Your resume is the backbone of your application - often it will be the first thing hiring managers read. If you aren’t clear about your skills, qualifications and history, you won’t get a chance to tell your story.
Your cover letter gives you a chance to show off a little personality before the interview. Use the cover letter to introduce yourself, tell your story and showcase how you fit the position.
References are an often forgotten, but valuable piece of the application process. References can help verify your past work experiences, skill set, and professionalism.
Alberta Learning Information Service (ALIS) offers you a straightforward overview of what you should include in an effective resume and cover letter. You can also take advantage of their Career Information Hotline as well as a free resume review service.
Government of Canada's Job Bank provides an easy-to-use Resume Builder. Create your resume one box at a time and let the Resume Builder do the formatting for you. Need help? At each step, you'll find suggestions on information you should include.
If you are a newcomer to Alberta, Alberta Works (the Government of Alberta’s employment, training and career services centre) can assist you in maximizing your job search with resume, interview and employment advice. Please visit Alberta Works for a list of centres and services provided across the province.
Monster, Workopolis, and JobPostings.ca provide helpful resources and articles from industry experts. Articles are found on a wide assortment of content, including resume format, self-promotion, and hiring trends, to name a few.
New graduates may also have an opportunity to utilize their post-secondary institution’s career centre. Universities and colleges offer a variety of services to their students, and alumni, including resume review, interview preparation, networking events, and more.
A cover letter is meant to introduce yourself, establish an emotional connection, and show how your skills align with organizational needs. Keep it short and concise.