Students from India, after attending and completing studies at universities in the US, will get the chance to encounter the different resumés and templates of their seniors and friends.
Before everything else, you should know that it’s a normal thing that a resumé will evolve over time. A resumé tend to undergo a natural development, so it really takes time before “perfecting” one.
However, some students just don’t get it. They think that the resumé that they have is already the best and it will get them an interview call. Sadly, most of the time, they are wrong.
When professionals travel to the USA on work or business visas, a few try to find jobs and become a full time employee with a company in US.
Such professionals when searching for jobs within the USA, usually use the same resumé that they have been using in India. They simply don’t subscribe to the famous saying, WHEN IN ROME, DO AS THE ROMANS DO.
That’s why one has to undertake the proper adjustments in one’s resumé to make it effective. Here is a comparison of resumé formats / templates used in India and the USA.
Resumé Format – India vs USA
Here’s a good comparison of types of resumés used in India vs USA for technology and engineering job applications.
|Used for||Job / Internship
|Job / Internship
|Length||2 pages to mini book||1 or 2 pages|
|Personal Details||Name, email, DOB, passport number, address,
passport expiry date, marital status
|Name, email, phone, address|
|Importance of length||The longer a resumé is, the better the profile||This is not the norm being followed in the US and in all developed countries. Typically, companies will make their decisions in the first two pages. So make it compact yet substantial with your key experience and competencies why you should be hired.|
|Work Experience||Work experience will include job position, company name, client name, duration, one page (or more concise) project description, responsibilities, platforms and tools used, etc.||Responsibilities and things accomplished. Executives with many years of experience will have around 1 up to 2 pages (maximum) of resumé.|
|Other Items||Includes Declaration of Authenticity (I hereby declare that the above mentioned information is correct to best of my knowledge), date, signature, references email, etc.||References, links to websites, email address, LinkedIn profile, Twitter ID, etc.|
|Dos and Don’ts||Don’t use the same resumé / template when applying for jobs in the USA. Consider getting your resumé written by a professional resumé writing service. [Top Mistakes in Entry Level Student Resumé .]||If your resumé needs fixing, consider getting your resumé written professionally.|
|Suggestions||Don’t assume that same resumé that you used in India will get you a job in the USA. Do your own research and learn what most hiring / recruitment managers look for in a resumé. Remember, because busy people will be looking at your resumé, it only has a few seconds to create an impression.||If you have a 2 page resumé and are not getting any positive response after applying for many jobs, consider having your resumé reviewed but professionals. When your job search strategy is not working, it’s a very clear sign that you have to follow a different approach. Making changes to your resumé is the first and best area to start with.|
|Sample Resumes||Professionally Written Resumé Samples|
If you are using a resumé template used for job search in India, it will not work most of the time especially when applying for jobs within the U.S. and in other countries.
You can either spend some $100 to get a professionally written resumé or spend lots of time fixing (but to not much avail) your current resumé.