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International Cover Letter Worldwide

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. However candidates should be aware that there might be subtle conventions associated with the international cover letters and job applications process 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.

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 Rico
PortugalParaguay 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 CV or 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 your 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.


The cover letter examples and cover lettert templates can be handy too.

art_remember International Cover LetterCheck the spelling and grammar of your international 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 job letter, send it to a professional for assistance.

Remember that your cover letter must be targeted and scannable.

art_tip International Cover LetterIf you have a difficulty with your international cover letter, instead of staring at a blank piece of paper, use:

Other International Cover Letter Info

Now to finalize your International Cover Letter topic, if you have your visa & work permit and 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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