Have you ever thought about doing a J1 in the US? Perhaps you’re looking for a job, internship, or to further your education in the States? If so, you’ll need to make some small changes to your CV before applying. First off it’s important to know that a CV is called a resume in the US. Employers and universities will be reviewing your resume with a few different expectations in relation to format and content.
Follow these tips to transform your current CV into a US ready resume:
- Do not go over 1 page. The rule of thumb is one page per degree, so if you have a masters you can fill 2 pages, doctorate 3+ pages. Exception: if you have 10+ years of full-time professional experience you can also use a second page.
- Use Letter paper size (21.59 x 27.94 cm) when writing your resume so that it will fit appropriately when it’s printed in the US.
- Do not put a picture on your resume. You will be screened out or your resume placed in the rubbish bin because pictures create potential for discrimination claims.
- Do not include secondary school information. Only include pre-university activities if they are relevant to the job (in a Clubs and Organizations section).
- Do not include an Interests and Hobbies section. In the US, employers do not expect to see social activities included on a resume. If an interest or hobby is related to the job, consider adding it in a Clubs & Organizations or Skills section or to your cover letter.
- Do not write ‘references available upon request’. This is assumed and since space is limited it’s considered a waste to write what is already known.
- Watch your words and convert spelling to American English when relevant, i.e. program/programme, organize/organise, centre/center.
Once you’ve assembled a resume, come visit us at the Career Development Centre. You can drop into a CV/Application workshop or schedule a 20 minute Quick Query meeting with a Career & Skills Consultant who can review the resume and/or application with you.