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Some resume and cover letter tips

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The guide in this link is written with the Ontario Gov't jobs in mind, but a lot/most of it is applicable to all resumes and cover letters.

http://www.gojobs.gov.on.ca/Files/OPSResumePreparationGuideEN.pdf

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Sideline

Interesting article/publication. True and untrue parts.

If you are throwing a resume into the black hole of job applications on job sites these use "keyword identifiers" that are part of the job specs and in the advert. USE THEM! The computer programs used to screen throw out resumes that don't hit at least a few of those keywords.

CUSTOMIZE every resume for each job. DON'T throw out a standard resume for every job. It doesn't work! DON'T list all of your skills. Only the skills relevant to the job. Also don't list all your previous jobs, especially those that have no experience related to the job you are applying for. You were a waiter fresh out of varsity. It has nothing to do with your job application in a finance roll, or your application as a hazardous material truck driver etc. Sell yourself to the job with your RELEVANT history.

ACTION words for your achievements are critical. What you did is more important than what you do. You ACHIEVED the goals of the task. You LED a team to success. You MANAGED the project and SAVED both time and money and IMPROVED the process under budget and with more than expected. You FACILITATED negotiations and COACHED the parties in diagnosing the issues. You get the idea.

Cover letter, make it short, punchy to the point.

We found it very advantageous to send an email with the job requirements and explain line by line why you suit the position. In the cover letter outline your best achievements and strengths of what you bring to the job.

Next, try and get a Canadian address to work from. This open a lot of doors that you don't think relevant but it does help. Make friends and ask permission to use their addresses. You will be surprised at how this helps. From personal experience we found a lot more interest as soon as we had a Canadian address, even though we were not in Canada right then.

You can leave a phone number out but in your cover letter state that for professional and privacy reasons you need to be contacted by skype or email initially. This at least opens the door to communication. Might not work for those looking for sponsorship. Works best if you have PR to come over with. Unfortunately we don't have experience with WP and sponsorship.

In short, don't roll out your 15 page CV SA style. Here resumes are short and to the point.

Summary, skills relevant to the job, achievements for your reason to do the job, career history relevant to the job, education history (certifications and degrees assessed by a Canadian professions assessor like WES).

Those 5 things are what you need.

Obviously not every resume is or can be only 2 pages but try your best to keep it short and relevant.

Hope this helps those of you still looking for work or wanting to come over.

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Cobus

This guideline was written for people in Canada, not for foreign nationals

It is rare that South Africans find work by themselves. Yes they are but we are swamped by South Africans that ahs ben search for years without success.

Manny Canadians do not want to employ someone they have never met and that is what many used recruiters that travel to South Africa

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On 5/15/2015 at 3:04 AM, Cobus said:

This guideline was written for people in Canada, not for foreign nationals

It is rare that South Africans find work by themselves. Yes they are but we are swamped by South Africans that ahs ben search for years without success.

Manny Canadians do not want to employ someone they have never met and that is what many used recruiters that travel to South Africa

With current low Express Entry points everyone is doing the application themselves and finding work for themselves.

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