Québec follows North American recruitment practices and requires that potential employees submit a resume when they apply for a job, to secure an interview. The resume is a key component when it comes to looking for employment as it’s the first point of contact with recruiters. So here are some tips to help you prepare a strong resume and cover letter in Québec.
Here are the top five:
Structure your resume in a way that stands out
Close with a short sentence letting recruiters know that you can provide references on request. Remember, you’ll need to have these documents on hand without attaching them directly to your resume. Be prepared to submit them as needed.
Think about what the company is looking for and then explain how you could deliver it (with your network of contacts, for example). Feel free to mention any concrete achievements, sharing specific examples.
Create a cover letter that lets your unique skills and personality shine through, making sure to adapt the content for each potential employer to show you’ve done your research. Generic letters can be easily misunderstood—and easily overlooked. Refer back to your resume and make sure you present your background and skills, rephrased each time to avoid repetition.
Try to include keywords included in the job posting. If the employer is looking for someone who’s able to manage several tasks at once, for example, you can mention that in your previous job, you were asked to manage multiple projects at the same time. And last but not least, make sure you check your spelling before you hit “send.”