- Participants Coming to Canada
Preparing Your Resume For Work In Canada
In Canada, an acceptable resume (pronounced “rez-u-may”) differs somewhat from those used in other countries.
- Personal information (including name, address, phone number, email address and languages spoken)
- Skills/summary of qualifications
- Education (in generic terms)
- Work history
- Volunteer experience
- Activities and interests
- A translated French version if you plan to work in Quebec
Your resume should be:
- Typed and well-organized.
- Free of grammatical and spelling errors.
- Concise (1-2 pages in length).
- Dynamic! Use active verbs to describe your skills and experience.
- Formatted in point form and organized in reverse chronological order.
- Written in the past tense for competed jobs and accomplishments.
- Formatted and printed on 8.5” x 11” paper which is the standard paper size in Canada.
Writing A Cover Letter
While cover letters aren’t needed for most casual positions, professional or management jobs do require a cover letter in addition to a resume.
When writing your cover letter, stick to four paragraphs:
- Express your interest in the job and where you saw the position posted.
- Link your experience and/or skills with the stated job requirements.
- Refer readers to your resume for further details (i.e. “see enclosed”, “see attached”) and request an interview.
- Don’t forget to include your signature!
Be sure to include your contact information, including phone number and email. If you cannot provide a contact number, indicate that you will contact the employer to follow up with them instead. It may be worthwhile to provide a general webmail address that you can check from any public computer. Avoid using an email address that doesn’t look professional.
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