How To Add Study Abroad Experience To Your Resume?

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Students, who have returned after completing their education abroad, come with a whole range of experiences and skills. International experience is a good way to attract prospective employers. You would inevitably want to include your study abroad experience on your resume, but how do you do it? Making your study-abroad experience stand out on paper is no an easy task. Here are some tips.

Showcasing Study Abroad on your Resume

Where to place it?

There are multiple ways you can add your study abroad experience in your resume. You could include it as part of your education, especially if the job application asks for specific skills relevant to your academic experience abroad. If the employer is looking for someone who studied abroad, it would be a great idea to dedicate a section, ‘international experience’ in your resume.

You could always include it under multiple sections in your resume. One of the sections could be about the ‘related experience’ to include those additional skills that you gained during your time abroad. If you have worked or done internships during your education abroad, make sure that you highlight them. Most recruiters value job and internship experiences of their prospective employees.

It is always a good practice to write a cover letter, even if the employer hasn’t specifically asked for it. Include your study abroad experience briefly in the introduction, and elaborate in a coordinating paragraph later in the letter. Avoid repeating what you’ve already mentioned on the resume. In the cover letter, mention how your experience and education connects to the position and the organization.

What to include?

Make a list of skills that you have acquired when studying abroad.  Capture the employer’s interest; don’t brag. Include skills that are specifically applicable to the job that you are applying to. You may also add some qualities that would look attractive on your resume. For example, strong ability to solve problems, language skills, decision making skills, global awareness, networking skills, time and money management, and cultural adaptability are some qualities that every employer would appreciate.

Give references

Giving references is a good way to enhance authenticity. Think back on your experience and determine who would be good for you to ask to be a reference. Include at least one reference from your host country. Your teachers and past employers are always a great choice. Ask their permission before you add their information in your resume so that they are prepared when they are contacted by your employer.

Follow these tips and you will have a killer resume. As you have presented your study abroad experience so impressively on your resume, there are surely going to be questions related to it during your interview. Prepare to answer those questions.

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