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How to Enhance Your Resume for Studying Abroad

Ms. Suchitra Surve shares information on how one can make their resume presentable while applying for studying abroad. Lots of discussion has been done on careers, aspects that bring out the professionalism in you, and even about studies abroad. Surely you must be watching and following it too. In one of the earlier episodes we have spoken about, Resume, what are the tips on resumes and how to make a resume. I hope you have gone through it. But today we are going to talk on about something, very specific. This is for the students who are intending to apply abroad. So if you have decided that you are going to apply abroad for further studies, than resume is going to be the snap shot, your first introduction. So let’s see typically what happens in a resume, what are the things you should focus on and what are the things you should try and avoid.

Let’s begin with the beginning. Let’s look at a typically written resume. Typically a resume has a name, something called as personal information, which has its date citizenship, gender, followed by career objective, than you have education and then something written about additional courses related to curriculum, work experience, followed by volunteer work, skills, hobbies and interest, and Indian contact information. Do you really think this format is interesting, is it easy to follow? And does it convey what it is supposed to. If we really look at it, the information under these headings is vague. For example, career objective, Education starts with secondary school, goes on to Junior college, and then goes on to graduation. An additional course related to curriculum, of course the student has attended a lot of programme related to their field, which is a good thing, but the way it has been presented, is something that we need to work on. If we look at the time line of work experience, the individual has not mentioned where and for what duration he / she has worked. The volunteer work which follows, it just talks about the work that they have done. And the skills, these are self-skills or self-proclaimed skills that are there along with hobbies and interest. The contact information just has the email, landline and the mobile number.

Since this is a person who has a work experience of more than three years, applying for a Master’s degree, he needs to focus on some other things. As discussed earlier, university abroad are looking at individuals who can bring something interesting, value add to the class. Somebody, who can bring their work experience, somebody who can add on to the value of the class with their theoretical proficiency, so, what are the things you are supposed to keep in mind while making a resume for applying abroad?

Let’s take a look quickly, how the same earlier resume, now looks after making the changes. Start with your name, followed by the address; include the country code in your contact details, along with an official email id. This has to be followed by educational qualification which should be in reverse chronological order, which means, the latest degree has to be mentioned first. While mentioning the degree that you have pursued, mention any kind of specialization or specialization subjects that you have studied, along with the university you hail from, and the percent or CGPA’S that you have obtained. The next in line is work experience, for individuals who have a work experience after completing their graduation and now who are applying for studies abroad; try to focus on the kind of work that you did, the profile that you handle, the designation that you had, the organization name and the duration for which you worked with the organisation. If as a student, you had internships mention that as well, because as a student when you apply, it’s just not the academics, but also internships that matter, which shows the kind of focus you have for a particular career. For internship as well include the area of work, what were the learning’s, and for how long did you work there. If you had any other educational qualifications, add them as well. It might be related to the course or something that you have done online, do mention it.

Universities, abroad appreciates students who have done some kind of volunteer work. This speaks volume about the student of being beyond academic. So if you have done any kind of volunteer work or associated yourself with any NGO, or any social work organisation, please, do mention it. Follow by any kind of extracurricular or co-curricular activities that you have done. While highlighting the extracurricular activity, focus on the ones where you have won any major competition. Do not just mention any local events that you have just participated in. After extracurricular activities, add on the computer or technological skills if you have. If you are in the field of IT, ensure that you mention all the technical skills that you have. Whether, it is working on the platforms, working on Data Bases, or the languages that you know. But if you are not applying for any computer related course, or if you do not have a degree which is in computers, at least mention the proficiency of computers or software that you are aware of. After this, please ensure that you add on the personal details, which should have your date of Birth, may be marital status, especially for students who are applying after a certain age, what are you interest and what are the languages that you know.

You may mention the career objective, after the basic details. Please keep in mind that your career objective has to be specific and true to you. Do not just copy paste or use flowery language. Once you have this, you are set to apply for the university, of your choice. Your resume will be the knock at the door, so ensure you make an impactful one, cross check on the language, check the font, check the clarity, check the simplicity and check the authenticity of all the information that you have given. Do not forget you are applying as a student, or to be a student there. So let there be a good reason while you are planning to continue your studies and focus on your academics, on your extracurricular, and any projects that you have under taken. Hoping that, this information will be a good start for you to make an effective Resume.