Write a résumé that highlights your accomplishments

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It's not unusual for employers to receive hundreds of résumé in response to a single job opening.

In order to stand out as a strong candidate, it's your responsibility to ensure the employer understands how and why you would be a great fit for the position. That means tailoring your résumé to each and every position you apply for.

Five questions to ask yourself about your résumé

  • Do I have an engaging, easy to read résumé template that I can tailor repeatedly as I apply for various positions?
  • Is my résumé simply a list of past duties or does it paint a picture of me succeeding in the position I'm applying for?
  • Have I determined what information is relevant for my résumé and what can be omitted?
  • Does my résumé highlight my skills and accomplishments in a way that will entice an employer to invite me for an interview?
  • Did I get objective professional feedback regarding my résumé, including tips for increasing its effectiveness?

Change your CV to a résumé

Translating a CV to a Résumé workshop: If you are a Masters or Doctoral level student, you may have an academic CV (curriculum vitae) as opposed to an employment focused résumé. If this is the case, you should think about changing your CV to a résumé in order to more effectively apply for jobs outside of academia.

Applying to academic jobs

If you're looking for a job within academia or applying for a research grant or scholarship, the Career Centre's Dossier Service will store and forward transcripts on behalf of eligible graduate students.

Resources to assist you in writing a strong résumé

Résumé & Cover Letter Writing workshop: Learn to write résumés and cover letters that stand out from the crowd.

Career Cyberguide: videos with strategies and tips to help you write your résumé.

How to Write a Masterpiece of a Résumé: tips on résumé writing, including constructing your evidence section, writing a good objective, and ensuring your résumé is visually effective.

How to Write a Great Résumé: a brief but comprehensive online guidebook filled with tips to guide you through every aspect of résumé writing.

Free Résumé Templates: These résumé samples in various formats and designs are provided free in MS Word and are customizable. You can either upload your current résumé or use their online tool to create a new one from scratch.

Résumé Writing for New Graduates: tips for new graduates who have little or no experience to put on a résumé.

Professional Résumés: examples of résumés in a variety of fields. You can use these templates to get an idea of formatting, to learn the type of field-specific language used, and to see the ways that others in the field have articulated their experience. Keep in mind that your résumé should be a unique document that reflects your own skills, accomplishments and experiences, so don't cut and paste from a template! Use the templates for inspiration to create a résumé that reflects your best you and what you have to offer.

What to Leave Off Your Résumé: It’s best to keep your résumé “neutral” when it comes to most personal information. This Monster.ca article lists items not to include on your résumé, either because they may leave you open to discrimination or because they may come across as negative to an employer.

Common Résumé Writing Mistakes: This brief video discusses some of the common mistakes associated with the “summary” section of the résumé and how to remedy them.