Having a resume is essential for pursuing a career in the skilled trades (or any form of employment really) because it is a marketing tool that you can use to highlight your skills and abilities with the ultimate goal of obtaining employment. With that, your resume must be organized in the needs of the employer to utilize your relevant skills and experience. As such, your resume is a work in progress in that your resume is a document that should be constantly updated. When you accomplish something (e.g. complete pre-apprenticeship training) or take on more responsibility, it should be added to your resume immediately.
Guidelines for writing a resume:
- Keep your resume to a maximum of 2 pages – employers only want to read a summary of what you have accomplished
- Ensure that all your contact information is provided and is correct – make sure email address are business appropriate i.e. do not use inappropriate/vulgar language
- NO spelling errors and be sure to use proper grammer! Use spell check and be sure to proofread your resume before sending it
- Tailor your resume: you should have different resumes if you are applying for different occupations
- personalize your resume with your own look and style but avoid flashy font colours and paper
- fount should be no smaller then size 12
City, Province Postal Code
OBJECTIVE Your current goal regarding employment or a reason for applying to this
particular industry/line of work.
RELEVANT SKILLS/PROFESSIONAL PROFILE Bulleted statements representing an
OVERVIEW of your TOP skills and qualifications, as well as personal qualities that highlight
your suitability to the position.
Think about the position you are applying for and choose the pertinent and transferable skills
you have relating to the position. Organize these skills into categories, such as Managerial
Skills, Technical Skills, etc. This section should provide the employer with clear and concise
details of your skills acquired through previous employment, education/training, hobbies or
EDUCATION: List your education, training and other certifications.
Program, Certificate School, Institution
– provide a brief description
RELATED EXPERIENCE: List any related work experience without responsibilities.
Job Title/Position Duration of Position
Company City, Province
ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCE: List any other work/volunteer experience.
Additional: (if applicable)
PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS/ ASSOCIATIONS/ MEMBERSHIPS
ACTIVITIES AND INTERESTS
References available upon request
Ultimately, your resume should emphasize your skills and experience and not necessarily your work history. As such, your resume should be based on the needs of the employer utilizing your transferable and relevant skill-sets.
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