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Blog #1: How to get your resumé noticed by a Canadian employer

By Shivani Arora and Don Duthie, Employment Specialists, DIVERSEcity Employment Programs

Resumés are one of the most important tools in landing a job. But, how do you build a resumé that will get you noticed by an employer?

Did you know that employers can sometimes receive more than 1,000 resumés for a job posting? That’s a lot of applications to review! With this put in perspective, a typical employer takes only a mere seven seconds to decide if you’re the right fit for a job.

So, if you are not hearing back from employers, don’t feel discouraged. We can help. Read on for three resumé writing strategies to build a resumé that will get you noticed by employers!


Blog #2: How to create a Canadian-style resumé

By Shivani Arora and Don Duthie, Employment Specialists, DIVERSEcity Employment Programs

One of the first steps in getting a job in Canada is knowing how to write a resumé in the Canadian style. The curriculum vitae style you used in your home country may be different than what is expected in the Canadian job market.

Let’s go through the essential components of a resumé and identify the type of resumé that works best for your career in Canada.


Blog #3: Learn about the tool employers use to screen candidates

Today, when you send your job application off to an employer, chances are they use an application tracking system (ATS) to screen your resumé.

How does ATS work? ATS is a tool that employers use to make the recruiting process easier by screening, organizing and filtering the most qualified candidates for the job. It looks for specific keywords used from the job posting in the language on your resumé. The more your resumé matches the skills and qualification requirements of the job description, the higher you will rank in the system.


Blog #4: Acing the reference check

So, you’ve made it through a successful job interview and the employer has asked you to provide references.  You’re feeling really good about your chances, so now is the time to push this job opportunity to an official offer by properly preparing your list of references.

One of the most important parts of providing references is to warn and prepare your references before the employer contacts them. Here are four tips to follow:


Blog #5:  How to create a compelling cover letter

Cover letters are one of the most important factors in successfully landing a job. Discover how to write a cover letter that captures your key skills and qualifications in this step-by-step guide.

Did you know that a great cover letter is often just as important as having a strong resumé when looking for a job? A cover letter provides additional information that can make you stand out from other applicants. Wondering how to create one? Read below to learn how to write a compelling cover letter that will help you to build the career you want.


Blog #6: Jobs in the marine sector

Jobs are diverse and bountiful in the dynamic marine industry in BC. The Association for BC Marine Industries (ABCMI) tells DIVERSEcity why.

Make a splash in your career by joining BC’s marine sector! Recently the Association for BC Marine Industries (ABCMI) sponsored the Empowering Employer Award at our DIVERSEcity Awards of Impact, and spoke about the bountiful career opportunities in the dynamic marine industry in BC.

In this “Build the Career You Want” article, we talk to ABCMI’s Leann Collins, Director, Projects and Stakeholder Relations, to tell us about marine industry careers and why they are looking to newcomers to fill in the labour gaps.