At Resume Wiz we receive A LOT of questions on everything to do with resumes. Questions ranging from “what exactly is a resume” to “how to write the perfect resume”. So we thought why not compile these questions and share them with everyone!
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How do I write a simple resume?
The tricky thing with writing resumes is ensuring you are targeting your resume to the right audience. In this case, the audience may include recruiters, the hiring manager, the company culture, the industry, or even the time of year. Having said that, do want to ensure to include the following in your resume:
- contact information
- a brief introduction paragraph
- a section with your skills and expertise
- chronological job history (start with the most recent)
- any relevant achievements and goals
Check out our resume examples to get an idea of what we mean.
How do you write a resume in 2021?
We actually get this question every year! Much like fashion, resumes do go through trends. Some of the resume components that have changed over time include:
- the general format of the resume
- the layout of the resume (which is different than format)
- the type of fonts and colour on a resume
- the language tone of the resume
We actually wrote an entire article on Writing a resume for 2021.
How do you write a resume for the first time?
We have a lot of professional and experienced clients at Resume Wiz, but we also have a growing number of new grads and professional students who are writing a resume for the first time. Here is how to write your first professional resume for the Canadian or US job market:
- follow the same resume layout guideline we mentioned above
- instead of work experience, you can use your academic experience
- instead of career accomplishments, you can use academic accomplishments
- include any major academic projects you completed
- target your academic accomplishments to your upcoming job
We wrote an entire blog on resumes for new students and new grads that cover everything you need to know.
How do I write a resume in Canada?
One of our favourite things about being in the resume writing service is being able to help new Canadian immigrants how to write a resume and enter the job market. Here are some of the main differences we see between Canadian and international resumes:
- including too much personal information (religion, date of birth, etc)
- using “I” versus writing in the third person
- very formal language versus professional tone
- length of resume
If you’re interested in how to format your resume for the Canadian job market, read out the latest blog here.
How long should my resume be 2021?
The length of a professional resume in 2021 is pretty much the same length as a professional resume in 2020, or 2019, which is a maximum of two pages.
There are exceptions to this, but in general, the guidelines we use for the length of resumes is as follows:
- resume for new students and grads should be 1 page
- resumes for anyone with more than 5 years of experience should be 2 page
- resumes for graduate students or professionals, such as lawyers, doctors, professors, etc, should be 2-4 pages