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How To Create A Great Resume For A New Immigrant In Canada

Canada is one of the most popular destinations for people to move to in the world, and it’s no wonder why. The people are famously friendly, the land itself is incredibly beautiful, and the job market can be great.

If you have recently moved to Canada and are in search of a new job, it can be difficult to know where to start. Getting a job in Canada is much like any other job you are applying for in countries all over the world; it requires a great resume to start.

Writing a resume isn’t always easy, especially when you are not sure what employers in your new country are looking for in particular. Keep reading, as we provide useful tips on how to write a great resume as a new immigrant in Canada.

What Is A Resume?

A resume is a formal document that most job applications require in order to get a good idea of your qualifications and experience. On top of all this information, they will also include contact information such as your phone number and relevant email address.

Creating a resume is all about making yourself stand out and letting your potential future employer know why you’re the best person for the job.

Writing The Perfect Resume

If you have recently gone through the Canadian immigration system and are looking for a Canadian job, you may want to create a new resume and might not be sure exactly what to include. Resumes should include the basics such as:

  • contact information
  • qualifications
  • experience
  • personal statement

But it’s what you do and don’t include within these categories that matter most. Here are the top features to include in your new resume.

Focus On Your Experience

Finding a job can be a struggle, especially in a new country. It’s for this reason that focusing on any relevant experience is vital for creating a great resume. Your relevant work experience and the skills you acquired from that experience should be a central point.

Take a look at the job posting that you’re interested in and think back to your previous work. Anything relevant to the position is important to include as it lets the employers know that you are a right fit for the role.

This is exactly why tailoring your resume to each role you’re applying for can really make a difference in how successful you are in these applications. Customizing your resume for each job application before sending it off to another potential employer, can go a long way.

Highlight Your Skills

Highlighting specific skills that are directly related to the job you’re applying for, can be especially important when creating your resume.

For example, if you have worked as a Medical Office Assistant in another country, this skill would be important to medical centres or hospitals that are looking to fill this role. As an immigrant to Canada, being multilingual can also be an incredible asset to potential employers and should be highlighted.

Showcase What Makes You Unique

There are likely many other potential candidates applying for the same job positions that you are. These candidates may have a lot of the same qualifications and experience as you. Showcasing what makes you unique is a great way to have your resume stand out from the other applicants.

If you’re struggling with what to include, below are some suggestions you could include.

  • volunteer experiences
  • hobbies you enjoy
  • places you have lived or travelled to

Finding The Right Job For You

Moving to a new country, even one as welcoming as Canada, can be a lot to take in. Adding in the job hunting process on top of this can just feel like added pressure. As part of Citi College’s career service, you can get access to valuable support to help alleviate some of the stress of finding the right job.

Look back at your past experience and consider what parts of those jobs you enjoyed and excelled at the most as this can give you insight into what type of career you want to step into next.

Add A Diploma To Your Resume With Citi College

Your experience and skills will go a long way on a resume, but having a diploma in the field you want to work in, can make all the difference. Citi College is based in Toronto and Mississauga and offers a variety of unique diploma courses to help you get the Canadian job of your dreams.

With subjects such as business and management diploma programs, IT diploma programs and healthcare industry diploma programs, there are endless opportunities to expand your knowledge!

Your new career path awaits! Register with Citi College today or contact us for more information.

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