Just how important is having a country-specific resume to your chances of getting employed? Can the resume that got you a job in the UK be used for the Australian job market? Do you really have to design a new resume depending on the country?
The answer is simple. Just as every resume and cover letter you write needs to be targeted and focused toward the company you are applying for, the same concept is applied toward the job market you are applying for. Different countries expect and require certain information to be present on resumes, and therefore it is critical that your new resume meets the unique requirements of that country.
With all the differences between resumes around the world, it’s important that you research the resume norms of the country you're applying to before submitting your resume. A professional resume writer can often help you with the “dos” and “do nots” of resume writing in a certain country, and he or she can also provide assistance with resume format, structure and presentation.
With any resume (no matter where you are applying in the world), focus your content on achievements and value-added duties you have performed. At the end of the day, the employer wants to know how you can add value and what skills, experience and expertise you can bring to the business.
And finally, never embellish or fabricate achievements or qualifications. These will often be exposed sooner or later and can result in dismissal, expulsion or even criminal prosecution in those countries with punitive legal codes.
Expats looking for work in any member state of the European Union (EU) will need to follow the Europass CV format. This makes applying for roles in Europe a simple process as there is a standard template to complete. As a result, issues such as cultural differences and different requirements between the countries are avoided.
In today’s society, the terms “CV” and “resume” are often used interchangeably. Take note, however, if you are applying for a job in the USA, as there are major differences between the two.
An American curriculum vitae (CV) is not the same as a CV from countries around the world. What countries outside of the USA know as a curriculum vitae is called a "resume" in the US. Meanwhile, in America a curriculum vitae is not a resume but rather a longer document that is usually written only by a researcher, educator, or academic.
Thinking of including a picture?
When it comes to putting a picture on your resume, different countries have different approaches. In the UK you would never attach a photo, whereas in Germany or France you would. Many Asian countries also include pictures with their applications. In the US and Australia, it is not recommended or encouraged.
If unsure, it may be best to leave your picture off your resume. The most important aspect of your resume is the content and it’s vital to ensure that the reader of your resume is more interested in your skills than what you look like.