In case you don’t know it yet, the international experience is very appreciated by the recruiters. No wonder: most companies work with international suppliers or customers.
Having prior international experience allows you to have more facilities to communicate with this kind of interlocutors. This means that you have been exposed to multiple cultures and are therefore able to adapt to a variety of situations.
Your experience abroad must absolutely appear on your resume! But how? Knowing that recruiters spend only a few seconds reading each resume, you probably think it’s a matter of luck if they look at the “international” section. Do not worry, here are the key elements to put your international experience in value, without resorting to colors or other “flashy” elements.
Although the “title” section is a part of LinkedIn profiles, more and more candidates decide to include a similar section at the beginning of their resume. This is how they showcase their most important skills and, of course, their experience abroad.
It is not just about the months you spent abroad. What adds value to your resume is what you learned while being there, what sets you apart from other candidates. For example, having been immersed in a culture, or the projects you have realized there.
Let’s imagine you went to Australia, an English-speaking country. Your resume must contain the words “X months experience with English-speaking colleagues”. Highlight your international experience. We also advise you to certify your knowledge upon your return. Indeed, a resume containing an official language certification will be more appreciated than a resume that doesn’t have one.
Finally, you can typographically emphasize your international experience, although it is not advised to abuse this method. The use of the “bold” function can be useful for structuring the resume and helps the recruiter to identify the most important parts of the resume. Your stay abroad can be part of the parts that capture the attention of the recruiter. But be careful, as we already told you before, what mainly interests the recruiter is to know what you learned during this experience.
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