4 Resume Tips For Recent Immigrants

When you are moving to the United States from another country, the paperwork can seem daunting at first, but an immigration attorney can help make the process as smooth and seamless as possible. Even before you're settled in your new home, though, you probably have concerns about employment for immigrants in the United States. Luckily, this truly is a land of opportunity, but you need to work smarter, not necessarily harder, on your resume.  

Be Honest

One of the most common recent immigrants can make when creating a resume is to give in to the temptation to lie about their experience. The truth of the matter is that you probably won't be more likely to win a job with even slight exaggeration. Be honest on your resume, or you may trip up in interviews and burn your bridges with a potentially great employer.

Get Creative

As a recent immigrant, you may face challenges that those who are born in the United States can't imagine. You need to show off what makes you unique and especially appealing to a potential employer by creating a resume that stands out from the crowd. While you don't want to be too in-your-face with the creativity, a resume with blue ink or a logo can help your resume stand out. 

Be as Thorough as Possible

Many people think that they should only put their two most recent jobs on a resume. However, truly effective resumes will be as thorough as possible. You need to keep a resume to one to two pages (preferably just one). However, you need to include all the major jobs that could help you win your ideal job. For example, if you want a job as a beautician, list all the relevant beauty experience you have in detail.

Pay for Proofreading

Pay for someone to proofread your resume. It's worth it to pay a native English speaker to proofread your resume. No matter what field you are in, you should enlist the help of a proofreader to help spot spelling and grammar mistakes on your resume.

Finally, keep in mind that a good resume should accentuate all the reasons an employer would be lucky to have you. These tips should help you create a winning resume. If you need further assistance with your resume or other employment issues, contact an immigration attorney. An immigration lawyer (such as one from Tesoroni & Leroy) will walk you through every step of the immigration process from preparations to move through getting settled in your new home with a job that's a great fit for you.