In this blog post series, Job Searching in the USA as an International Student, I want to tell you all the challenges I had during my job hunt in Boston all while I try to get used to a new culture!
I moved to Boston a year ago and after spending some time trying to get used to Boston, its weather and my classes I started to search about how to find a job in USA. I knew that I had to prepare well before starting to apply possible jobs. The first thing that I noticed was the term “Resume”. At that time, I was familiar with a CV but wasn’t sure what a resume is. So, here I want to share with you the 3 major differences between a Resume and a CV based on my experiences and some researching:
A CV is a detailed, comprehensive document that can be laid out over many pages. A resume, on the other hand, is generally a single page.
My CV was around three pages long and there were too many details on it to include in one page. To find out what I should put to my resume I searched about content differences between them.
A CV can contain anything about your education as well as other accomplishments like certifications, awards, presentations, publications, research experience etc. It also contains any achievements in life. For instance, on my CV there was a part written about my studying abroad in Germany and what I have gained from it. Additionally, I had a profile photo attached to it. I noticed that resumes don’t have photos and are focused for a specific job consisting only related work experience and skill sets.
A CV is comprehensive, A resume is customized.
Back in Turkey, since my CV had all the information about my background I was not making any changes on it as I was applying to jobs. However, here I realized that I have to adapt my resume to every position I apply for and tailor it to the needs of the specific post.
This post was authored by Mina Poyraz. Mina is a master`s student in Digital Media studies. She is from Istanbul, Turkey and has been living in Boston for a year. Mina is passionate about social media and currently works as a Social Media Intern in Northeastern University Career Services. In her free time she likes traveling, taking photos and reading. She calls her Instagram account her personal diary. Connect with Mina on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/minapoyraz) and Linkedin (www.linkedin.com/in/minapoyraz)