How to Write a CV for Canada Study (Guide + Sample)


The word CV or resume is used interchangeably in different countries, but they mean differently. A resume is usually a 2-page document containing tangible information specifically for a job. It could be a reverse-chronological resume or a functional resume. Reverse-chronological means the work experience is listed out from the most recent to the least recent. A functional resume means the work experience will suit the job description and there will be an emphasis on the skills as well.

There is also a combination resume, which is a mix of the reverse-chronological resume layout and the functional resume layout and is appropriate to showcase transferable skills likewise the professional experience. In a combination resume format, work experience is usually outlined in a reverse chronological format, and the skills section includes a summary of qualifications and technical skills (or core competencies). 

The main focus of a resume is the skills the individual possesses, job-related experience, and volunteer experience. Strict pieces of information will land you the job. On the other hand, an academic CV for Canadian study is a bit flexible, has no page restrictions, and contains all necessary information about an individual.  Some of the information is a detailed education history, research experience, awards, publications, competencies, certifications, etc. A CV is mainly used for academic applications such as academic jobs, grants, research fellowships, etc. 

However, several countries refer to a CV instead of a resume, while some countries have a combination of both known. As earlier stated, most countries use both terms interchangeably: for instance, in European countries like New Zealand, the word CV is used to define an equivalent of a Canadian resume. In Australia and Africa, “curriculum vitae” and “resume” are synonyms used interchangeably. Although, the terms CV and resume are used interchangeably in South Asia and refer to an equivalent of a traditional CV.  

Format for Canada Study CV

Different countries have peculiar CV formats and it’s best to do thorough research of the type of CV that is the norm in the country you are applying to. In some countries like the UK, it’s common to include personal information such as marital status, nationality, personal interests, hobbies, date of birth, address, and a photograph on a CV. But in Canada, a CV should be left-justified, with a font size of 11-12 and a font type like:

  1. Times New Roman
  2. Calibri
  3. Georgia

More so, CV for Canada study mustn’t include these details such as;

  • Religion
  • Race
  • Age
  • Political Affiliation
  • Marital status
  • Photograph
  • Gender, and
  • Disability

Regardless of this, there is no specific approach for a Canada study CV template as the aim is to keep it simple and easy to read by the recruiter.

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Step-By-Step Guide to Write A CV For Canada Study

A CV for Canada study is quite easy and flexible but there are certain things to note when writing a CV for a Canadian institution such as the contact information, section heading, the exclusion of a personal pronoun, and the consistent use of action verbs.

Step 1:

Include your full name, E-mail, Phone number, and LinkedIn profile. Be sure to use CAPITAL LETTERS, larger font, and bold.


Phone: +2349039610259 | Email:

Address: 15 Church Street, Abuja, Nigeria

Step 2:

The education history should come next and should indicate the location, dates, degrees earned or expected, thesis if any.


Masters in Science: Microbiology

Ekiti State University− Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti (2020)

Thesis: “The microbiological composition of Charnockites”

Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.): Microbiology

Delta State University−Asaba, Delta State (2017)

Step 3:  

List your research, teaching, or work experience in no particular order and depending on the order of importance. Be sure to summarize each role you’ve had from your most recent position backward – i.e. reverse chronological order. For each role, you should write out the company or organization’s name, location, your job title, date of employment in that role (month and year), your responsibilities, and key achievements in bullet points.

Note: never use personal pronouns like “I, you, their, me, he, she, my” etc. Rather make use of action verbs such as Recommended, Structured, Addressed, Validated, Collaborated, Interpreted, negotiated. More examples will be in the latter part of this article. Also, write out titles in full instead of using acronyms.  


Molecular Biologist – Marathon Laboratory, Abuja, February 2019- January 2022

  • Carried out DNA/RNA analysis using fully automated systems.
  • Runs PCR and submits samples for sequencing.
  • Filed and pulled pathology slides and performed proper tissue disposal when necessary.
  • Prepared specimens for analysis and distribution following laboratory procedures.
  • Key achievement: Trained 47 biology research interns.

Step 4:

Include your publications if you have any. Although the admission committee prefers an individual who has several publications for a doctorate you do not worry if you are applying for a bachelor’s or a Master’s degree.

Step 5:

List your professional membership, awards, and certifications.

Canadian Style Academic CV

Step 6:

List out your skill and be sure to mix both soft and technical skills. Also, add additional information like languages, interests, volunteer work, and licenses. Adding this information enables you to stand out from other applicants.

Remember there are no restrictions to the number of pages for a Canada CV study, therefore, include everything important about you even if it isn’t captured in this article.

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Examples of Action Verbs to Use In CV Canada Study

As earlier stated, action verbs should be used when listing out the work experience of a Canada study CV.  Here are examples:

Administered                             Coached                        Communicated                        Allocated

Analyzed                                 Budgeted                      Designed                                  Coached

Developed                               Balanced                      Forecasted                               Researched

Tabulated                                 Engineered                  Established                               Projected

Purchased                              Quantified                        Reconciled                   Fostered

Reduced                                 Taught                            Initiated                       Spearheaded

Assessed                               Resolved                         Recommended             Overhauled

Oversaw                               Planned                           Orchestrated                 Arranged

Assigned                              Attained                            Troubleshot                  Accomplished

Achieved                           Administered                      Coordinated                 Revitalized

Canada Study Permit

For a non-Canadian citizen or an individual without a permanent resident that wants to study in Canada, you will need a Canada study permit from the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship (IRCC). However, the process for obtaining a Canadian study permit depends on the country from which you are applying.

The requirements for a Canadian Study Permit are;

  • Letter of admission from the institution
  • Payment of the prospective student visa fee
  • Evidence of funds in your Canadian bank account to cover the first-year tuition ad expenses.


The easiest way to get admission into any institution in Canada is to follow succinctly the steps listed in this article on how to write a CV for a Canadian study. Regardless of this, ensure to do your proper research or contact our experts at FASTHIRE.

We wish you the best in your study!

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