WHAT to highlight in a resume?
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What to Highlight in a Resume - The resume should be a brief but informative summary of your education, employment, volunteer experience and any other specialized skills. Since most people spend fewer than 20 – 30 seconds on a resume, the format should be attractive, easy to read, well organized and concise.

MOST recent graduates should confine their resumes to one page highlighting their abilities, skills and experience that relate to the program they are applying for. There are a variety of different headings you can use in your resume to give a summary of content and catch the reader’s interest. These headings function like headlines in a newspaper showing the reader where certain information is located. For instance, if  the reader is glancing at a resume with a section heading Honors and Awards, he will reasonably assume this candidate has received honors and awards and that may motivate him to read his resume.


Some of the things your resume must include are:


1. Name: Start with your NAME (we suggest upper case bold for name only), and complete contact information (address, phone and email address).


2. Certifications: List professional certifications or licenses received with dates.


3. Education: Summarize your education in reverse order; starting with your last degree or the one you are working on now. Include school name, city, state, degree, major, date degree was - or will be - conferred and honors. Include GPA only if 3.0 or higher.


4. Courses: To tailor your resume to a specific job, you may include a list of “relevant courses.” This also fills space if you have little experience.


5. Honors/Awards/Activities: Use one or more categories as appropriate, highlighting achievements such as scholarships, Dean’s List, leadership roles in clubs, campus/community organizations, sports or other accomplishments.


6. Research: If applicable, you may include special projects or research, highlighting significant relevant classroom learning experiences such as research projects, independent study, special presentations, major papers.


7. Experience: Your experience (full time or part time jobs, internships, and community or college service) is usually of chief interest to the reader. For each position, include: Job Title (followed by dates of employment), Employer, City, State. Emphasize (put first) either employer's or job titles, but be consistent! Describe responsibilities, duties and accomplishments, preferably using list format with bullets.


8. Skills: Of great interest to employers! Indicate computer hardware and software knowledge, fluency in foreign languages, or other technical skills. 


9. Interests: List interests only if you have thorogh knowledge or you are very good at it.


10. Affiliations: List professional or volunteer affiliations/memberships (if applicable). Include any offices held.


Courtesy: Arizona State University



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After Completing PG of Medicine in India, How can we become a Doctor in the USA?

L RESHMASREE 20th Jan, 2020

After Completing PG of Medicine in India to become a Doctor at USA, the candidate has to practice in post graduation at USA too and then apply for work visa in USA once they get the residency confirmation to continue as a Doctor in USA.

Hope this information helps you.


What is the rich Salary per month in the United States?

Shudhanshu Gupta Student Expert 22nd Jan, 2020
According to a survey in 2007 it was found that the average monthly salary  of an individual in United state is $ 3,714 . and if you are searching for highest paying job in US  then the list of 25 highest paying job in US  is given below:
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i have completed bcom n passed 2 levels of Chartered Accountancy ..am i eligible for masters?

Priyaanka Sarkar Student Expert 1st Jan, 2020

Shachi, you are eligible for pursuing Master's based on your B.Com (//B.Com) qualification. You are a Chartered Accountant only after you successfully complete your CA Finals. Until then you will be a Candidate who is pursuing your CA. But based on your B.Com (//B.Com) qualification, you can study your PG.


Can anyone please say the Total, Brief, Detailed steps for an Indian to become a Doctor in United States after completing MBBS in India?

Kanupriya Gupta 28th Dec, 2019

Dear Aspirant,

Let us see how you become a doctor in the US after completing your MBBS from India. So, supposedly, you have competed MBBS in India. Now you have two options to complete residency in the US.

  • Get Visa to come to US to complete USMLE 3, which is offered only in USA.
  • Second option is to apply for Masters degree in USA, get student F1 visa stamping.

USMLE is United States Medical Licensing Examination. Step 3 assesses if you know the application of the medical knowledge without supervision. It is the final exam in the U.S. to obtain a license. Only after completing Step 3 will you be able to obtain the license.

Take the USMLE exams. Once you finish MBBS, try to do a month or two of elective training in one of the American universities in your intern year. Once you are there, reach out to people and try to find a research job in the department you are interested in for the next year. Once you are in research, try to publish a few good first authored papers, and as many co-authored papers as possible and attend conferences.

You will need high USMLE scores, US research experience, publications and conference presentations to get into a residency program. And above all, a very supportive and well connected mentor in the US.

Very few doctors take the second route. While studying Masters, they prepare for USMLE 3 and once they have completed USMLE Step 3, just like any other professionals, they apply for jobs in the hospitals for Residency.

Doctors are paid during Residency (minimum 3 years). After completing Residency, you have to take state board license to practice medicine in that particular state. Some of them get so tied up in their Masters programme that they are unable to focus on USMLE.

Hope this helps. All the best!


i have completed my bachelors in biochemistry and that is a 3 year bachelor degree can iget admission in masters in us after scoring decently in gre anf if not i would like to go for phd in biochemistry after completing my masters in india ,what will guaranteee my admission in phd in us ?

Manidipa Kundu Student Expert 22nd Dec, 2019


see you can definitely go for ms in usa after completing your graduation course. see different university has different criteria for admission, GRE/ toefel/ielts is must beside your academic scores. some times a good Letter of recommendation is also helpful for being shortlisted. I would like to tell you one thing score fees is really high in usa universities compare to indian universities, make sure there is placement or after degree course completed work opportunities is available or not.

hope it would help.

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