1. Personal information:
Begin your CV with your name, address, phone number, and email address.

2. Career summary:
Include a short paragraph outlining what makes you different, whether it is personality, technical ability, managerial skills, team building or some other talents.

3. Work and Volunteer experience:
Include your previous titles, tasks, and key accomplishments. Volunteer experience is essential in a Canadian-style resume. List your experience in reverse-chronological order, including the duration and dates that you worked at each job.

4. Related skills:
Include computer skills as well as important job-related skills and certifications. Additional language skills can be essential in areas of Canada that primarily speak French.

5. Relevant education:
Include all tertiary information as well as any additional programs and courses. If you are a recent graduate, include your graduation dates and completed courses that may apply to the job. Your qualifications should be presented in reverse-chronological order meaning that your recent qualifications will appear first.

6. Awards and achievements:
Include work and non-work achievements including community awards that may relate to the job.

7. Professional memberships:
Include job-specific, business-related and community groups. Stay away from including any political or religious memberships.

Quick tips:

  1. Keep the sentences short and do not use any pronouns. (I, you, we)
  2. Tailor every CV to a particular company and job.
  3. Do not list personal interests or hobbies.
  4. Do not include the words “resume” or CV at the top of the page.
  5. Do not list that you are on a “gap year” as possible employers do not want employees who may leave within a year.
  6. Do not include references on your CV as it wastes valuable space.
  7. Convert all terms to the North American equivalent. (use terms like “high school” or “GPA”)