International CVs 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 national differences correctly.

art attention international CVsManage 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.

When applying for a position in a host country, you may use either host country language or other foreign language, depending on the company and your fluency. Stick to one language once chosen.

You need to accept that not knowing the host country language will put you at real disadvantage from the local job seekers.

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

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 CVs 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 CVs 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 CVs must be targeted, scannable and generate hits.

art_remember international cvsCheck the spelling and grammar of your international CVs and cover letters. 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 CVsIf you have a difficulty with your international CVs, instead of staring at a blank piece of paper, use:

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

Other International CVs Info

Now to finalize your International CVs 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 CVs!

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