En Route: A Career Blog

Thinking of applying overseas?

AUTHOR: Darlene Zambruski
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POSTED: June 12, 2012 at 11:09 am

If your job search takes you away from the US, its best to keep in mind that resumes in other countries may not resemble what you’ve grown accustomed to. The thing to keep in mind is to follow each country’s guidelines to ensure that a hiring manager will give your resume the attention it deserves.

US Resumes Use Different Formats and Content than Overseas Resumes

Some of the differences between US resumes and those in other countries:

PERSONAL INFORMATION

In this country, hiring managers are not allowed to ask pointed questions regarding:

1. Age

2. Marital Status

3. Number of Children

4. Religion

5. Military Service

6. Residence Status

Nor can they request a headshot of the applicant.

However, in other countries, this data is required and you won’t be considered for a position unless you include it.

HOBBIES/INTERESTS:

1. Details of how you use them to counteract the stress from your job.

EMPLOYMENT:

1. Explanation of ALL gaps in employment.

2. Reason(s) for leaving a company.

EDUCATION:

1. Details of high school attendance is included in addition to college and graduate school.

LENGTH:

1. From one page to six pages and more depending upon the country.

As you can see, details are quite important when submitting your resume outside the US. The best thing to do is to do an Internet search of the country in question and follow its rules for resumes (called CVs or Curriculum Vitas) carefully. Failure to follow protocol and format will doom your chances in an overseas market.