Have you been sending in resume after resume to every Toronto event catering firm or print shop without a single callback? If so, you might want to take a look at your resume to see if you could pinpoint potential areas that can be improved. The first thing you should look at is your cover letter. Are you writing a specific cover letter that is addressed to each individual company or organization you are applying to? If so, then your cover letter is not the problem with your resume.
Your next step is to go over the resume itself. Is it up-to-date? Does it list all your previous or current employers? You want to make sure that the resume you hand in lists every job you ever had in the past, be it in the field of daylighting or as a receptionist, because you want to prove that you have a work history. A lot of companies are hesitant to hire new employees that are looking for their first job or with large gaps in terms of work history. So, if your resume has some blanks to it in regards to your work history then fill them.
In addition to resume updating the employment section of your resume you should also take a look at the education section. List all your education credentials such as diplomas, degrees or certificates or any training programs or courses you took to improve your work skills.
Next section of your resume you want to focus on is your experiences and skills, be they the ability to type 75 words per minute or volunteering as a legal assistant for a Canadian lawyer. You want to show off your skills and experiences so that anybody who looks over your resume will want to, at the very least, bring you in for an interview. You won't have much of a chance at getting that tankless water heater installation technician position if you never get offered a chance to interview for it because of your lackluster resume.
It doesn't take much time or effort to update your resume so why not do it? If you scribble a few notes as to why you want to be hired for a generic job and call it a cover letter and attach it to a resume that lists only a couple of previous jobs you held and no skills then you can't really expect any Scarborough real estate agents or North Vancouver bistro managers to bring you in for an interview and hire you. The more up-to-date your resume is the less of a chance that your resume will go unnoticed, plus it also gives potential employers a great first impression of you.