When I learned Russian, I did an official examination and got a certificate assessing my language level. As this certificate is quite hard to get (it is the equivalent of a C1 CEFR level), I would like to highlight it. How can I do that on my resume? Should I make a comment about it in the language skill section or put it in education?

Disclaimer: my question is not about how to indicate languages on a resume, but specifically about highlighting a language certificate.

  • PS: in case it is useful information: the certificate is called TORFL (test of Russian as a foreign language) or ТРКИ (Тест по русскому языку как иностранному) in Russian. I passed the level 3 (highest is 4).
    – almerillat
    Jan 24, 2017 at 10:52
  • I'd treat it as any other professional qualification, but if you do put it on your resume then be prepared for the first interview question to be in that language.
    – strmqm
    Jan 24, 2017 at 10:53
  • If important for job - write it in summary at the very top. Not to be considered as a joke - write a section in your resume in Russian (e.g. using picture, not text so that it would be displayed properly even if recruiter does not have fonts installed), duplicating it in English.
    – Anonymous
    Jan 25, 2017 at 17:35
  • It is not that important for the job, but I want to highlight this as a proof of my learning ability
    – almerillat
    Jan 26, 2017 at 13:11

3 Answers 3


Depending on how relevant Russian is to the job being sought, it could go two places:

1) If important, put it near the top with info such as nationality, marital status and so on

2) If it's just a side note - and you have more certifications - perhaps list them all in a separate section

  • Good point, a specific "other certifications" is an option. However I don't have others to show than that and my degree (I'm a young graduate)
    – almerillat
    Jan 26, 2017 at 13:13

I would make a section Language like this after education section:

|Language  |Level|
|English   |C1   |
|Russian   |C1   |

If you have other certifications, I'd put it with the other certifications along with a date received.

If languages are important for the jobs you're applying, I'd put them as a separate category along with the cert, again with the date you had received the cert.

And if you really want to highlight it and have a profile section and a cover letter, I'd mention the cert in both the profile and cover letter.

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