Step-By-Step Guide to IEC Canada Work Permits — International Co-op, Young Professionals and Working Holiday Applications

Chapter 20: Completing your application — CV/Resume

Published: 19-12-2022



Completing your application — CV/Resume

This is what the Government of Canada expects:

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Basically, you’re asked to provide information regarding your education, skills and work experience.

  • Include months and years for start and end dates.
  • Specify the city and country. If most people think of the UK when they read “London,” you could have worked in Canada, Chile, Kiribati, and the US—there’s a city named “London” over there too!
  • If there are gaps in your work history, explain them briefly—“continuing education,” “maternity leave,” “sick leave,” “travel,” etc. Being abroad travelling is also a valid way to explain a gap in your resume. Enter the location of the trip and the dates.
Gaps in your work or education history are always a resume red flag for employers—and in this case for the Government of Canada. Mind these gaps, don’t let them damage your application. There are dozens of perfectly acceptable reasons for not working or studying. Maybe you were looking for a job, fixing your place, taking time off to figure life out, recovering from health issues, raising a child or listening to angry music in your bedroom. Just say so! On the forum, applicants who left month-long gaps on their resume reported they were asked for more information and had to fill out IMM5257 — Schedule 1 listing all their trips abroad. Some of them were asked to provide this info for the past six or seven years—good luck trying to remember the dates of every long weekend and every short holiday abroad! If it doesn’t sound like a fun exercise to you, make sure to offer a comprehensive resume without gaps.
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