International Students: Resumes - US Style
Developing an effective resume that highlights your relevant qualifications to the position is crucial in a successful job or internship search in the US. It is a marketing tool that highlights your education and relevant skills, experiences and accomplishments for a specific position.
Writing a US Style Resume
The Resume and Letter Writing section includes helpful resources to help you write your US style resume.
In addition, take note of the following cultural differences in resumes:
|A US resume includes:||A US resume DOES NOT include:|
Overseas Experience or Education
If you plan to include overseas experience or education in your resume, it is helpful to provide a frame of reference for the employer. Here are some examples:
- 2nd largest digital marketing firm in China
- #1 ranked Engineering College in Switzerland
Resume vs. Curriculum Vitae (CV)
In the US, a resume is typically 1 page in length and highlights your relevant qualifications for a specific position. A CV, however, is longer than 2 pages and is a detailed overview of your academic background and accomplishments. CVs are typically used when pursuing academic or research positions.
Every resume you submit should be free of spelling or grammatical errors. In addition to having a Career Counselor review your resume, make sure to seek writing support from your friends, classmates and your support network at Cal who are native speakers of English. Signing up for an English language conversation partner through programs like the YWCA’s English-in-Action program is another option; your conversation partner may be able to help with English grammar. View additional writing resources.