Resume Writing

Inclusion Guidelines: What You Should Include In A Resume

  • Name
  • Address
  • Telephone number
  • Career or job objective
  • All work experience
  • Education
  • Training courses and professional development
  • Professional membership
  • Awards and achievements
  • Employment history
  • Volunteer experience and community service experience

What You Should NOT Include In A Resume:

  • Age, sex, height and weight
  • Social Insurance Number
  • Race and religion
  • Marital status
  • Photographs
  • Do not date your resume
  • Do not use "I" when writing sentences
  • References (prepare a separate sheet with your references,
    provide to employer when asked and/or bring it to the job interview)
  • Reasons for leaving any job
  • Health
  • Salary requirements or expectations
  • Availability
  • Personal statements

Tips For Writing Resumes

  1. Keep information in your resume concise
    • resumes should be two pages or less
  2. Your resume must be absolutely error free
    • ask someone to proofread it
    • check for spelling, grammar and punctuation
  3. Use action words to describe your skills and experience
    • for example, projected, operated, recorded, directed,
      arranged
  4. Make sure your resume is well organized
    • sections should be clearly defined and laid out in logical
      order
  5. Type your resume on quality paper
    • select white, off-white, or grey
    • avoid bright colours and unusual size paper
    • style resume by using white space
    • use wide margins and space between sections
  6. Use short sentences or point form; they are easier to read than
    long sentences and paragraphs
  7. Line up major headings to make the resume easier to read
  8. Be positive and creative