Preparing a Resume (CV) for applying to Jobs in the US

A Resume / CV provides information about you in a nutshell. A good Resume is very important to impress the hiring manager. Therefore, you have to make sure that your Resume stands out.

Express your experiences and achievements in good words, but refrain from lying on your resume. Also, make sure that your Resume is compact. Do not ramble about your experiences achievements. Normally, a good Resume is no longer than one or two pages.

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How do I write a good resume?

The easiest way to start is by visiting your campus career center. They will guide you on how to write a good resume. Other than that, you can also consult your friends that are more experienced than you, especially those who already got a job. However, if you are confident in writing your own resume, there are many tutorials available in the internet on how to write a good resume. Below are some useful links that you might want to check out:

Resume Tutorial #1 (Source: Online Writing Lab at Purdue, 2007)

Resume Tutorial #2 (Source:, 2007)

Resume Tutorial #3 (Source:, 2007)

Resume Tutorial #4 (Source:, 2007)


Before writing your resume, you might want to check out below sample resumes:

Sample resume #1 (Source:, 2007)

Sample resume #2 (Source:, 2007)

Sample resume #3 (Source:, 2007) Look under Job Search Tips - Samples


How many pages long should my resume be?

In the US, most resumes are supposed to be one page long or at the most two pages long. This is because, the examiner receives thousands of applicants and he / she barely has a minute to go over each resume. A short and brief resume will allow him to read your entire resume within two-three minute. If your resume is many pages long, chances are that he will probably only read the first page of your resume.

However, if you are a Professor or a scientist with a long list of publications, your resume can be longer than two pages.


Should I attach my picture along with the Resume?

There is no need to attach your picture along with your Resume.



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