Here’s a few resume tips that are especially helpful for newcomers and recent immigrants. These are just a few tips to improve your resume, we have many more resume tips to give you via the members area. Newcomers can ask resume questions or seek free advice, from online career experts inside the members area.
In our opinion, the most important purpose of your resume is to get you an interview. If your resume has mistakes, or it’s poorly written, you will not get an interview – which also means you will not get the job. We encounter so many newcomers that tell us they’ve submitted a resume to 5 or 10 companies but haven’t heard anything back or didn’t get any responses. We then look at their resume and it quickly becomes obvious as to the reasons why they aren’t being called or contacted to go for an interview. A resume is so important for getting a job, you must avoid basic mistakes because they can have big consequences.
- Many newcomers like to include (usually at the top of resume) very personal information such as age, sex, height, weight, health status, marital status, religion, how many children they have, and a picture. Never put any of that information on your resume. Due to human rights and anti-discrimination laws in the USA and Canada, you are putting the employers in a bad situation by seeing or knowing that information. Employers don’t want to see this information!
- Many newcomers omit city and country information for each foreign job that appears on their resume. This is often done to disguise foreign job experience and to make job locations appear to be in North America. This doesn’t fool anyone and it’s considered misleading and dishonest.
- Only including the year for each job but omitting the months. This is often done to disguise employment gaps on a resume. Its normal for newcomers to have some gaps on their resume because it takes time to move here and get settled, so don’t worry too much if you have a gap. There is a huge difference from a job ending in January compared to a job ending in December. Employers won’t know if you have been out of work for 12 months or 1 month and this is information they want to know.
- Spelling mistakes and grammatical errors appear most on resumes of newcomers and recent immigrants – it’s important to recognize the seriousness of this. One single spelling mistake can cost you an interview. Employers look for spelling mistakes and they expect a resume to be perfect. If it isn’t perfect, they might assume you have weak English skills or you didn’t bother to proof read or spell check your resume. Many employers have zero tolerance for this!
- Downplay senior job titles like “Senior Director” or “National Manager” unless you are applying for senior level positions. It doesn’t help you, and can even hurt your chances of getting an interview. Example: Employers don’t want a Director of Engineering who was in charge of 180 staff, if you are applying for an Junior/Intermediate Engineer position.
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