Agility Research was quite a big contrast from my previous internship.

This internship was very much desk bound: With much more interaction with my desktop and Excel, and much less interaction with other human beings.

Admittedly, it took a while for me to adapt to this new working environment.


Despite this, perhaps drawing lessons from the previous internship, I tried to work hard to perform more effectively during the internship.

To do that, I actively tried to learn Excel shortcuts and advanced tools as much as I could on my own. I was also actively learning market research strategies and concepts so that I could deliver on projects successfully.


From this internship, my biggest takeaways were some key hard skills – the use of tools such as Excel and SPSS to perform basic data analysis, as well as drawing insights and recommendations from them.



Internship 3: Digital Marketing at Freeboh Technologies


After the previous 2 internships, I realized that while I had some internship experience, they were less relevant to my course of study and passion: Marketing.

I was going onto year 3 in university and wanted to learn and experience marketing in a more direct and practical manner.

It was then that I chanced upon Freeboh’s job opening for a marketing intern.


Truth be told, I wasn’t too familiar with the company at this point. I wanted to know the Freeboh team personally.

To do that, I first worked part-time for Freeboh, distributing flyers and getting the public to download the Freeboh app.

After this part-time stint, I then went to approach the marketing team that was responsible for the event. I shared my interest in an internship, went through an interview, and successfully got the internship!


It was another internship that had a huge impact on my career, as it was at Freeboh where I truly began to first learn various areas of digital marketing.


For instance, I was fortunate to be given the opportunity to write a number of articles, help manage social media accounts and the email system during my internship. These proved to be very useful in subsequent parts of my career.

My supervisor and colleagues were also helpful in sharing knowledge about business and marketing. Working in this startup environment and acquiring new skills definitely also paved the way for DGG Resume today!



Internship 4: Landside Concessions Internship at Changi Airport Group


Changi Airport has been one of my favourite places in Singapore for a long time. I have always loved how it served as a hub to a mixed bag of emotions and memories, of separation and reunion.


When I applied for a six-month internship, and received a reply for an interview, I was thrilled at the opportunity! I have applied for programs previously with the company but received no replies, so even an interview was a huge step forward for me.

I prepared for the interview very rigorously, going down to Changi Airport to familiarize myself, reading their annual report, and rehearsing my answers for common interview questions.

After 2 rounds of interviews, I was accepted. I was beyond thrilled! I was happy to take a leave of absence from my university studies to pursue this opportunity in a company of my dreams.


During this internship, I was given opportunities to work on different events and projects. As Changi Airport Group was a much larger company than my past experiences, there was definitely a difference in work cultures:

For instance, there were a large number of stakeholders to interact with for each project, and work was done meticulously and carefully at every step of the process.

Understandably so, as a large company naturally has more systems in place to ensure top quality work being delivered at the end of the day.


My biggest takeaways from this internship were learning more about the complexities and problems an airport faces, and being exposed to programs and projects at a larger scale than I have ever previously been involved.

Not to mention, colleagues were also very welcoming and friendly throughout the internship, which makes the entire internship enjoyable. This internship experience in the airport remains a surreal experience to me.





So there you have it, a quick summary of all 4 of my internships during my university life!


Today, it has become cliché to think that internships are important for securing a good career in future.

While there is definitely some of truth in this, I would also highly recommend exploring internships in areas that you are truly passionate about.

Not just for the resume, or for the supposed ‘good future’.


At worst, you can better understand yourself and areas that might not be suited for you in your future career.

At best, you could find a job that truly aligns with your passion and career aspirations.


University life is probably the most forgiving and accommodating period to try and taste these different roles and industries, so make the best of it!


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DGG Interviews: Understanding the Millennial Employee – Vivek Iyyani

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Unless you have been living under a rock, you would have heard of or experienced the millennial story in the workplace. With a growing number of millennials in the workforce, this topic seems to be rapidly gaining steam every day.


Yet, a disconnect between millennials and the workforce is present today as well. This stems from differences between:


1) Millennial expectations that do not fit the reality of the present-day workforce, and

2) Workplace practices that are not well-adapted to new-age millennials


In this article, DGG Resume is privileged to have Vivek Iyyani, a Millennial speaker and coach, share with us his insights and advice on this topic.


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Quick Introduction:

Vivek started off his career by working as a freelancer in training companies, conducting leadership workshops for various schools for 4 years. During the same time, he completed his degree in Psychology.


After his graduation, he took a plunge into entrepreneurship and focused on helping Millennials get understood at workplaces. He did so by conducting training for them and their managers on the Millennial Mindset.


To get a better understanding of this topic, we will be focusing on a few areas:

  1. How millennials are different from previous generations;
  2. How can millennials be better prepared for the workplace; and
  3. How employers can better engage with millennials


Sit tight and enjoy this millennial ride!


Why And How Are Millennials Different?

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For a long time, we can observe that millennials today are different in the workplace. They work differently, interact differently, and are motivated differently. But where did this come from, and exactly how are they different?


Vivek explains that the key differences between millennials and that of previous generations lies within their upbringing and economic context.


“The only difference is that we millennials grew up much more empowered. It has to do with the economy we grew up in. There was no burden for Millennials to worry about an iron rice bowl or a roof over their head because their parents provided for all of that.”


Millennials enjoy this comfort in having their basic needs fulfilled. As such, they tend to have higher expectations for jobs, beyond salary itself.


This also refers to the Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs: where their materialistic needs are satisfied and are seeking higher level goals.



“They want cooler experiences and to do things with a sense of purpose. When they’re unable to identify their purpose, they do get lost with the number of options and opportunities out there as well as not knowing if what they’re doing is impactful or purposeful. All of this confusion leads them into what we know as the quarter life crisis.”


Simply put, given their relative economic comfort, millennials are motivated by aspects beyond just pay today. They are looking for more.


“When times are bad, it’s easy to retain staff. But when times are good, it’s a lot more challenging to keep your top talents.


Companies need to know that Millennials are motivated differently, they have different expectations, they communicate differently, and their working styles are significantly different from the earlier generations.”


Advice For Millennials

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Workforce Expectations vs Reality


For millennials, the workforce isn’t as sweet, rosy and comfortable as school was.


Vivek shares that millennials typically get a culture shock when they enter the workforce. Millennials are often used to a guided structure. But managers in the workplace might provide less guidance than expected.


“Their managers may seem as if they’re not as empowering as their teachers or professors from back in school. That’s because Millennials were so used to being guided and coddled as a student that they expect the same at the workplace.


Their expectation is:

As a Manager, you’re supposed to be part of their success and guide them towards it.”


This gap between their expectations and reality may lead to negative consequences. Many millennials may fall into the trap of becoming disillusioned and feeling disempowered. This can lead to a negative spiral that can be hard to recover from.


“They start realising that they’re not as special as they thought and start thinking that they don’t have much to contribute. A dip in self-esteem is seen that can affect work performance.”


Millennials Work Life Preparation


Since work life could be less than what many millennials expected, is it all bleak and hopeless? Definitely not!


Millennials can pick up preparation strategies to excel in the workplace as well.


Here’s how:


Vivek encourages one key strategy to excel at work:

Interpersonal and relationship-building skills.


“Go beyond ‘Hi’ and ‘Hello’ and build a relationship that brings about trust. It is a long and meandering process, but it’s very important because your boss is someone you barely knew but has a high amount of control over the direction of your life. Your promotions in that company depend very highly upon him/her.”


When you build good relationships and trust, bosses will also allow empower you with more impactful work. This helps to improve your job satisfaction as well!



Vivek also shares 3 important skills and attributes that all millennial graduates should have:

  1. Be Proactive – Go the extra mile


  1. Be Productive – Learn to focus on the right things and get more tasked checked during the day as opposed to simply spending more time at the office


  1. Be Promotive – learn to build an online and offline personal brand that people can trust. “


This encompasses three main steps:

(1) Effectively completing work responsibilities,

(2) Going above and beyond responsibilities given, and finally

(3) Building a personal brand


Advice For Employers

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Of course, a career is not a one-way street. Employers have an important role to play in engaging with their new millennial employees.


Employers need to foster an environment that offers millennials power to make themselves heard and gives them a real chance to contribute. Millennials tend to feel motivated when given opportunities and feeling empowered.


Vivek shares his past experience: “Many Millennials mentioned that their number 1 challenge was being heard and listened to. They also mentioned their number 1 advantage and strength is their creativity and open thinking.


When we placed both side by side, we realised that the millennials within the organisation were leaving because they felt that their strengths were not being capitalised upon. Those who stayed were disillusioned and unproductive.


Sometimes, giving Millennials a chance to voice out their opinions can do wonders in terms of motivation.”


And make no mistake, millennials are much more likely to ‘job hop’ when they feel unhappy in a job today.


As Vivek encourages, “With that in mind, they (employers) must learn what motivates the Millennials and how to engage them at the workplace better.”



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Through this interview, I hope that you’ve learnt and understood a new thing or two about millennials.


There may be differences within the company. But these differences can definitely be used as complementary strengths as well.



Vivek then leaves us with a final piece of advice for all of us millennials: “Have patience.”


“It’s easy to see everyone around you moving fast in terms of their dream job and dream lifestyle but it could very well be a façade. Take time off to journal and reflect on what you are passionate about, what you are good at, what are people willing to pay you for and how you want to contribute back to the community.


Take your time with it and check in with your inner circle of trusted advisors – friends, family etc and the answers you seek will find you.”



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DGG Resume’s Ultimate Resume Guide: How to Write a Resume, Resume Template, Secrets and More

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Over the past year and a half, I have edited dozens of resumes for clients of different occupations and industries. This resume guide is a result of each and every of these experiences all put together.

Over and over again, I find that there is a ‘secret sauce’ to crafting a great resume. This guide contains a replicable formula that is useful and effective regardless of resume.

Today, I would like to unveil this ‘secret’. I would like to show you the behind-the-scenes of my resume development process.

This guide contains everything you need to know about crafting a resume: in a guided, step-by-step manner.


Who is this Resume Guide for?

If you are job hunting, sent your resume to many companies, but received little to no replies, this is the resume guide for you.

If you are considering switching jobs and want to find out how you can optimize your resume, this is the resume guide for you.

If you are a student/fresh graduate and want a great resume to land your first internship/job, this is the resume guide for you.


Here’s how this resume guide is going to go:


  1. A General Resume Template and Its Sections

Part 1 is going to bring you through the key sections of each resume, what to include and what to take note of when completing each section.

  1. How to Write a Resume for Increased Effectiveness

Part 2 will help you refine the resume content that you have created in part 1. This will make the content more attractive to employers by aligning yourself and the resume’s content with the employers’ needs.

  1. Resume Organization Tips and Tricks

Part 3 will help provide the final touch-ups. We will make the resume more visually appealing and reader-friendly for potential employers.

I promise that if you follow this resume guide closely, you will definitely take away a valuable lesson or two to help improve your resume.


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Let us first begin by exploring the different sections of a resume.


1. Resume Guide – A General Resume Template and Its Sections

resume template and structure

We have to first start by understanding the big picture:

The resume template of a general resume and how we can build it.


A resume consists of the following sections. Here is an overview:

  • Personal Contact Details
  • Profile Picture
  • Executive Summary
  • Key Competencies
  • Work Experience
  • Education
  • Skills and Languages


1.1 Personal Contact Details

Personal contact details are a must-have in every resume, as they help interested employers contact you easily.

personal contact details

Here are the details that I would strongly recommend including in the resume:


  • Full Name
    • Be sure to make your name BIG and bold at the top of your resume, clearly distinct from the other resume content
  • Email address
    • Do note that this email address should be one that you regularly use, and the name of the email should be decent and presentable
  • Phone number
  • LinkedIn profile address (if any)
    • If you do not have a LinkedIn profile, here’s another guide that you have to read to help you create one!


Other details are typically not required in the resume, unless clearly specified by the employer.


1.2 Profile Picture

This is an optional aspect of the resume, as there are different preferences between employers and recruiters.

We recommend using a profile picture if you have a professional-looking one that improves your application.


If you don’t have one, or only have one that is shabby or overly casual, you can choose to omit it from the resume.


Alternatively, we offer professional resume photography services as well! (It also helps for your LinkedIn profile and other applications in future)


1.3 Executive Summary

executive summary


An executive summary helps to provide a short and succinct overview of who you are as a candidate. It highlights your past achievements and demonstrates your key value in a short paragraph.


Many employers do not have the time to look through your resume in detail.

The executive summary allows for time-starved employers to have a quick look. If it piques their interest, they will give your resume more attention.


Here is a general guideline on how you can write your executive summary:

  • State your years of experience, roles and industries you have worked in
  • Name a few important and relevant core competencies you have developed
  • Highlight some key achievements and relevant parts of your career that you can impress the employer with


It is important to tell your story the way you want it:

Express your summary in a way that you want to be remembered and leave a great first impression!


1.4 Key Competencies

Similar to the previous section, highlighting your key competencies helps employers to have an easy look at what you excel at.


Without going through your resume in detail, they can have a good sense of whether your competencies match what they are looking for.

I recommend providing 4-6 key competencies to showcase a multitude of skills.


The competencies you should include depends on your own expertise, your past work experience and industry.

There is no fixed formula for this, and should be personalized based on each individual.


For example, a candidate for a Human Resources role might include competencies such as:

  • Staffing and Recruitment
  • Staff Training and Development


Compare this to a candidate for a Marketing role, who might include competencies such as:

  • Social Media Engagement
  • Search Engine Optimization

In the later sections, I will also provide more detailed steps on how you can better write these competencies to best suit the job you are applying for.


1.5 Work Experience

The section most of you are most concerned with, work experience is absolutely a key part of the resume.

It demonstrates your past work achievements, and what you can potentially bring to the table in the new job.


work experience

Here are the must-have information in this section:

  • Company name
  • Job title
  • Duration of work
  • Details of work responsibilities

Tip: For smaller and less well known companies, you can add a short one-liner description to give the reader an idea of the type of company and its industry.


For the details of work responsibilities, a common mistake I see many people make is to simply list their responsibilities as it is.

Some even simply copy their job descriptions into their resume!


This is a big No-No!


Instead of presenting them as responsibilities and tasks that you had to fulfil, this section should tell your accomplishments.


Accomplishments over Responsibilities


This is a section on how you worked on and solved problems, contributing to the company by taking action.


Sounds difficult? This can be done by using RAP:


Results: What are the results?

Action: How did the results come by?

Problem: Why are the results important?



This is the WHAT: What did you achieve?


During your job, you would have created some positive results for the company from your efforts.

Describe in detail the results that came out of your efforts, and remember to try and add quantitative results wherever possible.

Additionally, remember to start with action words that make a greater impact. As detailed in our other article, action words help to highlight achievements and make them more convincing.



This is the HOW: How did you achieve it?


This is the process that worked towards resolving the problem for the company.

Try to add relevant industry relevant terms and details.

The employer should understand the thought process and steps you took to solve the problem.



This is the WHY: Why was action needed? What is the context of the situation?


Here, it is good to add a brief explanation of the problem at hand to give context to the situation. It also explains why you needed to take action.

Note that this does not literally have to be a problem to be solved. It could also simply be objectives/goals that you strived to achieve.


When you put these three parts together, the R-A-P framework clearly shows

(i) what you have achieved,

(ii) how you achieved it, and

(iii) what the importance of this achievement is.


Here’s an example of this framework put in action!

RAP in action

Try to use the entire R-A-P framework as much as possible, especially for your key highlight achievements!

This helps to accentuate these achievements and offer more impact to the reader.


1.6 Education

Of course, potential employers want to know where you received your education.


This section is also pretty straightforward, it usually includes these information:

  • Name of institution
  • Name and type of qualification
  • Years of study
    • Include expected year of graduation if you have yet to graduate
  • Any other important details


Other details can also come in handy when relevant. You can include things such as your:

  • Major/specialization
  • Your previous GPA/CAP
  • Relevant coursework to the job
  • Relevant final year projects/major projects
  • Awards
    • If possible, also give a description of how selective the award is. This helps the reader to better understand the importance of each award.
  • Notable educational achievements

Most importantly, these details should be relevant to the reader and helpful towards your application.


1.7 Certifications

Going through training and acquiring certifications are a good way to help improve your knowledge of relevant skills required in your desired jobs.

They also show potential employers that you are well equipped with the skills needed.


If you have previously received certifications for different courses you completed, be sure to include them in!


Simply include the following:

(i) name of the certification,

(ii) institution that provided the certification, and

(iii) the date you received the certification.


1.8 Skills and Languages

Here you can showcase other skills that you have yet to mention clearly in the above sections.

Do try to include technical and/or relevant skills, rather than general and ‘fluff’ skills that will not add any value.


For example, here are examples of some skills that would be good to include (if you have them, of course!)


  • Google Adwords
  • Adobe Illustrator


For these skills, also try to use words such as ‘Advanced’ and ‘Proficient’ to highlight the best skills you have.

Additionally, you can add further details to each skill to demonstrate your level of competency.


Here are some skills that you would be better off omitting.

  • Teamwork
  • Detail-oriented


The problem with the latter is that they do not are not really considered as skills; they are simply attributes that most candidates can have!

Instead of highlighting these attributes in this section, you could expand on them in a cover letter or during the interview.


In this section, you can also include the languages that you understand and have mastery of.

Remember to include level of proficiency in written and spoken forms!


2. Resume Guide – How to Write a Resume for Increased Effectiveness

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Now you have a good understanding of the structure of a resume. Great! But how can you better write a resume to stand out from the crowd?

The answer: By matching your experience and competencies with what the companies are looking for!


Many candidates send the exact same resume to tens and hundreds of companies, in the hope of securing a few interviews. However, this often proves to be ineffective.



For every role, different companies are looking for a specific type of skillset, expertise and experience.

As such, a single resume cannot be suitable for different job openings.


But what can you do?


Of course you cannot lie and change or make up your work experience.


What you can do is to highlight and position your expertise and competencies to suit what the companies are looking for.


I’ll bring you through the process of a candidate, John, looking to refine his resume for a Business Development role.


2.1 Look at the Job Listing of Your Desired Role.

First, John has to establish what the company is looking for in a candidate.

John should look for his ideal job’s listing and look out for key things that they specify. In this case, John is interested in a Business Development role.

business development role


He should take note and highlight certain keywords and specific industry-relevant terms that they use in the job listing.


It is likely that they are looking for candidates with similar experiences and skills.

Tip: This applies for soft skills as well! For certain jobs employers might put greater emphasis on a set of soft skills, so it would be good to take note of them for your application.


From the job listing of his desired role, John has found some key aspects that the employer is looking for:

  • Delivering of digital solutions
  • Project communication with stakeholders
  • Consolidating of reporting and delivering insights and recommendations


He should then find similar suitable experiences in his resume that he can highlight.


2.2 Find Other Similar Job Listings of the Same Role

Now John needs to research Business Development job listings from other companies as well.


He should try to notice if there are certain similarities and/or patterns.

This suggests that most companies expect similar skills and experiences among Business Development candidates.


The value of this exercise is to find these details that you might not have noticed in a single job listing.


After going through more job listings, there are other additional terms and keywords that John came across:

  • Analyzing and developing market strategies
  • Build and maintain good partner relationships
  • Managing a portfolio of assigned accounts


2.3 Find Areas in the Resume Where These Keywords and Skills Can Be Fit Into

Now that John is familiar with the key skills and aspects that employers are looking for, he can find areas in his resume where he can use them in.


IMPORTANT: Note that this is not to make up skills and attributes that he does not currently have. Instead, the key is to highlight existing abilities and express similar skillsets that he possesses in a way that is familiar to employers.

Highlighting existing abilities

John might have a diverse experience: in sales, marketing and business development.

highlight skills

In this case, he should be highlighting experiences and skillsets that fit the positions he is applying for.


These skillsets will be the focus of the presentation of his job experiences.

The other less relevant responsibilities can be briefly stated, or even omitted if the resume is too long.


Expressing skillsets in a suitable manner

Even as he highlights these experiences, he can make them even more relevant by using familiar terms in his resume.

For instance, he might have originally used the terms on the left column. After the earlier exercise, he can modify them into terms on the right.

skillsets modification

Notice that the main skills and competencies that John has haven’t changed.

Instead, the way that the resume is expressed is well suited towards employers and ATS systems alike.


This way, his resume is refined and better crafted to match what employers are looking for.


Try this exercise yourself too, and further improve on your resume content.


3. Resume Guide – Resume Organization, Tips and Tricks

Each resume is unique to each individual.

While we have provided a general framework that can guide you towards writing a great resume, there is no one resume that works well for everyone.


You now have a good resume with relevant, appealing content.

Here are some tips to help personalize your resume and make it more reader-friendly.


3.1 Order of Sections

Based on each individual’s years of experience, the order of sections in a resume can be quite different.


For younger candidates new to the workforce with little work experience:

You should consider putting the Education section earlier in the resume as this will make up a big part of your resume.

Similarly, you can add in a section on your co-curricular activities and its important highlights.


For more experienced candidates:

Your core competencies and work experience should be at the forefront of the resume.

You will be more certain of what you bring to the table, and have many years of work experience to showcase.

Your educational experience will be less crucial as employers will be looking out for your career achievements.


3.2 Job Experience Organization

Always organize your job experience (and other parts of the resume) in reverse chronological order.

resume organization

Start with the most recent experience you’ve had.

This is because your most recent experiences will be the most relevant to the potential employers.

On the same note, for each job experience, do not simply list down your different responsibilities.


Organize them in such a way that:

The most important and relevant responsibilities are placed first,

and the least important and relevant responsibilities are placed last.


Most employers don’t have the time to read in detail, so your organization is crucial to catch their attention within the first few lines.


3.3 Overall Resume Organization

Reiterating the previous point, most employers do not have time to read your resume in detail. In fact, it is well known that they typically only read a resume for 6 seconds!


As such, keep your resume to 1-2 pages as much as possible. If it is any longer, chances are the potential employer will not read past page 2 anyway.


That being said, do not try to cram too many words and information into these 2 pages.


Give enough white space for the reader to digest what you are trying to showcase too!


4. Conclusion

Congratulations, you have successfully completed the resume guide!

Now that you have taken in all the details of our resume guide and learnt how to write a resume, now is the time to try and apply it yourself!


To recap, we have covered 3 main parts in this resume guide.

resume conclusion

  1. Resume Structure: Helping you to understand the resume structure and to get started with drafting a resume
  2. Resume Content: Allowing the resume to stand out by expressing the content targeted at each job listing
  3. Resume Organization: Working on the details of resume organization and design to make it more appealing


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DGG Interviews: Uncovering the Passion of a HR Avenger, Sam from People Mentality Inc

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People Mentality Inc (PMI) operates as the Avengers of HR where we deliver progressive HR solutions through an ecosystem of HR Practitioners, HR Tech Partners and Trainers/Facilitators.”


While many show strong passion for their profession, it is not an everyday occurrence that you hear someone proclaiming a company as an Avenger.


Indeed, Sam is a unique individual who demonstrates a great passion for the HR profession. Despite having a well-established HR career, He admirably made the jump to build his own business, People Mentality Inc and further his passions.


Working In The Corporate Sector


In his first 6 years after graduation, Sam worked for Keppel and Changi Airport Group in different HR roles.


These experiences have shaped him in many positive ways. As a hungry learner himself, he not only excelled in his own role but constantly pursued other work scopes as well.


“I offered to take on more roles than I was expected to take on, and even beyond my scope of work because I really wanted to learn more. I thought I wanted to explore and stretch myself to see if I’m good.”


And stretch himself he did. His passion for learning was evident in the additional work he pursued.


In Keppel, while he started as a generalist in recruitment and staff engagement, he was later given opportunities to manage the Keppel Care Foundation and took on Keppel Volunteers role, among others.


It was also these additional opportunities that truly piqued his desires to do more, outside of the corporate world.


“My experience in the corporate sector was a large part when I started thinking ‘Hey I want to give back more, I want to make more difference to not just the company itself, but the community at large, the organisations and the society at large’. That’s where the more altruistic kind of perspective came about, because of my interactions outside of work.”


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Start of People Mentality


Motivated from his time in the corporate sector, Sam finally built People Mentality Inc in 2016. This was aimed at making a greater impact on the HR profession and community.


As Sam explains, “At People Mentality, we are a HR advocacy firm. The sole purpose of the platform is really to showcase what HR is all about and its impact on business that goes beyond just transactions.”


With this purpose in mind, Sam set out to pursue HR advocacy through different channels:


  1. Consultancy

“Through consultancy work, I work on actual cases and build stories around it to advocate what HR is all about.”


  1. Public Speaking and Training

“There’s also public speaking, training with different kinds of platforms where I get to communicate to a larger audience what I am doing and some of the success stories that I have.”


  1. Content Development

“The last part of course is content development, in terms of my blogs. People Mentality TV is coming up, it’s a Youtube channel that I’m starting end-May 2018, to showcase some of the good practices in the market by interviewing business leaders, HR leaders.”


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Development of People Mentality Inc


As People Mentality Inc worked towards its goals, Sam is also well aware of the different stakeholders and factors that have played key roles in his professional journey.



“First and foremost, I was definitely lucky to some extent, where I was given opportunities to try this and that, and of course good bosses along the way who made things happen.”



“Family support I think is something that is very important, having a family behind you. So you don’t have to worry but know that in any case, if something fails, you have something to fall back on. Family support to me is my drive.”



“I’m lucky to also have really good mentors, that guided me along the way, about the direction of my career. They were ones who showed me the path, the ones who helped me think through again what I want and encourage me towards the purpose.”



“There’s also the community at large. After being involved in various HR communities, it started to get me feeling that I’m not alone in this battle, that I want to make a difference, and there are many people in the market that wants to as well. I feel this support, and it’s a very nice and warm feeling, something that is pushing you ahead, support so that you can go further.”



“There are also partners in the market, for example firms such as HRM Asia that have helped quite a bit from the start. From the beginning when I was a nobody, they helped publish my articles and invited me to become a regular blogger and that’s where more people paid attention to what I said. That’s probably a partner that helped me grow my career and one that I’m grateful to as well.


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Career Advice


With his wealth of experience and knowledge in HR, Sam also revealed some career tips that will definitely be useful for students and fresh graduates alike.


  1. Being Future-Proof

When it comes to decisions in education and careers, one has to aim for the future instead of the present.


Sam first advises that to be future-proof, one has to look beyond the ever changing trends and instead focus on oneself.


“First, it is important to look inside rather than look outside.  Looking inside means understanding your strengths first, what are you good at, what are you passionate about, which are the areas you really think you can make a difference. Then there you can choose your options.”


  1. Having Mentors

Next, he also emphasizes that having mentors are key as they have walked the path before.


“They can advise you and help you see things that you don’t quite see yet. Sometimes as a fresh graduate you can be overly optimistic about everything without knowing everything. These mentors kind of put a reality check, which is important to some extent. These are people that can be your sounding board, your support network which you need when things get a bit tough on this journey.”


  1. Communities

He also encourages looking for communities to broaden one’s mindset and knowledge.


“(Communities help you understand that) there is more than what you see in the organization, helps you break away from the silo mindset and helps you know that there are like-minded people around that you can speak to, collaborate and learn from and collectively grow together.”


  1. Giving Mindset


Fresh graduates tend to focus on showcasing themselves, high salary, and what the companies can offer.


Instead, graduates should think about what they can give, what value they can contribute, which ties in nicely with the previous point about looking inside oneself.


“From my experience, when you are able to give, people see the value. Without you even expecting it, a lot of people value you and a lot of help comes to you. My giving mindset, this accelerated my growth quite a lot in my career.”


Personal Branding Tips


Sam also delved deeper into personal branding for young job seekers, and shared tips on how they can differentiate themselves among job seekers today.


In addition to having a good resume, Sam offers that giving back is perhaps the best way to differentiate oneself and grow a personal brand.


Giving back allows for people to “know you for something” and to “know what kind of value you bring”, building a personal brand as a result.


“For example myself, people always see me as someone who is always giving back in HR communities… To me actions speaks louder than words, it’s not just you telling people that ‘Hey, I’m an enthusiastic guy’, people don’t see it. You need to showcase your actions by giving.”


Another important aspect about branding that he emphasized is storytelling. This is related to how one relates his personal day to day examples through simple stories and values that he/she shares.


“That’s really powerful, because stories are unique to individuals; no one experiences exactly the same stories. So these are unique to yourself, and through stories you can build unique stories that stand out of the rest.”


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Future Goals


Sam also outlined three key goals for People Mentality Inc in the future. While his ultimate goal as a HR avenger is naturally to educate what HR is really all about, he breaks it down to a few smaller goals.


“First of all is to showcase that HR is not destined to be a support function, we can also be one that works together with the C-suite level to make a real difference to the organization.


Second is to showcase (that) Asia-wise we also have good practices and practitioners that we can showcase to the rest of the world.


Third, to showcase to younger people who are considering a start or a switch, that HR is not a boring support function; by going to conferences, starting a Youtube channel, writing articles, pursuing partnerships, just to showcase the point that HR can be fun. There are many possibilities beyond. There are many different ways to grow this as a career.”


Finally, Sam leaves with perhaps his most important advice.


“Give before you think about taking. Because when you give, that’s when a lot of special things happen.”



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DGG Resume’s Ultimate Interview Guide – Interview Questions and Preparation

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This guide has been specially crafted to help you, the reader, through the entire job interview process: from prior preparation of interview questions, to the interview itself, and other post-interview tips.


The objective of this guide is to help you present yourself in the best way possible during interviews.

This can be best achieved by closely following this interview preparation process, step-by-step.

Are you ready to prepare for your interview? Let’s get started!


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The Story




I had always thought that writing resumes and cover letters were the toughest parts of a job application. This was until I had this encounter at a job interview:

I was having a phone interview with an E-Commerce company, and everything was going pretty smoothly. My strengths and weaknesses, check; Potential contributions, check again.

I thought I was well prepared for most of the commonly asked interview questions!


That was when the interviewer suddenly asked:

“Have you tried using our platform?”

Looking to impress, I confidently answered ‘Yes’.

Naturally, she then followed up by asking about my most and least favourite parts of the platform.

This question definitely caught me off guard. I had only used the platform once, and that happened many years ago!

I spewed out generic characteristics of good E-Commerce platforms, but she saw right through it.


Needless to say, I failed to advance to the next round of the interview.


To help you avoid this tragedy and other pitfalls, this guide has been specially written to share my strategies and tips to prepare for in an interview.


I hope that through this guide, you can learn from my mistakes. You will go to the interview prepared, and leave the interview proud and confident of your performance.


1. Preparing for the Interview



 Preparation is key.

This tip might sound obvious, but it may surprise you how many people overlook this.


There is a famous saying that goes, “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail”.

This is especially relevant in the context of job interviews.

A large part of interviews is to show how you are the best fit for the role applied. A best fit then requires a match between two aspects:

  • The company and its job role
  • Yourself

To demonstrate this match, you need to have a good understanding of both aspects.

If you don’t even have a good understanding of either of the two, how can you show that you are the best fit?


Without a strong preparation and knowledge of the company, other tips and tricks would be of no help.

So in case you did not get that the first time, Preparation is key.


Here’s how you can best prepare for an interview:


1.1 Company background knowledge: Experience the company first hand


interview experience


As candidates prepare for an interview, you often will focus on your own achievements, skills and strengths.

Sometimes, you simply forget to consider the company you have in mind. This is a cardinal sin!


Remember how you need to have a match between the company, and yourself?

You should definitely not neglect the company you are interested in.

Keeping this in mind, how can you better understand the company?


What better way to understand a company than to experience the company’s product/service offerings!


Whether it is a retail storefront, online-based business or any other business that allows you to try their offerings, try it!

As you try the company’s offerings, take down notes of your reflections of the experience: What you liked and disliked about the products and experience, what you think can be improved, areas that you are especially curious of, etc.

This will give you a good first-hand experience to share with your interviewer.

The interviewer will also be able to feel your authentic interest in the company.


Company background knowledge: Secondary research


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For larger companies, or Business-to-business companies that you might not be able to experience their offerings first-hand, no worries!

With the wealth of information available online, you can also do secondary research to find out everything you need to know.


Go through the process of learning about different parts of the business through online secondary research. This can include:

  • The vision, mission and values of the organisation
  • Their core products/services
  • Their key value proposition against other competitors
  • Latest news and offerings of the business
  • General industry news and trends
  • Other areas of the business relevant to the position you are applying for


It is definitely useful to demonstrate during the interview that you are up-to-date with the company and industry’s news, to show a keen interest in this role that you are applying for.

By understanding their key value proposition and industry trends, you can engage in a more meaningful conversation with the interviewer. This will clearly show your knowledge and effort put into the interview.


With a comprehensive understanding of the company, you can also better understand how your interests and values align with the company’s values.

Now, you can show that you are a great fit for the company culture!


Special Tip: A very useful way to find all these knowledge about a company is to read the company’s Annual reports! The report will encompass many of the information mentioned earlier, and even the company’s future goals.


1.2 Self Knowledge


interview self knowledge


Remember how we mentioned earlier that the 2 key points of interview preparation are to understand the company, and to understand yourself?

Now that you have a good understanding the company, make sure that you have a good understanding of yourself as well.


You might be thinking, “Why do I need to prepare for this? Of course I know myself very well!”

But do you, really?


Your work experience


First, you need to be very clear about your past work experience and its different details. Some experiences might have been months, or years back, and your memory of them might now be fuzzy.

As you prepare, take time to reflect upon your past work experiences, what you have accomplished, how you accomplished them, and what you have learnt from them.


It is not enough to simply know what your past achievements and highlights were.

When sharing your experiences with potential employers, they tend to scrutinize details and processes.


For example, they might want to know:

  • What were the exact steps that led you to achieving the particular accomplishment?
  • What were some of the challenges you had leading to the achievement?
  • What was your thought process and framework?


Hence, it is critical to first have a thorough understanding of your own experiences.


Your skills and traits


Besides your job experiences, another important area you need to be absolutely certain of are the skills you possess and the traits you have.

After going through years of schooling, training and work experience, what are some of the skills you have picked up?


This can include hard skills such as Adobe Photoshop, technical skills such as AutoCAD, or soft skills such as communication and leadership.


Think about the different skills that you possess, and how they might be relevant to the company you are applying for:

Do the skills you have match what they are looking for?

If not, do you have related skills or experiences that can also show that you are up for the job?


Besides skills, another key area that employers are looking out for are traits.

Traits are intangibles that can determine whether you are a good cultural fit with the company. Some common traits that companies look for include:

  • Being detail-oriented
  • Being a team player
  • Having perseverance

Take time to also reflect upon the traits you have, and whether they are the right fit with what the company is looking for in a candidate.


After having a complete understanding of both the company and yourself, you are now well equipped to prepare for the interview questions!


1.3 Interview Questions: The Preparation


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With a good understanding of both yourself and the company, are you now good to go?

Well, not quite. Before the interview, you need to take some time to prepare answers for the common interview questions.


Here, a common concern surfaces: “But why? Doesn’t this make our answers very forced and fake?”


Now, think back to your days in school.

When you were younger in school, did your teacher make you revise past year papers before each major exam?

Before you went for any competitions, did your coach make you practice over and over?


This is no different.


It is only smart to have prepared for questions that are commonly asked.

This helps you give you a more confident and comprehensive answer, and helps to leave a better impression as well!


As you prepare for your answers beforehand, it also helps you to evaluate your own achievements and past experiences, and how you can best highlight them to convince the interviewer.

It is a no loss proposition: Great if similar questions are asked during the interview, but no harm done if they are not asked too!


Now that you recognize the importance of preparing for interviewing questions, here are some common interview questions that you can prepare for:


Interview question 1: Tell me more about yourself.


This question is a MUST-PREPARE. Almost every single interviewer likes to start off with this question, so take advantage and prepare hard for this.


In the past, you would probably have started by rattling off all your past experiences in different roles till date.

This can be ineffective as it is not relatable to the interviewer. Instead of simply listing your experiences, try to tell a story with your experiences so that the listener can better understand.


For example, if you had experience in multiple industries, you could paint a story of being a high-performer that has been open to new learning opportunities in different areas.


Special Tip: Try to find an overarching theme from all your past experiences.


Another important thing to note is that you have to relate your experiences back to the company and the role you are applying for.

Remember, it is not all about you.


After highlighting a previous job experience, try to evaluate how the experience and skills gained can be applied and translated to this job you are applying for.

Ultimately, the interviewer does not want to just know all about you, but rather why you are a good choice for the role.


By showing a clear link, it shows that you have prepared and understood your potential contributions, and helps convince the interviewer that you are a good fit.


Interview question 2: Why are you interested in this job/position?


This is another common question. Interviewers want to know why you are genuinely interested in the role, outside of plain practical reasons.


This interest tends to come from 2 main factors:


i) The Company

This is where your previous research on the company all comes in handy.

With good understanding of the company, you can give examples of how they have previously executed strategies that you are excited about. This shows how you have gave thought over the company’s issues beyond the surface level.

You can also talk about the culture of the company, and how the company culture resonates with you. Try to give examples of areas that are unique to the company, and how you will be a good fit for their culture.


ii) The Job Role

You will also need to have an excellent understanding of the job role.

You could be interested because the role was a good fit with the skillset you currently possess. Here, you will have to emphasize the skillsets you have, and how they are a natural fit with the job requirements.

Another reason the job would have sparked your interest is probably if it was challenging and exciting in the long run. You will have to demonstrate your passion for the growth opportunities, and how you have been pursuing different opportunities in your career.


Interview question 3: Why should I hire you/ How can you contribute to the company?


This is a question many interviewers have at the top of their minds.

They are essentially looking for reasons why you will be a great hire for them, and how you can benefit the company. As such, they will often ask this question, but in different forms.


This is a question where you can really promote yourself through your response.


Here are a few areas you can focus your answer on:

  • Your skillset and how they solve the company’s problems
  • Your traits and personality and how they fit with the company’s culture
  • Your experience and track record and how they can translate into performance

Your expertise will typically come from one or more of these factors.


For example, you can answer something along the lines of:

“In my past jobs, I have demonstrated that I have the necessary skillsets A, B and C that the company is looking for.

While I might not have an extensive experience in this particular industry, I have shown leadership and excellent track record in my previous jobs.

Hence, I am confident that my skills and traits can translate into a strong performance and contribute to your company


Special Tip: Remember to focus on showing how these factors can help you contribute to the company! Don’t ramble on about yourself!


Interview question 4: What are your strengths and weaknesses?


Finally, this is a question less commonly asked nowadays, but also important to prepare for.

Preparation for this question allows you to have an honest self-evaluation and prepares you for any other question that might come..


To prepare for this question, reflect and focus on a few strengths and weaknesses that you have. Next, evaluate why you think you have them.

  • For each strength, be sure to back it up with past stories and experiences that can demonstrate that you truly possess this strength.
  • For each weakness, try not to focus solely on the weakness itself, but how you acknowledge the weakness and try to improve on the weakness.


Preparation for this question is crucial as it gives you an honest look at all your past experiences, and equips you with stories and anecdotes that can also be used in answering other unexpected questions.


With these commonly asked questions in mind, you can start preparing for them by noting down your answers, or at least the main points.

Next, make sure to rehearse yourself answering these questions out loud. This helps you gain more confidence and be more fluent in your delivery during the actual interview.

Practise makes perfect. As you get more familiar with your answers, you will be able to deliver them more naturally and fluently.



1.4 Interview preparation: Asking good questions


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This is another part of the interview that you must prepare for. Interviewers always end the interview by asking if you have any questions for them.

This is almost like a trick question, as you should always have questions prepared to ask.


When you ask good questions to the interviewer, it reflects a few things about you:


  1. You show genuine interest in the company, and have pondered over company and industry related issues.
  2. You are well prepared for the interview and have put in effort to research information about the company and industry.
  3. You show strong critical thinking skills.


As discussed at the start of this post, you should have done extensive research on the company. This can be through trying out the company’s offerings, or secondary information search on the web.


With a good understanding, you should be able to ask thoughtful and targeted questions in a few categories: the job role itself, the team or company that you will be working with, and the industry at large.


The following are some general questions that you can take and use in your interviews, but they are by no means exhaustive. Feel free to adapt the questions to the job you are applying for.

Try to ask questions that you have genuine interest in knowing the answers to, so that you can have a more fruitful conversation with the interviewer.


Job role

  1. What are the skills and attributes expected from an ideal employee?
  2. What challenges are an employee in the role expected to face, and how can one best overcome them?
  3. Do they have any latest developments related to the job or responsibilities you might be involved in?



  1. What is one pressing issue that the team/company is facing that the new employee can help manage?
  2. How is the team/company culture like in its day-to-day work environment?



  1. How are certain industry-related trends and developments affecting the company?
  2. How is the company managing and adapting to these developments?



2. During the Interview


If you have followed all the steps above, you should be well prepared for the interview. Congratulations!

Now comes the big day: Interview day! Here are some more tips to help you perform well on the interview day itself.


2.1 Punctuality


interview punctuality


This is extremely important, as there is almost no excuse to be late for the interview.

In fact, try to be early for about 15 – 30 minutes, to give yourself some buffer time. You never know what may happen on the way!


I once went for an interview at a location I was unfamiliar with. With many similar looking buildings around, it was incredibly confusing and hard to find the correct office building!

Another time, it started raining halfway during the journey that forced me to take a huge detour to prevent myself from getting soaked.


Moral of the story?

Being early is always better than being late, so plan to arrive early to prevent any unfortunate situations. Being early can help you get better acquainted with the company itself too!

2.2 Attire


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Interview attires can vary from company to company, so there is no hard and fast rule to this.

Smaller companies and startups may be more casual, so a smart casual attire could suffice. A more formal work attire would be more suitable for interviews at larger corporations.

That being said, a safe rule of thumb is that it is always better to overdress than underdress.

So if you are unsure, dress more formally to be safe!


Be sure to also check every detail of your personal grooming: Your nails, hair and facial hair for males, makeup and hair for females, and any other areas that interviewers might notice.

Remember, every detail counts!

2.3 Delivery of Answers


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Finally, the interview itself! Having prepared so much for the interview, how can you best deliver your answers to perform well?


First, while you have prepared tremendously, don’t just memorise and recite your answers!  Your interviewer can tell if you have memorized a script and are just trying to recite it word for word. This can put off interviewers and come off as unauthentic.

Instead, while you want to be extremely familiar with your past work experiences and main points for the answers, try to deliver them in a natural, confident and conversational way.


This sounds difficult, but the key is to prepare extensively. With much preparation, you will have internalized the stories you want to tell and they will come out naturally during the conversation.


Special Tip: It is also always easier to remember stories, so make use of stories and anecdotes wherever suitable to demonstrate your skills and experiences.


Another key area to note is that you should always show your contribution potential rather than simply engaging in self-promotion.


Sometimes you might get carried away with talking about your achievements that you forget the purpose of the interview.

The interviewer doesn’t want to know how great you are.

The interviewer wants to see how you can fit with the company, and how you can contribute!


So show it clearly through your answers, by highlighting to the interviewer about different areas of the company that you can contribute to.

2.4 Likeability

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Remember. To. Smile!

Interviews can certainly be tense and nerve-wracking. Many overly nervous interviewees might look too serious or formal to the interviewer.

To mitigate this problem, rehearse! You can rehearse your answers in front of a mirror, to see for yourself and remind yourself to reveal appropriate smiles during parts of the answer.


Another area to take note of is your body language and expressions.

During your rehearsal, you want to simulate answering in a real interview as much as possible. Thus it is important to smile appropriately and do appropriate hand gestures even during the preparation of your answers.


This way, during the interview itself, you will also be deliver your answers in a natural manner that interviewers can feel more comfortable with.



3. After the Interview


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After the interview, you should be happy and relieved, and rightfully so! Give yourself a pat on the back!


But it is not all over yet.


Within 24 hours, remember to email the interviewer and thank him/her for the interview. Remember that the interview is not a given and you should be thankful for having the opportunity!

You can also drop some subtle reminders regarding the interesting topics you guys talked about during the interview, to help him/her recollect some memories of this specific interview. This also helps to differentiate your interview from the other candidates!




If you have reached this part of the guide, congratulations! You have now successfully received all my best job interview strategies and secrets.


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Guide to Making The Best Of A Career Fair [updated 2018]

Posted Posted in Guides

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’Tis the season to go to career fairs!


Career fairs are always great places to start finding jobs or internships.

There are always many companies present from various industries, specialising in different areas.

Isn’t this exciting for any jobseeker?


While there is undeniably a large supply of companies, there is also another problem: There is also a huge demand for the jobs!

Among the many faces an employer will see, and the many conversations an employer will have, how can one stand out and make the best of a career fair?

We’ve got you covered!


Here is a quick guide with 4 simple steps to help you get ahead and perform well in your career fair in no time!

You don’t want to go into the career fair blindly without first reading this guide!


Career Fair Step 1

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‘I’m just going to the career fair to explore my options!’

This thought probably crossed your mind at some point.

If you are treating the career fair and the companies lightly as options, employers will similarly treat you as an option among the hundreds of jobseekers!


There are going to be many different companies of all types and sizes at the career fair.

Without doing any prior homework, the career fair might seem overwhelming. You can easily get lost amidst the throngs of people and companies!

So, it is important to do your homework about the companies participating in the career fair.


Prioritise some industries and companies that you are interested in, and actively prepare for them!

Do your preparatory homework. Find out about their latest news and trends, roles they are looking for, among other details.

Be sure to also pay attention to the skills and culture they value, and think about why these companies appeal to you.


Career Fair Step 2

career fair preperation


The old adage holds true, ‘If you fail to plan, you plan to fail!’. You cannot go into a career fair unprepared.

Here are a few things you have to prepare for:


Your elevator pitch

Start the conversation with potential employers with a good and short self-introduction, otherwise known as the elevator pitch.

As defined by Investopedia, an elevator pitch is a term ‘used to describe a brief speech that outlines an idea’.

In this scenario, you want to outline your past achievements and present yourself as a potentially amazing candidate.

Try to keep the pitch within 20-30 seconds. As this is not a one-sided lecture, introductions any longer may run the risk of the employer losing interest.

To do so, think of your unique propositions as compared to your peers.


A good question to ask yourself would be as such:

“Within 20-30 seconds, what can I tell the potential employer to help me stand out, and make him/her interested in me as a candidate?”

Consider what makes you stand out amongst your peers, and what would be relevant and attractive in the eyes of a potential employer.


It is also important to selectively choose “highlights” among all the achievements you have, to present yourself in a way that you want to be known for!


Preparation of questions

Armed with the knowledge from your homework, you are also ready to ask good questions during a conversation at the career fair.

After a good elevator pitch, you can start raising questions naturally in the flow of the conversation.

This is where your prior homework done comes in handy!


Questions will typically fall under a few categories:

Role specific

  • What skills and experiences do you look for for a candidate in [XYZ] position?
  • Are there any specific educational background you are looking for in [XYZ] position?


Personal experience specific

  • What are some of your favourite things about working at [ABC] company?
  • What about your biggest challenges in the company?
  • Why did you choose to work for [ABC] company?


Company specific

  • What is the work culture like in [ABC] company?
  • What is a career trajectory a candidate can expect in [ABC] company for [XYZ] position?


Keep these questions as a guide, but exhibit knowledge of the company and industry whenever appropriate during the conversation!


Career Fair Step 3

career fair dress


After doing your homework, practising your self-introduction and having your questions down pat, what’s next?

Now, don’t forget the other small details essential to performing well at the career fair!


Dress attire

Do dress professionally!

First impressions matter a lot, so dress smartly to the career fair with at least with a regular work attire.

If you are unsure, it is always better to overdress than to underdress!


Bring your resume!

Dressing does not only include the clothes you wear, but also the important things you bring along with you!

In this case, remember to bring copies of your latest updated resume to the fair. This helps potential employers to scan through your job experiences during the conversation.

If you need help with updating and optimising your resume, contact us here for a free evaluation and review!

The last thing you want is have a good conversation go awry with a erroneous resume, right?


Career Fair Step 4

aceing career fair


Now, with good preparation and practice, you are ready to go to the career fair itself! Is there anything else you should look out for?

Here are a few useful tips to take note of:


Time management

If possible, it is always good to arrive early to the career fair. The benefits are twofold:

The employers will be much fresher earlier in the day, since they have not met and conversed with most of the students.

For yourself, you can take the chance to approach your top-priority firms first before the crowds swarm into the fair during peak hours.

With less people with each potential employer, you have a better chance of having a longer and more meaningful conversation!

By arriving early, you also allow yourself more time to be flexible. You can also find out more about other organisations that you were not interested in before.


Listen and Learn

At the career fair, make sure to also pay close attention to what potential employers tell you and try to learn and extract as much information as you can.

If you are genuinely interested in the company, remember to demonstrate your interest verbally!

Also, remember to try and get their name cards and contact details to follow up after the career fair.


Take notes if needed after the conversation. Talking to many employers in a short span of time, it can be easy to lose track of the details you have gathered.

Nowadays, some career fairs are even accompanied with talks, networking opportunities and professional photobooths!

Besides just talking to employers, make sure to make full use of these additional resources as well!


If you have made it this far, give yourself a pat on the back! You are now more well equipped to perform and make the best of your upcoming career fair!

Now go follow the steps in this guide closely, and approach your career fair with confidence!


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Navigating MySkillsFuture: A Guide For Jobseekers

Posted Posted in career tips, Guides

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Introducing MySkillsFuture

MySkillsFuture is a new platform recently launched by SkillsFuture Singapore to help all Singaporeans with planning and developing their careers.  This is certainly welcome news for all, as the portal helps to provide guidance to students as young as 11, all the way to working adults!

This platform provides many different tools and services to offer various kinds of benefits to users. This ranges from job information, training courses as well as job listings.

This may all sound confusing, but fret not! I have done the dirty work, sieving through different parts of the platform to better recommend areas you can focus on when using the platform.

Today, DGG Resume is proud to come up with a guide to teach you how to best make use of the MySkillsFuture platform for your benefit.

Do note that this guide is aimed at the working adults demographic, so it will not cover the entirety of the platform.


Understanding Yourself with MySkillsFuture

As entrepreneur Gary Vaynerchuk puts it, Self-Awareness and Empathy are the keys to being successful.

Self-awareness is one of the most important attributes you can have.

You want to find a career most suitable for yourself. But you can do so only by having a comprehensive and honest understanding of yourself, your interests, skills and values.

To help you better understand yourself, there are 3 useful tools provided in MySkillsFuture to do just that:


Self-Assessment Tool: Career Interests

If you are feeling completely lost and directionless in your career path, this is a good place to start! This assessment tool helps you to find out the careers that match your interests.

myskillsfuture career interests

You simply need to answer a set of questions to better understand your top personality types. Next, you will receive suggestions on the different types of jobs that might be of your interest!

You will be given 11 sets of questions, each with a scale from ‘strongly dislike’ to ‘strongly like’.

There are a variety of questions regarding different types of job responsibilities, to suggest your most preferred career choice reflected from your answers.

After the assessment, you will be given a result of your top 3 personality types (out of 6 personality types).

myskillsfuture career interest 1

The 6 personality types include:

  • Realistic
  • Investigative
  • Artistic
  • Social
  • Enterprising
  • Conventional

After which, you can click on the tab ‘Related job information’ to explore the suggested jobs that fit your assessment results, as well as the industry that the jobs belong to.

You can then click on the job itself to have a better understanding of the details of each job.

myskillsfuture career interests 2


Self-Assessment Tool: Skills Confidence

After understanding suitable jobs for your interests, here is another interesting tool you can try! This tool allows you to find out the areas that you believe that you are good at doing (your confidence in your skills).

Similar to the previous assessment, this tool also consists of 11 sets of questions.

These questions measure how confident you are in completing certain tasks and responsibilities.

myskillsfuture skills confidence

After you have completed the questions, you will similarly receive your top 3 personality types. The personality types are also based on RIASEC, identical to the ones used in the self-assessment tool.

Subsequently, you can similarly explore related jobs that fit the attributes that you are most confident in.


Self-Assessment Tool: Work Values

Finally, this last self-assessment tool helps you to find out the work values that are most important to you, and the possible career paths aligned to your work values.

myskillsfuture work values

After you finish the 12 sets of questions, you will receive assessment results showing the work value that you place most importance in.

myskillsfuture work values 1

There are 12 possible work values that the tool offers. The results will display the work values to you in order of importance (most important to least important), based on your answers.

Based on your top work values, you will also be suggested a list of jobs that are aligned to your work value results.


The main purpose of doing these self-assessments is to find out more about yourself; be it your career interests, confidence in your own skills, and values that you place emphasis on.

By having a better understanding, you can now make a more informed decision in choosing your future career paths.

But that’s not all.

After understanding yourself better, what else do you need to do?


Understanding The Market with MySkillsFuture

After understanding yourself better with the above tools, you will also need to understand the market well. This can include the overall industry information such as its background and outlook, as well as different occupations within the industry itself.

It is important to understand the market, as you would want to enter a market that is (i) Promising in the future, and (ii) Has jobs that interest you.

Understanding the market may sound hard, but it doesn’t have to be. You don’t have to scour the web and do tons of research. Simply make use of the MySkillsFuture platform here!

First, you can choose your desired industry between many different choices.

If you are just exploring, feel free to just choose between different industries to learn more!

In this post we will be using Hotel and Accommodation Services as our example industry.

myskillsfuture industry insights

You can observe that the platform provides information about the industry background, facts, outlook, environment and lead agency.

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A few key areas that I would recommend taking a more in-depth look include:

i) Outlook

The outlook sub-section gives good information regarding the new areas of upcoming opportunities in the industry, so that you can have a good idea of where you should invest your time and resources in.

ii) Environment

The environment sub-section offers information about the attributes that are best suited for the industry. Here, you can match the attributes against the traits you have, to determine if you are a good fit for the industry.

When you continue scrolling down the page, you will find the section on Occupational Insights. Here, the platform shares information regarding different occupations in the particular industry you have selected.

myskillsfuture industry insights 2

2 main areas to note here are:

1) The qualifications needed (‘How I Qualify’) for the job, as well as

2) The typical job responsibilities (‘What I Do’) for each occupation.

Additionally, the typical career pathway for each occupation, and the courses related to the industry are also provided!

Scroll further to the end of the page to find out about the current job openings in this industry, and easily apply for them right away!

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Improving Yourself: Taking up Training Courses with MySkillsFuture

Constant acquisition of new skills and knowledge is vital in this rapidly changing world. The best way to do so is to take up different training courses related to areas you are interested in exploring.

For example, if you want to be a Concierge in the hospitality industry, you can choose to explore the related courses shown at the right hand side of the page.

It will show you the top recommended courses related to the job, and taking them up will definitely improve your qualifications and chances for your desired job!


myskillsfuture courses

Alternatively, you could simply go to the Training Exchange section at the top menu bar of the page.

At the page, if you have a particular course that you have in mind, simply search for the keyword of a course that you are interested in. If not, feel free to explore the Featured Courses provided.

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As you search, you can also toggle between different filters, such as training duration, fee required, and minimum qualifications. These filters can help you find a more suitable course based on your needs.


Searching for Jobs through the Jobs Bank with MySkillsFuture

Once you are ready to send in your job applications, you can search for suitable jobs and do so through the ‘Jobs Bank’ page.

myskillsfuture jobs

You can similarly personalize your search with a specific keyword, category and position level filters, as well as a minimum gross salary.

If you are uncertain of what jobs to apply for, you can check out the  ‘New Jobs’ and ‘Featured Jobs’ tabs provided in the platform.


MySkillsFuture: A Wrap Up

If you have made it this far, congratulations! You now have the necessary tools and knowledge to make the best of the MySkillsFuture portal.

Job search is not an easy process, but I hope MySkillsFuture as well as the different DGG Resume guides we provide here can lend you a helping hand!


Enjoyed this article and want to explore more about different guides? Here are other articles that you might be interested in as well! Explore them here:


Resume Tips guide

Cover Letter guide

LinkedIn Profile guide

Interview Strategies guide


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DGG Interviews: Business Development and Marketing Executive

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In this edition of DGG Interviews, we explore the life and job responsibilities of a Business Development and Marketing Executive from an E-Commerce startup. Read on as she introduces her job scope, her favourite and least favourite parts of the job, and tips for new jobseekers.


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About the Business Development and Marketing Role,
and the E-Commerce Industry


Q. What are your usual job responsibilities in your job?

I was brought in to build partnerships to support campaigns and/or for cross-marketing to reach new customers.


In this day and age where ‘start-up’ish work environment is trendy, we all know someone whose job title and workload are complete opposites.


I guess it is no surprise that my daily routine has expanded to include acting in campaign videos, scrolling through endless memes on Facebook (to find engaging content, of course) and searching for ridiculous things people can buy- not that I am complaining!


Then again, if you ask me this same question in 3 months time, my answer would probably be different from now too.


Q. Which areas of your job do you enjoy most?


I know some people may be thinking, “wow, your work is so cool!”. I admit, I do think my job is awesome and I am thankful for these opportunities that came up which may never have happened in an MNC.


That aside, the reason I can even do something I love is attributed to good leaders (my supervisor/ manager/ boss) who cares about my personal growth and who I can confide in like a friend.


I remember being taken aback when my manager sat me down for a chat just a week into my job, then a month later, and again 3 months after, just to find out my interests and how she can make work enjoyable for me.


Q. What are the biggest challenges of your job?


The E-Commerce industry is always changing and you have to be on your toes.

As such, there are many instances whereby we have to work around deadlines tighter than my jeans (haha), such as having only 1 week to prepare for a campaign!


Not forgetting that we are all wearing many hats and it is definitely challenging to prioritise and maximize the limited time I have.


Q. What is the culture of your job/industry?


In general, the working culture for e-commerce is very vibrant!  We work hard and play hard!


At work, things move very fast and as a team we are always brainstorming radical ideas. After work, especially when we celebrate the end of a campaign, we would treat ourselves to mookata and a couple too many beers!


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Career Advice For Jobseekers


Q. What are the top skills and traits that one should have to succeed in the job?


The right attitude is so important because that is where most of your skills/traits stem from.


I graduated with 0 skills in marketing-related softwares (e.g. adobe creative suite) which are crucial to landing a marketing job. It took on-job training, annoying my colleagues to impart their wisdom and many many youtube videos for me to maneuver them.


Now, I use these applications daily with ease and it all began because I told myself that I have to pick it up to do my job well. What you do not know, you can always learn.


You also need to dare to try. People may say your ideas are crazy, but never try, never know, right?


While managing our Facebook page, I am constantly amazed at all the content consumers are engaged with today.


If you do not take the first step to try, you would never find out what resonates well with your customers!


Q. What do you want the job seekers to know about your job and the industry?


You will not be able to find a stable 9-5 job with a comfortable salary and a narrow job scope in e-commerce. Not to scare you off, but it can be draining sometimes.


However, if this is something you have interest in, it can be extremely rewarding.


When you see a campaign through from start to finish, or create a viral Facebook post that everyone is talking about, that is when you know the long hours are worth it because you can proudly share with your friends that you are the brainchild (or at least part) of the campaign!


Q. Any other advice you would like to give to someone interested in a similar job?


The job market now is harsh on fresh graduates but if you are really passionate in something make sure you work towards it.


No industry-related skills? Pick it up. No experience? Start with internships. Venturing into a new industry? Be in the know and read books/articles.


If you are truly invested in it, you will find yourself naturally doing these things and it will not feel like a chore. This is also a good indicator of your interest level towards a job.


As long as you are working on something, you are making yourself better than yesterday and increasing your value to potential employers.


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DGG Interviews: Talking to Samuel from Reelfimpro

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In this edition of DGG Interviews, we talk to Samuel, founder of Reelfilmpro.  Explore his story of a career switch from banking to videography and photography, and how he overcame the many challenges along the way. You can also head on here to find out more about his services!


About Samuel


Q: Could you introduce yourself and your background?


I come from a very diverse background. My diploma was in Biomedical and the last thing on my mind was to enter a creative industry.


After graduation, I knew I wasn’t going to be in the biomedical industry. I didn’t want to be stuck in a laboratory. My certification was very specialised, and it was in 2009 during the financial crisis so job opportunities were scarce.


I landed my first job as a cinema manager, and later joined the banking industry for 6 years, before finally pursuing my passion in Videography.


Reel Film Productions focuses on both photography and videography. One of its key focuses is to produce social media content such as videos that are short and digestible for audiences.


Making the Move


Q: What sparked the move from banking to videography/photography?


I always have this notion: Life is short, you should make the best out of it. I was happy working in banking but videography is the port of call for me.


I bought my first camera, Gopro4 silver. That was how I started into videography. I was quite a fast learner and I realised that I was enjoying making videos very much!


I also noticed a rising trend in internet usage. As more and more users are engage in the internet and social media, I believed that this would have a large impact on the way businesses work and interact with their customers.


As I fell in love with videography, I was sure that I should make the move. Prior to this, I have yet to find anything that I was truly passionate about.


Q: What were some of the challenges when making the move?


I saw that many people were stuck at their jobs because of their years of experience, comfortable salary range and fear of change.


My first challenge was taking the financial hit. I was leaving a job that I had 6 years of experience in, to a job where I am going to start at the foot of the mountain. I needed to accept that for a start, I am going to be paid peanuts or worse, nothing at all.


The second challenge that I faced was from friends and family, as they told me that I was crazy to leave a corporate job and do something totally new like this.


Q: How did you overcome these challenges and persist on your change?


Since I was young, I have never believed in following the crowd. I always believe that to stand out is to be different. To be different is to do things and walk a path that is less travelled.


I don’t believe in a ‘No’, and the way to convince me that my path is wrong is for me to walk that path and realise that it is wrong. I need to experience it myself, rather than to hear other people telling me it is wrong.


I would rather do it and fail, than not doing it at all.

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 Q: What do you enjoy so much about videography and photography?


It’s hard to pinpoint what specifically I like about videography and photography, but I really enjoy the whole process from planning and editing to seeing the final piece of work.


When you take a good shot, you eternalise that moment.


That is one thing that fuels my passion for videography and photography: Capturing moments and creating memories.


Q: What has been the most satisfying/fulfilling movement after changing careers?


Shooting short films and making commercials for clients have been really satisfying for me. Next up, I would like to shoot a proper travelogue or travel-documentary work.


Reflections and Advice

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Q: Looking back, what do you think of the move now?  What are some of the things you would do different?


I think it was the right move for me, but there was a lot of risk and uncertainty. I don’t really like to look back on things. But looking back, I am definitely happy to have taken the plunge.


As the saying goes, ‘The best time to plant a tree is 10years ago’. I guess I would start out my videography journey earlier if I could start over again.


Q: What would you tell someone that is thinking of making a big change or trying an unconventional route today?


I have many people coming to me telling me that they want to pursue their passion as well. But I always tell them:


  1. Be sure that this is you they want
  2. Prepare to take the financial hit, and a change of lifestyle
  3. Work twice as hard, and be determined


You need to have an adventurous mind; Your new path is going to show you new challenges and help you gain new experiences.


You really need to get out of the comfort zone in order to make the switch.


You really need to be sure of what you want to do. The worse thing is to make the switch and realise that it is not something you envisioned.


You also need to have the belief that you can do equally as well, or even better than your current status.


Finally, you also need to make sure that they are able to monetise what you are passionate in. Not every dreams and passions can be monetised. You need to have a plan to make it all work out.


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DGG Interviews: A Chat With CEO of SHIFT Job App, Mark Pickard

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Jobseekers, be excited about this interview today! With fun and easy-to-use features making the job search speedy and interactive, SHIFT Job App is definitely an application you do not want to miss! Today, we talk to Mark Pickard, CEO and Co-founder of SHIFT Job App. In this interview, he shares his stories, the beginnings and future developments of the app, as well as some great advice for jobseekers. https://www.shiftapp.sg/  

You can also go to the app store and simply search for:  SHIFT jobs to download your next potential career opportunity!


About Mark Pickard

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Mark (left) and co-founder Sethu (right) at the Echelon Asia Summit 2017


Q: Can you tell the audience more about yourself and what you do?


I am a husband, a father and an evangelist of sorts for job seekers. As the founder of SHIFT Job App, I lead a team of dedicated people who are always looking for ways to impact people in a positive way through human resources. SHIFT Job App was founded when I was inspired to better the job-seeking process.


Ever since I can remember I have always had a curiosity and a love for people. HR tech gives me the opportunity and the platform to meet a lot of really interesting people from all over the world and most importantly it allows us the ability to impact their lives in a positive way through the SHIFT platform.


Q: Why did you start to have interest in Human Resources?


I started my career a few years back. Okay, many years back, as an aspiring university student who was determined to land a sales job in the pharmaceutical industry at the age of 21 with a marketing degree.


There was no social media then. The equivalent to Facebook at that time was actually knocking on doors and asking people to be your friend (lol). I acquired a list of all the pharmaceutical salespeople in the city and I started making direct phone calls to them and asking them if I could take them out for a coffee. I did this over 75 times (persistence) in the first 4 months and they all said that I did not meet the qualifications. It was tedious.


My purpose of starting SHIFT was to make the often-painful process of job hunting easier and faster for the job seekers. With SHIFT, jobseekers simply need to connect their Facebook account to SHIFT to create their unique but standardized profile/resume.  Next, swipe through jobs, just as they would swipe through prospective dates on Tinder! No more emails, no more waiting for reply. The concept is easy: “Great talent meets great opportunity”.


In a nutshell, finding a job used to be tedious and time consuming. But SHIFT is here to change that because the platform is easy and and mobile first. Gone are the days of using the outdated job boards, sending your resumes into the oblivion and waiting for a response.


Q: How is technology changing the way Human Resources is done today?


We save lots of paper! Resumes are all submitted online these days. Haha!


Serious though, technology has improved and sped up the process of applying for a job. Now, information is fast and at your fingertips making finding a job much easier.


You know the cool thing about technology today is that it is always evolving. Technology is the reason why job seekers can always be informed. For example, in an upcoming version of SHIFT, you will be able to set personal filters such as your preferred location, specific company, salary, and even your skills that you want to filter.  When the job posting of a  company matches your filter, you will get notifications via your mobile device and then directly apply. You can also use it on “stealth mode” to keep track of the job market out there! This is a huge change compared to even 5 years ago where you had to keep checking into websites, emails and even wait for that possible phone call.


Q: For job seekers, how can they make better use of technology in their job search?


Our goal at SHIFT is to connect the right talent to the right jobs seamlessly across the world and what we have done is made it super easy for a job seeker to register. All they need to do is to complete their profile which is also their resume and start applying for their next job. I often say; “what Tinder is for love, SHIFT is for a career”.


All about SHIFT Job App

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Q: When did you start SHIFT?


In October of 2015, my co-founder and I came up with the idea that we wanted to make it much easier for a job seekers to apply and get a job directly with a hiring manager. At the time we were finding it quite difficult to find the right talent with the first generation job portals.


Not only were we not finding the right talent, we found that there was a communication breakdown in the process. Either we could not reach the candidate for an interview or that the candidate wouldn’t see our email, until it was too late.


So we decided to build an app that would create a fast, fun, and social experience for both the job seekers and the employers. SHIFT officially launched July 1st of this year and as of today we have over 200 employers posting jobs in Singapore and over 1,600 skilled job seekers swiping “applying”, matching, and chatting with employers.


Q: What was the key factor that motivated you to start SHIFT?


TIME was the most important factor when it came to creating SHIFT. We just felt that the process of finding a job takes too long. Now with the huge adoption of smartphones there is no reason why there should not be a tool like SHIFT that brings a job to the job seekers in real time.


Q: Who should be using the SHIFT Job app?


SHIFT is for anyone looking for a shift in their professional career. This includes polytechnic/university students who are looking for that special internship to gain that much needed experience, to that senior manager who is looking for a change in career. SHIFT really benefits everyone when it comes to shifting their career.


Q: What makes SHIFT unique from other job search platforms?


SPEED, as well as the ability for job seekers to make direct social connection to the potential hiring manager are what make SHIFT unique. Plus, we added some Singaporean flavour to it too!


Also, because we are a team of people-lovers, we are always encouraging job seekers to stay in touch with us. We hope that they will feel less alone in their journey to find a job. We know it can be quite daunting sometimes.


Q: What are some of the future developments of the SHIFT Job app?


We are currently working on making SHIFT even smarter by working on algorithms that will recommend jobs that your skills, education and location closely match.


We are also in the works of giving the job seekers that ability to choose to be an active or a passive job seeker. Active seekers are people who are aggressively looking to find their next job while the passive seeker is only looking for a very specific job that they might consider.


Advice for Jobseekers

Co-founder Sethu (far right) introducing the SHIFT Job app to NUS students


Q: For many of the young adults just starting on their careers, what is one piece of advice you would give?


Be persistent. Persist in your pursuit to reach your goals by staying up to date with the job market. Persist in being better by learning new skills. Persist and take failure as an opportunity to improve instead of a personal attack.


Q: What do you think are some traits that quality employees today need to have?


Since we are in an ever-changing era, employees definitely need to be flexible in order to adapt well.


Being an analytical thinker is another trait that employers look out for because people who can solve problems fast save the company from a lot of unnecessary cost.


Also, keep the desire to learn burning. Constantly upgrade yourself, today’s job might not be there tomorrow. By learning new things and upgrading yourself, the chance of you being made obsolete is significantly reduced.


Q: If you could go back in time and start your career over again, what are some things you would do differently?


I would first strongly embrace technology. People used to be against technology because they didn’t see the potential. I wasn’t against it but I wish I had took more initiative.


I would be more curious. There were times where I just took things as they were. But I realized later in life that making the effort to find out more about things opens me to new perspectives.


I would also read more books of different genres, travel more, push myself out of the comfort zone to take up courses and learn different skills.


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Inspired by Mark’s stories and advice? Start your job search by giving SHIFT Job App a try today! Explore the many jobs that they offer here: https://shiftapp.sg/internship . Download the app now to explore both full-time and internship positions.