The Art of Crafting a Résumé

First thing is first: Knowing the difference between a Curriculum Vitae (CV) and a Résumé.

A CV is much longer than a Résumé as it includes personal development, academic history, work experience, and but not limited to your achievements.

A Résumé is specific to the job application; it is condensed to strategically appeal to the job that you are applying for. Résumés should not be more than two pages long! Cutting a Résumé down can be tricky and that’s why we are here to help.

Decide on the arrangement: Contact information is always at the top followed by a Career Objective and Summary of Qualifications if you choose to use them. Work Experience and Education will differ in order depending on which one is more impressive or relevant.

1. Contact Information: This includes your full name, email, home address, and phone number (make sure the voicemail is activated).
2. Career Objective: Be careful when deciding whether to write one because it can unintentionally limit you to the specific job you’re applying for. If the company is hiring for more than one job it could disqualify you from being considered for the later job.
3. Summary of Qualifications: This saves time for the recruiter and allows you to present your best qualifications first. These again should be targeted to the job and keeping it between 2-7 points.
4. Work Experience: The most present experience goes first. Not all your work experience will be relevant and should be removed from your Résumé; however, be ready for questions in your interview about a gap of employment. Each work experience will have: Employer’s name, city and province, dates of employment, job title, and the job description. The job description should include the most noteworthy duties that you had (avoid being general).
5. Education: Once you have attended college or university do not put your high school education on your Résumé. This should have the name and location of your school, graduation date, your major, and certificates earned. Do not list all the courses that you have taken and instead list the ones that relate to the job.
6. Skills and Abilities: Use tangible and specific skills and abilities. For example if you say, ‘Great communication skills’. This is too general and should be changed to something like: ‘Fluent in French and Italian’. Or if you are going to give a general statement like ‘works well under pressure’ provide an example and details.

Do not make these crucial mistakes:
– Do not write Résumé on the top of the page this is redundant.
– Do not be general or cliché
– Do not write ‘references available upon request’ this is redundant.
– Do not list your references, this takes up space. Most companies will request this after you have had your interview.
– Do not use a fancy font: this looks unprofessional and may be hard to read.
– Do not exaggerate your experience!
– Do not overuse bold, underline, and italics: these can make your document hard to read.