Your resume is the first point of contact between you and a recruiter. Recruiters have to make snap judgments about resumes, so you want them to be able to see at a glance that you've got what they're looking for. This means your resume has to highlight your relevant experience and convince them to meet with you.
The ideal resume
The ideal resume is organized and easy to read. Here are some tips for writing a resume that'll really stand out:
- Organize information in a logical order
- Summarize information and use bullet points or numbered lists
- Focus on content rather than looks to keep things simple
- Make it easy on the eye - don't overuse bullet points, indents, underlining, bold font or italics
- Keep it to 1-2 pages, max
Resume sections and contents
- First name, last name, full address, contact numbers (phone, fax, cell), email address
- Written and spoken languages
Avoid including personal information such as your SIN, date of birth, marital status, religion, height, weight, etc.
Work experience OR skills and accomplishments
Provide your job history in reverse chronological order (starting with the most recent). Identify your employers and the jobs held.
- Indicate any degrees/diplomas/certificates, and be sure to include the exact name of the degree earned, the institution and the date conferred.
- Indicate any training you're currently doing, including the number of courses or credits already taken
Your employer will want to know what types of technical skills you have. Include any computer or technical skills that relate to the position.
Professional associations (certificates/licences)
- Professional affiliations and titles
Include titles related to additional education (e.g. CA, FLMI) in the education section.
Indicate relevant training:
- Name of training
- Educational institution
- Designation, if applicable
Other types of training: CPR training, French as a second language, Microsoft certification, etc.
There's no need to include your references directly on your resume. They can be listed separately and provided at the interview or on request.
Optional value-added sections
- Career goals
- Other training
- Prizes and awards
- Hobbies and interests
- Volunteer work