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Top 7 International Resume Tips

By  June 19, 2009

Preparing a resume for a position overseas? Check out Verge's top 7 tips from the experts.


If you don't have time to research the particular country and company you're applying to, you're better to err on the side of a shorter, resume-style document. According to David Edwards, even though some regions are accustomed to looking at CVs or longer-style documents, many would be comfortable with a resume style. You can put always put a note stating that if they want a more thorough document, to please request it.

If you're going to be in the country, mail your resume from there. Philip Shea says this will show that you're serious about being there and that you're familiar with the country - all likely to increase your chances of getting noticed.

Do not include references, says Margaret Malewski. If a potential employer is interested, he will ask. It is sufficient to put a note at the bottom of the document stating, "References available upon request."

Always put your education above work experience. According to David Edwards, this will help frame your experience, and the reader will have less questions as he reads through your document.

Most people create one resume for everyone.David Edwards suggests creating a four or five-page master document - then cutting and pasting into a shorter document for each job you are applying for.

In environments where jobs are mostly given to family members and friends, sending a resume will not be terribly effective. In these cases, Margaret Malewski says networking and befriending potential employers will go much further than a formal job application.

Always include a ‘Memberships and Interests' section at the end of the document. David Edwards says this is the only place that gives the company insight as to who you are outside the workplace. He suggests listing affiliations where you played a leadership or senior role, or an affiliation that is relevant but isn't listed in another part of the resume. The interests section, in particular, gives the interviewer the opportunity to break the ice during an interview.

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Andrea Gourgy

Originally from Montreal, Andrea has a hard time staying in one place. After gaining a BA from Western and a Masters in Journalism from the University of Southern California, Andrea hit the road and never looked back. She has worked professionally as a journalist in six different countries, and earned several travel writing awards in the process. Andrea joined the Verge team in 2006.

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