Tips for writing a resume for abroad
Are you currently looking for an internship abroad and don’t know how to write your resume ? Don’t panic, IES Consulting is here to help you in this process. In any case, you will have to write your resume in order to send it. Indeed, it is the document that you will personalize with your personal information and that will give the recruiter an idea of who you are, as for the cover letter. But for this, it is important to write your resume according to local standards.
Write your resume in the language of the internship offer :
You should know that most international companies publish internship/job ads in English. So it is best to have your resume in several languages such as French, English and Spanish for example.
Your language skills for an internship abroad :
It is important for the person who will read your resume to know what languages you speak and what your levels are. You can then specify if you have taken any language tests, such as the TOEIC or TOEFL, which are English tests. In addition, to help you describe your language skills correctly, you can use the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).
Your international experience for an internship abroad :
If you are applying for an internship abroad and you have had experience abroad, don’t forget to mention it in your resume. Whether it’s for a job, an internship, as a volunteer or as an au pair, it’s always an experience that will make you stand out from other applicants. If you have studied abroad as part of your studies, you can indicate this in the training section.
Your personal experiences for an internship abroad :
Whether you have had experiences abroad or not, it is important to talk about your personal experiences. That is to say, experiences that can make you stand out and show that you have learned something from them. For example, being part of an association, volunteering or having done one or more internships.
Your interests for an internship abroad :
It’s important to remember that in your resume, you have to sell yourself. If you have any passion, mention it. The recruiter will be able to see that you are involved, for example, in a sporting activity and this will allow him to see that you are open-minded and that you are a person who is interested in many things.
Your personal information for an internship abroad :
It is important not to forget your personal information, so that the employer can contact you later. Do not forget your phone number and especially the ecountry code in your number and your email address.
A photo for an internship abroad :
It’s true that when applying abroad, you never know if you have to include a photo on your resume. This often depends on the host country. Indeed, in some countries, it is not even necessary to provide the date of birth, or even a photo. Whereas in Asia, and more particularly in China or Japan, a photo on a resume is appreciated by employers. So, if you are applying in Europe, it is better to add your photo.
Details to perfect your resume abroad :
When you finally finish writing your resume, the question of formatting arises. You want the recruiter to remember you and that’s totally understandable! But, in order for your resume to stand out from the crowd, you have to do your best and also play with the visual. Of course, you have to be original and make the employer want to be interested in you, but be careful not to overdo it.
FAQ’s about writing a resume
What is the purpose of the resume?
The CV is an essential tool for applying for an internship or a job offer.
How many pages should a resume be?
A single page for a resume is sufficient. The recruiter does not want to find himself with several pages that are not interesting in the end. It is preferable to group everything on the same page with the most relevant information.