5 things to avoid on your CV – when applying for Permanent Residency in Canada

More than 39,500 Indian citizens got Canada permanent resident visa in 2018 under the express-entry system – a 51 percent jump from the 2017 figure.

The Canada Express Entry System (EES) is a system used by Canada to manage applications for permanent residency for qualified and skilled workers.

With an increase in the number of qualified skilled workers entering the country, there is also an increasing focus on how the new entrants to Canada should go about searching for jobs in Canada.

The first step in any job search process has to be the CV preparation or Resume writing. It is pertinent to note that in Canada the resume format differs greatly from the resume format that can be written elsewhere.




Generally, job seekers title their resume, “resume,” which is incorrect. Please use your name so the hiring manager knows who the candidate at a glance is. It is advisable to send the resume in the PDF format because that’s the format used by most employers to process job applications so that the employer will be able to read your skills correctly and will not get confused with the bullet points and the columns.

Whilst colours may look attractive, any luminous text is at the top of the things you should not put in your resume. Avoid using the fancy colours fonts and design elements on your resume. Keep the font size from 10 to 12 and the resume body text in black. If paragraphs are too dense with text, an employer may gloss over the section of your resume and miss key proof of their qualifications. A resume should be read and decrypted easily. No one wants to read extensive descriptions of what you did in every job you did.




After all, your resume should focus on your abilities, education, experience and not looks. Pictures of yourself in your resume may lead to discrimination. Most companies prefer not to include a picture as it includes your physical features so that they can adhere to the legislation on equal employment possibilities.

Smart tip: You may provide the LinkedIn URL if you believe that your appearance is a feather to the cap.




Do not waste space by writing implied data about your resume, such as contact data for references, or “references available upon request,” generally, it is presumed that a job applicant will have references. Smart tip: you should inform the person when they might be contacted by an employer so that they are well prepared.


Personal information & Hobbies


Except for address, email, and phone number one should not include any personal information in their resume e.g. height, weight, birth date, age, sex, religion, political affiliation, or place of birth. The motive behind avoiding data is based on these factors; employers should not make employment choices.

Also, most states discourage employers from seeking private data to maintain equal employment opportunities


Relevant and Accurate Information


Never put any fake information on your resume with your writing you can get creative, but you should never misrepresent the truth to the point where you can’t back it up.

A few years ago, a former Yahoo CEO was expelled and publicly humiliated because he lied about his CNN report having a computer diploma.

False allegations on your resume could lead to an end, embarrassment – or even worse, prosecution.

Smart Tip: “When in doubt, leave it out!”- Martin H. Manser

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