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The Résumé

The all-important résumé! A key part of your job search, it lets you showcase your qualities to find the job you want.

What makes for a successful résumé? The three Ps. Your résumé has to be precise, pertinent and pack a punch. You have about one minute to grab the employer’s attention. Here’s how to do it.

The format and page layout
Go ahead and personalize it to reflect your tastes and imagination. But be careful! Your résumé has to be clear, easy to read and simple.
  • Avoid using multiple or ornate fonts.
  • Avoid overusing dashes, bullet points, lines and other graphics.
  • Don’t include your photo (unless you are asked for it).
  • Avoid humour, which has no place in a résumé.
  • Don’t include your salary expectations, social insurance number, date of birth or marital status.
  • Don’t exceed three pages and make sure the information is up to date.
The content
No matter what format you use for your résumé or the order you present the information in, you need to include:
  • Your aptitudes
  • Your accomplishments in previous jobs
  • Your experience that relates to the position you’re after
  • Your technical skills (software, etc.)
  • The languages you’ve mastered
As for the rest...
  • Leisure activities You can include them, but be careful of how they may be interpreted, for example, you could be perceived as a loner if you don’t engage in team sports.
  • Extracurricular activities : Yes, because they show your interest in achieving complementary objectives.
  • Volunteer work : Yes, because it demonstrates your generosity and your values.
  • References : You can indicate that they will be provided upon request.
The order of sections

You can draft your résumé with a focus on your experience, your skills or a mix of the two.

Here are three possible résumés, and the order for the sections:

Focused on work experience

  1. Career objective
  2. Work experience (beginning with the most recent job)
  3. Education
  4. Technical skills
  5. Language skills
Focused on accomplishments

  1. Career objective
  2. Main accomplishments
  3. List of jobs (beginning with the most recent)
  4. Education
  5. Technical and language skills
Focused on skills

  1. Career objective
  2. Main accomplishments
  3. Technical and language skills
  4. Work experience (beginning with the most recent job)
  5. Education
Language

Use words with impact, or action verbs, for example: accomplish, administer, communicate, create, lead, organize, participate, produce.

Reread it again and again – just one spelling mistake and your résumé could end up in the garbage can. Make use of every resource at your disposal (spell checkers, dictionaries, a friend, a parent, etc.).

Writer’s block?

Don’t reinvent the wheel! There are plenty of sample résumés available all over the web, even right from your word processing program.

Better yet, download Drakkar’s sample résumés and personalize them:

What are your career objectives? What have you accomplished? What are your strongest skills?

DRAKKAR'S TOOLS

Here are some tools you can download to help you in your job search!

Résumé model focused on job experience
Résumé model focused on accomplishments
Résumé model focused on skills
Cover letter model