United States of America

A résumé is short (usually one to three pages), and directs a reader's attention to those aspects of one’s background that are directly relevant to the job in question.

The main difference between a CV and résumé is brevity. If you are applying for jobs in the US, recruiters will scan your CV for less than thirty seconds. US recruiters do not expect lengthy job descriptions and personal profiles. If you have a 10 page CV you will need to rewrite it.

The curriculum vitae in the US are used primarily when applying for academic, education, scientific or research positions and when applying for fellowships or grants.
In the US, more than in other countries, time is money and recruiters do not have the time to spend 11 minutes reading your life history. Your resume should be the hook to pass on the essential information. There is no need to go into lengthy descriptions of how you overcame any specific challenges. All you will need to include is "Implemented x In order to achieve y". Many résumés contain keywords that potential employers are looking for. Make heavy use of active verbs, and display content in a flattering manner.  It’s a good idea that when creating your resume, list all the tasks associated with a job.

Top tips

  • Use a basic font that is easy to read, both for hiring managers and for applicant management systems.
  • Include all your contact information so employers can easily get in touch with you - full name, street address, city, state, and zip, home phone number, mobile number, and email address.
  • Tailor your resume to match the job you are applying for. The more specific you are, the better chance you have of being considered
  • Your resume (and cover letter) the chance of your resume matching available positions and being selected interview.
  • Prioritise the content of your resume so that the most important and relevant experience is listed first, with key accomplishments listed at the top of each position.
  • It’s a particularly competitive job-seeking environment, so make sure you stand out. If you’re successful in getting selected by talent management systems, it shows that you have taken the time to research a specific job opening.

Interested in applying for a job in USA? Click here to find out more or alternatively click here to go to the main country specific CVs page.

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