The Global Resume

As the resume submission deadline is quickly approaching, we decided to gather information on cross-cultural resumes from two professionals who earn their living by providing resume as well as global career advice.

Mary Anne Thompson, the Founder of Goinglobal, in her article “How to Create a Global Resume/CV” suggests that you learn about the cultural specifics of a resume for the country where you are applying for a position.  However, Ms. Thompson, offers also a general advice that applies in any country:

  1. Use industry-related terminology.
  2. Make sure that your degrees and titles are easy to understand after you translate them from one language to another – specific courses and projects help clarify your specific  knowledge and experience.
  3. Write your resume in the language of the country where you are applying for a job and have the resume spell-checked and proofread by a native-speaker.
  4. When writing a resume in English, make sure you are consistent with British or American spelling – there are many differences that might look as typos.
  5. Remember that you might be the first person the company’s representative meets from your home country – make sure you represent your home well!

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Alesia Benedict, the President of GetInterviews.com, in her article  “A Global Resume to Land International Jobs” stresses the importance of:

  1. Attractive and easy-to-read design.
  2. Value of every word and every sentence – be specific when describing your past accomplishments and make every word count.
  3. Professional language while omitting jargon.
  4. Use of action verbs.
  5. Emphasis on up-to-date qualifications, training, certification.

We hope these resources will help you create an effective resume that will help you stand out from the crowd.  Please do not forget to register for the 17th European Career Fair by submitting your resume online by December 15, 2012. We can’t wait to meet you in person!

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