If you are new to Canada most likely you have looked up what do you need to include in your application when applying.
Well Canada.ca states the following:
- cover letter, which is a short description of what makes you right for the job
- résumé, which is:
- also known as a “curriculum vitae” or a C.V.
- a list of your qualifications and work experience
However, this is the basics. If you are looking for an entry-level position, this should be enough to get you an interview. However, if you are in a major city that has fierce competition, this is what I highly recommend you put in your application to get noticed!
Top Documents to Include in a Canadian Job Application
- Include their Company Logo in the letterhead
- If you are drastically changing careers, explain why you are and explain why you would be a great addition to their team
- a cover letter is a great place to summarize your journey and why you are ready for a new position
- Lastly, Print it! Sign it! Scan it! It shows you have taken the effort to personalize it
- Work Experience
- Executive Summary
- Skills and Hobbies. If your hobbies are not interesting leave it out!
- Almost all resumes in Canada I have seen the below response. If you give this response, it’s another reason to dismiss. Always include reference names, position and affiliation to you.
- References available as per request
- Try to get at least two reference letters from your past jobs. In Switzerland, it was mandatory that every company needed to give you a reference. I always ask my current employer to draft up a reference letter to add to my application package.
- If you can’t get a reference because you don’t feel comfortable, try asking for a proof of employment. This is just another great document to include in your application, trust me all recruiters will be shocked to see this!
- If you have a degree and diploma from any post secondary institutes make a company and throw this into your application.
- This is not mandatory at all, but it does get noticed that you have everything ready and prepared.
- Some companies even call your educational institutes to verify and you are basically helping them in advance.
- I would also include an additional certificates or awards you have received, including Language certificates especially if English or french is your second language.
I didn’t learn this in Canada, when working oversea’s in Switzerland, this is what they do for their application process and when I moved back, I used these sames tactics and almost 80% of the time I received a call back after applying.
Is there anything that I am missing that you have included in an application in Canada or another country that has worked?
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