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1 RMS-USA chapter, 2008 RMS-Network North America Chapter How to write a resume in the US.

2 RMS-USA chapter, 2008 The Basics Before you start: DO YOUR HOMEWORK!!!! Know what job you want, and eventually for which companies (at least as a reference). The more specific you are in your mind, the better your resume will be. You have to do a deep research on the industry or sector in the US. IMPORTANT: forget about French standards. There are many regulations in the US against discrimination. No recruiter will consider resumes with the following items: – Age or date of birth – Marital status – Race or nationality – A picture – Eventual physical handicap Remember, even if it is called “selection process”, they proceed by elimination. That means that the recruiter will look first for reason to eliminate you! Use of a resume: A resume does not get you a job, it gets you an interview and nothing more. It is also your way to tell the recruiter “I am interested in the job you have posted; here are the reasons why; let’s meet for more details” Paper format: Letter, or 8 inch by 11 inch Language: English US (there are many differences with British idioms) Measurements: inches, oz, lbs Currencies: US dollars No fancy fonts or styles because 90% of the large organizations scan the resumes, and as many recruiters and head hunters. Limit to 2 pages max. Remember that what you did over 10 years ago has little value for a recruiter; and that your Bacc does not mean anything in the US. Always prepare a well written cover letter (typed, no hand writing). Finally: put your ego aside! Limit yourself to the information relevant to the job applied for, and that the recruiter will be interested in. You’ll have (hopefully) the opportunity to talk about the rest during the interview.

3 RMS-USA chapter, 2008 The Resume Layout – Page 1 Personal information: Mr./Ms. Helps reader to understand the sexe of your name Mr./Ms. First Name + Last name Street address City, zip code Country Tel. +33.99.99.99.99.99 email Executive summary of who you are (professionally speaking); what you do; your skills, aptitudes, and personal qualities. Eventually you level of education. Executive summary: 5 rows maximum. Telegraphic style, no literature. Experience (chronologic order: most recent to oldest) First section: what you have done in your career. When? Dates: only years like 2000 – 2008, except if you are still working: xxxx - Present For who: Employer + (industry, CA, number of Employees, city + country you worked ) For what : Title of position + general description of the jobs and main responsibilities. 2 rows maximum! So what : Main accomplishments: Situations in which you did something relevant to the job you apply for, and obtain some measurable results in $$ or % or ranking. Bullet points: 2 to 5 maximum; 5 for the most recent position, and 2 for the oldest; select only the most relevant ones. DO NOT lye nor tell the story of your life Repeat structure for each job xxxx - xxxx For who: Employer + (industry, CA, number of Employees, city + country you worked ) For what : Title of position + general description of the jobs and main responsibilities. 2 rows maximum! SAR xxxx - xxxx For who: Employer + (industry, CA, number of Employees, city + country you worked ) For what : Title of position + general description of the jobs and main responsibilities. 2 rows maximum! SAR xxxx - xxxx For who: Employer + (industry, CA, number of Employees, city + country you worked ) For what : Title of position + general description of the jobs and main responsibilities. 2 rows maximum! SAR

4 RMS-USA chapter, 2008 The Resume Layout Page 2 Cont. indicates that it is the continuation of another page. The reader can still contact you if lost page 1. Mr./Ms. First Name + Last name (Cont.) Tel. +33.99.99.99.99.99 email Experience (continued) xxxx - xxxx Dates: only years like 2000 – 2008, except if you are still working: xxxx - Present For who: Employer + (industry, CA, number of Employees, city + country you worked ) For what : Title of position + general description of the jobs and main responsibilities. 2 rows maximum! SAR Bullet points: 2 to 5 maximum; 5 for the most recent position, and 2 for the oldest; select only the most relevant ones. DO NOT lye nor tell the story of your life Education (chronologic order: most recent to oldest) When?Where: School (full name, no acronyms) +title of the degree (try to use equivalent terms known by Americans: bachelor degree, master degree, MBA, etc. Bacc: useless. Mentions: keep it for your ego unless it is Excellent. When?Put the same way all specific continuing education courses you have taken, especially if you obtained a certification or a validation related to the job applied for. Languages (if important to the job applied for) Americans know that Europeans all speak more than 1 language. Therefore, don’t try to impress them, you may make them feel bad about it and get eliminated for doing so. 1 line is ok; use terms like Fluent, Advanced, conversational, and basic. For levels under Advanced, you can specify verbal or written. Other Indicate each association/organization you belong to, specify your role if you are active. Indicate your VISA status (US citizen, US resident, VISA H1B, etc. Eventually some hobbies. Be aware that these hobbies will convey an image of you and your work values. Think twice before adding something!

5 RMS-USA chapter, 2008 Example Resume - Page 1 Ms. Pascale Durand 25 rue Majond Belfort, 48590 France Tel. +33.04.44.55.66.77 pdurand@aol.net Hands-on multilingual executive with a strong experience in operations, internal audit, marketing, biotech, and manufacturing. Field experience at senior management levels in several industires. Effective organizer able to handle difficult situations. Recognized ability to build, train and lead a team to meet objectives. Master's degree in Business Administration with concentration in International Marketing, Trade Marketing, Accounting, and Human Resources. Experience 2004 - PresentBourpoint S.A.,Management consulting, $30 million in sales, 800 employees, Castres, France. Managing Director, Developed all aspects of the business and delivered the services directly of using freelance consultants in France and overseas. Turned around and developed a new business model for a startup in the wireless communication industry. Attracted 4 senior executives from Fortune 100 companies; generated 2 patents and 4 Trademarks; and raised the initial valuation of the company to $4 million. Introduced an American company specialized in Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) to a leading ISP in France for a potential contract doubling the total annual sales to $20 million. Identified licensing opportunities in Europe for a leading Nutraceutical company adding annual sales potential of $5 million. 1998 - 2004DJN Passpartout, Clinical diagnostic laboratory specialized in DNA testing, $4 million in sales, 80 Employees, Nantes, France) Vice President Marketing, In charge of the development and implementation of regional marketing communication programs in support of defined-market segment sales. Develop and execute a 2-year program targeted to law firms and government agencies across a 25 cities, yielding $1 million in new revenue. Launched customer incentive programs that achieved more than $300,000 annually in incremental sales within 6 months. Led a direct response marketing team of 7 that contributed over $200,000 annually in direct sales.

6 RMS-USA chapter, 2008 Example Resume - Page 2 Ms. Pascale Durand (Cont.) Tel. +33.04.44.55.66.77 pdurand@aol.net Experience (continued) 1998 - 1988ABCZ Comp, Accounting firm, $2 million in sales, 15 employees, Caen, France Group Manager, Responsible for all accounting/audit for the expansion into this new group, including new tax and social administration policies. Hired, trained and managed an accounting staff of seven to manage a division that grew from nothing to $750,000 in 3 years. Completed the full launch of the accounting operations 18 months ahead of schedule, saving $100,000 in software purchase while still providing the monthly reporting for the French stock exchange. Education 1985 - 1988 Reims Graduate Business School, Reims, France. Master's degree in Business and Administration. Major courses: International Marketing, Trade Marketing, and Human Resources. 2000 Languages Fluent in French, German, and Japanese; Basic conversational Chinese. Other Member of the Reims Chamber of Commerce, Reims, France. Member of the Reims Alumni Association, responsible of the membership program. VISA J1 Volunteer at the Good Samaritan Association, responsible of Math and English support classes to children from 1 st through 8 th grades. INSEAD, 6 month part-time executive program on Merger and Acquisition.


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