The key to a good resume is spending TIME and ATTENTION to the details. Often, your resume and cover letter is the first impression you make upon a potential employer.
A good resume CANNOT have any errors. This includes ensuring you have NO ERRORS in:
To help you with your resume, please see the attached pdf documents (in order). For additional assistance or the use of in-house resources, please come to the Career Centre - Room 2600.
Are you fairly computer literate? Or are you not really good with computers and need help formatting a resume? Use this instruction sheet to help you get started.
If you want to use Microsoft Word Templates, there are two posted here. You must have Microsoft Word software on your computer to be able to use these. If you do not have Microsoft Word, follow step #1 on the Developing your Resume Handout pdf above.
Need help writing a good job objective. Use this handout to help you with that.
Need help with words to use on your resume? Use any (or all) of these three documents to find the right words to help you.
Please ensure that you list at least ONE REFERENCE with a working phone number on your resume. Refrain from putting "References Available Upon Request". You are just making more work for the employer. Give them the option of following up on your references, rather than having to phone you to get a name and number.
Here is a sample resume when complete (by using a template from Career Cruising or Microsoft Word, you don't have to think or worry about the formatting or spacing in a resume - it's all done for you).
Ask a Teacher For a Reference
When you apply for a post-secondary institution, a job, a scholarship, or a summer research program, you will need reference letters from teachers/professors you know. to get better letters, you need to choose the right people and provide them with all the information they need to write you a good letter. If you follow the guidelines on our handout, you will be more successful in reaching your goals.