You've studied abroad, and now you're back to show off your newly learned skills. But how do you convey everything you've just learned onto your resume? Follow the simple guideline below for tips.
List your experience
- Under the 'Education' section of your resume, list the name of program/institution, what you studied, and the dates you were abroad
- Did you take any relevant courses abroad? Projects count too.
- Action Verb + What did you do + Skill or outcome (optional)
- Be specific; what did you actually do, and what resulted from it? This could be anything from research, interning, volunteering, etc.
Tailor Your Resume
- Read over what the job is looking for in an applicant, and then align your resume to their qualification requirements to show that you're the perfect candidate. Find key words that include those transferable skills that you gained abroad.
- Are there any grammatical errors, misspellings, weird verbiage?
- Have someone read it over for you. If they can do it within less than 30 seconds, and be able to talk about your skills and experiences, good job.
- Everything should look pleasing to the eye. The fonts, except your name, need to be the same size so it's easily readable.
Have your Resume Critiqued
The University Career Center has extra information on writing your resume & offers resume critiques. Click here to find out more.
LinkedIn is a platform for professional networking. Your online profile is basically your digital resume, and it shows recruiters what you're interested in, what you studied, and the types of skills and experience that you've had.
keep your profile updated
- Profile Picture
- Be sure to pick one that shows your face (and only you) clearly, in front of an aesthetic background, wearing an appropriate shirt, and smiling!
- This is where you list your jobs and internships, detailing what you did, how you did it, and the outcomes of your work
- Your home university should be listed here, but don't forget about your host university from abroad. List the institution or program and indicate what you were involved in. Examples include: doing a homestay, your language proficiency level, internships, etc.
- LinkedIn has a feature where you can list your skills, and people within your network can endorse you for them, to add more credibility. Think about those skills you gained from studying abroad.
- Honors and Awards
- Chancellor's List, Dean's List, Education Abroad scholarships, and many more! Include all that you've accomplished and been awarded for.
- What were some of the courses you took abroad that would be beneficial for your new potential job? List them there, and be ready to explain what you studied during an interview.
Build a strong network
Connect with those who are familiar with your work. This may include students/peers, your professors, colleagues, boss, etc. Those who have seen your performance are able to endorse you or give recommendations on your public profile. Plus, their interests may align with yours and get you down the right path.
Join relevant groups
Usually LinkedIn automatically adds your university as one of your interests, but double check to make sure. Who knows, maybe you'll connect with an alumnus! This is also an opportunity for you to add your host university from abroad. If you participated in an affiliate study abroad program, find their page and follow them too. Some programs offer alumni groups that you can join to stay connected with those who studied abroad before or with you.
The OEA is on LinkedIn too! Don't forget to connect with us.