I am a french native and I plan to apply for jobs in Asia, so there go my english resume, I would appreciate some help proof reading it (on the form/substance), for example if there is poor wording or a sentence you do not understand, it would be very helpful! (I removed all names for anonymity purposes).
If you have any tips about the worklife in Singapour I'd take it as well!
Finance graduate (MSc), 1 year experience in industrial financial control, English fluent.
2009 – 2013 XXX, Master in management specialization: Finance.
2012 XXX, Erasmus exchange. (Dublin, Ireland)
2007 – 2009 French “preparatory class”, highly competitive course to enter French Business Schools.
2007 Baccalauréat, equivalent to A-levels, specialization: Mathematics and Physics
Recruiter/Business developer Dublin (Ireland) March–Sep 2013
Financial controller assistant Paris (France) Jan 2011–Jan 2012
Salesperson, television department Nantes (France) Jun 2010–Dec 2010
Students Sports Association, XXX
Treasurer Nantes (France) Jan –Dec 2010
Jess is right to suggest placing experience before education: experience weighs heavily.
>>>Helped elaborating the financial statements
The syntax should be:
But I am not sure about the semantics. Je ne comprend pas "elaborating financial statements." Je me demande si "elaborate doit être "prepared". Disez-moi les paroles originales en français SVP.
This is advice good for soliciting jobs in general: to the extent you can, try to frame your experiences in terms of BENEFITS to the employer.
Also,somewhere close to the top of the resume, state your offer to the prospective employer in one or two sentences. State it in terms of solving some sort of problem or filling a need. For example, for a mini-mart manager, it might be something like: "Are you worried about your franchise investment? You need someone you can count on to manage it for you, to turn it into a hassle-free passive investment."
These are called "Unique selling propositions". They're used by businesses for soliciting business.You are a one-man business.
Great success to you.
Jess: As I just graduated, my diploma is still the most important thing on my resume (for the moment, at least in France), I think I'll move my work experience up after my first big work experience (I only have internships so far).
Rob: In french it'd be " Aide à l'élaboration des rapports financiers". Thanks for your tip about the selling proposition, but as I said I'm looking for an entry position and I do not have specific skills to offer yet but my motivation ! :)
"Aide à l'élaboration des rapports financiers" = "Help in the development of financial reports". Replace the word "elaboration" with "development". That works better in English.
***I do not have specific skills to offer yet but my motivation ! :)***
I understand that it's challenging to distinguish yourself without much experience, nevertheless it's absolutely essential. Otherwise, how would they pick your resume over the hundreds of other resumes they are likely to receive?
Consider how advertising works. While it is common to advertize your own triumphs, customers only care about their own interests, not yours. So for example of ineffective advertising:
"We're the number one car dealership in the tri-county region!"
"In business since 1952!"
"Largest selection in town!"
SO WHAT? WHO CARES? How do any of those claims help ME?
You need to turn the perspective around so that it talks about what the CUSTOMER cares about.
If nothing else, highlight your references:
"I'm sorry to lose him. It's an absolute pleasure working with him."--Franck D's boss
But at least give it some thought. If the recruiter asked you the following question:
"We have a lot of highly qualified applicants. To be frank, why should we pick you? What's so special about you?"
which, by the way, is a fairly typical question, how would you answer?
You need to find out what Asian resumes look like. Different cultures and even employers require different resumes.
For example in the USA it is not expected include a picture of yourself, in Germany it is expected. The format of the resume may differ also by industry also.
A photo is expected in Asia too...so that they can tell that you are neither handicapped nor over about 50.