Most of the people are busy making careers in their country, but if you are the one, who has decided that abroad is the place for you and you need to do a job in some country abroad, the first step towards getting a job is having an excellent resume.
There are several things to watch out for when writing an international resume. Undoubtedly, it requires highlighting several things in detail, such as skills, language, traveling descriptions, etc. Let us have a look at some of the resume tips that can help you write attractive resumes –
- Career Objective – This is the section where you need to convey the recruiter about your area of interest and about what you are looking for in a job. What you write in your resume is simply a follow up of your career objective.
- Education- Mentioning your education helps the recruiter to gauge through your knowledge and skill. However, when applying abroad, you are not applying just because there is a vacancy, you are applying because you need a job. In this case,it is advisable to address your knowledge and skills with relevant examples such as projects, internship, study abroad (if any), and the knowledge of a foreign language.
3. Work Experience – Employers look for people who are self-starters, independent and have managerial skills.You can always emphasize on your work experience and transferable skills. No matter, the experience was small, it always acts as brownie points for you. It could be as small as getting a job at a coffee shop or opening your own company.
4. Professional And Personality Traits – A person when giving you a job abroad will always look for traits such as ability to adjust to the cultural difference and new challenges. So, mention such traits, show them that you are like able and potential employee for the company.
5. Resume Length- Usually, the length of a resume for a recent graduate remains one page, whereas, a candidate with several years of work experience, achievements and number of employers have more information to share, hence the ideal length becomes a two-page resume. In case of an international resume, the candidate requires to mention all the above points in detail. Hence, the length can go up to 3 or 4 pages. However, you need to make sure that whatever you write in it is relevant.
So, go on, write that master piece and get the desired job.
Interviews are inevitable part of ones life. It could be an interview for admission in a university or for getting a job. No matter what the interview is for, make sure you give it your best shot. But then how to give your best shot? How to prepare for interview?
- Prepare For The Questions-:
- An interview usually has three types of questions. The behavouriour type, questions to think and questions to ask. A behaviour question is the one related to your work or the activity you did or about your education. Question to think are think are the questions about your future plans. in the end you are given a chance to question. Make sure you know about the organization well, and ask a question related to it. Make sure you know what you have to say for a question. You need not to cram answers but the points must be clear
- CV is important
- A great deal of questions are asked from your CV. Make sure you prepare your CV well. you’re your cv and ask yourself questions. Pinpoint the main things about your CV and make a detailed study of it. You must know each and everything about it
You need to maintain good body postures and behave well. you need to look well and decent. Remember to be calm, during the entire interview and remain positive.
Speaking is not about just blurring out some random words, with some great vocabulary words using various grammatical structures. All of this is important but they don’t make speaking. You may go about and speak the best speech ever, but if the audience (in your case the examiner) does not connects with you, there is no point of the entire discussion.
But then how can one connect with the examiner??
- Gesture – Make sure you use your hands. They are not there to be put inside pocket or fiddle with pen or fold across your chest. You need to use them to emphasise a particular point or engage the examiner. You might be very energetic from inside but if you are sitting there fiddling with your pen or looking here and there, you surely do lose marks. Also, when not using your hands for gestures, keep them to the side. It shows that you are at ease.
- Stance – How you sit in front of the invigilator speaks before you even open your mouth. Your stance can tell whether you are angry or sad or confident or scared. So remember, stance speaks. If you are sitting with a balanced stance and slightly bent forward it means you are engaged with the invigilator. On the other hand, if you have a slumped stance and leaning on one side, it says you don’t care. Make sure, you keep notice of how you are sitting.
- Facial expression – The movement of your eyes, mouth and facial muscles build a connection with the examiner. Eye focus is the most important part of this. It helps in connecting with the examiner in no better way. Also, the facial expression matters. It easily conveys your feelings about the topic, whether you know about it or you are faking it or you are nervous, whatever.
Try practicing in front of mirror. The gestures that you use must be large enough to embrace the listener. Sit upright, lean a bit towards the examiner, smile , make an eye contact and speak as if you are speaking from you heart.
Speaking in English is often a challenge for vernacular speakers. Let us have a look at ten important tips to get a higher score in IELTS speaking section, rather any English exam with examiner one on one interaction.
- During your speaking test, be formal i.e. treat it like a job interview. Don’t take it casually.
- Give a full answer, whenever possible. You have 11-14 minutes to use the best English that you have learnt all your life. So, in the first section, about you or your family. For instance, if they ask you where you from are, don’t just say Delhi, try to be more specific. Rather say, I am from Delhi, capital of India.
- Be polite to the examiner. For instance, if you don’t understand something, don’t just say, what or sorry. Rather say, excuse me, could you please repeat that?
- Your posture effects the way you speak or your confidence or your voice is projected. So maintain a good posture. Make sure you sit straight and not put your hand on your face.
- Don’t worry too much about your accent and as long as you enunciate the word clearly, that is all required. So, work on your pronunciation and not on your accent.
- Don’t use boring words or overly used words. For example, don’t use good, okay, sad. You can rather use depressed, excited etc.
- Make sure you speak loudly enough that you are heard properly.
- Don’t speak too fast or too slowly, if you are not sure, speak slower than it is necessary. And practice by recording.
- Explain any foreign words used in speaking. But then why will you use a foreign word. This happens when for instance, you say, I come from Kochi (a place not very famous), you better say, I come from a city in southern part of India, called Kochi.
- Even though you must use sentences, make sure you don’t lot of them. Try to remain on focus.
- Make sure you are aware of slangs and try not to use them. For example, kids is a slang and you must use children.
- A lot of students read sample answers and it is a good idea to read them and listen to them but don’t try to memorize them. All you need to understand is how to answer and try to pick some good vocabulary words.
Go on, give your best and strive for band 9.