Global Resumes

Are you thinking about exploring an international career? Before you send off your “American” résumé to a foreign company, do your homework. Résumé guidelines in other countries are often much different from ours, although there are no hard-and-fast-rules. Target the company, investigate the corporate culture and the country culture; find out what you can about the person making the hiring decision.Here’s some general advise:

The term CV (curriculum vitae) and résumé generally mean the same thing, although is typically longer than the résumé. No matter what country across the globe, two pages is average length.

Be award of the differences in format for some countries. Whereas Americans always write in a reverse chronological format, you will find countries that prefer chronological formats. FIND OUT which is preferable.

If you are submitting your résumé in English, check on whether the recipient uses American English or British English. If you don’t make the proper adjustments to your résumé, the reader may think the résumé contains errors.

Do you speak the language of the country to which you are applying? This will be expected, so be sure to highlight that ability.

The size of business stationery is different in different countries. Use page set up to format your document to the appropriate standard for the recipient’s country. This is viable for both faxing and e-mailing a résumé.

Whenever possible, find someone native to the country to which you are applying to review your résumé to be sure that the terminology and language can be easily translated and understood.

Donna Tucker, CareerPRO Resume Center

Phoenix, Arizona

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