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Resumes

Properly developed and targeted to each job opportunity, your resume is a powerful marketing tool. Although HR professionals may have different opinions on resumes, there are some key tips that we recommend to ensure you are getting the most out of your resume.

General Resume Tips:

  • Make your resume easy to read with a professional font (equivalent to Calibre 11 font)
  • Be concise:  generally no more than 2 pages in length and use point form instead of paragraphs
  • Ensure consistency in your documents by using the same font and page header throughout your cover letter, resume and reference pages
  • Be very specific when drawing on all areas of your life to concisely demonstrate how you are qualified for the position
  • Always focus on what you will bring to the company and not what you want from the company
  • Target your approach - do your research and keep your experience and skills relevant to the company and the position
  • Use your professional, volunteer and personal experiences to target your skills for each company and the job posting
  • Ask someone you trust to review your resume solely for grammar and spelling errors – we all make mistakes!

Tips for International Job Seekers

Are you a Canadian student looking for opportunities abroad?  Check out the GoingGlobal searchable database through RRU’s Library.

International students should remember that resumes in Canada should:

  • Not include any personal information such as date of birth, marital status or a headshot a photo
  • Prominently display all previous international education, professional history and volunteer experience
  • Include all language skills
  • Include your current part-time employment with one – two bullet points explaining any relevant duties and accomplishments

Submitting Your Resume Electronically

Did you know that following the instructions to submit your resume electronically is considered part of the interview process?  If emailing your resume:

  • Save your cover letter and resume in one document versus two separate documents
  • Name the document using your full name as opposed to just the word "resume" (ie. SueSmith_PositionReference6524.doc or SueSmith_SupplyCoordinator.doc)
  • Submit your resume in the file format as requested in the job posting, usually Word or pdf
  • When appropriate, send as a pdf to ensure it looks the same way you intend it to when it is received by the employer, unless the employer explicitly states another file type
  • Use the body of the email as a very simple, 2 – 4 sentence introduction and to reference the job posting