Resume and Employment Tools
At Miziwe Biik we’re here to help Indigenous job seekers access supports and services. You can find resources here to help build your resume and access tips to feel confident in your job search.
If you need more help writing your resume, writing your cover letter, doing a job search, preparing for an interview, or anything else meet with one of our Employment Counsellors.
Our office is open Monday to Friday from 8:30-4:30 so come on in to book an appointment and use our Employment Resource Centre.
A resume is the first point of contact between yourself and an employer. They should be personalised to the job you’re applying for and highlight why you’re perfect for the position.
Resume Types — Chronological and Functional
Identifying the sections of a resume (Chronological Resume)
Resume: Introduce yourself
Introduce yourself by providing your name, address, postal code, phone number, and email address at the top of your resume. Email addresses need to be professional and simple like your first name and last name not OriginalAboriginal@email.com.
Resume: Profile your career objective
Profile your skills and abilities right after you introduce yourself. This section can contain your skills, qualifications, or a career objective that relates to the position/ job you’re applying to.
Resume: Highlight your skills
The Skills section is very similar to your Profile section. But this is where you can list particular accomplishments or job-related skills. For example, when applying to an Employment Counsellor position you can list a skill like experienced with Microsoft Office Suite.
Resume: List your work experiences
The most important section is the Employment History or Career-Related Experience section. This is where you list all paid and unpaid work including committee and volunteer experiences. With each position identify one key accomplishment, responsibility, or job duty you had.
Resume: List your education experiences
In the final section of your resume list your Education or Training experiences. Within each, list any key technical skills and an accomplishment.
Job Search Tips
It takes employers 20 seconds to look at your resume to decide if they want to meet you.
Spelling mistakes and errors speak loudly to employers, especially if you write strong attention to detail.
Find out as much as you can about the employer and the job so you’re interview ready.
Meet with an Employment Counsellor to stay current when you edit your resume.
When applying online, create a profile and fill it out. It helps the employer to learn more about you.
Matching keywords can help your resume get noticed by HR and online tracking systems.
Don’t be late so aim to be early in case of transit delays or getting lost in the area.
Reading outloud can help you to fix grammatical errors and spelling mistakes.
Resumes can now be up to 2 full pages so you can define your entire employment history.