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Basics of a good resume

Tips to create a CV that delivers results.

Length

  • Ideally, keep it to two pages. At the top of the first page, put your name, phone number and email address. We recommend that you also add a link to your LinkedIn profile, if you have one.
  • Write one or two sentences to introduce yourself and describe your professional experience or career goals.
  • Outline your work experience, starting with the most recent. Include your professional achievements and explain briefly how they could make you the right person for the position.

Tone

  • Adopt a sales-oriented style supported by figures from your past experience (you headed a team of xx people, managed a $xx portfolio, etc.).
  • Choose short, dynamic words that will attract our talent acquisition team’s attention.
  • Another way to stand out from the crowd is to use key words related to the position, as found in the job posting.

Layout

  • Choose a font that’s easy to read. Wherever possible, bullet lists in point form are preferred.
  • Proofread your resume carefully, because spelling mistakes can be considered a sign of carelessness.

Other tips

  • Indicate clearly if you speak and write in more than one language.
  • Putting page numbers on your resume is recommended.
  • Certain personal information should not be included in your resume, such as your birth date, social insurance number and marital status.
  • Do not include your photo in your resume.

Cover letter

This is the letter accompanying your resume. Written in a concise style, it allows you to make a good impression by summarizing your qualifications, your career goals and the reasons why you’d like to work at BDC.

  • Indicate how your professional profile, experience, achievements and skills correspond to the available position’s target profile and requirements.
  • List your strengths clearly.
  • Highlight any experience that could help you be selected for the position.

One final tip: If you want to stand out from the others, avoid copying examples of cover letters found online.

Effective resume template


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