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Resume Checklist for Canadian Job Seekers

Everyday, new job application rules emerge. Just when you think you’ve got a hang of it, some new rule pops up and you’re back to square one. Things just seem to get more complicated everyday. And it’s the same with Canadian jobs too. But with all that complication in the labour market, it is important to provide guidelines in the simplest form possible. So here’s a simple checklist for Canadian job seekers;

Let’s start with the basics…

❐ My resume is not more than two pages long.

❐ I have written it in a simple font (ex: black, 10-12, Arial).

❐ My resume is structured in a way that it tells what I offer in less than 10 seconds.

❐ There is sufficient white space to make for easy reading, but not in a way that makes my resume appear empty.

❐ I have tailored my resume to the specific position I’m applying to.

❐ There are necessary headings and consistent spacing in my resume.

❐ I used an automated spell checker.

❐ Contact information is updated.

❐ I have scanned and proofread my resume for punctuation errors, typos and grammar issues.


The next list to check is related to your Work Experience;

❐ My job title, previous organizations, start and end dates, as well as highlights are included.

❐ I have contextualized and demonstrated my skills by adding activities and achievements, and not merely listing  responsibilities.

❐ About five bullet points have been added for each job.

❐ I have included the country(ies) of international work experience.

❐ I have used figures and percentages to quantify  my accomplishments.


The checklist for Education

❐ I did not add my high school education

❐ I have added a list of schools, degree/diploma type, program of study and graduation dates.

❐ I have indicated the country(ies) where I received international education.

These are few suggestions only and not everything will be applicable to all job seekers. However, this is a good place to start.

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