Creating Your Resume and Cover Letter for K-1 Fiance Visa Holders and IR-1/CR-1 Visa Permanent Residents
Before you start to apply for jobs in the U.S., you really should create a resume.
Most employers in the U.S. will want a resume from you with your employment application. The resume summarizes for the employer your contact information, what you want to do for your career, employment history, qualifications, and references
You may also need a cover letter which you send with your resume to introduce yourself, what you are applying for ect.. Some companies may want a cover letter and some may not. With many job applications being done electronically these days, cover letters are sometimes not required.
Also, before you apply for jobs, make sure that you are all approved to work in the United States.
K-1 Fiance(e) Visa holders will need to make sure that they have their Employment Authorization Document (EAD) approved before they are allowed to work. See our web page on Now that you are in the USA (K-1) for more information on the ability to work as a K-1 Fiance(e) Visa holder.
IR-1/CR-1 Spousal Visa holders are approved to work in the U.S. as soon as they the enter the U.S. through the Port of Entry. Your stamped CR-1 Visa serves as your temporary green card and prove of your eligibility to work until your green card arrives.
When you get your green card, you have even better proof.
Create a Resume for Free
There are several free web sites to learn how to create a web site. Search for them on your InboxDollars search or other search engine.
Many of these sites also provide examples of resumes based on your previous work experience or type of job that you want.
Resumehelp.org is a great free web site that can help you with the following:
- Write a Resume
- Write a Cover Letter
- Resume Tips
- Resume Examples
- Tools to Find a Job
- Job Interview Tips
You can also get help from your fiance(e), spouse, friend, or other family member if they are good at resume writing.
Typical Layout of a Resume
Your resume will typically have the following sections:
- Header- Where you put your name, address, telephone number(s), and email.
- Objective- A description of the work and career that you plan on doing.
- Employment History- A listing, usually in most resent order of your employment history, with company name, dates of employment and a summary of your job and qualifications
- Education- A summary list of your education background including name of school(s), dates attended, and degree obtained.
- References- A listing of your references. You can either list them by name, position and telephone number or put “References Available Upon Request”, but make sure that you have a list of references prepared.
The cover letter is introductory letter that your resume is attached to. The cover letter serves as a way of introducing yourself to potential employers and explaining your suitability for the desired position.
The cover letter can be the most important part of the job application process because it shows the potential employer your writing style. Many people will write one generic cover letter and send it out with every job application and resume. While you can keep the majority of the same information on each cover letter that you send out, each cover letter should be personalized for the specific employer and position that you are applying to.
Employers may look for individualized and thoughtfully written cover letters as one method of screening out applicants who are not sufficiently interested in their positions or who lack necessary basic skills.
Paid Resume Writers
There are many people or companies on-line that you can pay to write a resume for you. Some of them include:
These sites have resume writing experts that can help you write a very professional resume at a low cost.
Good luck in your resume writing. We will be posting soon on Applying for a Job.
Posting Your Resume
Once you finish your resume, I would suggest uploading it to Indeed.
Indeed is a website where job seekers can look for job opening and post their resumes for employers to review. Employers also post job availability on the site. Lea made a great resume with her prior manufacturing experience. Her current employer saw her resume on Indeed and emailed her to ask her to interview. She interviewed and got the job. You can go to Indeed using the link above.