Career Tips for International Students

Resume Mistakes International Students Must Avoid

Resume Mistakes International Students  must avoid

Why do you need a resume?

It’s a career branding tool that shows recruiters who you are. The purpose of a resume is to make recruiters want to learn more about you and get you an interview. While all resumes share the same basic elements—such as contact information, education, experience, and skills—the winning ones avoid the following mistakes. As an international student, make sure you understand what to avoid when writing your U.S resume.

1. Your personal information and photo:

Don’t include anything beyond your physical address, email address, cell phone number, and the URL to your LinkedIn profile. That means you shouldn’t include your marital status, age, religion, and anything else of a personal nature. This information will only distract employers from your key messages and open the door to unnecessary prejudices. On top of that, your photo might send your resume to the trash since ATS can’t understand the format.

2. Irrelevant experience:

The key to a strong resume? “Less is More.” Do not include experience If all of your past jobs are relevant but located in your home country, leave out their location in your resume.

3. Mentioning work authorization:

You might want to be straightforward about your visa status, but some employers are hesitant to hire international students and are not willing to go through the sponsorship procedure. They might just turn your resume down without considering your ability and potential. Do not mention work authorization in your resume or during interviews. You are authorized to work with your CPT and OPT. Just use them and do not bring up the H1B requirement until you have landed a job.

4. Typos and grammar mistakes:

First, make sure you use past simple tense for all past jobs and present simple tense for your current job. Try to construct grammatically correct sentences. You might want to go to your school’s career management center or writing center or hire a professional editor to proofread your resume, before uploading it.

5. ATS-incompatible formatting

I’m skipping the basic things about formatting as I believe that you can learn those techniques from your school. I’d like to focus on something that’s pretty unique to the US job market. Have you heard about the ATS? When you applied for jobs online with a format that’s incompatible with ATS – an Applicant Tracking System. Some ATS will reject those resumes! I have a checklist for you to help you build an ATS-friendly resume.

Click Here and Fill out the form to receive an ATS resume checklist.

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ATS Resume Checklist

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