Frequently Asked Questions – Finding a job in Vancouver

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Frequently Asked Questions – Finding a job in Vancouver

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When you create a Canadian style resume, it might seem like there is a lot to learn and remember.


Every individual situation will be different, and you should tailor your resume to suit you as an individual and the job you want to apply for.

faq-findig-a-jobHere are some frequently asked questions that will help you decide what to include in your resume:

Should I have a LinkedIn profile?

YES! It should include the same information as your resume. Employers and recruiters use LinkedIn all. the. time.

Should I include information about my portfolio?

YES! If you have a link to an online portfolio of your personal projects, definitely include it.

What if I have a gap in my employment history?

You must be able to explain this to an employer. Maybe you were studying at the time or traveling and seeking work.

It is okay, if you can explain why.

I only worked at my last job for 3 weeks. Should I still include it?

Usually yes. Especially if it is a job like the one you are applying for (for example, you want a job in a hotel and your last job was in a hotel…)


However, if you left the job because you hated the boss and have nothing good to say, then maybe consider not including it.

But only if you can explain the gap in your employment with a different activity, like studying. Be honest.


Speak with your career advisor, instructor or a recruitment professional for advice about this.

I don’t know what my skills are, what should I write?

Yes, you do. You just need someone to remind you.


Ask a trusted colleague, friend or your teacher what they believe are your professional skills and strengths.


You might discover that you have excellent leadership skills or a pro-active approach to difficult tasks.


It is always nice to hear positive things about yourself, so ask someone!

I have never had a job. What should I write in my Professional History?

No job? No problem!

Focus on your ‘transferrable skills’. These are the skills that make you stand out from the crowd. Skills that you have developed that you can take with you to any job.


Use examples from projects in your education experience to demonstrate times you have been organized, managed a project, developed something innovative or learned a new process.


Think about volunteering. This will be invaluable experience to put on your resume and develop important skills, knowledge and a Canadian reference.

I keep sending my resume, but no one has called me. What is happening?

It depends. It could be for many different reasons. You should ask your career coach or instructor to review your resume to make sure that you are keeping it simple and showing skills.

Be sure to check your spelling and grammar! If you still have questions, speak with a career coach or instructor.


And good luck!

Kayley Harding

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