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Tips for Job Applicants

10 Tips to Americanize Your

Job Application

Are you applying to a position in Canada or the United States from abroad? Learn how you can fulfill the expectations of a North American hiring manager, and how to assemble a culturally appropriate application package.

How to Write a Convincing

Job Application

How you present yourself in your resume can make the difference between being considered for a position and being rejected. I hope the tips I share with you here will help you land an interview next time you apply.

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How much experience do you have?

  1. I have 8 years experience in the industry.
  2. I have 8 years' experience in the industry.
  3. I have 8 years of experience in the industry.

Option 3

 

Options 2 and 3 are correct. Because option 2 looks weird to many readers, I recommend using option 3.

How much experience do you have?

How long should your resume be?

  1. It should be exactly 1 page.
  2. A resume of 2-3 pages is ok.
  3. A resume should be as long as it needs to be.

Option 2

 

You should aim for a 2-page resume unless everything fits comfortably on 1 page. Your resume can be longer if you are applying for a senior role.

How do you treat references?

  1. I list the names and contact information of my references.
  2. I state that references are available upon request.
  3. I do not mention references.

Option 3

 

Unless explicitly asked for in the job posting, do not list references in your application. Obviously, they are available, so there is no need to state it. Use your space for a more impactful statement!