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Resume and Cover Letter

To apply for a job in Canada, you will likely be required to submit a cover letter and a resume to the employer.

A resume is a carefully typed one or two page document that describes your skills, work-related experience(s), education and other training that make you a strong candidate for the position.  A resume may also be called a curriculum vitae, or CV.

Staff at Employment Ontario - Employment Service locations are available to help individuals create, or  update, a resume.

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If you are applying for more than one type of job, you should create different resumes to highlight specific skills and experiences.

For example, a job-seeker may choose to have an individual  resume that highlights financial, office administration, and retails skills. 

Depending on the job, the employer may also ask you for a portfolio or sample of your work. Your cover letter and resume are very important because they create the employer's first impression of you. The main purpose of your resume and cover letter is to get you a job interview.

Canadian resumes and cover letters might be different from resumes in other countries. You need to create your resume/cover letter in a way that is familiar to Canadian employers.

It is a good idea to have someone else look over your resume and cover letter before you apply. You will want to be sure the person reviewing your resume/CV and cover letter is familiar with Canadian-styled applications.  Many community agencies, such as Ontario Employment Services, can help you with your resume and cover letter.

For more information about Canadian-style resumes, visit Settlement.org.

InMyLanguage.ca has more information about help with cover letters and resumes available in multiple languages.