Layout is important - be clear and consistent with formating and use point form
Paper - Good quality 8.5 x 11 (standard size) white paper, or professional paper is great, no preprinted graphics or borders
Fonts - your name should be the biggest font size on the page (18-22); headings should be 14-16, and body of resume should be 10-12 size font
Language - Keeping information in point form makes it much easier for employers to read. You do not want to start off each point with "I did" or "I worked" or "I was responsible for..." rather lead with an action word ie "Operated, supervised, provided..." (Find more action words here!)
Length - One to two pages is perfect, remember to highlight your key skills and target that employer
Personal contact info: name, address, phone number, appropriate email address
Skills summary: top 5-10 skills you have to offer that are relevant to that specific job
Work experience: lead with most recent first, then go backwards; make sure you have position, employer's name, city/province, and dates of employment
Volunteer experience: make sure to include any involvement you have in the community. For students, do not forget to include your 40 hours of volunteering that is required to graduate, or any co-op experience
Education and training: lead with most recent here as well; don't forget to include professional development, certificates, first aid training, etc.
References Statement: References available upon request, is all you need to include on your resume unless a job advertisement specifically request them. Have your references prepared on a separate piece of paper that is formatted the same as your resume/cover letter. (Learn more about references here)
Information that should NOT be on your resume
- Age, gender, height or weight
- Social Insurance Number
- Spelling mistakes
- Religious beliefs or political stance
- When you are available ie. Only weekends
- Photograph of yourself or physical description
- Wage expectations
- Health - bad back, etc.
- The work "I"
- Changing tenses (Learn more about resume grammar here)