CV -RESUME WORKSHOP
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NEW TRENDS IN CVs
This is a short guideline which will help you write
your CV (CVs are often called resumes in American English)
Remember : each CV is unique and should be slightly
modified or adapted to the job you are applying for.
choose a title or objective for your CV or resume
the title should briefly say who you are and what
you're looking for (for details click here)
example : Objective : to seek internship position
in materials science
write your name, student's address and permanent address,
email, phone, fax ( no mention of age, sex or marital status for a US resume)
details click here)
write some keywords (keywords are an easy way for
employers to identify your areas of expertise, especially if you post your
resume on the internet)
examples : computer engineering, matlab, decision
tools (for details click here)
explain your academic background in reversed chronological
order (for details click here )
give a detailed account of ALL your professional experience,
including student's jobs, au-pair, private tuition, volunteering jobs and
of course engineering internships (for
details click here )
TITLE OR OBJECTIVE
It atracks the reader's eyes immediately and shows
who you are and what you are looking for.
It should be typed in bold letters in the center of
here are 3 examples with 3 different sentence structure
Environmental management M.S, looking for environmental
Objective : to obtain an entry-level position in mechanical
Seeking advancement in financial mathematics
CVs in the US are called resumes or biosketches .
For an American CV, don't mention age, race, sex,
national origin, avoid photographs.
US citizens are protected by the Equal Employment
Opportunity laws which mean that your sex, race, age and religion should
not prevent you from being hired.
For information on Equal Employment Opportunity laws
see : http://www.law.cornell.edu/topics/employment_discrimination.html
Keywords are an easy way for employers to spot your
CV on the internet through search engines.
Don't put too many and don't put very large keywords
such as "engineering".
Highlight your skills.
For example, an environmental engineer might include
the keywords : "toxic waste, water-networks, field experience, modelling
This is certainly the most delicate part for a French
student, especially a student from a "grande école".
Follow the recommendations that you will find on Traduction
termes français pour CV .
Many American or British students highlight their
skills by listing a list of courses which corresponds to the job they're
For example :
A student from the Ecole des Mines looking for a position
in computer engineering should list his or her computer courses and ignore
other courses like materials science which could confuse the reader .
The same student looking for a position in management
or economics should emphasize his/her courses in this field.
This means that because your background is very brooadly
based you should write an adapted CV for every job you will be applying
Include everything you did which could be considered
as a job or responsibility : part-time summer jobs, volunteer work, tuition
for school kids, camp guide, baby-sitter.
Ex : organized volley-ball club, taught maths to 16
year old student for a year.
If you have worked in industrial companies :
give the name and address of the company : ex : Usinor
at Ugines (Savoie, France)
briefly explain what the company does : ex :
steel production plant
describe what you did during your placement
, and use VERBS IN THE PRETERIT: ex : developed business applications software
using C and C++, created and tested all code and set up procedures for
alpha and beta tests of product (for
more verbs click here)
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