What do I include in my Canadian résumé? What do I exclude?

Canadian résumés might be different from résumés in other countries. You need to create your résumé in a way that is familiar to Canadian employers.

Do Include

  • Your name and contact information at the top middle, left or right corner of the first page.
  • Your name at the top of page 2 as well (in case they get separated).
  • Relevant experience only - this includes volunteer experience.
  • Specific examples of accomplishments and results. Use numbers to quantify, if possible.

Do Not Include

  • Personal information such as age, marital status, gender, religion, social insurance number (SIN), political affiliation or immigration status.
  • A photo, unless you are applying for a job as a model or actor.
  • References, hobbies or salary expectations unless the job posting asks you to do so. If asked for references, include them on a separate sheet of paper. If asked for salary expectations, include them in your cover letter.
  • Work experience that is more than 10 years old.
  • Specific dates (for example: Sept 30, 2002-Feb 4, 2008). Years are enough (2002-2008).

For More Information

  • Résumé Preparation Do's and Don'ts – Key rules on what to include and what not to include.
  • 60+ Resume Writing Tips - This blog lists many important aspects of resume writing that go beyond just your resume. From RawResume.com.
  • How to Write a Good Resume - A guide to writing an effective resume. It includes information about how to increase your chances of being shortlisted with companies that use computerized recruitment systems.
  • eRésumés s & Resources - Comprehensive information on posting and sending your cover letters and résumés electronically.
  • Resume Writing - Detailed articles and infographics on how to create an effective resume. From UpToWork.Com.
Last updated: November 9, 2015 4001066