⬆️ Level Up Your Canadian CV

Plus: English Mistakes Even Native Speakers Make!

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⬆️ Level Up Your Canadian CV

✍️ Writing a compelling Canadian CVs can be a difficult task, especially for newcomers. While you might be familiar with the format, accurately conveying what sets you apart can be a challenge. It's more than just listing tasks and keywords. 

Here are some actionable tips to help you level up your Canadian-style CV and your job description bullets. 

🎧 Tip 1: Focus on Results and Impact in Your Job Description Bullets 🎯 

When you're jotting down your job duties, resist the urge to just copy-paste from the job description. Take a moment to think about how your work made a difference for the business, and try to put numbers to your accomplishments.

: "Responsible for managing customer relationships and implementing systems."

: "Boosted client relations by instituting personalized follow-up procedures, resulting in a 30% increase in customer retention and a 15% rise in referral business."

🗑️ Tip 2: Remove “Filler” Words
When you're writing down your job responsibilities, it's easy to get caught up in using too many words. Instead, focus on making each word count. Swap out adjectives for strong action verbs to make your CV more direct and impactful.

: "Was solely responsible for the meticulous creation and implementation of highly effective and impactful marketing strategies."

: "Optimized marketing strategy through targeted audience segmentation, resulting in a 30% surge in website traffic."

🤖 Tip 3: Use AI – the Right Way

Artificial Intelligence, or AI, can be a fantastic assistant when it comes to fine-tuning your CV. It can offer suggestions, tidy up your grammar, and even help with formatting. But like any tool, it's important to use it wisely.

If you depend too much on AI, your CV might end up sounding overly complicated or filled with jargon that doesn't make much sense.

Instead, try writing out your bullets on your own first. Structure them with a strong verb depicting your role, followed by a specific action and its result.

: "Implemented state-of-the-art digital tools to revolutionize business processes, resulting in unparalleled efficiency improvements and groundbreaking cost savings."

: "Introduced Asana as a project management software resulting in improved collaboration among team members."

🙋🏽 Remember: focus on tangible results, trim unnecessary words, and use AI wisely. By implementing these actionable tips, you can more accurately communicate your impact.

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Q: How can I address employment gaps on my CV?

A: Employment gaps can be addressed by focusing on what you did during the gap period. Include any volunteer work, freelance projects, courses, or personal projects. Be honest but concise, and if possible, explain the gap in your cover letter rather than your CV.

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 English Mistakes Even Native Speakers Make 

Whether you’re a native speaker or learning English, grammar and spelling mistakes happen. Some language teachers will even stress the importance of mistakes. They believe that true mastery doesn’t solely come from the number of hours spent studying a language, but also from the mistakes you make and, of course, correct.

Here are a few common mistakes that even native speakers make in their writing, along with explanations of why they happen:

Every day and everyday 
 It's important to check your emails everyday every day.

Why? "Every day" means each day, like "I go for a walk every day" while "everyday" means something ordinary or usual, like "I wear everyday clothes." 

Less and fewer
 We have less fewer meetings this week.

Why? Less" is for things you can't count, like "There's less water in the bottle." "Fewer" is for things you can count, like "There are fewer bottles on the shelf." 

Advice and advise
 My manager has given me some great advise advice.

Why? "Advice" is what you give or get, like "I need advice on buying a car." "Advise" is what you do when you give advice, like "Can you advise me on what car to buy?" 

Compliment and complement
 The presentation slides should serve more as a compliment complement to what is being said.

Why? A "compliment" is saying something nice, like "I like your dress." But "complement" means something that goes well with something else, like "Red wine complements steak." 

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