Your resume should present your skills in a clear, concise, and strategic way. It should highlight your experience and strengths, and describe your professional accomplishments in an eloquent and revealing way.
To pique a recruiter’s interest and land an interview, your resume needs to showcase your skills in a clear, concise, and strategic way. It should highlight your experience and strengths, and describe your professional accomplishments in an eloquent and revealing way. The objective of this first contact with the employer is to demonstrate your potential. Job opportunities can arise at unexpected times. A modern and up-to-date curriculum vitae is therefore an essential element of a successful job search.
To pique a recruiter’s interest and land an interview, your resume needs to showcase your skills in a clear, concise, and strategic way. It should highlight your experience and strengths, and describe your professional accomplishments in an eloquent and revealing way. The objective of this first contact with the employer is to demonstrate your potential. Job opportunities can arise at unexpected times. A modern and up-to-date curriculum vitae is therefore an essential element of a successful job search. Here is a list of must-haves and pitfalls to avoid when it comes to resume writing.
What to do
✓ Be clear and concise
An employer spends an average of 30 seconds skimming through a resume. Your CV should be straight to the point so the employer can see right away that you are qualified for the job. It should be clear and well structured.
✓ Proofread several times
Your resume should be free of spelling or grammatical errors. Ask someone else to proofread it. A simple spelling mistake in a CV could make the wrong impression on an employer and could even cost you a job.
✓ Limit yourself to two pages
Emphasize your most recent experiences. Older work experiences, dating back more than 15 years, should be omitted or summarized. In this way, you allow the employer to focus on the most relevant information.
✓ Adapt your CV to the desired position
Highlight work experiences or accomplishments that are related to the position for which you wish to apply. To help you, consult the job description or the employer’s website, and repeat the terms used in the job advertisement.
✓ Highlight your accomplishments
You should cite the best examples of situations in which you have put your skills to use. These examples should illustrate what you have accomplished in your position and what type of employee you are. It is best to include this information in the “Work Experience” section.
✓ Quantify your achievements
Use concrete numbers that the employer will understand and impress. For example, how many people you supervised, how many products you sold, what percentage you increased the company’s sales, etc.
✓ Be honest
Lying on your CV is never a good idea. You should not exaggerate your skill level or the extent of your accomplishments, as this could mislead the employer. Be confident in what you can actually bring to the employer.
✓ Use simple words and active verbs
The person who will read your CV is not necessarily the person who will hire you. A first screening is often carried out by recruiters or human resources specialists who do not know the field well. Speak in clear and simple language, and use active and persuasive verbs such as “manage”, “lead”, “develop”, “increase”, etc.
✓ Promote experiences
volunteers who showcase your skills
If you have or have done an internship or volunteer work with a reputable organization or if you have worked for free for an important cause, mention it in your CV. You should add these experiences in the “Work experience” or “Volunteer” section, especially if they are related to the position you are applying for.
✓ Check your details and highlight them
Your resume should clearly state your name, address, email address and phone number. This information should be presented at the top of the first page. Don’t forget to check the accuracy of your contact details. Otherwise, the employer will not be able to reach you.
What to avoid
🚫 The wacky email address
Your email address should be easy to read and type, professional and non-offensive. As a general rule, it should consist of your first and last name. Any email address containing your nickname, numbers or special characters has no place in your CV.
🚫 Unnecessary personal information
Omit any personal information such as your age, weight, height, marital status, religious beliefs, political opinions, or any other sensitive or controversial personal information. This is a good way to protect yourself against arbitrary dismissals. Last but not least, remember never to include your social insurance number on your resume.
🚫 The picture
Although it is acceptable to include a photo in a CV in some countries, it is not the norm in Canada. The photo may actually reduce your chances of getting hired and distract the employer from the rest of your CV. You should encourage the employer to focus on your skills and experience rather than your physical appearance.
🚫 The long endless lists
Make your CV easier to read by not exceeding 5 or 7 bullet points per listing in each of its sections or subsections. This will make it easier for the employer to skim through your resume to assess your potential. Each bullet should be used judiciously, to convey relevant and concise information.
🚫 The pronouns “I”, “Me” and “My”
Except for the “Summary” section, avoid personal pronouns such as “I”, “Me” or “My”. Write your resume impersonally, using infinitive verbs as much as possible. Start each bullet point with an active verb.
🚫 Just Tasks
Your job title helps to deduce the responsibilities that come with it. Rather than listing your tasks, highlight what you’ve accomplished by making your responsibilities personal and providing concrete examples.
🚫 Vague and imprecise statements
Refrain from making statements that mean nothing and do not highlight your real contribution. Vague and imprecise statements such as “Responsible for improving efficiency and cost savings” do not provide any information
SURNAME FIRST NAME
Telephone: (XXX) XXX-XXX
- Work experience as a Java programmer analyst for 5 years.
- Knowledge of MAVEN and GRADLE
Programming and Framework: JAVA, ANDROID, SPRING, HIBERNATE, JPA and VAADIN
NODE. JS, SOAP and RESTFULL.
- MySQL and ORACLE database design
Android Mobile Programmer
Company name, Montreal 2015 to present
- Write, modify, integrate and test software code in the Android environment
- Keep existing computer programs up to date by making changes as specified
- Identify and communicate technical issues, procedures and solutions
- Prepare reports, manuals and other documents on the status, operation and maintenance of software
- Assist in gathering and documenting user requirements
- Assist in the development of logical and technical specifications
- Research and evaluate a large number of software products and applications
Android Mobile Programming and Web Application
Company name, Montreal, 2017 to present
- Development of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) type website with the Vaadin Framework
- Android application development with java language.
Computer technician monitor
Company name, Haiti, 2013-2015
- Install operating system software and applications for different users
- Install network software and wifi networks
- Provide problem solving services to users
- Perform data backup and restore operations during major problems
- Install and repair various pieces of computer hardware (components, peripherals, etc.)
Programmer – Medical Service
Company name, Haiti, 2014
- Programming a medical system using Hibernate, Maven, Spring MVC and Tomcat
Baccalaureate in Computer Science: Networks and Telecommunications Specialty 2010-2015
Name University, Haiti
- Ability to work in a team and under pressure
- Good organizational skills
- Rigor and reliability
- Sense of responsibility
References will be provided upon request.