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No Resume? No Problem. Tackle Writing Your Resume With These Simple Tips

Posted on October 29th, 2015 - Written by: Vanessa Hamkens

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Writing a resume can be frustrating, stressful, and time consuming, but it doesn’t have to be. Most people don’t know where to begin when constructing their resume, nor do they know what employers are looking for.  Industry competition nowadays emphasizes the importance of a well-constructed resume as the first step in your job search.

This post aims to give you a better understanding of the critical aspects of a resume that will help yours stand out and not end up in the trash. There are some key requirements that must be included when writing a resume in order to be competitive in any area. It must be:

 

  1. Well formatted

Resumes are most effective when they are simple, professional, and easy to read. First impression and initial appearance are key as most recruiters spend an average of 6 seconds scanning a resume before moving on. Make those 6 seconds count!

Clearly lay out your contact information at the top of the page so it is easy for the employer to get in contact with you if need be. They won’t take the time to chase you, so make it easy for them.

Professionalism is extremely important when it comes to resume writing because it is the only impression they have of you prior to an interview. Take the time to ensure that everything is aligned and consistent. Pick a simple font, headings should be clear and easy to follow, and your experience should be written in reverse chronological order. Below your contact information, you should have the following headings clearly laid out:

  • Education

Include all relevant education you have as well as the dates you attended each educational institution. You can chose to include any involvement or achievements you deem relevant in bullet form under this title, or you can include this information under another title if it is more applicable there.

  • Experience (related or other)

This section can included paid or volunteer positions. Employers look for consistency and often it doesn’t look good to have many different positions or jobs in a short period of time. That being said, include all your recent or otherwise relevant past work experiences. For the more recent/relevant positions, include up to 3 bullet points of the tasks or duties you completed during the time you held that position.

Optional:

  • Applicable Skills

If you have any unique skills that may interest a potential employer, you could briefly mention these. This could help you stand out from the other candidates.

  • Awards or Other Major Accomplishments

Have you received any interesting awards? For athletics? Community service involvement? Academics? Let this potential employer know. They want to see someone who is driven, dedicated, and well rounded, as well as someone who is competent and qualified to complete the job.

Again, including a short bullet point list of some awards you’ve received within the past few years or any major accomplishments can’t hurt.

 

  1. Free of irrelevant, inappropriate, or unprofessional information

Experience is important, but employers don’t want to see all the irrelevant job experience you have from years ago, especially not in detail. If you have space, perhaps simply state it, but leave it at that. Refrain for including any information that may be deemed as inappropriate as well. You should never include any details about your personal life on your resume.

 

  1. Tailored to Specific Employers

Create your resume skeleton first, and fill it in according to the position you are applying to. Every resume you give to a potential employer should be slightly different than the one given to the previous one. This can be done by taking key words from the job description and incorporating them into your resume bullet points. Employers want to see that you have the relevant skills and personality traits that they require for the job. By using these key words, you are making a valuable connection between what they are looking for and what you have to offer.

 

  1. Proofread

Simple spelling grammatical errors could be the deciding factor between you and another candidate. Take the time to reread and edit your resume until you are sure it is free of and spelling and grammar errors. Get a friend or family member to read it over before submitting it.

 

These simple pointers should help you with this important step in the job application process. For additional information, please take a look at the links posted below. If you feel like you need further assistance in writing your resume, feel free to contact our career services!

 

http://www.fastcompany.com/3052371/hit-the-ground-running/a-former-google-recruiter-reveals-the-biggest-resume-mistakes

http://jobsearch.about.com/od/resumetips/tp/resumetips.htm

https://careerservices.princeton.edu/undergraduate-students/resumes-letters-online-profiles/resumes/resume-sections

 

 

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CBC Job Fair a Hit with Students and Job Seekers

Posted on January 22nd, 2014 - Written by: Vanessa Hamkens

With a turnout of over 300 strong, Canadian Business College’s recent job fair was nothing short of successful.

Representatives from CIBC, Scotiabank, Sun Life Financial, Career Edge, Critical Search, Robert Half Technology, JobStart, Furniture Bank, Creative Minds Montessori, ZSA Legal, YWCA, Simply Green Home Services, Canadian Youth Business Foundation and The Institute of Law Clerks of Ontario, were on hand to meet with enthusiastic CBC students and alumni. With the event open to the public, there were also a large number of external job seekers in attendance.

The fair was held at Canadian Business College’s Toronto campus located at Yonge and Bloor.

Check out some of the photos from the event below:

Job fair participants after set up.

Job fair participants were all smiles after setup

Job seekers networking with employers and recruiters

Job seekers networking (or waiting to network) with employers and recruiters

With such a tremendous turnout, we were thrilled to see students and alumni meet and greet with confidence, engage in discussions and distribute their resumes to the employers and recruiters in attendance.

There’s no question that providing students with the training they need to succeed, then connecting them with opportunities in the workforce, is what it’s all about. To that end, Canadian Business College’s Student Services department is continually looking for innovative and hands-on ways to connect graduates with fruitful career opportunities. You can learn more about the initiatives and services we offer our students here.

By all accounts, the job fair was a huge success and a hit with students and job seekers alike. If you attended, feel free to post a comment below about your experience and how it helped in your search. We look forward to hosting the next one!

-Michael

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Visit the Canadian Business College Job Fair!

Posted on January 7th, 2014 - Written by: Vanessa Hamkens

CSW_2_600x315Canadian Business College is very pleased to be hosting its first job fair of the New Year on Friday, January 17, 2014 between 2 PM and 5 PM.

Free of charge and open to current students, alumni and the general public, the job fair will provide attendees with the opportunity to meet with prospective employers and recruiters from a wide variety of industries, including: banking, business management, community services, information technology, legal and more!

The following businesses, organizations and agencies have been confirmed and will be on hand to meet with job seekers:

The fair will be held Canadian Business College’s downtown campus located at 2 Bloor Street West – 22nd Floor, Toronto, ON, M4W 3E2. For Google Map directions, please click here.

For additional information, please contact our student services department at 416.925.9929 x 108 or email us at studentservices@canadianbusinesscollege.com.

Make sure to swing by and don’t forget to bring copies of your resume! See you there.

#canbizjobfair

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