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Applying with International Companies

Additional Assistance

There are major differences between U.S. résumés and résumé formats from other countries. These differences do not apply to all countries and do not attempt to account for individual differences or for changes over time.

For international students, when searching for positions with United States-based companies, see these résumé and job search resources.

Concise, attractive marketing tool – summarizes jobs, skills,  accomplishments, and academic background relevant to employment objective. Chronologically details academic and formal work experience.
One to two pages maximum Sometimes two or more pages
Does not include age, marital status, race, or religion. Sometimes includes age, marital status, race, and/or religion.
May or may not include completion of military service depending upon whether it is relevant or makes the person a stronger candidate. Sometimes includes completion of military service.

  •  Introduce employers to foreign companies and schools by providing a frame of reference. For example:
    • A $10 million marketing firm
    • MIT of Turkey
    • One of the top five universities in China
    • Nigerian version of McDonalds
  • Emphasize strong English skills on the résumé.
    • For example: “Translated written and spoken English on a daily basis for two years.”
  • Ensure that writing skills are up to American standards by courses that include writing.
  • Check for grammatical and spelling errors as well as awkward use of language.
  • Maintain up-to-date copies of the résumé in the format and language of native countries to serve as back-up for employment in home countries or to pass on to contacts.
  • Schedule an appointment to have your résumé reviewed by a Career & Internship Advisor.

Last updated: 12/18/2012