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Resume/CVs

Argentina

Cover letters should be used to make a first impression in the initial stages of a recruiting or networking process. Read more

Australia

Applying for a job in Australia has changed dramatically over the past few years, thanks to mass electronic résumé/CV distribution services, online recruitment databases and opportunities to email job applications. Read more

Austria

Since Austria's entry into the European Union in 1995, Austrian résumés/CVs increasingly follow general Western European standards. Read more

Belgium

In Belgium, a résumé/CV (curriculum vitae) is usually two pages in length, but it may extend to a maximum of three pages, depending on the jobseeker's years of experience. Read more

Brazil

Cover letters are important but should be kept brief. Both a one-page resume and a longer comprehensive CV are useful. Read more

Canada

The words resume, CV and curriculum vitae are used interchangeably in Canada. Read more

Chile

In Chile, submitting a cover letter (carta de presentación) is optional. Nevertheless, it is strongly recommended. Read more

China

With the business environment in a continuing state of flux, there are no rigid rules for the submission of a résumé/CV (curriculum vitae). Read more

Costa Rica

Cover letter use has declined in Costa Rica. The most common resume is one page long. Read more

Denmark

Applications by email are becoming common, and it is usually permissible to send an application by fax before also sending it via post, but first request permission. Read more

Finland

In Finland, the cover letter should interpret the CV and add a personal touch; it should complement, not duplicate, the CV. Read more

France

When writing to a prospective employer in France, it is important not to send an exhaustive résumé/CV. Two pages can be justified when the applicant has at least eight years of professional experience. Read more

Germany

Written applications usually consist of a cover letter, a CV with a photograph, and copies of written references, certificates and proof of work experience. Read more

Guatemala

Electronic submissions are becoming more common in Guatemala, but should still be customized to respond to the particular job opening. Read more

Hong Kong

Depending on the position or company for which the candidate is applying, either English or Chinese may be used for the résumé/CV. Read more

India

Resumes in India take all forms and are often very long with a great deal of detailed information. Read more

Ireland

Many recruiters welcome speculative applications as well as responses to specific advertised vacancies on either their own recruitment pages or those of web-based agencies. Read more

Italy

Cover letters in Italy tend to be formal and it is essential that it is written in clear and correct Italian. Read more

Japan

When approaching a Japanese company, the rirekisho, a simple date and location Japanese resume, should be handwritten by the job seeker in Japanese, if possible. Read more

Mexico

It is customary for international firms with operations in México to seek out foreign workers. Read more

Netherlands

A cover letter should give the reader an impression of the candidate as an individual, yet the style should be short, direct and professional. Read more

Norway

Résumés/CVs (curriculum vitae) can be written in either Norwegian or English. Read more

Panama

Resumes should be personalized to match the requirements of the advertised job. Read more

Peru

There is no one standard format or layout for a CV in Peru , but it should clearly present skills and experience in a maximum of two pages. Read more

Russia

The structure of a resume must be concise and action-oriented. Read more

Singapore

In Singapore, the terms "CV" and "Resume" are interchangeable. Both terms refer to a full and detailed application history. Read more

South Africa

The Resume/CV for South Africa should be written in English (United Kingdom), as this is the language of business in this job market. Read more

South Korea

Cover letters are not traditionally a requirement by Korean companies, but multi-nationals and foreign companies usually expect one. Read more

Spain

In Spain, job applicants should prepare a cover letter and a resume/CV (curriculum vitae), as well as have copies of grades, certificates and reference letters on hand. Read more

Sweden

A resume/CV for a Swedish company may be written in English since many large and/or international companies use English internally. Read more

Switzerland

When applying to an international company, an English version of the CV (no more than two pages) should be sent. Read more

U.K.

Typically a Resume/CV designed for the UK market should be two pages long. Read more

UAE

In the UAE, cover letters are always used and should be tailored to each company. Read more

USA

In the United States it is relatively rare to see a longer CV-style document except for special fields such as academia or scientific research. Read more
 
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