The ideal Canadian resume is short with no more than 2 pages. Writing a strong resume takes time and attention to detail with a particular focus on skills and experience so keep these tips in mind when constructing your own CV.
- Personal information: Begin your CV with your name, address, phone number and email address.
- Career summary: Include a short paragraph outlining what makes you different, whether it is personality, technical ability, managerial skills, team building or some other talents.
- Work and Volunteer experience: Include your previous titles, tasks and key accomplishments. Volunteer experience is essential in a Canadian-style resume. List your experience in reverse-chronological order, including the duration and dates that you worked at each job.
- Related skills: Include computer skills as well as important job-related skills and certifications. Additional language skills can be essential in areas of Canada that primarily speak French.
- Relevant education: Include all tertiary information as well as any additional programs and courses. If you are a recent graduate, include your graduation dates and completed courses that may apply to the job. Your qualifications should be presented in reverse-chronological order meaning that your recent qualifications will appear first.
- Awards and achievements: Include work and non-work achievements including community awards that may relate to the job.
- Professional memberships: Include job-specific, business-related and community groups. Stay away from including any political or religious memberships.
- Keep the sentences short and do not use any pronouns. (I, you, we)
- Tailor every CV to the particular company and job.
- Do not list personal interests or hobbies.
- Do not include the words “resume” or CV at the top of the page.
- Do not list that you are on a “gap year” as possible employers do not want employees who may leave within a year.
- Do not include references on your CV as it wastes valuable space.
- Convert all terms to the North American equivalent. (use terms like “high school” or “GPA”)