Before you start search for jobs in different countries you need to define what you are really looking for

International CV Writing Guide

The world over employers looks for the same qualities in their applicants regardless of whether the job is in the USA, Poland or Hong Kong. Applying for a job abroad differs from country to country. Candidates should be aware that there might be subtle conventions associated with the international CVs and job application processes within different countries. Therefore, if you want your job application to be taken seriously, you must consider all national differences correctly.

art attention international CVManage your online presence on LinkedInXING or Facebook. Hiring managers use them more frequently to consult your profile and supplement or check against the CV/resume you send along. Eliminate any photos and statements that could reflect poorly on you. From an employer’s point of view, someone who emphasizes partying on a social networking site is not focused on jobs and those who post complaints about work or colleagues are less desirable candidates. Online CVs/resumes should not include sensitive information as they could show lack of respect for confidentiality and discretion.

EUROPE Romania Peru MIDDLE EAST
Austria Russia Uruguay Israel
Belgium Slovakia Venezuela Kuwait
Cyprus Spain ASIA Oman
Czech Republic Sweden Bangladesh Qatar
Denmark Switzerland China Saudi Arabia
Finland Ukraine Hong Kong Turkey
France United Kingdom India United Arab Emirates
Germany NORTH AMERICA Indonesia AFRICA
Greece Canada Japan Kenya
Hungary Mexico Korea Nigeria
Ireland United States Malaysia Morocco
Italy SOUTH AMERICA Pakistan South Africa
Liechtenstein Argentina Philippines PACIFIC
Luxembourg Bolivia Singapore Australia
Malta Brazil Taiwan New Zealand
Netherlands Chile Thailand CARIBBEAN
Norway Colombia Vietnam Dominican Republic
Poland Ecuador   Puerto Rica
Portugal Paraguay   Virgin Islands

As you can see above the majority of countries, except the strike-through countries like Canada, China, Japan, New Zealand and the USA use CVs instead of resumes. Even in South Africa calling CV a resume becomes more popular. In China and New Zealand, both a CV and a resume, are used interchangeably without any influence on they structure and function.

A CV is similar to a resume in that it provides more details about one’s professional qualifications, experience and education. However, the term "Curriculum Vitae" most often called CV, typically carries a different meaning depending on whether one distribute the CV within the US, Canada or internationally (external to the US or Canada) or is seeking a faculty, academic, research, clinical or scientific position.

You can turn your updated resume into a CV by adding relevant detailed information and expanding the descriptions of your educational and professional experiences.

International CV Content

Overseas employers want to know a lot more about you than just your characteristics that may or may not qualify you for both the job and the international living situation, before uprooting you (and possibly your family) and transporting you thousands of kilometers to their foreign operation.

Whereas resumes are a reflection of your main accomplishments only, European CVs are detailed accounts of your education and work experience to date.

In general what goes into your international CV does not vary greatly when applying for jobs in different countries. However, companies and organizations outside the United States and Canada are under no legal constrains as to what information they may inquire from a potential job candidate.

Stating of age, marital status, number of dependents, spouse's occupation, health condition, passport number, ethnic background, religion, overseas living and working experience, security clearance and even including a recent color photograph etc. may be essential for a foreign company to consider you.

International CV Format

CVs are usually structured in reverse chronological order (most recent activity first), or in a functional order (activities grouped thematically). The length of your international CV varies greatly in different countries.


To make your CV preparation task easier you may take a look at CV keywords, CV writing, CV templates and CV samples.

Remember that your international CV must be targeted, scannable and generate hits.

art_remember international cvCheck the spelling and grammar of your international CV and cover letter. Use the word processor's spell and grammar checker. If you are not confident of your ability to detect grammatical, punctuation and English or other language usage errors or if you need help in organizing your CV or cover letter send it to a professional for assistance.

art_tip International CVIf you have a difficulty with your international CV, instead of staring at a blank piece of paper, use:

art_tip International CVWe strongly recommend that you email your CVs together with cover letters. If you have a problem with your cover letter writing use:

Other International CV Info

Now to finalize your International CV topic, if your cover letter and CV are ready, you may email them through international job search engines to job recruiters and headhunters worldwide.

Start preparing for job interviews and check the job interview tips do's and don'ts. Also, find out why people are not hired for available jobs.

In addition, on job search, visas, work permits, cover letters, CV or resume, job interview and dress codes pages, you will find very useful tips for many different countries.

Good luck with your international CV!

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