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Writing a Canadian-Style Resume

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Having a professional, up-to-date resume is important to obtain employment in Canada. A resume is a summary of your work and volunteer experience, education, and skills. Usually it will be one or two pages in length. Employers will use your resume to help them decide whether or not they want to interview you as a potential employee.

Your resume should be organized, visually appealing and free of errors. You should include the following information on your resume:

  1. Name, phone number, email address and mailing address: If you do not have a mailing address in Canada when you are applying for a position, you do not have to include this information on your resume. Include your phone number and email address so your potential employer can contact you. Do not include a photograph or any other personal information.
  2. Work experience: Employers in Canada are looking for Canadian work experience, so list this first if you have worked for a Canadian organization in the past. If you do not have Canadian work experience, list other jobs you have had in your home country. Include the proper name of the company, where the business was located, and the title of the job that you had and a brief description of the job.
  3. Volunteer experience: Volunteering is a highly valued practice in Canadian society and can be considered Canadian work experience. Include the title of the volunteer position that you held, the proper name of the organization, and where it was located.
  4. Skills & Achievements: You should update the skills section of your resume for each job you are applying for because different jobs will require different skills. It is important to show the employer you have a suitable skill set for the available job. Include any special achievement or recognition that you received in either volunteer or paid employment roles.
  5. References: References are people who can confirm your identity and verify you are a qualified candidate for a job. They can include former employers, volunteer leaders, or teachers and professors. You must get permission from your references before listing them on your resume and inform them that someone may be contacting them about you. Include their title or position, phone number and email address.

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