Eight Things New-Canadians Should Remove from Resumes

As a Certified Professional Resume Writer, I greatly enjoy helping international professionals effectively transition their global experience, education and training to speak to Canadian employment requirement. I encounter a lot of resumes from clients from all over the world with information that is simply not acceptable for the Canadian labour market. The following is a succinct guide for new comers to Canada and those looking to immigrate to Canada, which clearly explains the details you should never include in your Canadian Resume!

Make sure to remove:

1. Photographs

The only people who need to include photos in their resumes are models and performers. New immigrants often incorporate photos on their resume upon relocating to Canada. While Canadian Labour Law prohibits employers from discriminating against candidates based on race, gender, etc., it would be naive to assume they adhere to the law at all times.

2. Personal or Work Failures

This includes being fired, failures in exams, divorce, businesses, etc.

3. Every  part-time job you have ever had

Part- time jobs may be relevant to entry-level candidates with limited experience who are looking for their first job, but after that, they do not add value. Keep only the most relevant work history when writing your resume.

4. The words ‘I’, ‘he’ or ‘she’

Your resume should normally be written in the first person (‘I’), but you never actually need to write the pronoun ‘I’ in a resume, it is implied. Some people used to write their resume in the third person (‘he’ or ‘she’). Again, you do not need to include the ‘he’ or ‘she’.

5. References

Your references should not be included on your resume – whether they are names, addresses, emails and phone numbers. The phrase “References are available upon request” should also be left out as it is customary for employers to request them automatically if you are selected to participate in the interview process.

6. Reasons for leaving each job

Never include the reason you left an organization on your resume, especially if they are negative points. This may leave you open to being misunderstood.

7. Listing of high school diploma

Once you have attained post-secondary education, whether a college certificate or a university degree, you no longer need to include your high school diploma on your resume.

8. Salary history information

This could potentially be used to reject your application. If a job advertisement specifically requests this information, you can always include it in your cover letter.

Surranna Sandy is the President to Résumé Solutions, a Certified  Résumé Writer and Certified Employment interview Professional and a leading Canadian expert in Career Management. Ms Sandy is  an expert in resume writing, interview preparation, career coaching, employment trends, hiring practices and workplace issues. Ms. Sandy partners with both Fortune 100 companies and individuals to deliver targeted programs focusing on resume writing, job search strategies, networking, interviewing, and salary negotiation skills. Contact Ms. Sandy via email at info@resumesolutions.ca or by phone at (416) 361-1290/1-866-361-1290.

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