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Resume Tips for International Students

Today's post is written by ECS Career Advisor, Kaitlin Schafer, who advises intern, co-op, and full-time employment seeking students.

A well prepared-resume is critical to landing an interview. Ensure your format fits U.S. standards by being aware of the following differences:

U.S. Resume 

  • Highlights achievements, academic background, and work experience related to desired work position
  • One page in length per degree (Bachelor’s, Master’s, PhD)
  • Does not include TOEFL score, photo, marital status, age, race, gender, or religion (employers are not allowed to base hiring decisions on these qualities)

International Resume          

  • Provides extensive chronological details regarding academic and work experience
  • Multiple pages in length
  • May include photo, marital status, age, race, etc.       

Additional Tips
See the resume sample for an international student below.

International Student Resume

Employers are concerned about verbal and written communication skills. They may assume that an international … 

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Special H-1B Visa event next week!

Are you an international student looking for full-time positions in the US over the next 1-2 years? When seeking employment in the US, it’s important to learn about the immigration laws and regulations that affect your employment eligibility. By becoming knowledgeable of these regulations, you will be more prepared to discuss your options with a potential employer.

An experienced immigration lawyer from the law firm of McCandlish Holton will be facilitating an H-1B Visa Workshop for graduating international students. This event is hosted by Engineering Career Services, Arts & Sciences Career Services, Buckeye Careers and Fisher Career Management, with support from Buckeye Career Club.  Attending this event will be the first step in designing an effective strategy for competing in the US job market after graduation.

Mr. Rhoads will focus on work visa options for international students after graduation, including Optional Practical Training (OPT) and primarily H-1B. He will offer … 

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Check out the International Virtual Career Fair!

Looking for an internship, co-op or job abroad and want to do it from the comfort of your home? Then take advantage of the International Virtual Career Fair Nov 7th and 8th!  This International virtual career fair is open to all students who attend Big 10+ schools. 

October 8 – November 8, 2012
Post your Resume and Apply to Positions

You can post your resume now through November 8th and apply to positions.  Come into ECS for walk-ins Monday - Thursday if you need help with your resume.

November 7 – 8, 2012
Participate in Live Virtual Chats with Employers

Chat with companies such as Apple, Intel, INVISTA, MathWorks, Standard Chartered, Stryker and more! Access our Student Handbook for interviewing tips which will be great preparation for online chatting with an employer.

What students have said about the IVCF:

“It’s easy!”
“The turnaround time is … 
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Going Global Guide - for both your International AND Domestic Job Search

ECS has recently added Going Global as a new job search resource for students. For those who have considered working abroad and are unsure of where to start, Going Global is a fantastic resource for information about individual countries. Those looking to move to a larger U.S. city will also find practical information that may help with the decision-making process. Lastly, Going Global helps international students identify US employers and actual job postings that are open on work authorization.

Here are some specific features Going Global offers that you can utilize for your individual search:

- Country Career Guides: This link provides a list of countries for you to select from. Each Country’s link provides Job Search Resources (including a Job Search Overview, Online Job Sites, and Newspapers that Publish Job Advertisements), Industry and Employment Trends (featuring a specific link for Engineering), Top Companies, Financial Considerations, Work Permits and … 

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Job Search Tips for International Students

International students seeking full-time employment in the U.S. often find their job search more challenging than they expected. Here are some tips to help you be more successful in your job search:


  1. Know when you can work. This means understanding the legal terms and limitations of your work authorization well enough to explain it to a potential employer. Not being educated about these terms and limitations will seriously impair your job search. It's a good idea to meet with OIA (the Office of International Affairs) to make sure you have a clear understanding of your ability to work in the U.S.

  2. Take a strategic approach and focus on the opportunities that you can apply for. Create a search agent in your ECS job search account for "Job Listings". Don't apply for opportunities if the job description says, "U.S. citizenship or permanent residency required" or "must be able … 
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