Curriculum Vitae

Curriculum Vitae (CV) is your personal premium brochure. It allows you to yourself as an optimum choice for any Institute. The Curriculum Vitae/Resume will be listed as one of the main admission requirements for all of the Canadian universities. In this guide, we shall be drafting your CV from scratch. Even if you have a pretty good CV, we recommend you to go through this guide, update it, and tailor it accordingly.

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Typical time required: 2-3 days

Before You Start

  • Get every academic certification, achievements, medals, etc. all at one place before you begin with the documentation; you won't forget to mention anything important then.
  • Do a little background check, analyse what kind of candidate your university is looking out for. You can go look at information like the programme details, research fields, Professor profiles etc.

For example, if you’re applying for Mechanical Engineering Master’s programme at McGill University, you might want to mention the summer internship at Mercedes in your CV. 

 A golden rule of any Master’s CV is to focus mainly on your achievements in academics over the professional ones. Professional experiences are also equally important, but throw more light on your academic ones.

Reference Documents

  • All the essential academic & extra-curricular achievement certificates.
  • Your publications, experience certificates, language certificates, training certificates, etc. if any.
  • Your Bachelors' Thesis/Capstone Project summary.

Step by step Guide

  • Many online tools may be used to build your Curriculum Vitae.
  • Check whether you want to begin with your CV from the beginning, or simply update the existing one. Decide if you want an online readymade template or have it custom made on the PC.
  • Include all your personal information. Include/exclude some sections to suit your academic & job profile. Match the details to your target institutions’ profile.
  • Limit the entire document within about two pages.
  • Once all the editing is done, go through it entirely and check whether you have entered the correct details. Save the document in the original version and as a PDF as well.


  • In general, your CV should be confined in two (A4) pages.
  • The Admission officer might spend no more than 2 - 3 minutes scanning your CV, so make sure it is well organised, coherent and easy to read.
  • Do not forget to mention the timeline for all different events in the recent chronological order.

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