Resumes that stand out
The résumé is the most important tool used for applying to a job. The résumé is a self-marketing tool.

• Use titles or headings that match the job you are applying for.
• Sell the benefits of your skills.
• Analyze ads & job descriptions to identify keywords.
• Target your résumé to every job.
• Prioritize the content of your résumé by importance and relevance to the job.
• Be concise when describing skills and duties.
• Show the depth of your experience.

Get Attention
Utilize attention grabbing headings. Use concise layout.

Capture Interest
Position information to easily identify key traits. Highlight skills and experiences that are relevant to the job.

Create Desire for You
Show why the employer needs you. Prove your ability to fulfill and go beyond their needs.

Call for Action
Ask for an interview. Make it easy for the employer to contact you.

There are three types of résumés: chronological, functional and combination.

Chronological résumé: This type of résumé cites your employment history, your education in reverse chronological order (latest to oldest) with your most recent position/education first. This is the favourite format of employers due to its simple structure to see your career progress.

Functional résumé: This type of résumé focuses more on the types of transferable skills and abilities you possess rather than emphasizing more on the employment history. It may or may not be in chronological order. This type of résumé is mostly used by people who are changing careers and students with less work experience.

Combination résumé: This type of résumé is a combination of both Chronological and Functional résumé. It highlights your work experience and education in chronological order while providing details about the skills acquired during the period of your work experience or education.

A cover letter can make or
break your chance
of getting hired.
Your cover letter is the document that can make your job application stand out from the rest of the crowd. The cover letter is the first thing that employers are going to read. Your cover letter should highlight your skills and qualifications that closely match with the employer’s requirements. It serves as a personalized introduction to generate further interest in your résumé.

The cover letter answers the most important question: why should the employer hire you for the job?

The cover letter consists of four primary sections. These include:

1. The Heading: This section should contain your contact information followed by the current date and the employer's contact information.
2. The Introduction: The first paragraph of your cover letter should highlight who you are, where you found this posting, and what position you're applying for.
3. The Body: The second paragraph explains why you should be chosen for the job. This paragraph should highlight your skills and qualifications and they should be relevant to the job you are seeking. You should include sentences that demonstrate your skills and relate them to the job requirements to show how they would benefit the company.
4. The Closing Paragraph: This paragraph concludes your cover letter and you should clearly ask for the next step in the job search (interview) along with thanking them for taking the time to review your application.