International Resumes

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

Working abroad sounds like an adventure to many people. However, it requires thorough preparation, starting with a successful application.

Job search abroad requires more than just the obvious resume writing and translation.

art tip international resumesIn recent years it become increasingly popular to join the LinkedIn or XING social networking websites for professionals, where you may search for jobs and have your keyword-optimized, rich content profile with current resume. Hiring managers use them more frequently to consult your profile and supplement or check against the resume you send along. If you do not have an account, create one and include your social media link(s) on your resume.
However, you should manage your online presence. You should eliminate any photos 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 resumes should not include sensitive information as they could show lack of respect for confidentiality and discretion.

You will face issues that probably did not even cross your mind when you become interested in an overseas career.

Do not underestimate the influence they can have on your adventure! For instance, you will experience the different immigration rules and practices, job application procedures, the selection trends and the management culture.

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 Rica
Portugal Paraguay   Virgin Islands

As you can see from the above table the majority of countries, except the bolded countries like Canada, China, Japan, New Zealand and the USA use CVs instead of resumes. For China, Hong Kong, Japan and New Zealand it is a matter of semantics - the both names, a resume and a CV are being used synonymously. Even in South Africa often a resume becomes more popular. Generally all countries which were or are under influence of European countries use CVs.

Strictly speaking only the American and Canadian companies use resumes locally and in abroad operations.

Whereas resumes are a reflection of your main accomplishments only, the overseas employers want to know a lot more about you than just your resume's 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. Therefore, they prefer European CVs as they are more detailed accounts of your education and work experience to date.

International Resumes Content

Applying for a job abroad differs from country to country. Therefore, if you want your job application to be taken seriously, you must consider national differences correctly.

In general what goes into your international resumes 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 Resumes Format

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

To make your resumes preparation task easier you may take a look at resume writing, resume keywords & phrases, resume templates and resume samples.

art_remember international resumesCheck the spelling and grammar of your international 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 international resume, bring it to a professional for assistance.

Remember that your international resume must be targeted and scannable.

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

Other International Resumes Info

Now to finalize your international resumes topic, if your cover letter and 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 international resumes!


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