Resume Do’s and Don’ts

A good resume is crucial to the job search process as it is the first impression an employer will have of you. During the 6 years Gateway has supported people in finding work, we have seen some great resumes and some that just do not work. Further we have had some great resume writing instructions from HR managers and HR consultants.

The following tips are some of what we have learned and wanted to pass on.


  • Research the type of resume that makes the most sense for your skills and work history
  • Keep it short, no longer than two pages
  • Tell your unique story concisely
  • Have one resume you use to submit online without any formatting what so ever including headers and footers
  • Have one resume that you send over email or in person that stands out with either formatting or colour
  • Tailor your resume to each job posting by using words from the job posting in your resume
  • Include any initiatives your involved with, leadership examples and awards/accomplishments that make you stand out
  • Have someone look over your resume for grammar, spelling and formatting
  • If applicable include your LinkedIn URL
  • Before you send it out ensure you have at least 2 but strive for 3 references who are aware you’re submitting your resume to businesses


  • Do not include any personal government ID numbers or information on your resume
  • Do not include personal information such as a picture, age, marital status or religion
  • If using a chronological resume do not include work or volunteer history that is older than 5 years
  • If you have post-secondary or apprenticeship/ red seal training, then dates aren’t necessary unless that is your most recent accomplishment (i.e. You just graduated)
  • Don’t use a chronological resume if you have been out of the workforce for an extended period- opt for a functional (skills) resume instead
  • Don’t use font smaller than size 11
  • Do not hand in resumes in person that have spills, are crinkled, have things added in with pen or with correction tape/ whiteout
  • Don’t lie about yourself- it will be figured out in the interview


Here are some resources you can utilize to create the best resume possible:

There are many templates that can be used to create your resume, but it is important that you have more than one resume.

Explanation of resume types and formatting

Resume types by industry

You can download templates

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Another great training resource that we have utilized is:

BadaB Consulting

Through her consulting firm, Ada provides effective and pragmatic HR services and corporate training. She is able to strategically integrate effective HR processes, programs and practices into clients’ daily operations, as well as to provide customized training sessions that align with clients’ business objectives. She also provides personal job search and career coaching.

Ada Tai- MBA, CPHR, C.Mgr.

Cell: 780-709-5228




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