In celebration of International Education Week (IEW) 2016, WES Advisor and WES Global Talent Bridge—WES programs aimed at helping international students and skilled immigrants achieve success—held an event on November 14 in New York City. Guest speakers addressed a range of topics including the benefits of obtaining and using credential evaluations to find employment or continue your education, common job search mistakes, and resources to help you reach your goals. The following is a brief overview of the event, plus some other IEW-related activities hosted by WES Advisor.
“A credential evaluation is a way to take your degree from abroad and show its equivalency in the U.S.,” said Senay Gebremedhin from World Education Services. It is important for employers or admissions officers to understand your education. Education systems vary greatly by country, so what is considered a great grade in one country might seem like a bad grade to someone unfamiliar with the system.
Before you have your credentials evaluated, be sure the evaluators are members of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) to ensure they adhere to professional standards and are a reputable agency.
Licensed professions have very strict requirements for licensure and the requirements can vary depending on the state you are in. Before obtaining a credential evaluation, learn what the requirements are for your profession.
Curriculum Vitae vs. Résumé
Guest speaker Dina Jaffary of Upwardly Global spoke extensively about the difference between curriculum vitae (CV) and a U.S. style résumé, and why it is important. Most employers in the U.S. require a résumé, but many job applicants with international education and work experience assume it is the same as a CV.
“A CV usually includes all your professional experience in your field. As a result, your document could be pages long,” Dina said. “Résumés are very brief. Any recruiter or employer should be able to go through the entire document in a matter of minutes and understand your key skills.”
A U.S. style résumé should be:
- Concise (2 pages maximum)
- Results oriented
- Well-organized and formatted
To learn more, watch a recording of the event for in-depth information about this topic and more.
In addition to the event detailed above, WES Advisor also hosted an IEW essay contest, for which you can read the entries from the top winners and the runners up. We also hosted a webinar on Science and Technology Admissions in the U.S., where admissions experts gave insights and tips that international students should know when applying to these programs.