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Rewriting Your Résumé and Your Story in the U.S.

Tuesday | October 9, 2018 | by Olivia Cassidy

U.S.-style résumé

Immigrants to the U.S. often face challenges rewriting their résumés in accordance with U.S. standards. When I was advising hardworking immigrant professionals on job search strategies, I often received questions such as:

  • How can I fit all my experience into just one or two pages?
  • Should I include my picture or my salary expectations on my résumé?
  • What should I do if my job title was different in my home country than it would be in the U.S.?

One of the people who asked me these questions was Ahmad, a job seeker in Upwardly Global’s job search training program. Fortunately, Ahmad used the Résumé Writing Basics course in weGlo, Upwardly Global’s online platform, to get a fresh start on his U.S.-style résumé.

Through partnership with Jobversity, an initiative of Upwardly Global, WES applicants can currently access weGlo for free. Click here to access weGlo’s free online training courses related to the job search in the U.S. If you are interested in learning more about the results of this tool, check out the rest of Ahmad’s story below.

“I am a hard worker and an optimist by nature,” Ahmad says when asked to describe himself. As a refugee from Syria, Ahmed had a long, tough journey to reach the U.S, including more than two years of vetting in Turkey, and a further delay due to the U.S. travel ban. But, he never stopped believing in second chances and new opportunities.

Once Ahmad resettled in the U.S., he began looking for positions related to his skills and experience in business and customer service. “Despite my work experience in several countries and my bachelor’s degree in English Literature, I felt completely lost at the beginning,” he remembers. After joining Upwardly Global’s program for skilled immigrants and refugees, Ahmad focused his efforts on learning from the online training materials.

“The online program is amazing. I learned a lot and I especially liked the interactive résumé writing course. Having a U.S.-style résumé made a huge difference for me.”

Like so many immigrant and refugee professionals in the U.S., Ahmad found that having a U.S.-style résumé greatly aided his job search. Upwardly Global’s online Résumé Writing Basics course was his first step toward creating a U.S.-style résumé.

This online course includes short videos explaining how to create each section of a résumé, and text spaces for a user to enter information throughout the course. Once the course is completed, the system emails the user a sample résumé with their information formatted in the U.S. style. The sections of the résumé include:

  • Professional Summary
  • Key Skills
  • Professional Experience
  • Additional Experience
  • Education and Professional Development

The course explains best practices on the information to include in the sections listed above, as well as tips on what to avoid. In a new partnership with WES, Jobversity, an initiative of Upwardly Global, is making this interactive, online Résumé Writing Basics Course available for free to WES clients for a limited time!

After taking the first step of updating his résumé by using the Résumé Writing Basics course, Ahmad felt more confident about his job search. Thanks to Upwardly Global’s training and his own personal efforts, within three months Ahmad had accepted a job offer as Customer Service Coordinator for International Programs at the University of Chicago Medicine.

“My story has been rewritten by Upwardly Global. They believed in my potential, built upon my skills, and saved me months of struggle. Today, I am delightfully contributing to the local economy as a professional, and feeling secure for the first time in many years.”

Get started on your U.S.-style résumé for free here.

Olivia Cassidy is the National Account Manager at Upwardly Global.