Tips on creating a good resume format in Canada!

by | Sep 10, 2020

Make your resume that draws hiring manager attention in 30 seconds!

Different countries have different requirements when it comes to their workforce and job application process. The Canadian-style resume format is quite different from you may be used in your country. You will need to adapt the way of presenting your experience and skills on your resume in a format that is familiar to Canadian employers.

It Is recommended to be no more than 2 pages. Resumes should include the most relevant work experience that relates to the job you are applying that dates back no more than 10 years. 

Never list your salary, a picture, or other personal details like your age or marital status.

Do not include references, unless the job posting asks you to do so. If asked for references, include them on a separate sheet of paper. If asked for salary expectations, include them in your cover letter.

Things that you should include in your resume:

  • Name and contact information at the top (header)
  • Professional and relevant work experience 
  • Education 
  • Professional development, accomplishments, relevant trainings, or certificates
  • May also technical skills and volunteer experience, language skill

Things you do not include in your resume:

  • Personal information such as age, marital status, date of birth, gender, religion
  • Photo
  • Personal interests or Hobbies 
  • Work experience that is more than 10 years old
  • Specific dates (e.g. July 17, 2019) years/month are enough (e.g. 2017 May – 2020 Jan) 

Tips to adapt:

  • Keep the resume simple with highlights 
  • Avoid long paragraphs
  • Keep your resume interesting and focus on your achievements
  • Do not include irrelevant work experience for the job

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