How to prepare a Canadian CV
How to Prepare a Canadian CV
There is a variety of ways to apply for job opportunities in Canada. Most companies will have a job posting listed on their web sites, the Canadian government has a job site called the Canada Job Bank, and many employers post their vacant positions on professional association webs sites and other alternate internet media sites. Networking within your equivalent professional association in Canada and visiting the Emigrate web site and Emigrate trade shows can open opportunities for those seeking Canadian employment, as can employee site visits when on an exploratory to Canada.
Not matter the avenue you take to respond to an employment opportunity, it will all start with tailoring your resume for the Canadian employer. Your resume is your first introduction to an employer, and like meeting someone for the first time, impressions are typically made very within the first minute so you need to make an impact quickly. Keep your resume professional, informative and brief, one to two pages total.
Start your resume by listing your name and full contact details.
Following your contact details write a personal profile. You may also hear this referred to as Professional or Career Profile and Professional or Career Objective. This is one of the most important elements of your resume. It is your opportunity to create a quick first impression, an opportunity to grab an employer’s attention and tell them who you are and what you can offer their company. Make it personal and use strong statements to identify your key skills, attributes and education credentials that make you are the right candidate for the position you are applying. Be specific when highlighting level of experience or accomplishments in this section. For example, do not say things like “wealth of experience” state 10 years experience as …. Replace statements like “successfully increased productivity to “increased productivity by 9%”. Keep it to one paragraph of no more than 100 words or four to six bullets. Because it is easily changed, we recommend that you amend this section for each position you are applying for and tailor your experience to the specific employer’s requirements for the job offered.
Professional Experience/ Career Experience
Follow your personal profile section with your employment / professional history. Start with your most current experience first and the chronologically back for the past 10 – 15 years.
Name the company you worked for, the location you worked at, what your position was and the dates you were employed using month and year format. Follow this with some bullet points on what your main responsibilities were as well as listing any key accomplishments, recognition or awards received while in the position. Each position should have no more that 5 – 7 bullet points.
The details you provide in this section need to reflect what statement made in your personal profile. If you have stated I have 15 years experience in a specific role in the personal profile the same number of years should be reflected in your professional experience or career history section.
Education and Professional Qualifications
List only post secondary education and highest level of credential achieved. It is not necessary to provide an extensive list of each and every professional development day courses or company training courses taken.
It is acceptable to put references furnished upon request. If you do provide references provide names, addresses and contact details for 2 – 3 past employers or personal references who are credible members of your community.
When submitting your resume to a Canadian employers always include a company / job specific cover letter. Do not use a canned letter that you use for every position you apply. Do a bit of research on the company first and provide a brief summary of how your specific skills will benefit them.
A Few More Resume Tips
- Take your time and get it right, your resume is an important tool for marketing your skills to prospective employer. You do not want spelling and grammatical errors to set a bad impression.
- Do not solely rely on your computers spell check
- Make your resume visually appealing and well organized. Organize it into headings and distinguish heading from the body of resume but using bold or larger fonts size
- Have your name printed on the footer of both pages. When an employer has a stack of resumes on their desk pages sometimes get out of place, this will ensure your pages are matched together.
- Have a friend or associate read your resume and provide before you send it out. Ask them if they got a clear understanding of what your main job functions have been and what your key strengths are. If it does not make sense to them, there is a good chance it will not to a prospective employer.
- When sending in a resume electronically, either scan the cover letter and resume as one document or copy and paste the cover letter into the body of the email. Do not send two separate files; it is an inconvenience for employers to open two files.
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