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The Perfect Resume

The American-style resume has different standards than the French resume. Here are a few rules to observe:

  • Limit your resume to 1 page (2 pages or more may be appropriate for certain fields, like academic researchers, but only if absolutely necessary)
  • Personal details: limit them to your full name, city and zip code, email address and phone number are required. Avoid irrelevant data such as: your photo, date of birth/place of birth/ age/ marital status
  • Place your title and/or your career objective at the top of your resume, but below your personal details. (e.g.,"Project Manager looking for a new challenge in technical support" or "Web page developer"
  • Be precise and clear: avoid terms like "various responsibilities"
  • Highlight accomplishments and concrete results achieved. Don't exaggerate, but don't undersell yourself, either - be sure to list any relevant certifications, tests or official qualifications (e.g., foreign language capability: TOEFL, DALF/DELF, CEFR)
  • Use action verbs and write short phrases
  • Be precise in your starting and ending job and graduation dates
  • If content on your resume doesn't support your career or internship objective, cut it out
  • Mention your community involvement and volunteer activities; leave personal interests out unless specifically relevant to the position you are applying for
  • If you have listed your Linkedin profile on your resume, make sure it is up to date and cohesive with what is on your resume. 

Remember, leave something for the interview!  While a resume should distinguish you from the other candidates, you want to be able to expand on your capabilities during that first interview - so give the interviewer a chance to learn more about you. 

Hiring managers typically see hundreds or more resumes per week, so a concise, clear summary of your career path thus far and ensuring your resume is free of spelling and grammatical errors is the first step.  You can even have someone else read over your resume for errors or inconsistencies.

Don't forget: your resume is often the first impression potential employers have of you - right before they check out your Linkedin profile.


What else can I do if I'm looking for a job or internship?
What can you do?  Network, be persistent, and follow up. 

  • attend FACC-Chicago events to network and build relationships with a wide range of professionals in the French-American business community
  • become a FACC-Chicago member to attend our events at discounted rates 
  • subscribe to our email list: email 

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