Covering letter and Resume

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Subject: Covering letter and Resume
Hi friends,

Do you think submitting a covering letter along with resume will be helpful while applying for canadian PR.

Any thoughts on this ?

Regards

Rajiv

[26-09-2007,00:32]
[**.74.192.11]
Rajiv
(in reply to: Covering letter and Resume)
They do not care about the cover letter or the resume.
[26-09-2007,05:21]
[***.69.2.5]
Samm
(in reply to: Covering letter and Resume)
I slightly disagree with Samm. I included a resume for 2 main reasons. It helped show English proficiency (written) as native language. It also provided professional qualifications and work experience in easily understandable format in satisfying the skilled worker requirements for my NOC category.

A well-written, professional looking resume can both impress and help the immigration officer in understanding the applicant´s background, education, and fit for immigration. It can be an extra effort like this that might make a difference.

[26-09-2007,12:39]
[**.47.168.204]
Richard
(in reply to: Covering letter and Resume)
Richard,

I also thought of what you said when replying to the above post. But then I thought for English proficiency you have to write a letter and submit relevant documentation or provide IELTS score. For work experience you in any case need to get detailed reference letter from your employer. However, as you said it can have positive effect on the application I guess it would not hurt to add.

[26-09-2007,13:25]
[***.21.154.94]
Samm
(in reply to: Covering letter and Resume)
Samm,
Yes, you´re right. For those not native-English speakers, IELTS score would be provided to show proficiency. Resume might sum everything for the IO, nevertheless. As you say, it couldn´t hurt.

[26-09-2007,13:30]
[**.47.168.204]
Richard
(in reply to: Covering letter and Resume)
it might provide and neat and tidy summary but I would not count on it showing language proficiency. You can have a resume prepared for $100 just about anywhere so there is absolutely no way to validate the authorship and language proficiency.

IELTS is still the strongest and best way to get those point.

[26-09-2007,16:28]
[***.20.127.20]
Sharon
(in reply to: Covering letter and Resume)
I suppose so. But you can tell a resume prepared by a mass produced outfit versus one originally written. I can anyway, and when I see those it give me an altogether better impression.

Just filling out the required application form to describe one´s work history compared to additionally submitting a well-written resume in my book adds to the impression of preparation, motivation, and readiness to apply for employment and make the transition to Canada.

[26-09-2007,16:37]
[**.47.168.204]
Richard
(in reply to: Covering letter and Resume)
Richard, I absolutely agree with you and that is precisely my point. You and I are english speaking and have been around resumes long enough to know a canned resume from a customized document. I suspect CIC is equally savvy. However, there are too many opportunities to ´pad´ the language skills in a resume. Any document that is not IELTS is open to padding so it is a reasonable assumption that proficiency documents are accepted with a grain of salt and a critical eye for consistency to education, the balance of the application, and pure instinct.

If I needed to guarantee my points for language I would only trust IELTS to measure them.


[26-09-2007,18:00]
[***.20.127.20]
Sharon
(in reply to: Covering letter and Resume)
Sharon, yes absolutely true. Padding is always a problem with resumes in inflating skills and abilities. I agree that CIC probably is keen on identifying that, and therefore resumes are not an end-all in this process. It does look like our hiring manager experiences have come together on these points!
[26-09-2007,18:25]
[**.47.168.204]
Richard
(in reply to: Covering letter and Resume)
Hello Friends,

One person named as beach245 something, got his IA in 15 days after AOR . I read his postings in another forum, he never submitted any covering letter don´t know whether he resume or not , he told that he believed in keeping the things simple and straight

Any thoughts

Regards

Rajiv

[26-09-2007,22:11]
[**.74.192.11]
Rajiv
(in reply to: Covering letter and Resume)
I would ask what embassy. Skilled worker???????? hard to swallow.
[26-09-2007,23:01]
[***.121.220.199]
sharon