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Shabnam Akrami is the Managing Partner and Founder of Akrami & Associates.

Maximizing your job application success: the importance of tailoring your resume and cover letter


Tailoring your resume and cover letter is an important step in the job application process to Canada. It involves customizing your application to match the specific requirements of the job you are applying for. By doing so, you increase your chances of getting noticed by potential employers and ultimately landing the job.


One key aspect to consider when tailoring your resume and cover letter is understanding the specific skill requirements for the job. This involves identifying key words from the required skills and incorporating them into your application. Additionally, providing specific examples of previous work you have completed that demonstrate your proficiency in these skills can make your application stand out.


Another important consideration is understanding your audience. The tone of your application should reflect the image you wish to present about yourself. For example, if you are applying for a government or legal position, your language should reflect a more professional tone. On the other hand, if you are applying for a day care or sales position, a more casual and upbeat tone might be appropriate.


Knowing the industry you are applying to is also crucial. You should showcase your knowledge of the particular industry in your resume and cover letter, using relevant terminology and abbreviations that indicate real-life experience in the business.


Being specific and brief is also important. Your cover letter should ideally be no longer than one page, while your resume should be no longer than two pages. Being concise and to the point can help ensure that your application is read by potential employers, as they may not have the time to analyze a lengthy application in detail.


In addition, understanding the Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) process in Canada is important. Essentially, an LMIA is a document that employers in Canada may need to obtain before they can hire a foreign worker. The purpose of an LMIA is to ensure that the employer has made reasonable efforts to hire Canadian citizens or permanent residents before offering a job to a foreign worker. If the employer is able to demonstrate that they have made such efforts and are still unable to find a suitable Canadian candidate, they may be granted an LMIA and be permitted to hire a foreign worker. It's important to note that not all jobs require an LMIA, so it's a good idea to research whether the job you are applying for does or not. For more information on the LMIA process in Canada, including how to apply for an LMIA, please visit:


Overall, tailoring your resume and cover letter requires careful consideration and attention to detail. By doing so, you can make your application stand out and increase your chances of successfully settling in Canada.


To work in Canada, you must first find an employer in Canada who is willing to hire you. As a foreign worker, your resume is your first impression. A strong resume can persuade an employer that they would benefit from hiring your foreign expertise. For more information on obtaining a Work Permit in Canada, please visit:


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