Look and Listen... | Regardez et écoutez ...
How to write a resumé | Comment créer un curriculum vitae
What is a resumé | Qu’est-ce qu’un curriculum vitae?
A resumé is a self-promotional tool used in a job search which is intended to highlight the student’s:
Skills and abilities
Work experience and accomplishments
What is the goal of the resumé | Quel est le but d’un curriculum vitae?
The goal of the resumé is to secure an interview with a prospective employer. The resumé aims to summarize key information regarding the applicant and is generally one to two pages maximum in length.
Resumé types| Les types de curriculum vitae
There is more than one way to structure a resumé:
The chronological resumé format is an effective choice for students who have prior work experience including part-time or summer employment. Work experience is listed in reverse chronological order with the current or most recent job listed first. Education, skills and other information are listed after the work experience.
The functional resumé is an effective choice for students who do not have work experience. Since this type of resumé emphasizes job related qualifications rather than one’s work experience, the functional resumé highlights essential skills, work habits, abilities, attitudes, competencies and interests that make the student a great candidate for the job.
The combination resumé combines aspects of the chronological resumé and the functional resumé to include both job related qualifications and work experience. The combination resumé is an effective choice for students who want to emphasize their work history in addition to their specific skills. This style of resumé lists the candidate’s skills and experiences first.
The common sections of a resumé | Les parties principales du curriculum vitae
Below is a list of some of the common sections that may be incorporated in a resumé. The order of the sections should be relevant to the employer, the job and the work experience as well as the type of resumé selected for use.
information | Les
Include your name, address, telephone number and email address
and Qualifications | Les
compétences et les qualifications
List competencies, accomplishments, special abilities and applicable skills from work, volunteer experience or hobbies that relate to the job being sought
List each educational achievement in order, beginning with the most recent
List date, degree, name of institution and location of institution
Include special awards, scholarships or bursaries
experience | L’expérience
Include starting date and year and end year, position title, organization name and location
Use nuggets to list the most important and applicable responsibilities assumed and accomplishments
Begin nuggets with action words
Include volunteer experiences
and interests | Les
activités et les intérêts
List clubs, professional associations, interests and other activities
Use nuggets to provide responsibilities, duties and any special accomplishments related to this area
section heading examples | D’autres
exemples de titres
Job Goals | L’objectif de carrière
Related Skills | Les compétences liées à l’emploi
Volunteer experience and community involvement | Le bénévolat et les engagements communautaires
Additional Training | La formation complémentaire
Language Skills | Les compétences en langues
International Travel | Les voyages internationaux
Computer Skills | Les compétences en informatique
Leadership Experience | L’expérience en leadership
Academic Projects | Les projets académiques
References | Les références
On a separate page, have a list of three references that can be made available upon request
Provide title, organization, telephone number and email address for each
Get permission to use these references before including them in the resumé (teacher, guidance counsellor, coach, summer or part-time employer and community leader)
Keep your reference list up to date
effective resumé does not
Personal pronouns such as I | je
Number or letter categories
Slang or colloquialisms
Age/date of birth or sex
Physical descriptions such as height and weight
Social insurance number
References, but these should be ready if they are requested