Things to Know About International Curriculum Vitae Format While Applying in Foreign Countries.

International CV format that you can use while applying in foreign countries

Things to know about International Curriculum Vitae format while applying in foreign countries. Most international countries prefer a Curriculum Vitae (CV) to Resume as a part of job application.

The international curriculum vitae resume is typically a 6 – 8 pages excruciatingly detailed resume. Most of the international CV solicits private information that is outlawed in the United States, such as your health status. However, the international CV is favored in some nations and is equivalent to global ticket to employment.

Also, formality prevails with the international CV. England has a suggested CV form, which is more like the American Resume.

Some Tips to Consider While Creating CV:

Non – English Speaking Country

While applying in a non-English-speaking country always have your CV translated into the appropriate foreign language. Also it is a good practice to send both the English and the native-language version of your CV with your application.

Health Issues

Unless it is untrue you should mention in the personal section that you have excellent health. And if there are any health issues do mention in the CV so that recruiter can be aware of it.


Mention an appropriate hobbies and personal interests that you can easily adapt in the overseas environment. It will help the recruiter know you as a person outside the office walls.

Cover Letter

If you are submitting your international CV on paper, make sure to handwrite the cover letter that goes with it. This is because Europeans use handwriting analysis as a screening device. If your handwriting is iffy you might want to enclose a word-processed version as well.

Additionally, make sure that your cover letter shows a sincere desire to be in the country of choice.

CV Format

The worldwide CV is usually a reverse chronological format that includes your information in the following order :

  • Contact information
  • Qualifications summary
  • Professional background
  • Education
  • Personal information.

But some European countries prefer the (non-reverse) chronological format, which lists your education and work experience from the farthest back to the present.

Americans should remember that while working abroad for a native employer, they will not be protected by Equal Employment Opportunity laws as is the case in US.

Strengths and Weaknesses of This Resume Format

International employment experts say that if you do not use the international CV format, chances are that foreign recruiters may think you are hiding something. So do keep in mind that the global CV format intrudes into private areas of your life.

Who Should (and Should not) Use This Resume Format

Use this file format if you are seeking an worldwide job and do not object to revealing information that may subject you to discriminatory hiring practices. If you are an individual who feels strongly about invasions of privacy or fear of identity theft or who are not willing to be rejected because of gender, religion, race, age or marital status,then you ought to avoid this format.

If you want an overseas job and you do not use this format, you may be out of luck unless you are working through an American recruiter. The actual recruiter can interpret your own concerns and could negotiate for a bare minimum of personal information. Nationals of countries other than the United States can also use this technique.

Applying for job in a foreign country can be risky and excruciatingly long process. Be patient during the process. Also make sure that you follow the process of applying diligently.

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