Searching for jobs in Canada is one thing; preparing your resume to meet the standard is another. In this post, you will learn how to write a good resume, plus you get resume templates that will serve as a guide.
FreeJobsNow is s job portal that connects individuals with job opportunities all over the world.
We’ve been able to achieve this by setting up alerts on various firms that love hiring the right candidates, especially foreigners.
So when there’s a new open spot in top firms, we get notified and in turn inform you of this new update.
Since our inception, we’ve had more than 200 people message us, to thank us for merely connecting them with the right employers.
But this is not close to the number we were hoping to get. We planned to get more than 5000 people hired by top firms all over the world.
We have had people complain that they didn’t get any job offer after sending out tenths of resumes to potential employers.
Getting messages like that broke our heart, and we decided to correct this by asking fifty of our fans on Facebook with complaints to send us their resumes.
After taking a look, we discovered that almost all of the resumes were not even job-ready.
We created this post on how to write a proper resume for the Canadian job market to help reduce the number of rejections.
It’s important to note that we can only connect you with employers, but it’s left to the employers to hire you or ignore you.
It’s usually the latter because it takes an average of 30 seconds for employers to decide whether you get hired or ignored.
And can you blame them? Of course not. They have to go through hundreds, if not thousands of job applications and resumes to select the right candidates.
The Hiring Process
The process of hiring candidates can be time-consuming, and many companies, especially in Canada, are now looking for a better solution.
The solution most firms came up with is the use of resume software. You heard that right. Employers have now adopted the use of software to decide whether to hire you or not.
The software goes through hundreds of set resume parameters to choose the right people that get to the HR’s table.
The HR manager has the final say on who gets chosen.
I’m going to write a detailed post soon on how to beat the software and get yourself hired.
Where it went wrong
Sending out job resumes is an art, and just like in our typical day to day activities, we are attracted to what benefits us.
Humans are selfish by nature. If something does not benefit us, we’ll likely ignore it and move on.
The same thing applies to the job market. Employers are looking for candidates that will add value to their companies, not just any candidate.
If you can prove that you can add value to their company, you increase your chances of getting hired, and I’m going to show you how to do that below.
Let’s talk about what you shouldn’t include in your resume.
How to avoid resume mistakes
When it comes to sending out CVs to potential employers, a lot of people prepare a document containing things like; date of birth, job responsibilities, hobbies, and so on, this is wrong!
Preparing a resume for the Canadian job market takes time because it is different from the standard resumes used in other countries.
To avoid these pitfalls, here’s a list of what you should not do when preparing your resume for the Canadian job market.
- Do not make it long — Your resume is supposed to be a tool that communicates professionalism to the employers, so putting your whole work history in your resume counters that.
It also makes your resume boring and hard to read. Include highlights but skip the details, save the details for the interview.
- Use a template — One of the fastest ways of creating a well-arranged resume is to use a ready-made template. I left a template at the end of this post as a bonus.
- It’s not about you — like in marketing, always talk in terms of features and benefits to the user. When preparing a resume, don’t make it all about you, talk about what you can offer as an individual, and what makes you a better candidate for the job.
You should know that using lines, like; “I am a goal-oriented person” or “I’m a team player”, doesn’t sit well with employers in Canada. It’s too generic. And they will likely see in many other resumes also. This doesn’t make you stand out. So, try to avoid that.
- Avoid long copy — keep your paragraphs short and straightforward. Also, try not to use small fonts – anything above 12pt is considered the right font for resumes.
- In general, do not use first-person sentences like; “I am xoxo”, or “I have 90 years experiences”. Always talk in terms of benefits like; “I increased ROI by more than 150%”. Now that’s something employers love to hear.
It shows you know what you are doing and also means that you are bringing something different to the table.
- At the beginning of your document, do not include words like; resume or CV. You don’t have to label it for the employers to know that you sent a CV.
Doing it the right way
When sending out your resume to Canadian employers, you should list your achievements instead of just putting irrelevant things in your CV. Employers will assess your credibility based on this document alone, so keep it interesting.
Generally, there’s a format to follow when preparing your resume, and they are as follows (in this order);
- Contact information
- Professional/career summary
- Work experience
- Education/Professional development
Now that we have listed the format, let’s now explain each of those modules, starting with the first.
When it comes to listing your contact information on your resume, it’s a terrible idea to start listing things like; your address, spouse’s address, and so on.
Also, avoid putting your gender, marital status, date of birth and a bad email address in your resume – a bad email address look like this; [email protected].
Always use an email address that looks professional. A professional email address should include your first name and last name.
For easy contact, use a Canadian phone number and address (if available) or leave it blank if you don’t have one. Most of the time, employers will reach out to you via the medium you used in sending them your resume in the first place.
The first thing you will notice from the title above is that I used the word summary. You don’t want to bore your potential employers with too many details, keep it short and straightforward.
This area also should include your major job title – If you are a Digital Marketer, call yourself a digital marketer. Do not be a jack of all trades, that is, do not be a master with many job titles.
State in details, years of relevant experiences you have, the type of experience it is, and your future ambitions. Show the employers what you were able to do when handling the role in your previous company.
I think I talked about this in great details above, but for the sake of those that just scanned through this article, I will repeat myself.
This area of our resume should talk about what you bring to the table. Talk about your achievements in your previous work experiences. Don’t just list your previous company names, the year and the duties you performed. Remember to talk in terms of benefits.
Because employers want to know what they will gain from hiring you, they are not doing you a favour, it’s business, don’t forget that.
Also, only list job experiences that are relevant to the job you’re applying for, not all your work experience. Let me ask you, will you hire someone in the tech field that has many skills in the food industry? Of course not!
This is the final area of your resume and should include your full educational background. It is also acceptable to include all your professional certifications. If you are certified in your field, please include it here.
You should know that not all recruitments require job interviews. Some individuals will only get a job offer letter after sending out your resume.
As promised, you will find some important resources below.
Resume and Cover Letter Template (Download)