A résumé is a document created and used by a person to present their background, skills and accomplishments.
Resumes can be used for a variety of reasons, but most often they are used to secure new employmeat. A typical resume contains a summary of relevant job experience and education (From Wikipedia).
The resume format accepted by Canadian employers is different from the resumes common in other countries.
Apart from the general things you need to include in any resume, you have to take note of some adjustments, tips and most importantly, some precautions.
Generally, a résumé should includes your:
1. Contact information.
2. Career summary.
3. Work experience(s).
4. Professional development.
To increase your chance of getting employed, you should also include technical skills, community involvement and volunteer experience (if you have any).
Below are 14 tips and precautions to take note of when writing a résumé in Canada.
1. Your resume is a weapon intended to secure you an interview, so try to include only your significant achievements and not every information.
If you feel there is still more to let the employer know, the interview is the perfect place to do this.
2. Make sure your resume is captivating. The reader might not spend more than 30 seconds, so make sure you focus only on your achievements and highlights that qualify you for that job.
3. Make use of a professional resume format. If you can’t do that, pay someone to do it for you or use a professional resume template.
4. Desist from writing in long paragraphs and small fonts. Make sure you use only one font throughout the whole resume.
5. Your resume should have a maximum of two pages. You should use 3 pages only if you have a career experience of 10 years (and above).
6. Change all terms and keywords to the Canadian style. You should make use of words like “High school”, “GPA”, “Internship” and many others.
7. Please don’t include your personal interests unless they are achievements attached to the nature of the post you are applying for. Don’t mention things like “The games you enjoy”, “your favorite movie genre”, etc.
8. Include qualities and skills that your fellow applicants might not possess. I mean skills like ability to communicate in french (and other official languages), understanding the sign language (being able to communicate with the disabled), being expert with the computer, etc. Just make sure the included skills are all applicable to the post you are applying for.
9. Add a LinkedIn profile.
10. Try as much as possible to include a Canadian home address and a Canadian phone number.
11. Make sure your email address is more of a professional email. It should be a combo of your first and last name. Avoid any slang, hailing or nickname.
If necessary, it would be wiser to create another email address for a job hunt in Canada.
12. Don’t include your date of birth, gender, marital status, religion and parents name. (It’s not required in Canada).
13. Don’t sign on your resume, and don’t include references. The reader already assume you have all these in a separate document.
14. Always proof read your resume to check for grammatical errors.