The most important and daunting part of moving overseas for most people is finding employment. I am lucky enough to have a job secured for the first portion of my trip however once I arrive in Ottawa I will be “winging it” so to speak. I have been researching resume writing and found that not all countries write resumes the same way.
In Australia, resumes or CV’s are usually accompanied by a relatively lengthy cover letter and go into detail of work experience, key skills and notable achievements. However, from the examples provided online I have come to find that resumes in Canada are much more to the point.
Aside from the memory of your conversation, your resume is the one thing you get to leave with your potential employer. In Canada, employers prefer that your resume is “short and sweet” and lists what they need to know, nothing else. Employers don’t need to know your SIN, birthday, weight, height or any information that doesn’t pertain to you as an employee or team member.
It is crucial that your resume lists skills that would relate directly to the job you are applying for, and you should consider tailoring your resume for certain positions. I have written a hybrid resume of the two main Canadian resume styles.
According to the Canadian youth website, the two main resume styles are a functional resume and a chronological resume. I figured that a combination of the two would be the most useful for potential employers.
My resume example is obviously not personalised and the addresses, employer names and numbers are made up (hopefully). But it is a good example of a clear, concise resume that employers expect in Canada.
Hopefully this can serve as a reference for those job hunting in Canada, but you don’t necessarily have to be in Canada to start applying for jobs. If you have an online version of your resume then go ahead and start applying online! It would be even easier to arrive to your new city with a job already secured or at least an interview to take away a little bit of pressure.
As always, do your own research as well and figure out what works best for you! This should be used only as a rough guide and you may find that some employers request certain forms of resume’s.
Note: If possible, make sure you have a relatively “professional” email address. Create a new one with just your first name and surname if available, or at least as close to it as possible. Employers are much less likely to contact firstname.lastname@example.org