Career FAQs - International Students

Should I include a photo in my resumé?

No, you should not include a photo in your resumé.

Should I include personal data (such as my date of birth) in my resumé?

You should include:

  • name
  • contact information

You should NOT include:

  • age/date of birth
  • gender
  • relationship status
  • family information
  • Social Insurance Number
  • health or medical information
  • religion
  • political affiliation
  • ethnicity

Please consult our Resum? and Cover Letter Guide for additional details.

Can I use the same resumé and cover letter for all my job applications?

No, you should tailor your resumé and cover letter to the specific position for which you are applying. 

I have applied for many jobs, but I have not been called for any interviews. What should I do?

Please consult our online career-related resources to learn about our suggested strategies to find a job in Canada. You can also book an appointment with a career advisor if you would like to discuss the job search process, or you can attend one of our job search workshops (see calendar). Keep in mind:

  • Get familiar with the Canadian job market
  • Your resume and cover letter need to conform to Canadian standards. Pay attention to structure, layout, length, and content.
  • Always proofread your emails and supporting documents before submitting them
  • Be professional whenever you communicate with prospective employers (via email, by phone, or in-person)

What is networking?

Please consult our Networking FAQs.

Employers are confused about my eligibility to work on-campus and/or off-campus because I am an international student. What should I do?

You can direct employers to our webpage Hire an International Student or Graduate.

Any suggestions for additional career-related FAQs for International Students? Contact the International Student Career Advisor.