Resumes, Cover Letters, and Interviews

Prepare For A Job

1. Social insurance number is needed.
(http://www.youth.gc.ca/eng/topics/jobs/sin.shtml)
Apply for this at:
Service Canada
Richmond Service Canada
5611 Cooney Road Suite 350
1-800-206-7218
2. Are you old enough?
(http://www.youth.gc.ca/eng/topics/jobs/age.shtml)

In B.C. students 12-14 must have parents permission and adhere to strict guidelines – 15 and older does not require parents permission.

3. Write your resume.
(http://www.youth.gc.ca/eng/topics/jobs/resume.shtml)

Cover Letter: http://www.youth.gc.ca/eng/topics/jobs/cover.shtml

Develop interview skills: http://www.youth.gc.ca/eng/topics/jobs/interview.shtml

4. Get facts on what types of jobs are available.
(http://www.youth.gc.ca/eng/topics/jobs/lmi.shtml)5. Finding Jobs. Get tips on finding jobs from:
6.  Finding A summer job.
(
http://www.youth.gc.ca/eng/topics/jobs/programs.shtml)
The Federal Government offers students a valuable opportunity to gain work experience through the Federal youth employment Program.

Resume/Cover Letter and Interview Resources

Get the job! Resume & Cover Letter Workshops for youth – This free four workshop series for 13-18 year olds is a great opportunity to develop your resume, cover letter and interview skills. Sign up in advance for one, two, three or all four workshops with your name, email address and which workshops you are interested in by contacting the Thompson Community Centre Youth Coordinator, Chantelle Ingram at:  cingram@richmond.ca

1) How to Build a Resume – January 31, 4:00-5:30 pm.  Learn how to build your resume from scratch with helpful tips and a resume template.

2) Resume Review – February 21, 4:15-5:15 pm.  Bring a copy of your resume for our staff to review and edit.

3) Create a Professional Resume – March 14, 4:15-5:30 pm – Learn how to develop a professional CV for each job opportunity with tips on how to structure your document.

4) Interview Prep and Confidence Building – April 18, 4:00-5:30 pm – Learn interview prep techniques and practice your skills to build confidence.  For more information:  https://www.richmond.ca/parksrec/centres/thompsoncentre/youthpreteen.htm

Resume Tips

important to be able to describe yourself on your resume and during an interview, as this is how you express your strengths.  Think about the position you are applying for and research the kinds of skills and attributes that you would need to be successful in that position.  When you are choosing words to describe yourself on your resume, don’t just choose words that you think make you look good.  Chances are you will be asked to give examples of your attributes in your interview, so make sure you can back up your words with examples.

Descriptive Words
Descriptive Phrases
adaptable
agreeable
attentive
calm
capable
committed
conscientious
confident
consistent
cooperative
courteous
creative
dedicated
dependable
diligent
dynamic
efficient
energetic
enthusiastic
flexible
friendly
goal-oriented
hard-working
helpful
honest
independent
industrious
intelligent
knowledgeable
motivated
organized
outgoing
patient
perceptive
personable
pleasant
polite
positive
practical
professional
punctual
reliable
resourceful
respectful
responsible
self-assured
self-reliant
skillful
sociable
talented
team player
thoughtful
trustworthy
upbeat
ability to solve problems
ability to multi-task
attention to detail
follows procedures
great people skills
self-directed
works cooperatively with others
works well on a team
works well under pressure

 

Sample Resumes

Resume Now Website:  https://www.resume-now.com/

My Perfect Resume: https://www.myperfectresume.com/

Service Canada Job Bank: https://seekers.jobbank.gc.ca/commun-common/connection-login.aspx?target=1&lang=en-CA  Create an account and get access to the resume builder on-line tool.

Ten Best Resume Templateshttp://www.hloom.com/best-resume-templates/#best-modern-format

Writing A Cover Letter

Sample Formats: http://www.youth.gc.ca/eng/topics/jobs/cover.shtml

How To Prepare For An Interview

Developing Interview Skills: http://www.workingincanada.gc.ca/content_pieces-eng.do?cid=208#materials

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