How to Write an American Résumé

An American Résumé could be the key to your dream job - find out how here!

Are you interested in working in the United States? Believe it or not, an American résumé and curriculum vitae (CV) are different!

Before writing your entire education history, find out how to create the best resume when applying for a job in the U.S.

What are the differences between a résumé and CV?

Length is the primary difference between the two. A résumé is one page maximum (or two pages if you have a lot of relevant experience in the job you are applying to), and includes a short and concise summary of your skills, experience and education.

A CV, on the other hand, is at least two pages and has a more detailed summary of your education, skills and experience.

In the U.S., a CV is mainly used when applying for jobs in academia, education, science or research.

Writing an American Résumé


  1. Do keep it short, simple and one page long.
  2. Do demonstrate how you made a difference at each job, and not just a list of your responsibilities.
  3. Do keep personal interests to a minimum. Hobbies should only be included if they are related to the job.
  4. Do list your employment history before your education history. But, if you are a new graduate, put the education history first.
  5. Do include skills and experiences directly related to the job.
  6. Do include relevant keywords throughout your resume. These are words that are repeatedly used in job descriptions that interest you.


  1. Do not write in first person narrative (i.e. do not use “I” or “me”).
  2. Do not include personal information (e.g. birth date, marital status, height, etc.) unless you are an entertainment professional.
  3. Do not include a picture of yourself.
  4. Do not have any typos or grammar mistakes. Proofread!

Once you’ve written your American résumé, why not apply for an internship in the U.S. through Kaplan International Colleges? Find out more about our U.S. internships or contact us for more information.

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