■ Canadian–style résumés might be different from résumés in your home country. Canadian résumés come in various formats, but there are specific rules that they all share. In most cases
, hiring managers expect a chronological résumé
(which is more time-based) rather than a functional résumé
(which is more skill-based).
■ You can have a few different résumés for the different jobs that you apply for. It should be point-form and short
(maximum 2 pages). On average, employers will spend 8 seconds reading a résumé. Thus, if you can’t capture their attention in those 8 seconds, you may have lost your chance of getting an interview.
Here are the key components to a typical résumé:
Great Résumé Tips!
· Research the company and position you are applying for.
· Google search your name to see what employers may read about you online. Also, create or update your LinkedIn profile.
· Create a professional email address.
· Focus more on your accomplishments rather than your responsibilities.
· Use strong, persuasive verbs such as utilized, developed, managed, resolved instead of weak verbs such as worked and used. See a list of action verbs here.
· Use a clear, easy-to-read and consistent format, with headings and bullet points.
· Proofread your résumé carefully or have someone else look it over. Mistakes or typos on a résumé are a big NO.
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