Posted: 7:12AM December 31, 2010 UTC • Edited: 7:12AM December 31, 2010 UTC
1. DON'T put a picture of yourself on your resume. People who do that are people who want to be sponsored to come to Canada from the Phillipines to work. We (an employer) don't want that baggage. Don't get confused as one of those people. 2. In the last week, we literally received over 300 applications for employment through the internet and in-person. Obviously, I can't interview all of them, so you need to stand out when you a) present yourself and b) in your resume's layout and achievements. I cannot read every part of your resume, so there should be certain parts that naturally draw me to look during a quick 20 second glance. Cover letters have become a major issue, especially when they're on the internet: 3. When you're emailing us, you're selling yourself in the same way as if you were talking to me in person. As such, your introductory email with your resume attached should have your cover letter. This should be something like "Dear Hiring Manager... here's my resume... please consider me... I'm qualified because... I like your company because... Thank you for considering me, I look forward to hearing from you." NOT NOT NOT (and I have actually seen several of these) "hai r u guyz still hirng? plz call me!!!!!!" You're an instant deletion from the hiring inbox and not even worth my time. Sell yourself as the best possible person. 4. Your email address should be easy to remember and appropriate. If you have to, create a special email address just for applying to jobs. The email address should be simple, like firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. You'd be surprised at how many people screw this up with email addresses like firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com (yes, I've seen that address before). 5. Also, look at the title of your resume! It should obviously be something appropriate! "My resume.doc" or "John's resume.doc" are all acceptable. "FNGRESUMEEEEEEEEEE.doc" is obviously not (and yes, I have seen this actual title). 6. And lastly, for any idiots who denied that we actually had Masters and PhD students applying to work for us, yes, they have been. Some people have been graduate students with Masters in economics, political science, political economy, etc. So obviously, these people are looking for employment regardless of their studies. We're glad to offer positions to people who are eager and qualified to work for us.
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