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What you should include on your resume

Your resume should be a savvy sales document showcasing your key achievements. Every job you apply for is different, therefore tailored resumes will stand out from the rest.

Personal summary.
This is optional, but it’s a good opportunity to highlight in a few sentences what you hope to achieve in your next position, what you offer, and demonstrate how you will solve the hiring manager’s challenges. In marketing terms, this is the place for your ‘unique sales proposition, or’USP’.

Include a key skills list.
A bulleted list of three to five examples, relevant to the role you are applying for. Wherever possible, use the same adjectives as those used in the job ad.

Describe your position within the company.
Provide a short summary line about the company and /or project and where you fit in the hierarchy; this will help hiring managers to envisage the scope of your role. Be sure to document if the business name has changed. Eg. Suncor (formally PetroCanada.)

Explain what you do and your key achievements.
Duties must be concise and achievements should demonstrate how you impacted the business, including quantified results.

No references at this stage.
Actual references are typically not relevant at this stage. It is fine to simply say ‘References are available on request’.

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