[IMPORTANT] In Canada & the US, It’s important that you never use a photo on your resume. Never include your age, marital status, or Passport information.
Download From 10+ Canadian/US-Style Resume Templates & Edit
Simply select File > Make a copy > OK. You can then make any changes you want to this copy.
Click on the job type you are interested in to view the sample resume in Step 2.
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Use easy-to-read fonts, preferably just Arial.
Keep your resume to 1 page only, unless you have 20 PHDs.
Include the skills you’ve learned in college/university, list the software you learned, but only include them if they are relevant to the job.
Spellcheck often. No spelling errors.
Save the resume as your full name, for example, JenniferWatsonResume.PDF
Star Format Resume
4 Components of STAR in Resumes
1. Situation: your job, challenge, role, or other context
Begin by defining the role you filled at a previous employer’s company. Include the position and your core responsibilities.
2. Task: demonstrating your competencies through defined problem-solving
Select a required competency from the job posting and describe an instance in your previous job where you needed to demonstrate that expertise.
3. Action: showcasing your ability to make things happen
Provide details about the actions you took to deal with that issue, including whether your efforts involved acting alone or in concert with other members of the team.
4. Result: achieving your goals and adding value
Document the actual results that you achieved. Here, you will want to focus on quantifiable results, using real numbers to highlight the value that you provided to the company.
What Do Canadian & US Employers Want?
Canadian-Style & US-Style Resume Standards
- Companies and Employers set an ATS which stands for Applicant Tracking System. It’s a database system that they use to filter through job applicants.
- 99% of Fortune 500 Companies use Applicant Tracking System (ATS)
- One of the strongest strategies to stand out from the competition is to make sure your resume is very similar to the job description, with matching skills, qualifications, and experience levels.
- With each application, edit your resume so you get picked up by the ATS system and get the job. Above is an example of a sample resume where information is clear, to-the-point, and ATS friendly.
Start applying by going to job posting platforms such as LinkedIn, Indeed, and Monster
Company Career pages (located at the bottom of company websites)
Ask other International Students to “introduce you” to their employer & professors to “review your resume”
The last resource is to visit your college or university Job Portal.”
We wish you all good luck in your future endeavors. We hope this information will help you find your dream job.
- MangoVisa Team
Here’s more resume advice, from international students who are currently working in Canada.
Senior Analyst, Strategic Sourcing & Projects
Loblaw Companies Limited
”Lastly, include the quantitative achievements as a result of one's actions in very important. This is because employers are highly responsive to measurable proven value. Numbers allow them to better understand the value you may bring to the position.
Senior Product Manager
”Research about client/employer. Narrow down what one is actually looking for. Look at the job duties and make sure your resume includes all the required job duties and qualifications. If possible refer to some other Canadian job market sample resumes.
Make sure you are correctly explaining about what all job duties you have performed in the past. Do not repeat anything, This could make the recruiter think that you have copy pasted and the content is not original.
”First and foremost, I reduced by 2 page resume to a one page one. I did it by removing unnecessary content, reducing font size, changing font style, removing extra spaces and lines and so on. Canadian employers love simplicity. One should always create resume that are easy to understand. It should be relevant to the job opening.
Ensure to include as many skills as possible. Most importantly, make sure the skills, content and everything else is in line with the job description. Do no lie on the resume because you will be caught in the interview! Just make sure to include whatever you've done and include it in a efficient manner.
Project Manager intern(Coop)
Fiera Capital - Internship
”While applying for a job/internship, I made sure that the requirements for the job and my resume are not strikingly different. There has to be some connection - key words or job requirements that should be highlighted in the resume.
Associate Project Manager
”My experience is that every month the resume gets updated with something more relevant in terms of trends/feedback. This will always showcase how you are growing in your career and better understanding the changing job market. Also, make sure to participate in numerous resume critiquing sessions to better equip yourself from the eyes of the recruiters!
Marketing and Communications Associates
”Modifying the resume to include the key words from job description into the work experience section.
There are multiple standards, the Career department in the schools prefer a simple format that is in reverse chronological order. Whereas, companies prefer skills first resumes that align with job description. Therefore, it is advisable to learn from recruiters for their preferred format of resume.
Business Analyst Intern - Amplify Program
”Highlight 3,4 points for every past relevant experience and start with the recent education and then showcase previous education. If the gpa is good then do highlight that as well.
”Tailor the resume for each role . Focus on how you can say more in less word. Using the right words is the key and focusing on outcome is important. The resume preferably should be one page and should talk about extra curricular activities as well.
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