Writing Resume for an Employer Overseas

There are several reasons why you may want to find employment outside of your country, aside from seeking greener pastures. You probably seeking options after learning that your spouse is about to transfer overseas, or you are just wanting to gain work experience. When applying for a job abroad, you have to bear in mind first that most countries refer to resume as a curriculum vitae (or CV). There are subtle differences between the two and that is what we are about to tackle.

Provide your personal information – Employers in Europe and Asia appreciate CVs that have personal background listed along. Aside from your name, address, and contact information, you should also include your birthdate (including the year to indicate your age), place of birth, marital status, and number of children. Other countries would also ask you to include your height, weight, religion, social clubs, health status, and educational history (starting with kindergarten). You may also need to add any foreign languages you know and travel experience (including vacations) to indicate that you are part of the global community. A passport-sized photo showing a close-up of your face should be pasted on the top right corner.

No such thing as a default CV – How your CV appears varies from country to country, and to some extent even from company to company. Some employers would only want your job-history basics, while others would ask for your certificates of employment and letters of recommendation. You can check out in advance what your potential employer seeks by either looking at its web site or calling the company.

Include your work history – Most overseas employers would prefer having your professional experience listed in chronological order, starting with your earliest jobs. Meanwhile, companies in United Kingdom prefer viewing your current employment first in the list.

Present yourself as a team member – Don’t boast. In many countries, the work ethic is mostly based on team effort. You need to present your achievements in the context of your role within the group, whether as a low-level member or a leader.

Keep it simple – Do not write your CV in fancy fonts, and use boldface only in emphasizing section titles. This simplicity approach should also be applied in the choice of words, using only those that fit your experience level.

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