The resume format in Canada is quite different from CVs and resumes you may be used to writing in other countries. By following our advice, you too can adapt to the Canadian way of presenting your experience and skills.
Start off with this webinar from recruitment expert and Moving2Canada founder, Ruairi Spillane, about how to create the best resume for the Canadian jobs market:
What’s different about the resume format in Canada?
Your resume is key to finding jobs in Canada. Employers will generally assess your suitability for roles based on this document alone.
Your sole objective in writing a resume is to pique the reader’s interest so that you get an interview. Shift the focus away from telling the employer everything about yourself. Instead, focus on things that will make them believe you can help their company.
Avoid simply listing your duties in each role. Instead, refer to achievements that other candidates wouldn’t be able to put on their resume. Differentiate yourself from the crowd.
The resume format in Canada must contain (in this order):
1. Contact information
2. Professional / career summary
3. Work experience
4. Education / professional development
Where appropriate, you may also add technical skills and volunteer experience / community involvement.