This document is intended to provide applicants, who have little or no experience in writing résumés, with some tips to help you prepare a résumé to include with your application to University Canada West. The résumé is a detailed chronological account of your education background, work experience, and other related experience. There are many résumé templates and samples available on the internet. This is only one sample résumé format. Choose the format that best meets your needs and fits your specific background.
SECTION 1: PERSONAL CONTACT INFORMATION
The purpose of this section is to identify who you are and how people can contact you. Make sure you include your full name, address, phone number(s), and email address.
SECTION 2: EDUCATION
This is the section where you outline all of your education achievements. • List all the post-secondary schools that you have attended. Indicate all credentials earned, including degree(s), diploma(s) and/or certificate(s). o List the dates you attended each post-secondary school, and the year your credential was conferred. o If your education was completed outside of Canada, include the city and country in which the school is located. • List your high school graduation (or equivalent). Include the city, country and date of graduation.
SECTION 3: COURSES & SEMINARS
In this section, you can list the details of other training, courses or seminars that you have completed.
SECTION 4: WORK EXPERIENCE (IN REVERSE CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER)
Include all your work experience, including the company name, position title, primary responsibilities, major accomplishments, and the dates of employment. • If you are currently employed, list your ending date with the company as “present”. o 2010 – 2012: Implies you are no longer employed with the company o 2010 – Present: Implies you are currently employed with the company • Provide specific examples of your achievements. o BEFORE: I am a good communicator. o AFTER: I implemented a departmental communication plan that resulted in a 10% reduction in client complaints within the first month.
SECTION 5: VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE OR OTHER ACCOMPLISHMENTS
If you have limited work experience, you are encouraged to highlight volunteer work you have done in the community, any travels you have experienced, or any accomplishments that you achieved while in school, such as outstanding academic achievements, tutoring classmates, etc. This information is helpful in assessing your application for admission to University Canada West as it identifies your transferable skills.
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123 Main St., Vancouver, BC / 604.123.4567 / firstname.lastname@example.org EDUCATION: University Canada West, Vancouver, B.C. Bachelor of Business Administration 2008 – 2010, Graduated 2010 ABC College, Vancouver, B.C. Diploma in Business Administration, Accounting 2006 – 2008, Graduated 2008 Icelandic College, Sisimiut, Greenland 2006 - 2006 Icelandic High School, Sisimiut, Greenland Graduated 2006
Team Communication Training, Generic Company Ltd, 2012 Communication Skills Regarding Customer Complaint Management, Generic Company Ltd, 2011 International First Aid Certification, 2006
Generic Company Ltd. Customer Service Representative 2011 – Present • Primary Responsibilities include: o Receive inquiries from all incoming phone calls and direct the client to the appropriate department for resolution o Provide system expertise regarding customer contact management system • Major Accomplishments include: o Increased annual sales by 10%, accomplished in a recessionary year o Have received regular praise for my friendly and welcoming manner o Chosen by my fellow employees to be their team captain for the new widget product launch
VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE OR OTHER ACCOMPLISHMENTS:
Volunteer, Senior’s Old Age Home 2011 – Present • Volunteer 4 hours per month, reading and visiting with the seniors who receive no visitors. Volunteer, Cancer Society Summer 2010 & 2011 • Volunteer 2 hours per week, making and delivering lunch to patients in treatment. Tutor, Sisimiut Elementary School 2003 – 2006 • Assisted struggling readers in the early elementary school years.
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