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What Do Millennials Think About Their Careers?

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Millennials are an intriguing demographic.


Employers are often scratching their heads, trying to better engage with them to meet their unique set of needs.


What exactly do millennials want in their careers? How do I better retain my top millennial talents?


This article extracted key findings about millennials’ concerns and motivations towards careers.  The findings are found in the 2017 Deloitte Millennial Survey. You can find the full report here.


Each section starts with the general findings that the survey has found. This follows with some key takeaways that I have gathered from the insights.


So, what makes millennial employees tick?


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Millennials and Empowerment

Millennials feel a great sense of control as an active participant in the workforce. They also feel most influential and accountable when working.


Businesses that provide a sense of empowerment can create a more positive mind set among employees. This also helps with greater long term development for the millennial employee.


Outside of work, millennials also want to be involved in ‘good causes’ and Non-Profit Organizations. This helps millennials to feel empowered and influence the world around them.



One cannot see Millennial employees as simply cogs in a machine. They have a strong sense of pride for their employment. The level of empowerment different job offers will be a key factor for millennials during their job search.


Businesses should actively seek to empower them and offer suitable development opportunities. This will help business retain good talents within the company.


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Millennials and Societal Impact

Millennials today believe that majority of businesses have a positive impact on society. They also have improving perceptions of how businesses conduct themselves in today’s society.


Yet, there is still room for improve for large businesses. Large businesses are not thought to be fulfilling their potential to improve society’s challenges.



Societal impact and corporate responsibility are also important factors millennials consider during their job hunt.

Businesses have to invest in their societal contributions. This appeals to future millennial stakeholders, and will gain their trust and loyalty.


After successfully attracting millennial employees, it is also important to  provide community engagement opportunities.

This will lead to an increase in level of loyalty, optimism about society, as well as a greater positive perception of the business.


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Millennials and Stability

There is a significant number of millennials who intend to leave their current jobs soon.


Yet, there is also an increasing percentage who seek greater stability in their employment.


What can explain this slowing trend of freelance and consultancy work?


This is likely due to rising flexible working practices within the workplace.


These flexible working practices include flexible time, role, recruitment and location.


It is also shown that flexible working practices have many benefits. These include higher levels of employee loyalty, productivity, engagement and accountability.



It seems that despite the rising trend of the gig economy, majority of millennials today still prefer full time employment.

However, the traditional model of full-time employment is increasing obsolete.

They prefer a hybrid model: full-time work with flexible arrangements.


For employers, flexibility in working practices are integral to meaningfully engage millennial employees.

This can also spur them to produce better work for the company.



I hope that this article has given you a better understanding to what millennials want from their work and careers.


To better engage with them, do try to work on fulfilling these needs if your business is not currently trying to.


For millennial readers, did the above strike a chord with you?


How much do you agree with the above points? What other factors are important in your career search?


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What Is The Purpose Of Education?

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Recently, there have been articles discussing various topics regarding education in Singapore, such as: the Singapore education system, value of a university degree, and even private vs public university degrees.

It seems like there is a focus on how education is simply as a means to an end: to get into a good university, secure a high-paying job, and live happily after.

While securing a good career is certainly one of the motivations of education, I think it does not adequately paint the full picture of what education entails and what it offers.


This article might seem like a deviation from our usual career development topics.

In fact, it might seem ironic to have a career development blog discussing this.

But hopefully this irony helps to better bring across the point:

A high paying job can be one of the rewards from education, but it should not become the sole focus.


Education and meritocracy

Singapore is known to be a highly meritocratic country. Education is often seen as one of the means of social mobility and opportunity to achieve success in life.


There is the typical ‘Singaporean dream’ that everybody strives for:

Getting into a good school, studying in a good local university, graduating and securing a good job in a big company, and finally climbing the ranks of the career ladder and living comfortably and happily ever after.

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Hence, it seems that the key purpose of education is to secure a good career for a ‘good future’.


However, this narrative seems to be losing relevance today. There are plenty of stories about people with good educational background, doing seemingly irrelevant jobs that they truly have passion in.


Moreover, this narrative is also flawed. There are other important intangibles that education offers that we should further focus on.


Education and soft skills

Education plays a key role in inculcating critical skills that are integral in our lives.


While they might not directly lead to a high paying job, these skills are essential in the holistic development of a well-rounded person.


One of the most overlooked parts of education is definitely the soft skills acquired from it.


These are skills that can be hard to acquire from anywhere else.


School and education provide a conducive environment that allows students to gain soft skills and other intangibles, such as:

  • Communication skills
  • Analytical skills
  • Social skills
  • Leadership skills
  • Networks and connections


Education offers an opportunity for students to be exposed to these skills, learn these skills, make mistakes, and grow from there.


As opposed to metrics such as salaries and job positions, these skills cannot be measured in tangible form.


However, this does not make them any less important.


Communication skills

The presentations and oral skills that students have been exposed to in education are all for good reason.


They help improve communication skills that are important not just in the workplace, but for any interactions in life.


Being able to listen to opinions, and to put across your points clearly, are skills that are important for success.


For example, communication skills will come in handy in a job interview. Learn more about job interviews here!


As this Forbes article puts it,

“It’s not enough to just come up with big ideas, you also need to work hard to communicate them clearly”.


Analytical skills

With the rise of bogus sites and fake news on the internet today, it can be extremely confusing for someone to identify true and valuable information.


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This is where education plays an integral role.


It inculcates analytical skills that helps people look beyond the surface of a piece of content, and determine its validity and legitimacy.


It also helps people detect inherent biases an author might have, and call out unreliable pieces of content.


Proper education helps us to make more rationale, informed and objective decisions.



Education is important.


Education can help us get a good career in future. But that is not the be all and end all of education.


Let’s not only be focused on the tangible and financial aspects of it.


The mark of a good education should also include one’s communication and analytical skills, among other soft skills.


The next time you consider the purpose of education, try to also consider the many other important aspects that education brings.


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How to Write A Cover Letter – Guide by DGG Resume

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Cover letters have always been less of the focus between the two important job application materials (the other being resumes, of course!).

At the same time, they are also often the most confusing. It can be hard to understand the purpose of a cover letter, and what to include in a cover letter.

Not anymore!


Today, you’re in luck! I’ll let you in on my secrets of writing a good cover letter.

Here is a step-by-step guide on How to Write A Cover Letter!

So sit tight, and let’s get started!


1. Cover Letter General Design

Before we start with the cover letter proper, let us begin with the overall format of the cover letter.

You want to ensure that the font and font size of the cover letter is the same as your resume, so that there is consistency between the two materials.

For example, if you have been using Arial size 11 for most of the content in your resume, make sure that you use the same font and font size for your cover letter.


2. Cover Letter General Format

Let’s delve into the different sections of a cover letter. The general format of the entire cover letter goes like this:

1 Name and personal details

2 Name, position and company of correspondence (optional)

3 Headline (optional)

4 Cover letter content

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2.1 Name and personal details

First, you should include the same details as per your resume: Your full name, contact details, and your LinkedIn page.

If you don’t have a LinkedIn page yet, check out our LinkedIn guide to get started!

This is rather self-explanatory, as it provides an easy way for the correspondence to contact you if he/she is interested in any further discussion.


2.2 Name and position of correspondence (optional)

This is optional, as you might not always know the person and position of this person you are sending the cover letter to.

Sometimes, you might just be sending a cold email to a company, or applying to a job with no clear information about the person in charge of the position. In this case, you can leave this part out and move on to the next step.

In some cases, you might know the correspondence beforehand, perhaps through a prior networking session prior. It would be good to then add a personal touch by include the correspondence’s name and position in the company.


2.3 Headline (optional)

This is also optional, and depends on personal preferences.

For me, I typically like cover letters to start with a headline to bring to attention the purpose of the cover letter, and the position the applicant is applying for.

It can be something as simple as:


Application for the post of <NAME OF JOB VACANCY>


3. Cover letter content

Now that you have gotten the design and format of the cover letter down pat, it is time for perhaps the most important part of the cover letter: the content of the letter itself.

This is also often the hardest part when considering how to write a cover letter.


For the cover letter content, I would categorize them into three parts:

  • Introduction
  • Attract and Persuade
  • Closing

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3.1 Introduction

The introduction should be a short yet strong pitch to the reader. It serves a few key purposes:


  • Show strong interest

First, you should show strong interest to the position you are applying for, and offer brief reasons to show your relevance to the position you are applying for.


  • Overview of key strengths

It is also important to condense your key strengths into 1 to 2 lines. This is to help the reader understand that you are well qualified and skilled for the job vacancy, and to compel him/her to read on.

If you successfully catch the reader’s attention here, he/she will naturally be interested in you. The reader would want to find out more about your skills and experience and how they can fit with the company’s needs.


3.2 Attract and Persuade

After catching the reader’s attention, you now want to persuade him/her into trusting that you are the ideal candidate for the job.


unique selling proposition

Within these 1 or 2 paragraphs, these are 2 things you should do:


  • Demonstrate your unique proposition

Among the many candidates that are vying for this job, what makes you stand out?

There might be many candidates that have similar experience and skillset as you. Now, you have to show your unique proposition, something that other candidates cannot offer.

This can be in the form of some special projects managed, extensive experience in related industries, awards and accolades etc.


  • Explain your key skills and experiences

After differentiating yourself as a candidate, you will also need to explain your skills and experiences that you have gained in the past, and how they relate to the job vacancy you are applying for.

After all, every employer is trying to hire someone to solve certain problems they face.


You will have to find out what kind of skills they are looking for (from secondary research, such as the job description and LinkedIn searches).

You will then have to prove that you are the perfect candidate, well-versed in the skills they require.


3.3 Closing

After successfully attracting interest of the reader by following the steps above, it is time to end with a punch (Not literally, of course!)


The closing paragraph of your cover letter should do these few things:


  • Reiterate your interest in the company

First, show a reaffirmation to your interest to the company.


  • Prove that you are the ideal candidate for the company

Next, you can focus on the key skills that you possess, and how they perfectly match the needs and requirements of the ideal candidate the company is looking for.

Show that you are the missing link that can contribute and fulfill all their job requirements.


  • Provide contact details and invitation for an interview

Finally, urge the reader to invite you for further discussion.

Add a subtle call to action that will prompt the reader to consider you for the role, and to invite you to take the next step in the application (a job interview!)


4. Other General Tips

Congratulations on making it this far! You might think that you have mastered how to write a cover letter now.

Not so fast!


After finishing your cover letter writing, explore the following general tips to further refine your cover letter.


4.1 Focus on contributions

When writing your cover letter, many of you might be focused on showing all of your skills and experiences possible, to try and impress the reader.

While demonstrating skills and experience are important, relevance is key.


Emphasize on attributes that show how you can contribute to the company, rather than simply why the company should hire you.

By putting the company before yourself, it shows the reader than you are committed to the company, and put great thought into the application.


4.2 Length of cover letter

Avoid rambling and including irrelevant details.

The ideal length of a cover letter will be one page or less.

The key is to succinctly give the reader a good idea of who you are as a candidate, and why he/she should read your other application materials in more detail.


4.3 Avoid duplicating resume content

A final tip here is based on a common mistake that many people make.

Don’t simply copy and paste things from your resume! While the two are similar, what’s the point of having two different materials if they present the same exact content?

In the cover letter, avoid simply listing your achievements. As you are given a chance to elaborate, make sure that you drive home the point to show how you are the candidate that best fulfills their requirements.


If you have followed the steps and taken note of the tips above, writing a cover letter should come much easier for you!

Hopefully, ‘How To Write A Cover Letter’ is no longer a mystery to you!


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Why I’m Always Late and How to Fix This: Tales of the Chronically Late

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Lately, there has been a surge of articles promoting how people that are always late are <insert a positive trait here>.


Apparently, being late is now seen as a symbol of success, creativity, health etc.


Always late articles

I, for one, am someone that is always late, chronically late. Be it classes, work, or gatherings, you name it.


But I am not proud of this. And this is the main motivation of this article today.


This might be quite a deviation from the usual posts you might see from DGG Resume.


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But I feel that this is definitely a topic that has to be addressed, both for me personally and other people that face similar troubles.


This is not only related to our careers, but it is important for our personal development as well.


This is the story of my lateness. Let’s start!


People with Over-optimism (towards punctuality)

Over-optimism towards punctuality  is a key reason why people always turn up late.


In some cases, over-optimism can be a good trait to have. It can help tide you over rough times and provide you with the motivation needed. But not in this case.


When we are over-optimistic, we might always look towards the best case scenario. But this is no excuse for lateness.


Take for instance, a typical work day:


Stages of lateness

I may have checked Google Maps and found that it takes 45 min from my house to work by public transport.


Thus, I try to leave 50 min earlier than the meeting time. I still give myself a 5 min buffer!


In the morning as I wake up, I might find myself tossing around in bed for an extra 5 min.

‘I have a 5 min buffer anyway, right!’


I might end up being delayed for another 2 min due to a slight stomachache.

‘No worries, Google Maps tend to overestimate the time taken, so I’ll be fine!’


As I reach the bus stop, I might just miss the bus I need to take. The next bus comes in 6 min.

‘Okay, now I might be a little late, but just by a bit! Who knows, the office time might be slightly slower too!’


It all adds up

This brings me to this next point.


When we find that we get slightly delayed we think ‘Oh a 2 minute delay is no big deal’.


And perhaps waiting a few min longer for the bus is alright.


But we can suddenly find ourselves being much later than expected!


Why is this so? This is because, it all adds up.

Every little delay might seem miniscule. However one small delay might lead to another activity being delayed, and they can all snowball into something much longer.


This is similar to what the Murphy’s law indicates: What can go wrong will go wrong.


Turning your clock early

So what can we do to mitigate this problem? Having tried different methods, this is my favorite:


Simply adjust your clock’s time 5-10 earlier than usual!


This method might sound too simplistic to be effective.


You might be thinking: ‘Won’t you already know that your clock is faster? How would it help?’


I believe that there is a psychological influence that is behind this.


As you adjust the clock’s time, you consciously know that you have adjusted it to become 5-10 minutes earlier.


However, as you check the time, subconsciously the time shown on the clock acts as an anchor that makes you believe that the time shown is the accurate one. As days go on, you might even forget that you have adjusted the time in the first place!


This adjustment creates a real buffer of 5-10 minutes for you. Instead of just trying to wake up 5 minutes early, your entire body clock is now 5 minutes early!


If all goes well, you can reach your destination earlier and get settled down.

In case of any small delays, you will still be punctual! Seems like a win-win to me!


The early bird gets the worm. Why not try to adjust our lifestyles to become the early bird?


This is the story of my lateness. Let’s hope it ends here!


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9 Tips to Help You Survive Networking Events

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Networking, the word we have all come to dread.


Along with public speaking and interviews, networking is definitely on the top of my list of ‘Things that I hate to do, but I have to’.


It just doesn’t feel natural trying to connect with strangers at first sight.


Well, turns out, I’m not alone. If you’re reading this now, you probably share the same sentiments.


And this is precisely the purpose of this article today.


No, this article is not going to turn you into a networking god.


But I believe that this article will give you a better idea on how to approach networking events.


I started writing this article with the intention for it to act as a guide for myself, giving me tips and pointers to keep in mind as I go for networking events in future.


Now, I would also like to share these tips with you, to help all of us become more ready and confident in these networking events.




As the old saying goes,




With good preparation, half the (networking) battle is won.


Just like how preparing for an interview is paramount, preparing for networking is no different.


While you cannot prepare for many unforeseen situations, what you can do is prepare for common situations that come up in most networking events. Here are a few that you can explore:


1. Giving Your Self-introduction


A self-introduction is definitely the first thing to prepare.


As you first meet a potential connection, it is important to introduce yourself and your work succinctly and interestingly. The last thing you would want to do is to bore the listener as you rattle on about all your life stories!


You can take reference from these few questions while crafting your self introduction:

  • What are your skills and specialties?
  • What interesting work have you done thus far?
  • What are some of your future plans in your career?


2. Preparing Insightful Questions


Of course, a meaningful conversation cannot be a one-sided monologue from your part.


You will also need to ask good questions to spark the connection’s interest, and to explore his/her skills and background as well.


If this sounds like a tall order, consider some of these questions to help you along:

  • What do you enjoy most in your work?
  • What are some of your future career plans?
  • What is the most challenging part of your work?


3. Research industry trends


Suppose that you are going for an networking event on the E-commerce industry. Most of the participants there will be in touch with the latest news and trends of the industry.


Naturally, the best way to connect is to talk about these topics of interest to them!


These can be great conversation starters that allow you to dig deeper and learn more insights from an industry insider.


Furthermore, demonstrating knowledge in these industry trends also reflect how invested you are in the industry.


Your ability to introduce and discuss these topics well will definitely leave a lasting impression amongst connections.


4. Game plan


If you go into the session blindly, you might often find yourself aimlessly wandering about.


This aimlessness can be rather draining and discouraging, and you might find yourself leaving the event earlier than expected.


A useful way to resolve this is to develop a networking game plan beforehand.


As many of us are goal-oriented, a good way to do this is by developing manageable goals to work towards. Here are some that you can consider:




This helps to provide a direction to work towards, and likely spurs greater focus on reaching the goals you set for yourself.




Now that you have gotten all the preparation out of the way, you are ready for the main event: the networking event itself. What should you take note of during the event?


5. Early bird gets the worm


A common worry when going for networking events is seeing many groups of people already engaging in active conversations.


It can be hard to try and join in and participate in the conversation naturally, so you might find yourself out of the circle.


An easy fix would simply be arriving to the networking event earlier!


This way, you can start smaller, more meaningful conversations before all the hustle and bustle begins. You will also have less competition for people’s attention and interest!


6. Listen


With so much prior preparation (see above), it would be understandable if you wanted to share everything about yourself and what you know to your potential connections.  


But relationship building is a two-way street.


To build a meaningful relationship during the networking, you need to be genuinely curious about what the other party has to say as well.


Only by listening fully, can you also ask meaningful questions that will actually benefit yourself.


Probe into his/her experiences, lessons and other details that you normally will not have access to.


7. Asking for his/her contact


After having a good time sharing both your stories, do not forget this one last vital note: Asking for the connections contact details.


This is possibly the only way for you to continue and build this professional relationship even outside of networking events.


Do give the person options to choose from, so that he/she can give you a means to contact that he/she is comfortable with. This can range from mobile numbers, email addresses, or even adding on LinkedIn, just to name a few.






After the networking event, give yourself a nice pat on the back if you did manage to achieve the goals you initially set.


But the work doesn’t stop there.


8. Take notes


After talking to many connections, it can be hard to keep track of all the new names, new faces and all the topics discussed.


As the conversations are still fresh in your head, jot down some notes to help yourself structure your thoughts, and keep track of your discussions.


9. Follow up




As the memories and impressions you made are still fresh in your mind, take time to follow up with the new connections made during the networking event within 1-2 days.


You can remind them of yourself and the topics you discussed. You can also remind them of the problems he/she was sharing, and perhaps offer valuable insights to these problems that they might be facing.


Hope these tips have helped you better understand what to expect at networking events, and what to keep in mind before going for one.


Remember to go with an open heart. Try to learn and explore new areas you are unfamiliar with, and build genuine connections in the process!


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Guide to LinkedIn (Part 2): LinkedIn Profile Tips

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This is part 2 of DGG’s Guide to LinkedIn. If you missed part 1 of this guide, you can give it a read here before proceeding!

Now that you have learnt about the benefits of LinkedIn, you might feel motivated to go ahead and create your own superstar LinkedIn profile right away.

Before you do so, let me offer you some actionable and valuable LinkedIn Profile tips that you can make use of!

This guide will be presented in 2 sections:

Section 1 will offer LinkedIn profile tips to improve and optimize your profile, while section 2 will suggest ways to best engage with your connections.

Using these LinkedIn profile tips, go forth, create and optimize your profile and use the platform effectively!




Completing of Profile


The first tip is simple, yet extremely important:

As you create your LinkedIn profile, you might feel like procrastinating, and leaving out certain parts of the profile, to update them in future.

While this might sound like a reasonable distribution of workload, this comes with one key caveat: Your profile will not stand out among others in the search tool.

I know that many of you want to use LinkedIn as a platform to find more opportunities in your career.

Not completing your profile will then defeat the purpose of you creating a LinkedIn profile, as you might potentially be losing some key opportunities!

linkedin all star status

You should try your best to complete your profile and achieve All-Star status, to allow your profile to be easily found by potential connections.


Headline and Summary


Your headline and summary are arguably two of the most important areas to focus on in your LinkedIn profile. How so?

  1. They can make or break the first impression you give to visitors, so it is imperative that you create an excellent headline and summary for yourself.
  2. They allow your profile to come up in the search results when other users search for similar relevant keywords.
  3. They also allow profile visitors to get a grasp of your skills and experience as a professional, seconds after they land on your page.


linkedin headline and summary

Your headline should

  • First, state your area of expertise/specialization clearly.
  • Next, include a few key skills that you are strong at, followed by the industry you work in

This gives a quick overview on who you are and the strengths you possess.


Your summary should include a few key pieces of information:

  • Brief career summary
  • Your notable achievements
  • Top skills you want to highlight
  • Invitation to engage + Contact information

Having this information will give you a succinct but insightful understanding of your experience, and if done well, will make the visitor want to connect and know more about you.


Custom URL


Did you know that you can have your own custom LinkedIn URL, instead of the original one provided?

LinkedIn connection


Having a custom URL makes it easier for you to introduce your LinkedIn URL to other friends, and makes it look way more professional!

LinkedIn custom URL

Simply go to the button ‘Edit your public profile’, and change your custom URL to one that is more professional and easy to remember!




In this section, be sure to add 8-10 core skill sets.

You can also choose the order you want to display them in your profile. Naturally, you would want to give the priority to skills you are most confident in.

LinkedIn skills

As you gain more connections, a good way to gain more endorsements is by endorsing other connections first.

There is great power in reciprocity, so connections are much likelier to endorse you once you have done the same for them.




Following the right people/pages


As discussed in part 1 of the guide, a key benefit of using LinkedIn is to stay updated with industry trends and news.

A great way to do that is to follow relevant people/pages on the platform with significant influence. They tend to provide valuable content on a regular basis, so you should definitely follow them to absorb the content and learn from insights.


To do this, I would recommend first following large content and news companies, as they would provide a good flow of news in general.

You can then proceed to following industry-specific influencers.

If you already have a few in mind, simply search for them in the search bar. Otherwise, you can search for keywords in your industry, and browse through the top profiles that appear.


This would provide you with a good mix of latest news and insights from professionals that you can explore and learn from!




Another great way to engage with LinkedIn users is through Groups.

These are smaller communities of people that gather to discuss and engage about specific topics of interest.

You should consider joining groups related to your industry, your career role, your alma mater and more.

LinkedIn groups

Simply go to the search bar, and type in keywords of your interest. Then, just select results that have the description ‘Group’, and you will be directed to the specific Group.




As you receive so much valuable insights from the platform, you should definitely give back by contributing your own thoughts and opinions as well.

When you come across interesting and relevant articles online, do share them in LinkedIn too!

Don’t forget to value add to the post with your personal opinions. You can also ask relevant intriguing questions to invite connections to discuss the topic.

Remember that you can share them with your connections and your groups as well!

If you have more thoughts that can become a more in-depth piece of content, you can also publish your own notes.


With these LinkedIn profile tips at hand, I’m sure you are ready to go on to optimize your LinkedIn profile!

Of course, LinkedIn is not a one and done effort, so do regularly use the platform, engage with connections and explore new content.


Hope you’ve enjoyed our guide to LinkedIn, and that it has inspired you to start using LinkedIn more often.

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Guide to LinkedIn (Part 1): Introduction, Brief History and Benefits

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When you think about your top networking platforms, what comes to mind?

I’m sure Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat are some that you think of off the top of your head.

But what about LinkedIn?


What is LinkedIn all about?


LinkedIn is a platform that specializes in professional networking. It has the largest professional network on the Internet, with more than 500 million members worldwide. Unlike other social networking platforms, LinkedIn focuses on being a platform that provides professional and career-related engagement.

This explains why many of us probably know about LinkedIn, but few of us use on a regular basis.

For one, you can’t find viral videos and funny memes on the platform!





Despite its benefits for our professional careers, it is much less popular social media platforms.

Take a look at some statistics in Singapore:


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Image source: We Are Social


To help you have a better understanding, we created our DGG Resume’s Guide to Linkedin!

We will be delving into different aspects of this unique professional platform.

We will first begin by exploring the history of this intriguing platform:


Where did LinkedIn come from?


Let’s start with the co-founder of LinkedIn, Reid Hoffman!

Reid Hoffman
Image source: Bebusinessed


Reid Hoffman had always valued the importance of networking.


Before starting LinkedIn, he networked his way to a job at eWorld (one of the world’s first social networking platforms by Apple).

He subsequently launched his first company SocialNet (with a focus on online dating and local meetups).

After leaving SocialNet, he joined Paypal as an executive Vice President of Business Development.


After PayPal was sold to Ebay, Reid finally consolidated all his lessons from past experiences in the internet industry.

In 2002, he started Linkedin, right out of his living room! LinkedIn’s website was officially launched in 2003:


Linkedin 2003
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Fun fact: LinkedIn is now over 14 years old, older than other popular social media platforms such as Youtube and Facebook!


All the useful features of LinkedIn that you might be familiar with today were not present from Day 1. Here is a short summary of some important LinkedIn’s developments since its initial launch:

2004: Launch of Groupshelping users to join smaller networks of interests, fields, colleges etc.

2005: Launch of Paid job postings

2006: Launch of Recommendations section – Improve social proof aspects of LinkedIn

2008: Developed its First mobile application

2010: Launch of Company profile pagesAllows businesses to list their products and services

2012: Launch of Skill endorsementsUsers can now attest to talents that their connections have



Why should I start using LinkedIn regularly?


Now you might have a better idea of what LinkedIn does and where it originated. But you might also be thinking: What’s in it for me? Why should I use LinkedIn?

Here are 3 key benefits that you can gain from using this professional platform:



1. Keep updated on latest news and trends in your industry


Be it a student or an industry professional, being well versed in the latest industry trends is paramount.


Having a good pulse on industry trends can help you ask converse and discuss topics like second nature. Furthermore, it establishes you as a knowledgeable professional, who can contribute meaningfully to industry-related conversations.

LinkedIn acts as a curated feed of relevant industry news and information.

You can uncover this treasure trove of content simply by following industry-specific influencers and pages.


2. Increase visibility among potential networks


Many LinkedIn users connect with relevant friends and networks, put effort into personal branding, and participate actively in different groups.

Doing this allows you to maximize the potential of using LinkedIn, versus other social networks.

This also helps to increase your exposure and visibility among professional contacts.

What’s more, 87% of recruiters use LinkedIn to find suitable candidates!


You are definitely missing out on opportunities if you fail to use LinkedIn regularly.


Who knows, someone from another company might even invite you for new opportunities after visiting your LinkedIn profile!


3. Engage with other professionals and share insights


One of my favourite aspects of LinkedIn is that it allows me to easily engage with other professionals.

This is especially valuable, as many industry professionals and influencers are based outside of Singapore. Even for local professionals, it can be hard to reach like-minded professionals without this platform.

LinkedIn allows an easy mode of professional discussion in public, be it in the comments section of posts or in different interest groups. Alternatively, you can start a private conversation easily, through the messenger tool.


LinkedIn provides an easy bridge between yourself and other connections.


This makes it easy for both parties to engage in professional discussions. Such networking opportunities might also lead to other doors being opened for you in future!


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Here at DGG Week Peek, we condense 3 valuable articles we’ve found on the web every week. We provide you with key insights from each article, and some personal takeaways we’ve gathered.

This week, explore lessons on learning from failure, career lessons, and the benefits of having a side hustle!



The 3 Stages of Failure in Life and Work (And How to Fix Them)


Decision Making

I have always been intrigued by the idea of knowing “when to keep going and when to move on”. Concepts of persevering and grit, versus pivoting and quit, are at odds but both make sense. The writer introduces a framework he named the 3 Stages of Failure to explore and help resolve this dilemma:


Stage 1 (Failure of Tactics):
These are tactical and execution mistakes, where the process of trying to execute strategies is flawed.


Stage 2 (Failure of Strategy):
These are planning and strategic mistakes, where there is a solid vision, but the plan and roadmap to achieve the vision is flawed.


Stage 3 (Failure of Vision):
These are big picture, directional mistakes. This happens when your actions taken are in conflict with the goal in mind.


After understanding the different types of failure in life, it is easier for one to identify the specific type of failure that happened, and remedy the situation solely based on it.

A simple example: A lemonade seller may have the perfect idea to sell chilled lemonade in hot Singapore (vision), and a good plan to sell at locations with high traffic and (strategy), but lacks selling skills and product (tactics). So the seller should not give up on the entire idea, but instead should focus on learning to make great tasting lemonade.




New Graduates: These Are The Unspoken Rules Of The Workplace No One Tells You

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Career Lessons

New graduates typically might have a hard time in their new workplaces, as they have to navigate through various challenges: interpersonal relationships, office politics, managing superiors and colleagues, and of course the work itself. This article provides some good advice to teach new graduates the many unspoken rules in workplaces:


1. You are there to do your job:
Focus and excel in your task at hand before taking on extra responsibilities


2. It’s up to you to figure things out:
Learning in the workplace requires pro-activity and independence in searching for opportunities


3. Feedback will not come automatically:
Ask the right questions at the right time to learn about your work performance


4. Attention to detail is extremely important:
Avoid small mistakes that can culminate into big problems for you


5. Understand how you fit into the big picture:
Find meaning in your work for the company to improve satisfaction and engagement


6. Companies are not obliged to consider your needs and interests:
Companies don’t owe you anything; the company’s needs will be put ahead of yours


7. No one will care about your career as much as you:
Be invested in your own career progress, and design your own framework to grow




The 4 Unexpected Benefits Of Starting A Side Hustle Today

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Side Hustles

Side hustles are commonplace today, with many people pursuing them do reap greater financial rewards. But outside of financial gain, this writer explores 4 other benefits that having a side hustle will bring:


1. Opportunities:
Side hustles can help you build relationships and connections, demonstrate your skills and abilities, which can come back to beneficial for your career


2. Risk Mitigation:
Having a side hustle helps as a safe way to pursue your entrepeunrial ideas, while not going all in on the risk of quitting your day job


3. Options with multiple sources of income:
Similar point to above, this helps provide lifestyle and career flexibility


4. Finding purpose and meaning:
If you pursue a side hustle with genuine interest and passion, it can be greatly beneficial to providing a greater meaning in your work


Do consider starting a side hustle yourself as an alternative channel of growth and development. There is little risk incurred, but potentially great rewards to be reaped.


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4 Personal Takeaways From My First Internship

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To some, they might be a necessary rite of passage to fill up their resumes for better job prospects.

To others, they are a good way to gain some valuable working experience in their ideal industries.


But not all internships are made equal.

It can range from being dreadful (see: photocopying documents, making coffee), to meaningful (see: leading projects, learning skills), and somewhere in between.

This can also be illustrated by the Internship Experience Spectrum:


the internship experience spectrum


Today, I will be providing glimpses of my first internship experience.

While doing so, I will share some of my personal takeaways from it. Hope this inspires some good old memories of your first internship as well!


Some background information: I did my first internship when I was about 22 years old, in a small events management firm. My main responsibilities were to assist with event planning and execution.


1. Importance of Training and Development


When I first joined the company, I expected to immediately start getting down to work and learning on the job.


Instead, we had the whole of our first week dedicated to learning events-related skills and information, such as the process of planning and executing an event, the people and logistics needed etc.

We were also given novel quizzes to complete.  We had to find the answers by consulting with different staff members from various teams of the company.


This training equipped us with relevant and necessary knowledge needed to better perform in our internships.


This also helped us to better understand the company and the industry, and more importantly, helped us break the ice with our fellow colleagues as well.


As a first-time intern, this emphasis on training and development was much needed.  I also appreciated being given opportunities to learn from the start, and not being thrown into the fire right away.



2. Strong Team and Organisational Culture


On my first day of work, I dressed in my best office working attire, trying to leave a good impression on my colleagues.

Little did I expect my outfit to make me feel out of place.


good impression


Everyone in the office dressed casually: some in T-shirts and jeans, while others had their outfits matching their own personal sense of style.

This was perhaps a reflection of the company culture.


The company had a very casual and easy-going kind of culture. Many of us interns sought to learn and grow, while the colleagues were very willing to impart their knowledge.

There was little sense of hierarchy, with everyone sitting around each other in one big office space.


I found that this was absolutely essential, especially in a company doing events management. Colleagues often had to work together to ensure smooth running of events.


A strong team culture can only help to make things easier for everyone.



3. Stepping Out of My Comfort Zone


Throughout the internship, I was getting my hands dirty and was involved knee-deep in many of the events we organised.


Some of the most memorable ones include:

  • Leading team-building activities to participants at least 10 years older than me
  • Climbing on tall ladders to tie banners to tentages
  • Sleeping over at an event site to safeguard the event logistics


These were things that I would have never even dreamt of doing before this internship.


Aside from the above, the internship also granted me with great autonomy in the planning of many events.

I was also involved in pitching ideas, giving briefings, as well as planning and executing critical processes for different event.


These additional responsibilities, big and small, definitely helped me step out of my comfort zone and made me more confident in my own abilities.



4. Giving Your All In Everything You Do


One of the biggest revelations from my first internship was this:




In school, what’s the worst that could happen when you screw up a class?

You would do badly and maybe fail the test, but life goes on, no big deal. You know that the difference between a pass and a fail is maybe some scolding and nagging from your parents, and perhaps just some extra classes.


But in my first internship, what’s the worst that could happen if you screw up an event?

Consider this: Tens of thousands of the clients’ money is at stake. The participation of the many different stakeholders at the event is at stake. The company’s hard-earned brand image and reputation is at stake.


So, REALLY BAD things could happen.

It was truly Do or Die.


The stakes were high. I truly had to give it my all and make the events successful, no matter what.

Be it running errands late at night, working overtime or long hours, these were all necessary to ensure that all events ran smoothly and successfully.


Giving my 100% was no longer an option, but a necessity.


This attitude I learned also had a positive impact on me in my other endeavors after the internship.



As you might have realized, the lessons I’ve gained in my first internship were in the most intangible form: organizational culture, self-development and more.


Yet these intangible lessons learnt tend to also turn out to be the most valuable lessons in life.


The internship equipped me with valuable experiences, to become a better leader and a stronger person.


Hopefully this blogpost has inspired you to reflect on your past internship(s) and work experience(s) as well.

You too can discover your own learning points and takeaways!


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3 Strategies To Help You Prepare For A Job Interview

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As you’ve go through our content here at DGG Resume, you’ve probably understood what makes an effective resume, and made use of the simple tips to boost your resume from our previous posts.


Perhaps you’ve also landed yourself a job interview! Congratulations!


But after completing the resume, here comes another nerve-wracking part of the job application process:


The Interview


Most people fear the interview process, myself included.

In fact, studies have shown that a whopping 92% of American adults are anxious about job interviews!


To help you get through the interview process successfully, here are some key tips to guide and inspire you as you prepare for a job interview.


1. Experience the Company’s Products/Services

I was having a phone interview with an E-Commerce company, when the interviewer asked if I’ve ever tried using their 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.

But this  question 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 the damage was done.

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



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

As candidates prepare for a interview, many simply focus on their own achievements, skills and strengths, and simply forget to consider the company they have in mind.


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 is possible for you to try their offerings, try it!


Bonus tip: While experiencing the company’s offerings, don’t forget to take down notes on your reflections: what you like and dislike about the products, things you might be curious about etc.

These are first-hand reactions that could be useful during the interview process!


2. Do Storytell, Don’t List

Do you have that friend that likes to go over all his/her life stories and experiences, every time you meet up?

Does he/she keep on rambling over his/her fun times and expect you to be similarly excited and happy over them?

Now, you don’t want to be that friend, do you?


As discussed earlier, candidates that prepare for a job interview often fall into the trap of self-focus.

Candidates often only consider their own skills and achievements and can’t wait to share them with interviewers.


This does not sit well with interviewers.

Although they might be interested in your experience, they are mainly interested to evaluate how:

1. You can contribute to the company.
2. You can fit with the culture of the company.


As such, listing your experiences and achievements since you were 13 in chronological order simply will not cut it.


Instead of simply listing, Storytell!


As you prepare for a job interview, try to recollect your different experiences and think of the overarching theme(s).


Let me give you an example:


1. You have struggled with your academics earlier in your life, but took on roles in your CCA and organisations outside of school.
2. While studying in university, you started on external courses and received certifications for different skills.


Both these experiences can represent how you are a curious and keen learner, not afraid to always continue exploring new skills and roles and expanding your horizons.


When sharing your past experiences with the interviewer, try to also focus on the overarching themes that represent you, rather than just listing out your achievements.


This requires a deeper thinking and reflection over your life, so do take time to sit down and reflect upon your personal overarching theme(s), to better storytell your life achievements.


3. Ask Good Questions

A key element in having a good conversation is the ability to ask good questions.


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


1. You show genuine interest in the company, pondering 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 that will be useful in future.


By now, you might be thinking to yourself:


Here are some tips:

  1. Primary research

As discussed at the start of this post, trying out the company’s offerings can be a great way to start.

By trying the offerings first hand, it can better inspire some questions or areas about the business you might be curious in.


  1. Secondary research

Find out the latest news on the company by gathering information on the web:

Do they have any latest developments related to the job or responsibilities you might be involved in?

Do they have any news that you might be curious about?


Bonus tip: You can also do research on the industry and related trends and developments, and how they might affect the company. This will reflect a more mature and in-depth consideration of the issues of the industry at large.



Preparation is key


Now equipped with these 3 tips to prepare for a job interview, be sure to use these tips wisely and most importantly, RESEARCH & PRACTICE for the interview!


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Here at DGG Week Peek, we condense 3 valuable articles we’ve found on the web every week. We provide you with key insights from each article, and some personal takeaways we’ve gathered. 

This week, explore lessons on leadership, deliberate learning and time management!



Billionaire CEO Jack Ma says that if you want your life to be simple, don’t be a leader


Leadership Lessons

This writer summarised 3 key takeaways from Alibaba CEO Jack Ma’s recent speech on leadership:


1. Love Quotient
Leaders need to genuinely love his/her team, and love the ultimate goal and purpose of what he/she is building


2. Being a leader is not fun
The leader has profound pressure to make sure that the organisation runs well, and is responsible to fix anything that goes wrong


3. Inspiring and pushing people
Through hard times, leaders need to inspire the team to see past the tough times and make it to better times together as a team


Being a leader might look glamorous and easy, but it is anything but. Leaders have to bear strong responsibilities for both the team and the projects he/she builds.




Why Constant Learners All Embrace the 5-Hour Rule


Deliberate Learning for Success

This writer uses the example of Benjamin Franklin’s success, and proposes the ‘5-hour rule’ as a success strategy that we all should use.


Benjamin Franklin consistently invested an hour a day every weekday for deliberate learning. The 5-hour (one hour a day) rule thus reflects the idea that the most successful people are the ones who are constant and deliberate learners.


The core concept of the 5-hour rule: Empty Space


This allows learners to:

  1. Plan out learning goals
  2. Deliberately practice and receiving feedback, improving on specific areas
  3. Thinking deeply and gain more perspective on lessons learned
  4. Set aside and prioritize time for learning
  5. Solve problems as they arise
  6. Do small experiment with the learning process


This might be quite contrasting to the highly productivity-driven lifestyles many of us have today. Instead, purposefully setting aside time and using the time allocated to learn and improve a little bit a day can create profound impact in the long run.




Why You Should Manage Your Energy Not Your Time


Time Management

This writer found that most productive employees did not work the longest. She offers certain tips to help increase one’s productivity:


1. Splitting the day into several 45-minute segments 
Focusing and maximizing one’s productivity within shorter time sessions rather than trying to go for longer hours (i.e. quality time over quantity time)


2. Building a habit of ‘deep work’
Focusing on work without any distraction for a certain period of time before taking a break


3. Embracing downtime, being lazy
Brains tend to be more efficient when they toggle between being focused and unfocused


As our society now puts a premium on being busy 24/7, we are wired to think that our schedules should be filled with appointments and to-dos. However it seems that the emphasis should be on the amount of hours of focused work and appropriate rest, to maximize our productivity and work efficiency.



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Learn 3 Simple and Practical Tips to Craft a Great Resume!

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Resumes usually not on our minds, but when we need them, we are often left scrambling.

But that’s to be expected, when are ever thinking about our resumes?

  1. When we are thinking of switching jobs and looking for a new job
  2. When we lose our job and are looking for a new job
  3. When we are about to enter the workplace and are looking for a new job


That’s pretty much it, right? No wonder we have no clue on how to craft a great resume!


Have you seen a dream job advertisement, only to desperately scramble and scour through the internet trying to find tips and guides to improve your resume? Scramble no more.

Now, you don’t need to be an expert to develop your own effective resume.


Here are 3 effective ways that you can use right now to help you optimize and craft a great resume!



1. Know Yourself, and Know the Company

You might have had a long list of achievements in your life, and probably can’t wait to share them all in your resume!

You probably expect your potential employer to be similarly interested and impressed by them as well!


But reality strikes and you realise that they aren’t all that interested.

Recruiters often make a decision within 6 seconds.


So the potential employer probably isn’t interested if you participated and excelled in your secondary school club.


While this might be painful, it is a necessary revelation.


So what do you do now?

Connect your skills to company’s needs


A first good step is to be absolutely clear of what you have achieved in the past.

Next, understand what the company is about, and what kind of candidate it is looking for.

Now, simply use your achievements and lessons learnt to show how you are a wonderful fit for the job and the company!


Simply put, connect what you have to offer, to what the company needs and is looking for!



2. Action! Words that highlight your achievements

Action words are words that help demonstrate strongly and exactly the achievements you have listed on your resume.

Using these effective action words just helps you highlight your experiences and achievements to a whole another level.


Making use of effective action words


Take for instance, these 2 examples here:

  1. Helped with social media postings, providing information about the company to the public.
  2. Managed the company’s social media account, engaging in promotional efforts that reached over 1,000 people.

Which of the 2 sounds more convincing and impactful?


While both convey similar information, I’m sure we all agree that example 2 appeal to us more.

The first example comes off as more vague and uncertain, while the second example shows a more confident reflection of the candidate’s past achievements.


These effective action words can come in the form of strong, convincing verbs such as ‘Establish’, ‘Lead’ and ‘Negotiate’.


Other equally effective tools include quantitative figures.

Rather than describing your past job responsibilities, show them how much of a contribution you made by trotting out the numbers.

It has been proven scientifically that quantitative figures simply provide more persuasion and reliability to readers.

So use them whenever applicable to boost your credibility!



3. Standing out from the crowd

Many people use free resume templates from anywhere they can find online.

This can be a simple way to organize all your information.


But it is simply not enough to stand out from the crowd and appeal to the potential employer. (within 6 seconds, no less).


Instead, making use of appropriate visuals can help!

Visuals not only help people to digest the content faster and more effectively, they also help recall of your content!

So consider making use of simple icons, bars and different graphics to make the resume look more presentable, yet not lose its professionalism.

These simple graphics can also help the reader refocus his/her attention, and not get lost amongst the sea of words.



The job search process today is tough, tedious and competitive.

But it need not be this way.

You can simply read our other blogposts to learn more about career development!

You can also engage our services and lift this job application burden off your shoulder! Let us craft a great resume for you!


It’s really a small investment for a huge relief, so let us help you improve your job search process today!


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