CVs & Resumes for Worldwide Job Search

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, international resumes, international cover letters and job application processes within different countries. Therefore, if you want your job application to be taken seriously, you must consider national differences correctly.

EUROPERomaniaPeruMIDDLE EAST
AustriaRussiaUruguayIsrael
BelgiumSlovakiaVenezuelaKuwait
CyprusSpainASIAOman
Czech RepublicSwedenBangladeshQatar
DenmarkSwitzerlandChinaSaudi Arabia
FinlandUkraineHong KongTurkey
FranceUnited KingdomIndiaUnited Arab Emirates
GermanyNORTH AMERICAIndonesiaAFRICA
GreeceCanadaJapanKenya
HungaryMexicoKoreaNigeria
IrelandUnited StatesMalaysiaMorocco
ItalySOUTH AMERICAPakistanSouth Africa
LiechtensteinArgentinaPhilippinesPACIFIC
LuxembourgBoliviaSingaporeAustralia
MaltaBrazilTaiwanNew Zealand
NetherlandsChileThailandCARIBBEAN
NorwayColombiaVietnamDominican Republic
PolandEcuador Puerto Rica
PortugalParaguay Virgin Islands

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

International CVs & Resumes 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.

art attention CVs & resumesManage 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.

Whereas resumes are a reflection of your main accomplishments only, CVs are detailed accounts of your education and work experience to date. Generally what goes into your international CV does not vary greatly when applying for jobs in different countries.

In short, the resume is an American-style CV, which details the most recent job first and highlights the main aspects of your career. It is less structured, in a narrative style and more brief than a CV. It is also more subjective.

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 or you can turn your current CV into a resume by shortening some descriptions of your educational and professional experiences.

Nevertheless, whichever resume, CV or Curriculum Vitae you chose, they must be targeted and scannable because it:

  • Maximizes the computer's ability to "read" your CV.
  • Maximizes your ability to get hits.

The aim of your CV or resume should be to persuade recruiters to invite you for a job interview. Therefore, your CV or resume is a marketing tool, which need be customized to the market in which you intend to use it.

International CVs & Resumes 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.


art_remember CVs & ResumesCheck the spelling and grammar of your CVs or resumes. 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 resume or CV, send it to a professional for assistance.

art_tip CVs & ResumesRemember that your resume or CV must be targeted, scannable and generate hits. If you have a difficulty with your CV or resume writing, instead of staring at a blank piece of paper, use:

for CVs:

for resumes:

art_tip cvs resumes

We strongly recommend that you send your resumes or CVs together with cover letters. If you have a difficulty with your cover letter writing use:

Other CVs & Resumes Info

Now to finalize your CVs & Resumes topic, if your cover letter and CV or resume 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 / resume, job interview and dress codes pages, you will find very useful tips for many different countries.

Good luck with your CVs & resumes!

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