Résumé and Interview Tips

Résumé Tips

General Views on Résumés

Employers are increasingly requiring résumés to be submitted for part-time employment and stress the importance of content. The need for a clear, to the point résumé is vital. The résumé should be used to get the interview and therefore, needs to be tailored to each position. Employers are looking for people who give a little extra effort. Résumés should be to the point, well-structured and easy to read in 30 seconds or less.

Certain Components which should be Part of any Résumé Style

  • Name, address, postal code, phone number and email, if checked regularly
  • Personal profile
  • Education
  • Skills and abilities
  • Work experience, practicum/co-op work experience, internships
  • Volunteer experience/extra-curricular
  • Mention of references

General Résumé Tips

  • Keep your résumé to 1-2 pages
  • Use 8.5 x 11 white or neutral-toned quality paper
  • Use a good quality printer
  • Must be well organized and laid out in a logical manner
  • Proofread – résumé should have absolutely no grammar or spelling errors. Computer spellcheckers do not catch all errors.
  • Have equal margins on all sides
  • Remember the layout of the résumé can be different than the "norm"
  • Be consistent in résumé setup (verb tenses, spacing, dates, bolding, underlining, italicizing)
  • Keep font size between 10-12 ( your name can be a larger size)
  • Eliminate personal pronouns such as 'I'
  • Use point form and keep sentences short and to the point
  • Use action verbs to describe duties
  • Your résumé should focus on your skills and abilities
  • Your name and page number should be on consecutive pages
  • Should reflect transferable skills
  • If sending a résumé by fax, follow it up with an original by mail