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Resume Advice

Format of a resume:

We prefer resumes to be submitted in Microsoft Word Document (.doc or .docx) format. Word is the most common program available and the documents load quickly and are easy to read. Additionally Google docs allows you to export .docx files.

Your resume should include:

Contact Information:    

  • Full Name
  • Address
  • City, Province, Postal Code
  • Cell Phone Number
  • Home Phone Number and/or Work Number
  • Email Address


  • What position you are applying for
  • Make clear what you want to achieve or accomplish. A short introduction

Experience Summary

  • Summarize your resume
  • This is simply a condensed version of your job experience
  • Include a summary of relevant years of experience and skills you have


  • College and/or University
  • May include training courses
  • Place your most recent education at the top of the list
  • Professional Memberships/Affiliations

Employment History 

  • Company’s name and location of work (ex. Edmonton, Alberta) 
  • Job title 
  • Dates of employment (ex. 2000 – Present) 
  • Duties/Responsibilities/Projects worked on 


Include a list of 2 to 3 work-related references. 2 of which should be in a supervisory roll.

Include the following information for each reference:    

  • Full name and Company  
  • Title 
  • Contact phone number and email 

Your resume should NOT include: 

  • Opinions on your own skills
  • Personal interests (unless they pertain to the jobs you apply for)
  • Personal information (ex. marital status, religion)

Though some of the following devices may add to the effect of your resume’s appearance, please do not incorporate them in the resume:    

  • Tables
  • Columns
  • Headers / Footers
  • Graphic Images
  • Text Boxes
  • Password Protected Documents

Additional useful advice:

  • Appearance is everything
  • Check for spelling/grammar errors
  • Use the spell-check feature on your computer
  • Have someone else review your resume
  • Proofread your resume a few times
  • Resumes can be longer than one page, contrary to so beliefs
  • Do not create false information on your resume. Employers may verify your information and false work history will exclude you from the position
  • Do not include reasons you are no longer working at a job, phrases like, “Needed to make more money” or “Boss did not know what he was doing,” do not belong on a resume. 
  • Be mindful of gaps in your work history. Be prepared to explain why.
  • There is no need to include extra information irrelevant to your working history 

Do not include documents such as:

  • Transcripts  
  • Letters of recommendation 
  • Awards 
  • Publications 

Unless asked to bring certain documents to the interview.

For more helpful information visit Alberta alis or SaskJobs – Career Services