International resumes

Resumes vary significantly throughout the world. Research expectations for the specific country you are targeting. Despite the many differences, listed below are some general guidelines for international resumes.

Length

International resumes tend to be longer than the standard U.S. resume. A three to four page resume is often expected. A one page resume is viewed as being too brief, as if your experience is insubstantial, or that you don’t care enough about the position you’re applying for to include details in your resume.

Personal information

Whereas in the United States it is illegal for organizations to ask potential employees certain personal questions such as age, race, religion, and marital status, these issues often have a lot of bearing in international positions. International resumes typically include a Personal Information section. Include your mobility status (how open you are to relocating more than once), the languages you can speak, and your nationality. Some employers may also request a recent photograph of you.

International experience

International resumes need to be focused on your international experiences. Include a section detailing any experience you’ve had overseas, whether it be SST, traveling, service, or studying. This shows the employer that you are open to other cultures and would do well working in an international setting.

Web resources


  • Monster.com

    This article from Monster will tell you almost everything you need to know about the technical aspects of writing an international resume.


  • Goinglobal.com

    Find detailed information on resume expectations in 23 different countries.


  • Berkeley University Career Center

    This site has lots of information to help you write your international resume, as well as info on living and working overseas.


  • Dickinson College Career Center

    Very thorough web site on all aspects of finding an international job, including writing your resume.

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