Tips To Prepare Your Resume For Canada!

You can increase the chances of getting a job in Canada by increasing the chance of securing an interview! Follow these tips to have a strong resume that lures HR professionals to get in touch with you!

Make it a one-page resume!

Stick to a one-page resume. It’s very rare for a recruiter to go through page one of a resume, so you need to make sure whatever work experience and skills you have on that one page!

If you are not able to fit everything on the page, here are some suggestions that can help you fit everything on one page

  • Make full use of whatever space is available on the resume.
  • Reduce font size – without affecting readability.
  • Focus on having more descriptions for recent jobs.

Have your contact details on your resume!

A lot of people forget to put their contact details on the resume before sending it off to a prospective employer. Make sure you have the following on your resume –

  • Name – Your Full name. It is okay to use your Nickname instead of First Name.
  • Phone – Phone number where the recruiter can contact you. If it’s an international phone number. Make sure to include the country code.
  • Address – Your exact address in the country. If you are living abroad, it’s still fine to keep it and let the recruiter know when they contact you about your intention to move for work.
  • Email – Email address where the recruiter can contact you.

Where to put your contact details?

Ideally they should be at the top of your resume.

Remove motivation or personal statement

The recruiter knows you are looking for a job and adding a personal statement is considered unnecessary.

You might add this if you don’t have any experience but if you do have experience in your field then it might be better to highlight your skills, experience rather than the personal statement.

Move Work Experience to the top

If you have work experience, then your education should follow afterwards on your resume. Otherwise, a recruiter having a quick glimpse of your resume might think that you don’t have work experience or are still studying. Even if you are currently studying, you should keep your work experience to the top.

Make sure you emphasize on Job Titles

A common mistake people make is that they put the company name in bold but not what their role was. Employers are usually more interested in what you worked as rather than at what company you were working for.

Having relevant job titles to the position you applied for, can increase your chances of getting an interview with the company.

Optimize your Job Titles

If your job title on the resume was ‘Associate’ or ‘Intern’ that doesn’t really tell anyone what you worked as. But if you have put in a ‘Project Coordinator’ or ‘Industrial Engineering Intern’, the recruiter can get a good idea of what you worked as before. Make sure to update your titles.

Optimize the job description for each job position you work for!

  • Explain what you achieved/delivered during the role that you worked in.
  • It’s great to mention all the skills that you utilized/acquired during the role.
  • Limit job description to 2-5 lines with more lines for the recent job.

Do mention your post-secondary education!

A mistake that a lot of people make when they have international post-secondary education (associates, bachelors, masters, PhD) is that they remove it from their resume! This can reduce value to your prospective employer.

If you don’t have much experience on your resume, you should put up a description on what academic projects you worked on, and also what courses you completed during your education as well!

Additional courses and certifications completed!

If you self-taught yourself something that you think can be of value, do add it to your resume! A lot of the jobs in the market are remote these days and employers are always interested in folks who can learn on their own.

Mention your French-speaking skills

If you are able to converse in French, you should mention that in your resume as Canada has a lot of opportunities for French speakers and even more for folks who are bilingual in French and English!

Don’t forget to spell check!

Before you start sending your resume off to employers, you should make sure to review your resume again and fix any grammatical mistakes that you might have in your resume.

Save your resume in PDF format

Your resume should be in PDF format. Avoid sending it in another format as the recruiter might not have office software on their end to open files in another format.

3 thoughts on “Tips To Prepare Your Resume For Canada!

  1. Sir,
    I have gone through this article and found it useful for me. I would like to introduce you to myself “My Name is Mohammad Shiraz Khan I am currently employed with Genpact as a Financial Consultant its been more than 5 years working in Financial Services. I would like to be employed with a Canadian Firm remotely as I have a medical obligation to my parents later on. I am looking forward to taking Canadian PR. Could you please help and guide me in getting some opportunities for that reference. I am sharing my contact details we you, please reach out to me as per your convenience.

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    1. Hi Mohammad
      Are you looking for remote roles from Pakistan?
      In that case you wouldn’t need Canadian PR unless you plan to move to Canada with your family.

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