This tutorial will help you create a master CV based on your career objective. You can then adapt it to a particular job ad or a spontaneous application.
Consult the page Create Your Master CV. You will learn how to lay the foundation for a great master CV in just five steps.
Make sure to use their vocabulary. Read job ads to get familiar with key words used in Québec in your target industry.
Explain and translate terms that might be unclear to the employer.
Make it perfectly clear on your CV.
Looking for a job that values creativity? You may want to add a unique touch, such as in the formatting, colours or graphics.
But not so fast! The format of your CV should emphasize your skills and knowledge. There is no point in drawing attention to less important parts of your CV just because you like the way it looks!
Also, keep in mind that some recruiters use CV scanning software that cannot read certain graphics. A CV with graphics can actually cause problems.
Include your completed or ongoing education program, last to first.
Specify the following:
If you are currently completing or have recently completed a program, write the courses you have taken that are related to your objective.
Include any other training or studies related to this position.
Current and former graduate students – your thesis.
This section is crucial. It shows what you have accomplished in a professional setting.
Don't forget to include your experience outside of Canada that is related to the job you are targeting.
Was your first work experience in Canada unrelated to your current objectives?
Make sure to include it on your CV. It shows that you are ready to work in Canada. However, do not go into detail about unrelated job duties.
Are you overqualified for the positions you’re targeting?
If so, contact the resource person for your program.
This section is mandatory. Only list the software programs that are relevant to the job you’re targeting.
These sections can give your CV a boost, provided that they contain relevant information that merits emphasis. Otherwise, you are only weakening your CV by providing too much information that is not of interest to the employer.