An operational resume (CV) is most importantly a marketing document whereby you are the product. Studies have shown that employers usually spend not more than 30 seconds glancing through each submitted resume. Your resume should provide a well structured profile of your qualifications, work experience, education, achievements and overall career objectives.
It is also important that the information you present is visibly interesting, consistently formatted, and free of errors. Your resume may need to be altered for Canadian employers. You can create your own custom Canadian resume with the free Canada Visa Resume Builder. Canadian employers typically expect to see the following information in your resume:
1. Contact Information: Be certain to add your name, current home address, telephone numbers (including area codes), and your personal email address.
2. Professional/Career Objective: Your professional/career objective is primarily your resume’s opening statement. It describes the field or position for which you are applying. It is basic that your career objective be clear, concise and customized to the job that you are applying for.
3. Education: This section should include facts of your academic background, starting with your most recent degree, diploma or certificate. The standard format should list the college or university, followed by the degree/diploma/certificate, major, and graduation date.
4. Experience: Your career/job experience is what most employers pay critical attention to. Recent graduates with no work experience should add any part-time employment, as well as summer jobs, volunteer work and internships. This section should list company names, locations and employers for whom you have worked, presented in a logical and consistent manner.
It is worthy of note that you include a bulleted “job responsibilities list” that shows your particular job functions and achievements for every job you stated. Do not forget to include the names and locations of organizations for which you have worked, your position/title, and dates.
5. Qualifications or Skills: It is important to include a section that briefly specify any skills and qualifications that relate to your career objective in a bullet list format. For example: Knowledge of Microsoft Office and all associated applications.
6. Honours and Activities: Some resumes might have a section that summarizes any honours and/or activities that demonstrate strong academic abilities, like honorary societies, scholarships, and/or extra-curricular activities.
Employers look for how a candidate’s personality and personal tastes/lifestyle blends in with the company’s corporate culture and vision. Any material you include that makes you suitable, well-rounded individual may endear you to a potential employer.
7. References: You may prefer to include your references or simply state, “References are available upon request” or something to that effect at the bottom of your resume. If you choose to include references, be sure that the people you list can still be contacted at the telephone numbers you provided. However, if you feel that a potential employer may call your references, be sure to inform the individuals you have listed that they may receive a call from a potential employer.
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