Preparing Your CV

Prepare your CV for work abroadDoes getting set for the international rat race make you stumble before you’re even off the starting blocks? Summing yourself up in a CV can often feel like a tall order, especially if you are preparing your resume for the international job market. Even if you have a basic CV template, you will have to adapt it to suit your chosen destination and take into consideration that you are entering an unknown job market. Don’t be content to idle on the sidelines, get revved up and resume-ready with the ultimate guide to writing an international CV. You’ll soon be overtaking the competition!

Check your blind spot…

When writing your CV, it’s important to bear in mind that you will need to adapt to the differences in international destinations.

For example, some countries, such as China, drive on the other side of the job market to us, and don’t have the same discrimination laws as the UK.

Check out your destination in depth and don’t be caught in a working blind-spot. They may want prospective employees to include information that is not required on a British CV, such as gender, marital status and age. Do work out where abroad to go and do your destination homework, know your job markets and tailor-make your CV to suit.

If you already have a known address in your country of choice, or are set up on a reputable, well-known job search program, such as those available through a good gap year company, then do include this information as it shows you are serious and set up for your international job search. Go at it full-speed ahead and you’ll be where you want to be in no time!

Grease the wheels…

You want your CV to hum like a perfectly-tuned engine, not rattle like a battered old banger. When deciding on the tone to use, think of the cultural considerations that are appropriate to the country in which you are applying for work. If you are going for a job in an English-speaking country, such as Australia, New Zealand or the USA, then you might want to sell yourself and come across as reasonably confident.

If you are looking for work in an Asian country, such as China, this can have a negative effect, as it can be considered as bragging. Your tone should be adapted to appear modest, and list your skills factually, rather than going for the hard sell. You could even gain a few brownie points by getting a translated version of your CV written in Chinese! It never hurts to oil the wheels of industry and slip effortlessly into the driving seat.

Keep your distance…

Should your CV be a smart car or a stretch limo? A standard resume is usually around 2 sides of A4, but different destinations have differing CV standards, so make sure you don’t go too far off track. Australian employers prefer longer CV’s, anything up to four pages, and may want more detailed descriptions of your skills and strengths, whereas in China employers might penalise you for overblown, long CV’s and prefer a resume of only one or two pages; so make it short, stylish and snappy! Don’t go the extra mile if a trip round the block will do.

This is no time to put the brakes on your job search abroad, set your CV polished and pristine and get ready, set, go!