Basics of a good resume
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.