Build the Career You Want Blog is a content collaboration between DIVERSEcity employment specialists and the Get in the Know project to help skilled immigrants with their employment questions. Get job search tips and labour market information to help you build your career!

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: