Resumes (also known as curriculum vitae, or CVs) are an essential part of finding employment.
You can think of a resume as a “cheat sheet” for an employer to quickly learn about a job applicant, including their work and educational history, their qualifications, and their skillset.
Here are a few important “dos and don’ts” to get you started on writing your resume:
DO: Make sure your name and contact information is very visible at the top of your resume.
DO: Include all of your relevant past work experience and education.
DO: Include skills that you have that are not covered in your work or educational history. For example, you might want to include other languages that you speak, any certifications that you have (First Aid; coaching certifications; etc.), and volunteer experience.
DO: Have someone look over your resume before you apply for jobs. They can double-check your formatting, spelling and grammar. If they know you well, they may even give you advice about what else you should include. Consider choosing a teacher or guidance counsellor to proofread your résumé.
DON’T: Lie or exaggerate.
DON’T: Make a resume that is longer than one or two single-sided pages. Sometimes job applications will list the accepted resume length.
DON’T: Overcrowd the information on your resume or make it difficult to read.
There are lots of examples of résumés online to reference! Check out one website with examples of résumés for high school and university students HERE.