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Excerpted from the Singapore Career Guide

Cover Letter Guidelines

You should consider your cover letter a form of advertising, and organize it as a persuasive message. A good cover letter will stimulate the reader's interest and persuade him or her that you are a good match for the company's needs. Singapore follows general global standards for cover letters; there is no significant cultural difference in a Singaporean cover letter.

General guidelines for submitting a cover letter:

  • You should print it on white or off-white A4-sized paper, or send it in the body of an email, including your résumé/CV as an attachment.
  • It should be short, with a maximum length of one page.
  • It should start with your name, address, email address, mobile phone number and the date on the top right-hand corner of the page...

Resume /CV Guidelines

In Singapore, the terms ‘CV’ and ‘résumé’ are interchangeable. Hand-written application documents are not recommended, as most employers deem computer skills to be important and expect a business standard of presentation. It is best to prepare your résumé/CV on a computer and keep hard copies. You should print your résumé/CV clearly in black ink on a good quality, white or off-white A4-sized paper. Standard fonts and white space between sections ensure key information stands out clearly.

A Singaporean résumé/CV follows universal standards, but includes more personal details.

You'll find more advice and cover letter and resume samples in the complete Singapore Guide.



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