How to Integrate your Work/Study Abroad Experience in your Resume
The following tips and samples are edited from Lessons From Abroad Conference Handout, San Diego, CA, Feb., 2012
- Include your time abroad somewhere! Decide how relevant it is to your resume objective.
It is most commonly placed in the education or related experience of your resume.
- Highlight accomplishments from your study/work abroad time.
- Market your transferable skills from study/work abroad: time management, adaptability,
|Teaching as English professor, Shanghai, China
||August 2004-August 2008
- Full immersion in Chinese society and culture
- Excellent understanding of Chinese history, customs, traditions, politics, and religion
- Performed research (Your thesis topics here)
|Study Abroad Participants with Cultural Experiences Abroad
||January 2011‐April 2012
||City and country
- Traveled extensively throughout (name of country) for four months and developed first‐hand
knowledge and understanding of the xxx culture
- Enhanced xxx language both written and oral communication skills
International experience is becoming increasingly more important to employers and is an advantage in the
The goal of the resume is to demonstrate to potential employers that you will be valuable to their organization and to
ultimately generate a job interview. Research has shown that an employer spends approximately 30-40 seconds
reading a resume. Important tips to remember when developing an attractive, easy-to-read resume.
Font- use standard non-serif fonts such as Courier, Arial, or Times New Roman in a readable font size (no smaller
than 10 point and no larger than 12 point).
Margin- Have a good text/white-space balance, and center on the page. Use ½ inch to 1-inch margins for top,
bottom, right, and left.
Style- Highlight important facts and headings by bolding, underlining, indenting, capitalizing, and/or using bullet
points to attract the reader's eye.
Action Verbs- Use action verbs to begin a statements describing skills and responsibilities.
Length- Be concise, one page resume is quite adequate unless you have extensive experience that is applicable.
Paper- Use white or off white resume paper only.
Errors- Be grammatically perfect and free of typographical errors.
Other Sample Resumes and Sample Cover Letters are available here.