Creating a Resume (CLB6)


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How do I Create a Resume

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While Canadian resumes come in many shapes and styles there are some rules and standards that you need to know about. Resumes should always be spelled correctly, have proper grammar and be formatted consistently.

It is important to customize your resume for each job you apply to. Sometimes you can simply change your resume to emphasize certain skills. For some jobs, you may have to create a whole new resume.
We have created sample chronological and functional resumes that you can download and use as a reference.

Sample Resumes:

Chronological Resume:
This is an example of a Canadian chronological resume. A chronological resume lists your work experience and your education by date. Your current or most recent employment should appear at the top. Chronological resumes are generally best if you have a lot of experience in your field.

Functional Resume:
This is an example of a Canadian functional resume. A functional resume puts emphasis on your skills, abilities and the contributions you can make rather than your work experience. Functional resumes are generally best if you do not have a lot of work experience in your field or are a recent graduate.

You can use these resumes as a starting point or guide. They are available in MS Word 97 format so you can edit or modify (type over) them with your own information. Make sure your finished resume has consistent spacing, titles and dates. Always be sure to have someone else review your resume!

Employment Resource Centres:
There are many agencies in Ontario that can help you find work. Employment Resource Centres (ERC) specialize in helping newcomers find work. ERC staff can help you create or review your resume, give access to computers to make changes to your resume, and assist you in your job search. Employment Resource Centres are free and have helped thousands of new Canadians find work.