PC logoPeace Corps Application Tips: The Resumé

Your resumé is the most critical part of your application. Interviews are not guaranteed, so your resumé is the essential component to communicate to Peace Corps staff that you have the stuff it takes to be a Volunteer. Please remember the following points:

Tailor it.  Review the “Required” and “Desired” skills for the volunteer position(s) you’re most interested in, and tailor your resumé content and language to highlight the skills mentioned in the posting.

Be comprehensive.  Your Peace Corps resumé can be two to three pages, and it should include all relevant professional, volunteer, and leadership experience from college, before college (if applicable) and beyond.

Emphasize the relevant parts.  The longest section of your resumé might not be the job you spent the longest amount of time working. Give more bullets to the jobs where you gained skills you might use in a Peace Corps assignment, even if you didn’t spend that long doing it.

Quantify your experiences.  Be specific and use numbers to describe your experiences. Include the number of hours you worked/volunteered (full time, 10 hrs/wk), the specific field or category (after-school English 3rd grade tutoring, organic permaculture farming on a 5 acre field), the number of individuals you supervised or worked with (one-on-one, supervised a group of 20), their ages, etc.

Include certifications.  Be sure to list all certifications, such as TEFL, first aid, CPR, etc.

Highlight language training.  Indicate what languages you have a background in, how many quarters or semesters in college you have taken each, how many years in high school, and/or your fluency level independent of coursework. If you lived or taught abroad in a foreign language, note that as well.

Keep it updated. If you want to improve your resumé to better highlight your qualifications, or if you gain skills after you apply, simply upload a new version by going to your portal on the Peace Corps application page.