Career Tips

Innisfail Career High School focuses high school planning around the student's choice of career, whether that choice involves post-secondary education, an apprenticeship program or simply entering the work force with a High School Diploma.


Writing a Resume:

(Source: Job Seeker's Handbook; Alberta Human Resources & Employment)

The purpose of a resume is to quickly draw and employer's attention to your most relevant skills and
accomplishments. It should be short, interesting to look at and easy to read. Steps to effective resume writing:

  1. Gather information together. (Work history, education, training, volunteer experience, references)
  2. Decide what to include.
  3. Choose a format. (Chronological, Functional...)
  4. Write a draft. (Check and double-check)
  5. Keep rewriting your resume. (Get feedback.)
  6. Tailor your resume.
  7. Deliver your resume. (In person, by mail, fax, e-mail)

Cover Letter:

A cover letter is a businesslike way to introduce your resume. Some employers automatically discard any applications they receive that do not include a cover letter. To be most effective: 

  1. Get the employer's attention by appealing to the employer's interests and needs
  2. Highlight your skills and accomplishments
  3. Provide information that is relevant to the particular job you are applying for
  4. Convince the employer to read your resume

Job Interview:

Treat each job interview as an opportunity to learn something and improve your interview skills. Checklist:
  1. Review your resume and any information you have gathered about the employer and position.
  2. Anticipate potential interview questions and prepare answers.
  3. Prepare your questions. What do you want to know about the job and the organization?
  4. Ensure a good first impression by deciding what you will wear and make sure you arrive 10-15 minutes early.
  5. Allow plenty of time for the interview.