Whether you’re applying for a job abroad just after your masters or switching to a multinational on foreign soil, there’s a basic difference underlying the whole situation that is quite imperative to understand.
Your run-of-the-mill domestic resume is of no good to get employed overseas. Yes, you need to build an enticing international resume to get hired by the recruiters round the globe. Here’s a list of essentials you need to consider towards crafting a resume that puts a glare in the employer’s eyes. Adopt these to land in the international job of your dreams.
- Carry Out A Brief Research About the Employer and the Country
The employer you’ll be dealing with has his own established methods and requirements. Hence, it’s preferable to check about specific requirements, beforehand. Obviously, you will have to alter the resume according to every organization you apply to.
Different countries have different norms and different norms find different attributes to be acceptable. So, it’s best to find out about the work culture prior to writing a resume.
For instance, cover letters are called ‘letters of interest’ in some countries and ‘motivation letters’ in others. Plus, photographs are generally acceptable in resumes around the world. However, in the US it isn’t!
- Be Thoughtful about your Language on the Resume
Language might be the most imperative point you need to consider. Remember, the employer is going to gauge your candidature solely on the basis of the resume you submit, hence having a working professional level of fluency is quite significant for you.
In some bilingual countries, there are specific languages you need to cater to. For instance, in Canada, it’s faux pas to use French as the primary language.
The only reliable way to present a working resume in an international language is to hone your skills, rather than relying on electronic translation. Even if it works, your language deficiency will be clearly conspicuous in the interview.
- Including Personal Information and Cover Letter
When circulating your resume abroad, you might be advised to include more personal information than you normally would in your own country. However, a lot of North American companies do not prefer including such information to avert discrimination towards candidates from different backgrounds. In Europe on the other hand, details like nationality, age and marital status are considered important factors. So, whatever personal attributes you include, do mention the dates when you’ll be in the country and your take on covering your moving expenses.
- Highly Focus on ‘Transferable Skills’
A skill-set which can be transferred between domains is the most valuable. You could have worked in different capacities back home, and are looking to apply to a position abroad that is completely unrelated to your line of work. In such situations, highlight those attributes in your resume which are common to most job profiles.
In short – your transferable skills.
Read the job description properly before applying. Retrospect and analyze whether you have any qualities that fit the bill. Once you do, remember to cite examples along with your narration, as employers need proof. It is recommended that you use a “functional resume” or a “skills resume” when relying specifically on the transferrable skills. But remember to disclose all relevant data to avoid sending red flags.
- Highlight your personality
A resume is normally 2 page long. An international resume on the other hand should not be that precise. The only medium of formal business communication across borders, it should explicitly detail all information regarding your employment history and academic background. However, don’t forget that every word counts. So avoid giving irrelevant information that has no relation to your application. Information that will help potential employers understand your temperament and logical acumen is most welcome. Make sure each trait is supplemented with concrete examples to reinforce the point.
Also, remember to group your international experience (if any) under one bracket. This includes language abilities, volunteering work, employment, and international travel.
The Bottom Line…
Be meticulous and focus on what’s important rather than what’s in vogue. Formulate your professional document in line with the norms followed in a particular country. You will be sure to succeed if you craft each section according to the desired requirements.
The results will surely be in your favor.
All the best!