PrepCan’s Insiders Vol. 5

Posted by: Arcelia Camacho Date: October 30, 2017 Category: PrepCan's Insiders

Written by Arcelia Camacho, PMP

Dear PrepCan:

I have been sending my resume to potential employers and haven’t heard from them. My resume is four pages long and includes this information:

  • Name
  • City & country
  • Mobile phone
  • LinkedIn profile
  • Skype username       
  • Best time to call (21:00-2:00 IST)
  • English language level
  • Immigration status
  • Objective
  • Professional summary
  • Skillset
  • Education
  • Global exposure
  • Career contour
  • Key deliverables
  • Key achievements & contributions
  • Projects Handled (6)
  • Availability: Willing to relocate and do not hold a bond with the current employer, Canada Permanent Resident visa holder
  • References available upon request

Sincerely,

Worried Job Hunter

 

 

Dear Worried Job Hunter:

Your four-page-long resume seems to be an excellent start to build a master resume.

A master resume is a document that functions as a source to help you create other resumes.  It is not meant to serve as the template—and is never to be submitted.  Instead, it allows you to list every skill you have acquired, your education, all of your jobs, everything in one place.

I suggest you limit the amount of personal information you share with potential employers.  There’s no need to share your English language level, immigration status, and place of current residence (City & Country). You will be competing with other candidates in Canada and share this information may bias the employer.

Another recommendation is to shorten your resume to 2 pages and tailor it to the position. For example, if you have contributed to 6 projects, you can add the ones that are relevant to the job you are applying to.  The same applies to your summary, skillset, key deliverables, achievements, and contributions.  You may wonder:  How do you know what is relevant and what is not? The answer is to analyze the job posting and identify keywords. Then match those keywords to your experience and skill set.

For more information on how to customize your resume, log in to your PrepCan account and read this article.

 

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