How to Write a Canadian Resume
Nowadays it is getting harder and harder to apply for Canadian Immigration Programs. Most of the programs need a Job order or Work Permit. Even the Newcomers are having trouble getting a job here. So, how can aspiring immigrants or immigrants get a Canadian Employer that quick?
One key to finding employment in Canada is to make a Canadian Style Resume. The resume format in Canada is quite different from you may be used to write in your country. In order, your resume to stand up for a Canadian employer, bear in mind that you will need to adapt to the Canadian way of presenting your experience and skills.
Let me start on what NOT to include in your Canadian Resume, here are the things you should exclude in writing in your CV’s:
- Marital Status
- Hobbies or extra-curricular activities
- References (unless the job posting is asking you)
- Work experience that is more than 10 years old
- Specific dates like July 17, 2017. It should be like 2012-2017, years are enough.
Now, here are some important things that you should include in writing your resume:
- Make a HEADER for your Name and Contact Information (Address, Telephone Number, Email)
- RELEVANT EXPERIENCE ONLY
- Relevant Volunteer Experience
- Relevant Trainings and Certificates
- Education Attainment
More Tips in Canadian Resume Writing:
- Make it Brief and Concise. Keep it Short and Simple.
- It should be a maximum of 2 pages, not 10 but only 2!
- Change your Resume for Each Job. Tailor it to the specific job and company. Put relevant skills and experiences only.
- Include Volunteer Work especially if it is significant.
- Make your Social Media Accounts and Email Address Professional. email@example.com is better than firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Do not use the first person like I worked at ABC etc.
- Be honest because once they call you for an interview they will test you if everything you write in your resume is true and sincere.
Based on Settlement.Org, there are 2 common types of Resumes: A Chronological and A Functional Resume.
A chronological resume is time-based and best if you have a lot of experience in your field. Here is its sample:
A functional resume is skills-based. It is good for recent graduate or changing careers. Here is a sample of Functional Resume:
Hope this helps! Note that I am not a professional Career Coach but all of the information written above are based on my experiences and things I researched and learned from New Immigrants resources here. If you have any additional tips on how to write an effective resume, feel free to comment it below. Goodluck!