International CV – Tips from HR & Recruiters
Writing a Resume/CV for an international audience
Depending on the location of the job you’re applying for, you may want to understand more about an international resume. For example, if you are applying for a job in the United Kingdom, the United States, or Asia there are specific rules to follow and customs that are expected of job applicants. The same is true for Russia or Spain.
Another challenge is if languages like English or Spanish are your second language, then there are aspects of creating an international resume that should be followed in order to improve your chances of getting an interview.
At Job Squad we work within Europe, so our guidelines fit the main standards in Europe, though these can be duplicated to most places in the world
Do not worry in the end of this article you will get a “HOW TO” make a Cv in simply points.
International resume introduction & writing a resume for international jobs
The first thing that you should do when applying internationally is to find out whether the expectations are for a traditional resume or CV. A longer form CV is much different from a resume, so it’s important to figure out which one you need.
An international resume isn’t so much a format, but rather a strategy to follow for aligning your resume with the local expectations and resume standards. The key to writing for an international audience is understanding more about expectations — what format do they prefer, do they want it translated, do they require references, a professional photo, or a portfolio?
There’s no one-size-fits-all strategy for an international resume, so be sure to check out the specifics below, do your research, and don’t be afraid to ask locals for advice. (Ask your Local Recruiter, find us HERE)
The tone is also very important depending on which country you’re applying in. For instance, American-style resumes are expected to be more self-promoting, whereas in other countries, like China, you’re expected to be more modest.
In Europe You need to be straight to the point, do not oversell yourself, but tell the highest prove achievements, yet leave some information to the interview, Do not write long paragraphs.
International resume tip — More than any other resume, if you’re applying to a foreign country you need to be clear on your resume about your nationality, visa status, and language abilities. Whereas this isn’t important if you’re applying in your own country, this is critical information for international resumes. See HERE how to show your Language skills in a Resume, to ensure that people understand what your level is.
Here are General easy guidelines you need to always include in your CV:
Use the Online platform Canva.com It is free to use. Always send your CV as a PDF. -Canva is a free online site, with tons of cool template for CV’s very easy to use, just follow the link, made a user and find a template that you like and insert your Informations.
It must contain:
City you live in: NO FULL ADDRESS
(preferably pro picture) – can be taken by phone, with a light background and a nice shirt on. NO FILTERS!
Year of birth: NO FULL BIRTHDATE
phone number (with Country Code) on the front
Education (latest education in the top) Always include the year you graduated you fx high school)
Work experience: (Put the latest job at the top and always from the start date to end date, With month and Year) Remember 1-3 bullet points below about what you achieved in the job.
Maximum 3-4 jobs mentioned and please show that you have held jobs for a long time, so super short hires should not be on.
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Languages: See HERE how to illustrate
German: C2, Native
English: C1, Fluent