Career-related FAQs (for International Students)

Should I include a photo in my resume?

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

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

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 Resume and Cover Letter Guide for additional details.

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

No, you should tailor your resume 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 for International Students.

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.


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Tel: (709) 864-8000