Creating a Resume

Your resume is a marketing piece about you. Think of your resume as an advertisement of your skills. The employer is buying your skills, so make sure that your resume clearly outlines what you can do.

Your Resume

The purpose of your resume is to summarize your career. Your resume will be judged on three main things:

Readability - Make every word count. Avoid going beyond two pages, as long resumes lose their power. You want the employer to scan your resume and find answers to key questions.

Layout - Make your resume ease to skim by using subheads, a readable typeface and make sure it’s printed on white or off-white paper no larger than 8 ½ X 11. The layout should be pleasing to the eye.

Accuracy - Make sure your resume is perfect. Get others to proofread it objectively.

What to Include

Contact Information - Include your name, address, telephone numbers and e-mail address.

Career/Job Objective - This is a brief statement (one or two lines) that indicates the type of employment/career that you hope to pursue.

Education and Training - Include the name of your degree or diploma, the name of the institution, the location of the institution (city and province only) and the dates you attended.

Work Experience - Include permanent, part-time, volunteer and other relevant positions.

Specialized Skills and Award/Accomplishments – Highlight your computer skills, language skills and special training such as CPR. Note your honours and special distinctions.

References - Include a note at the end of your resume stating that references available upon request.

Need Help?

Contact the The Career Services Centre for additional assistance with your resume at or call us at 416-289-5233.