By Vinodh Pushparaj and TP
International Resume still a Resume? This is a very common question among
those looking for work overseas for the first time. When you contact
companies about applying for a job with them you will not often be asked for
a resume, you will be asked to send along your CV.
I remember the first time I was asked for my CV, I had no idea what they
wanted and I couldnít seem to be able to find out, no one I knew, knew what
at CV was either. Thank goodness there is the Internet now where information
is easy to find!
A CV is basically an international resume. CV (Curriculum Vitae) or
international resume will differ from your regular run of the mill resume
that you are used to writing. For example each country has different
guidelines that they like to work within. Finding out these guidelines will
take you much further in your international job hunt.
Before you start writing your international resume you will need to
decide if moving overseas is really something that you want to do. This is a
huge step and it can be quite intimidating. Make sure that you do a lot of
research about the country you are thinking of moving to before you start
writing and especially before you start sending around your international
This does not mean that you cannot put out some feelers to see what
companies would be open to hiring someone from another country. You can send
a letter of interest to as many companies as you would like and then wait to
see who responds. But sending your international resume shows a commitment
level that you need to be able to meet. If you have any doubts about your
commitment to move overseas do not send out your international resume.
One of the confusing aspects while applying to a multinational company is
what format to choose. It is an interesting topic which really depends on
the company you are applying for. Typically one should use the format for
where the post is and really where the HR person is. Typically the HR would
be your contact person and they might be in a better position to let you
know which other formats or details they may need on top of your resume.
Folks in North America are not used to submitting their marital status,
sex, or a photo. If you are seeking employment in an Asian country these are
one of the main things they would expect in your resume. There are not many
privacy laws and as part of their culture they expect more personal
information than what is needed in a North America based company. Be
prepared for that. Do you know that in many countries they donít care about
cover letters for example some Asian countries? The European companies on
the other hand may even demand a handwritten cover letter tailor made for a
particular post and that too in a business like format.
Having good references are always helpful no matter which country you are
trying to be employed at. But you need to be prepared for recommendation
letters from your references which is more valuable in some parts of the
world. In other parts you donít have to divulge unless you are asked to, but
more so often people expect references as part of your resume and a failure
to add one may end up in rejection without a second chance. This is where a
good chat with the HR person about all data that is needed becomes more
useful. No matter what country you go your technical skills and stand out
and the keywords you employ in your resume may be the deciding factor.
To learn more about the how to write
how to write
resume cover letters you should visit this wonderful website
http://www.eresumes.com/. This contains very good information on how to
apply for specific positions and how to tailor your resume based on the
industry you belong to. This article was coauthored in part by my friend TP.