Write a resumé that highlights your accomplishments
It's not unusual for employers to receive hundreds of resumés 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 resumé to each and every position you apply for.
Five questions to ask yourself about your resumé
- Do I have an engaging, easy to read resumé template that I can tailor repeatedly as I apply for various positions?
- Is my resumé 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 resumé and what can be omitted?
- Does my resumé 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 Resumé , including tips for increasing its effectiveness?
Career Centre Resources
- You've Got Skills and Self Reflection: Learn how to identify the skills that you have to offer and use them on your resumé, cover letter and during your interview in a group setting.
- Resumé & Cover Letter Writing: Learn to write resumés and cover letters that stand out from the crowd.
- Career Lounge: Pop-in with a quick question or bring a career document to work on and stay awhile.
- Accomplishment Statements and Action Verbs [PDF - 502 kB]
- Resumé- Did You Know? [PDF - 441 kB]
- Resumé Introductions and Accomplishment Statements [PDF - 85 kB]
- Action Verbs for Use in Resumés [PDF - 63 kB]
- Resumé Checklist [PDF - 446 kB]
- Questions to Elicit Accomplishments [PDF - 39 kB]
- Sample Resumé : 1st-Year Student – No Work Experience [PDF - 232 kB]
- Sample Resumé : Accounting [PDF - 121 kB]
- Sample Resumé : Bachelor of Social Work [PDF - 118 kB]
- Sample Resumé : Computer Science [PDF - 79 kB]
- Sample Resumé : Education [PDF - 49 kB]
- Sample Resumé : Environmental Planning [PDF - 49 kB]
- Sample Resumé : Environmental Studies [PDF - 49 kB]
- Sample Resumé : Film Production [PDF - 408 kB]
- Sample Resumé : Health Studies [PDF - 71 kB]
- Sample Resumé : Humanities [PDF - 93 kB]
- Sample Resumé : Human Resources [PDF - 198 kB]
- Sample Resumé : Kinesiology [PDF - 69 kB]
- Sample Resumé : Marketing [PDF - 180 kB]
- Sample Resumé : Music [PDF - 125 kB]
- Sample Resumé : Psychology [PDF - 307 kB]
- Sample Resumé : Sociology [PDF - 123 kB]
- How to Write a Masterpiece of a Resumé : Tips on resumé writing, including constructing your evidence section, writing a good objective, and ensuring your resumé is visually effective.
- How to Write a Great Resumé : A brief but comprehensive online guidebook filled with tips to guide you through every aspect of resumé writing.
- Professional Resumé s: Examples of Resumé s 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 resumé 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 resumé that reflects your best you and what you have to offer.
- What to Leave Off Your Resumé : It’s best to keep your resumé “neutral” when it comes to most personal information. This Monster.ca article lists items not to include on your Resumé , either because they may leave you open to discrimination or because they may come across as negative to an employer.
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