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Looking for a Job: Write a resumé

Write a resumé that highlights your accomplishments

It's not unusual for employers to receive hundreds of resumés in response to a single job opening. In order to stand out as a strong candidate, it's your responsibility to ensure the employer understands how and why you would be a great fit for the position. That means tailoring your resumé to each and every position you apply for.

Five questions to ask yourself about your resumé

  • Do I have an engaging, easy to read resumé template that I can tailor repeatedly as I apply for various positions?
  • Is my resumé simply a list of past duties or does it paint a picture of me succeeding in the position I'm applying for?
  • Have I determined what information is relevant for my resumé and what can be omitted?
  • Does my resumé highlight my skills and accomplishments in a way that will entice an employer to invite me for an interview?
  • Did I get objective professional feedback regarding my resumé, including tips for increasing its effectiveness?

Change your CV to a resumé

Translating a CV to a Resumé workshop: If you are a Masters or Doctoral level student, you may have an academic CV (curriculum vitae) as opposed to an employment focused resumé. If this is the case, you should think about changing your CV to a resumé in order to more effectively apply for jobs outside of academia.

Applying to academic jobs

If you're looking for a job within academia or applying for a research grant or scholarship, the Career Centre's Dossier Service will store and forward transcripts on behalf of eligible graduate students.

Resources to assist you in writing a strong resumé

Resumé & Cover Letter Writing workshop: Learn to write resumés and cover letters that stand out from the crowd.

Career Cyberguide: videos filled with strategies and tips to help you write your resumé.

How to Write a Masterpiece of a Resume: tips on resumé writing, including constructing your evidence section, writing a good objective, and ensuring your resumé is visually effective.

Resume Writing for New Graduates: tips for new graduates who have little or no experience to put on a resumé.

Professional Resumes: examples of resumés in a variety of fields. You can use these templates to get an idea of formatting, to learn the type of field-specific language used, and to see the ways that others in the field have articulated their experience. Keep in mind that your resumé should be a unique document that reflects your own skills, accomplishments and experiences, so don't cut and paste from a template! Use the templates for inspiration to create a resumé that reflects your best you and what you have to offer.

What to Leave Off Your Resume: It’s best to keep your resumé “neutral” when it comes to most personal information. This Monster.ca article lists items not to include on your resumé, either because they may leave you open to discrimination or because they may come across as negative to an employer.

Common Resume Writing Mistakes: This brief video discusses some of the common mistakes associated with the “summary” section of the resumé and how to remedy them.

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