International Cover Letter

The world over employers looks for the same qualities in their applicants regardless of whether the job is in the USA, Poland or China. However candidates should be aware that there might be subtle conventions associated with an international cover letter and job application within different countries.

art attention international cover letterManage 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.

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
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 Rico
Portugal Paraguay   Virgin Islands

International Cover Letter Content

An international cover letter is an integral part of your job application. It should refer to your present and future plans, showing your prospective employers what you want to do now and what you will do for them in the future.

Often the international cover letter is more important or convincing to employers then the accompanying international CV / resume because they refer mainly to the past time with exception of your present job.

Recruiters and employers are interested mostly in the future of companies and organizations they represent.

In general, what goes into your international cover letter 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 Cover Letter Format

The length of international cover letter varies greatly in different countries. Most often the international cover letter is typed on one page. In some countries the cover letter need to be handwritten.

art_tip International Cover LetterCheck the spelling and grammar of your international 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 foreign language usage errors or if you need help in organizing your cover letter, send it to a professional for assistance.

art_remember International Cover LetterRemember that your international cover letter must be targeted, scannable and generate hits. If you have a difficulty with your cover letter writing, instead of staring at a blank piece of paper, try use one of these:

Other International Cover Letter Info

Now to finalize your job search check visa & work permit requirements. If your cover letter and CV or resume are ready, you may email them through the CV & resume distribution services to employers and job recruiters worldwide. Take a look at business dress code and start preparing for a job interview.

In addition, on the info, job search, cover letter, CV & Resume and job interview and dress code pages, you will find many useful tips for overseas jobs seekers.

Good luck with your international cover letter!


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