Students from India after attending Universities in US, will get chance to view different resume templates from their seniors and friends.

So, their resume will typically evolve over the period of time. But, some students just don’t get it. They think that resume they have is The Best and it will get them an interview call. Most of the times, they are wrong.

When professionals travel to USA on work  or business Visas, few try to find job and become a full time employee with a company in US. Such professionals while searching for jobs within USA use the same resume, they have been using in India. There is a saying  WHEN IN ROME, DO AS THE ROMANS DO.

That’s why one has to do. Here is comparison of Resume format/templates used in India and USA.

Resume Format – India vs USA

Here’s a comparison of Resume used in India vs USA for Tech and Engineering Jobs applications.

India USA
Used for Job/Internship
Search
Job/Internship
Search
Length 2 pages to  mini book 1 or 2 pages
Personal Details Name, Email, DOB, Passport Number, Address,
Passport Expiry Date, Martial Status
Name, Email, Phone, Address
Importance of length Longer the resume, better the profile There is no such concept in US. Typically they will decide between 1 or 2 pages.
Work Experience Work experience will include Company Name, Client Name, Duration, One page Project Description, Responsibilities, Platforms and tools used. Responsibilities and things accomplished. Executives will many years of experience will have 1, max 2 pages resume.
Other Items Includes Declaration (I hereby declare that the above mentioned information is correct to best of my knowledge), date, signature, references email,.. References, link to website, LinkedIn profile, Twitter Id, ..
Do’s and Dont’s Don’t use the same resume/template while applying for Jobs in USA. Consider getting your resume written by an Professional resume writing service. [Top Mistakes in Entry Level Students Resume ] If resume needs fix, consider getting your resume written professionally.
Suggestions Don’t assume that same resume they you used in India will get you a job in USA.  Do your research and learn what Hiring Managers look  in a resume. Your resume has few seconds to create an impression. If you have 2 page resume and not getting any response after applying for many jobs, consider have your resume reviewed professionally.  When job search is not working, you have to follow different approach. Making changes to resume is first area to start.
Sample Resumes Professionally Written Resume’s Samples

If you are using Resume template used for job search in India will not work most of the time while applying for jobs within US.

You can either spend some $100 to get  professionally written resume or spend lot of time to fix your current resume.

Related : What Recruiters Look in Your Resume in 6 Seconds

 

  • Sneha Iyer

    very helpful post

  • http://www.quickcareers.in rosylee

    Hi raghu,

    Nice post. Thank you for providing such a great information. This blog is very informative for me as well as job seekers. Keep on sharing.

  • Jereen

    Hi HSB.
    I have completed my MBA (finance) and i have done B.Com as under graduation in India. I have 2yrs experience as Accounts manager. I would like to settle down in US. It would be helpful for me if you suggest me an idea. Kindly tell me will I be able to get a H1B visa or I need to enter US with F1 visa by applying for some colleges. And if i go in through F1 visa which course will fetch me a permanent job in US.

    Thank you,

    Regards,
    Jereen. :)

    • Anon

      Marry a NRI!!! best idea..:-P

  • Harshini

    Hi,This is Harshini doing her Bacheolors in BIotechnology final year final sem.Planning to go to Canada for doing my Masters,Can anyone suggest the best Universities which has programs related to Biotechnology,Human Genetics,nano technology.Pls guide me and let me know if there is any University in US whcih dont require GRE score and only TOEFELSCORE WOULD DO.
    Regards
    Harshini

    • Albert

      There are many universities in US that don’t require GRE. But most of the good universities require GRE unless you have a decent GPA from a well-known university (at least IITs in India), or, some publications, projects or any other accomplishments. The admissions committee might ignore small differences in GRE if you are highly skilled in something. For a list of universities, check some rankings like USNWR, QS, Times, ARWU, Webometrics etc. Also, browse through the universities’ websites and their Biotechnology departments and see the ongoing research there — research outcome is an indicator of the quality of a university.

  • sreenadh

    Hi All,

    here are my details

    * GRE Score – 305

    * TOEFL Score – yet to Take on jan 2011, hope to get 90

    * Class 10th – 80.04%

    * Class 12th – 91.18%

    * Engineering Aggregate – 69% (up to III year, IV-I yet to come,no backlogs)

    * Semester Planning to Apply – fall 2012

    * Department and Major – Electronics&Communication, interested on COMMUNICATION side

    * Work Experience – NIL

    please let me know the best Universities which I can apply for my score.also please suggset me more universities with full financial aid low cost of living and job facilities. and I am adaptable to any climate

    Also looking for a budget which is not more then 15 lakhs. In a state to take bank loan

    Thanks in advance.

    • Albert

      For a list of universities, check some rankings like USNWR, QS, Times, ARWU, Webometrics etc. Also, browse through the universities’ websites and their ECE departments and see the ongoing research and other things. There is no guarantee that a lower ranked one is always easier to get than a higher ranked one — depends on the quality of your application and the availability of seats too.

  • narendra naidu

    Hi All,

    here are my details

    * GRE Score – 1040(730Q + 310V)

    * TOEFL Score – yet to Take on Dec 2011, hope to get >90

    * Class 10th – 69.05%

    * Class 12th – 73.52%

    * Engineering Aggregate – 72.5% (up to III year and 2 sem left and with 4 backlogs)

    * Semester Planning to Apply – fall 2012

    * Department and Major – Electronics&Communication, planning to go for MIS/MS in VLSI or EMBEDDED SYSTEM or TELECOMMUNICATIONS

    * Work Experience – NIL

    please let me know the good Univs which I can apply for my score.also please suggset me more universities since i would like to do my major in electrical engineering and with full financial aid low cost of living and job facilities. and I am adaptable to any climate

    Also looking for a budget which is not more then 20 lakhs. In a state to take bank loan

    Thanks in advance.

    • Albert

      For a list of universities, check some rankings like USNWR, QS, Times, ARWU, Webometrics etc. Also, browse through the universities’ websites and their ECE departments and see the ongoing research and other things. There is no guarantee that a lower ranked one is always easier to get than a higher ranked one — depends on the quality of your application and the availability of seats too.

  • Sahana

    HSB is a storehouse of help and such a lifesaver.

  • Rachna Shenoy

    Hi,

    I am in the US on H4 visa. I know I am not allowed to work as per the visa, but I would still like to try.

    I have a MBA (HR) and 5 years of professional experience. Can you suggest some ways to format my resume as per US standards and also what I should expect in my job search?

    • HSB

      How can you work if you are on H4?

  • Garg G

    @ Harish C S

    you can always google to get some resumes. That will help in finding keywords in resume (action verb and so on.) but if you are more interested then you have to do some research.

    if you dont like doing research there is the option of asking someone to write resume for you for a fee. but dont expect to get a matching resume which matches your qualifications and you can use it just like that. every individual is unique with unique set of skills. google will help to get sample formats and keywords u can use but to build a whole resume it is upto to you grind your mind or get professional help.

  • Harish C S

    No.. i dont get sufficient info in that link!! It drifts to some resume writing website… Please tell me if i could include my facebook id in my profile.. What will they look for in that?

  • Garg G

    @ Harish C S

    check the link in the last row of comparision

  • Harish C S

    Can we show our facebook profile too? Better give me a model for the US style resume.. It ll be very helpful.